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Ottawa Public Library Main Branch: Have your say!

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Exterior shot of the new central library in Halifax. Photo by Mathew Matheson on Flickr.Exterior shot of the new central library in Halifax. Photo by Mathew Matheson on Flickr.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. After the Imagine Campaign run by the Ottawa Public Library back in 2013, it was pretty obvious that many citizens of Ottawa wanted either a major facelift or a completely new building for the Main Branch located downtown on Metcalfe. Many news articles and reports later, it’s looking to become a reality. On March... | Continue reading article

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

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Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts Program and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. After a city-wide call for proposals, three artists have been selected to document and respond artistically to the... | Continue reading article

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Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance DirectivePhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  ”The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons. “You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Live Music Scene: The Bourbon Room

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View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. Many restaurants and bars have been responding to the demand by making modifications to provide space, with some going to lengths of including full sound and lighting. This series of articles seeks to highlight the... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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Continuing the discussion on Ottawa’s future

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Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)

Following the great reader feedback over the past several days, we have decided to run a follow-up  group of articles for The Future of Ottawa series.  If you have any suggestions for topics that we should cover, email us at apartment613@gmail.com, contact us on our Facebook page, write a suggestion in the comment box in one of the articles in the series, and/or if you use Twitter, send a message using the hashtag #futott. The Future of Ottawa series was only meant to be a one-time event.  The original plan was to... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: A bright future

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Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post urban affairs analyst Kevin Bourne imagines what Ottawa will look like in the not so distant future.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Imagine a city where you hop on a train to meet up with your friends at the renovated and expanded downtown mall.  Imagine you’re driving down the highway and suddenly the skyline appears on the horizon signifying that you’re approaching the heart of the city.  It... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Correcting Past Blunders (or not)

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Photo by Michael Summers (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)Photo by Michael Summers (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

This is the fourth part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this guest column, journalism professor and Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen argues that Ottawa is still making poor urban planning choices, notwithstanding a few notable exceptions.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Ottawa is full of swagger these days.  A new stadium opens in Lansdowne Park. The National Arts Centre is getting a new façade and the Canada Science and Technology Museum is getting a new roof – and new walls... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

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This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal election campaign, the issues in Kitchissippi were predominantly about growth.  Our transition from a sleepy government town to fast-growing metropolis is both exciting and challenging. Across Kitchissippi, voters raised time and time again the need... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: In praise of developers

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Artist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by WindmillArtist sketch of proposed redevelopment of the Domtar lands by Windmill

This is the second guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column Jonathan Westeinde of Ottawa-based Windmill Development Group discusses how developers can play a positive role in urban growth, as well as outlining his company’s potentially transformative plans for the Domtar site on the border of Ottawa-Gatineau.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Real estate development is a challenging business. It is intensely local, highly emotional for those that are impacted and a major focus of local politics. Real... | Continue reading article

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