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Ottawa Creatives: Emmett Morrison

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Photo courtesy of Emmett Morrison.Photo courtesy of Emmett Morrison.

Emmett Morrison’s love of records was passed on to him at a very young age by his parents. They both shared a love of music and there was always something spinning on the record player. His parents would take him on weekly trips to the record store to add to their impressive collection and, naturally, it followed that Emmett began collecting records himself. As Emmett became older, his love of records grew, and just over 11 years ago he started DJing. His DJing career began when a few friends, who... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode One

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Yesterday we introduced Jith Paul, the first member of our Apartment613 Fellowship Program. Today is the launch of the first episode in Jith’s web series Ottawa Indie Film. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time.

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Fellowship of the Blog: Introducing Jith Paul

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In 2014, Apartment613 launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a new fellowship program, which would allow us to fund projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. Thanks to our generous donors, the program is underway and today, we’re pleased to present our first fellow, Jith Paul! Jith is a long-time member of Ottawa’s creative scene. The founder of Treepot Media (named for the curious teapot/tree sculpture at Kent and Slater), Jith has produced and collaborated on documentaries and short films that have appeared on national broadcasts and have... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Surviving the flood

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Starting today, the eBook version of the The Flood by David Sachs will be on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.  For the paperback, use the U.S.-based amazon.com site, as it will be a few weeks before the paper version is available on amazon.ca. The East Coast of the United States didn’t have a chance.  With hardly any time to react, tens of millions of people fled in panic to escape the savage tsunami that would soon destroy countless cities and towns. In New York City, hundreds of refugees... | Continue reading article

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Let’s learn about sex, baby!

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We all love getting it on. And it’s made even better by the fact that we can talk about it openly and honestly, sharing what works well for us, and that time it didn’t work out so perfectly. As a liberal-minded woman I’m quite open to experimenting sexually (with my monogamous companion of course), and as a freelance writer I’m passionate about immersing myself in unique and sometimes controversial worlds and sharing my story. With that in mind I made my way to Venus Envy, well known as the place to... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Interview with Ottawa’s Nita Beer brewery

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All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: new craft brewery opening in Ottawa! It’s true, the Ottawa beer scene is blowing up and we couldn’t be happier. We fortunate beer-scholars over at BrewBrahs.com had the opportunity to chat with Andy Nita, company CBO and namesake of Nita Beer. One of the newer breweries in town; they are located over at 190 Colonnade Rd, Unit 17, Ottawa, ON. As with every brewery, we highly recommend visiting. Beer fresh from the source is just better. Brew Brahs: Andy Nita, you are the... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Florence Paper Company

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The Florence Paper Company, circa 1930s. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise stated.The Florence Paper Company, circa 1930s. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise stated.

In 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case between the Florence Realty Company and the Queen. Specifically, the Florence Realty Company included the Florence Paper Company in Ottawa’s lowertown neighbourhood, and the company was appealing the National Capital Commission for additional compensation to deal with the loss of a railway siding and the costs related to the relocation of the business to a new site. While the appeal was denied, the case nonetheless sheds light on the issues surrounding the massive urban redevelopment that occurred in Lowertown between the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: What if kids had it their way?

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So, we all think being a kid is easy.  Have you ever thought back to the times you felt hopeless in a world ruled by oh-so-rational adults?  This is a BIG issue to live through in middle school!  Not only are you dealing with all sorts of social pressures, your parents or the adults in your life just make this task a little more tedious. When I was in middle school, I thought the Prime Minister’s right-hand person should be a teenager so kids’ wants and needs would be considered... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: The verbal equations of King Kimbit

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Photo of King Kimbit courtesy of VERSeFestPhoto of King Kimbit courtesy of VERSeFest

In our final post for Poetry Week, we interview Ottawa’s own Kim Nguyen aka King Kimbit who performed at VERSeFest this weekend. As a testament to the power — and reach — of spoken word, Kim Nguyen, 22, stands less than five-feet tall yet speaks with award-winning conviction. “You wanna know how to rhyme you better learn how to add.  It’s mathematics,” she laughs while reciting lyrics by Mos Def as an example of the hip hop and rap from which she draws inspiration. Numbers, as it turns out, have... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks: Political Capital – How does a city of public servants engage in politics?

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Apartment613 Talks returns April 1st with a discussion on Ottawa’s political culture. Presented in partnership with the PSAC National Capital Region, this talk will explore how Ottawa’s position as the national capital affects the political behaviour of those who live and work here. How does a city that lives and breathes the always-on political climate of the Hill also engage with the politics in its own backyard? How does a city of un-biased and conflict-of-interest-obsessed administrators navigate the realities of electoral politics? Is there a risk of deepening apathy in... | Continue reading article

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