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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The writings of a self-proclaimed madman

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Gatineau-based writer Benoit Chartier is a quirky cat. If you look on the back cover of his debut book The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns, you will find a short bio in which he claims to be, “training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks.” At first I assumed this was a joke.  After reading his innovate stories, however, I am no longer sure.  After all, this is someone who describes himself as a Canadian madman who writes off-the-wall prose. But as any lover of literature knows,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

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George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down with him on May 29th to talk about the production, its inspiration and what drew him to the GCTC. Apt613: In the blurb that everyone will read[about the play], there are three magical ingredients: sex,... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s independent music artists want a bigger slice of the apple pie.

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D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is in the middle of a review of the Canadian music industry. On December 5, 2013, the committee moved to undertake the review in order to: a) inform Committee members of the details and impacts of the government support on Canadian music, as well as the creators and entrepreneurs who create and distribute music in Canada; b) determine how funding is allocated; c) to establish whether the government support is meeting the objectives laid out for it, and to make recommendations... | Continue reading article

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From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

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While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ journey is pretty inspiring. We spoke to him about his new(ish) gig as Festival Director of NXNE, his crazy tale at VICE and of course, his Ottawa roots. Born in Arizona to a military family,... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries as space

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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. “The last bastion of free, equitable, open, public space is the library” – Libraries as Space Last week, I attended a panel discussion hosted by the Library Association of the National Capital Region association (LANCR) that was looking at the theme of “library as space”. The featured five speakers ranged from a planning librarian... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Simply delicious recipes

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For more than 20 years, Ottawa-based chef and health pioneer Natasha Kyssa has been promoting the benefits of a raw vegan diet. As the owner of the popular SimplyRaw Express in Hintonburg, the former fashion model-turned-entrepreneur has demonstrated that healthy eating can be both delicious and easy. With years of experience in the kitchen, the talented chef has now published The SimplyRaw Kitchen, a cookbook filled with mostly raw, whole-food recipes that also contains important tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. “Nowadays it’s so easy to be vegan,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Food preservation is on exhibit at The Farm

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Until recently, food preservation was thought of as a dowdy and grandma-ish chore, if one thought about it at all. In recent years, however, canning and other food preservation techniques have gained a new prominence, less as a necessity for surviving harsh winters than as a trendy pastime. A new exhibit at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, which is part of the Experimental Farm, aims to situate this trend in a long history of food preservation. The exhibit is called “Food Preservation: The Science You Eat” (which doesn’t seem... | Continue reading article

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