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Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. What is the difference between a school in Canada and North Korea?  How about apartheid-era South Africa or another repressive regime? As citizens of a democratic state, many Canadians assume that our schools are vastly different than those in non-democratic countries.  But are they?  This interesting question is posed at the beginning of Prof. Joel Westheimer’s captivating book What Kind of Citizen?... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is there a future for local writers?

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This is part one in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, local author Tudor Robins argues that this is a wonderful period to be an author, and that the current struggles of some bookstores and publishing houses does not mean you can’t be a successful writer.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This is the best time in the world to be an author. I would say the world of publishing has exploded, but that’s not quite... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

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This Saturday at 7 pm, Ottawa-native Andrew Forbes is launching What You Need, his debut collection of short stories, at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W.).  While currently living in Peterborough, this young author is no stranger to the National Capital Region, having been born in Ottawa, as well as attending Gloucester High School and Carleton University.  He also visits our region regularly as his parents still live in the east end of the city. Even though this is Forbes’ first published book, he has been previously published in numerous places,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

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Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “What the festival does for me is it’s an antidote to cynicism,” he explains.  “It’s hard to read the newspaper and to watch television without getting cynical about the state of the world... | Continue reading article

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Launching our special Writers Festival series

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region. Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from April 22 to 28.  Among the impressive lineup are several authors from the National Capital Region.  Over the next two weeks, Apartment613 will be reviewing several of these local authors in a series of posts.... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Alex DJ Magnificent Edwards

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Alex Edwards has been fixated with records and old stereo equipment since he was a kid. He would scope out yard sales and places like the Salvation Army buying up records by the box full. Growing up in a Caribbean household, Alex’s love of music from the 1950s through 1970s was born. His uncles had extensive record collections and would make mixtapes, which Alex would listen to over and over again. Eventually, Alex would make his own mixtapes of his favourite songs from his record collection. Alex’s love of records... | Continue reading article

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