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The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.

Ontario Scene has been delivering a whirlwind of fantastic shows and there’s still plenty of goodness in store as we head into its final weekend. One show I feel I must highlight lest it be lost in all the noise is Friday night’s roots-rock triple bill featuring The Wooden Sky, the Sadies and Ottawa’s own Kalle Mattson. I got in touch with the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner over the phone from his Toronto studio to talk about the energy of playing live, what drives him to make music and what... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three

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Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.

Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen.  Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions who... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.

Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

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Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in 2012 and 2013 and presented its first report for review at a public Open House in 2013. A second public consultation was held on April 13. The review process will be completed this summer, ready... | Continue reading article

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Poets, music, writers and wine in Wakefield!

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Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ―    John Keats If the 19th century romantic poet John Keats were alive today and living in the National Capital Region, he would almost certainly be going to the annual Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival this coming weekend in Wakefield, Quebec. From May 8-10, literary lovers can enjoy great writing, fun music and drinks in a series of events that will feature English and French authors, a pub crawl, a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

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Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose full name is Karole Dumont-Beckett.  (She publishes her books as K.D. Beckett). Beckett, founder of Métis Publishing, began her saga with the historical novels Rainbows in Time, Mists of Time, Tides of Time and Paths... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

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Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613′s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style.  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. But first things first.  You want to learn more about... | Continue reading article

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Make sure to go to Arts Court during Ontario Scene

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Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)

With 600 artists from numerous genres, the Ontario Scene festival is a true cultural cornucopia. But with so many performances on offer it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to pick.  If I can therefore make a friendly suggestion, consider the shows and exhibit taking place at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) as part of Ontario Scene.  I say this after attending a few events there on the evening of Thursday, April 30. On the top of my list is Compagnie ODD’s performance of Speeds and Slownesses 1a.  After watching this... | Continue reading article

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So music meets up with quantum mechanics in a bar . . .

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What is the relationship between music and quantum mechanics?  I have no idea but am eager to find out in Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, a special concert this Sunday by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the National Arts Centre. A collaboration between Edwin Outwater, the music director of the K-W Symphony, and the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, this concert is part of Ontario Scene. In a fascinating project that intersects reason with emotion (and try figuring out who is the more “artistic” group, the symphony players... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

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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. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all about “Aging by the Book”. It’s a very interesting listen as it discusses the power of narrative, the importance of sharing stories, and the difficulties that come with aging. One of the things that struck... | Continue reading article

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