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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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Ottawa Creatives: Barâa Arar, spoken word poet

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Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Growing up, Barâa Arar had always been one to tell stories. As a young girl, she got in trouble in school for talking too much and interrupting the class. For Barâa, story telling was a way of expressing herself – something that wouldn’t be recognized as a talent until later in life. During a talent show at camp she performed a poem she had written that caught the attention of her camp counsellor. He recognized her talent for storytelling and encouraged her to come out and perform at a poetry... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 3, 2015

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From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.

We catch up with Emily Pelstring,  co-curator of By Any Means, an animation program that screened last Friday night at Club SAW. The event features women animators taking on a wide range of stories, in a wide range of aesthetics made within a DIY ethos. Listen to Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

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Countdown to FIFA 2015: A family’s friendly feud

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As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focused on Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad. But what about the city’s other resident university women’s squad? Part two delves deeper into the rivalry between the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens. But after speaking to head coach Raz El-Asmar, we were surprised to find out that the two opposing teams share... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan

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Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also be highlighted throughout the week on our Instagram feed. Seeing as Versefest, a celebration of poetry, takes place at the end of this month, we figured it fitting to begin the series profiling some of... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 24, 2015

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Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.

We interview Stephanie Joyal from Soup Ottawa a recurring event that serves up hot soup, fresh baked bread and a vote for your favourite community-minded project proposal. She joins us on the show to tell us more about this unique dining experience. Just in time for Project Wild Thing’s screening at the Mayfair we’re joined by director David Bond . He talks to us about this film-driven project aimed at getting kids off the couch and back into the great outdoors. Musical guests: Derek Harrison and Pocket Writer It’s like... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Faces in strange places

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All photo by Matt Edwards.All photo by Matt Edwards.

Do you identify as a “Kidult”? Have you heard of That Faces Book? If not, you’ll want to keep reading because according to editor/photographer Matt Edwards, That Faces Book is perfect for you. And no, we’re not talking about the social media site. So what is it? Simply put it’s a book about faces in the strangest of places, and Edwards wants to share them all with you. In order to do so he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to get his photo book printed and share what might be the... | Continue reading article

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