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Tour de blogosphere: rob mclennan, Ottawa’s prolific literary treasure

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Photo of rob mclennan by Emma DerochiePhoto of rob mclennan by Emma Derochie

Local writer rob mclennan has had a profound impact on Ottawa’s literary scene.  The author of 26 books, including two novels, the non-fiction work Ottawa: The Unknown City (a must read, if you want to get to know the city’s little secrets), and numerous volumes of poetry, he has also published, interviewed and reviewed the work of a large number of his fellow wordsmiths. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that he has promoted hundreds of writers from the National Capital Region and beyond, many of whom would not have... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know Ottawa?

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Photo courtesy of Christiane Wilke on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Christiane Wilke on Flickr.

After a two week break, the weekly news quiz is back! Find out how much you know about what’s going on in the city by answering our five questions. How to score: 5 out of 5: You know your stuff! Maybe we’ll hire you? 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up... | Continue reading article

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World renowned mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith is coming to Ottawa

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Photo of Alexander McCall Smith by Michael Lionstar (courtesy of the Ottawa Writers Festival)Photo of Alexander McCall Smith by Michael Lionstar (courtesy of the Ottawa Writers Festival)

Alexander McCall Smith is a modern day renaissance man.  In addition to selling tens of millions of fiction books around the world, he is a recognised expert on medical law and bioethics, having served on such bodies as the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.  He is also an emeritus professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, on top of his charity work in Africa. Currently on a two-and-a-half week speaking and signing tour of Canada and the United States, McCall Smith will be in Ottawa on Wednesday, April... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Wine, beer and cocktails

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While Mother Nature continues to play peekaboo with the beginning of spring, anxious local residents eagerly await the most anticipated event of the year.  I speak, of course, of the start of patio season, that glorious moment when you can drink outside and feel life get exponentially better, while winter fades away into a distant dream.  To honour this upcoming festive occasion, this week’s blogging round-up looks at bloggers who write about beer, wine and/or cocktails, all excellent choices for an afternoon outside on a patio. Beer Beer makes you... | Continue reading article

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Is Nature Nocturne getting you closer to nature?

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bird visualPhoto by Camille Zara Ansar from Ottawa Velo Vogue

Dr. Adam Oliver Brown is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa with an interest in Science Communication.  Last week I went for a trip to the museum to reconnect with nature and was met by a raucous crowd of hundreds of party-goers sipping on cocktails and dancing to the loud beats of a DJ.  This was the third of a now monthly installment of Nature Nocturne, a social evening at the Nature Museum bringing in a new crowd of visitors to reconnect with Nature while they... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Illustrators, painters, sculptors and other artists

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You may have noticed local painter Patrick John Mills on the Mackenzie King Bridge, who is painting outside every day in March.  If you are not familiar with this project, or are aware and want to know more, you can visit his blog where he is documenting his adventure.  (Images of Centretown and The Big Beat have also written about this great undertaking). Mills’ painting endeavour got me thinking about other art-related blogs in the National Capital Region.  While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it will provide a starting point for those... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pearl Pirie, Ottawa’s blogger extraordinaire

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Photo courtesy of Pearl Pirie (www.pearlpirie.com/bio)Photo courtesy of Pearl Pirie (www.pearlpirie.com/bio)

Ottawa’s blogging community is full of fascinating and thoughtful people.  One of the most prolific members of this interesting group is Pearl Pirie, who can be found in more than a dozen local online sites. Curious to know more about this creative blogger, I spoke to Pearl about her diverse projects, which encompass poetry, photography, cooking and, with one particular blog, observations of the world as seen through the eyes of a cat. “(Blogging is) a way to organise yourself,” she tells me in a phone interview. “I am going... | Continue reading article

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Artengine Critical Blogging Residency call: Deadline extended to April 1st

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

Editor’s note: This call was initially posted on Tuesday, February 26. The deadline date for applications has been extended until Monday, April 1st (no foolin’). This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: The blogging bus driver and four other Ottawa blogs that you should read

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Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)

The last few blogging round-ups have focused on specific subjects, while listing bloggers who specialise in those topics.  This week’s column is a little different.  Rather than choosing a single category and then discussing it at length, I will instead focus on five interesting local blogs that I have come across recently, and which I have not yet mentioned in Tour de blogosphere. Drives In Circles You might recall the controversy about the singing OC Transpo bus driver.  Are you familiar, however, with his blogging colleague?  Drives In Circles is... | Continue reading article

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