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Write On Ottawa: Seeking asylum in Canada

In the not-so distant future, the United States has fallen prey to a secretive and authoritarian government. In this dark world, a history teacher named Laek who lives in New York City tries to hide his radical past. After a violent confrontation with police, however, he decides that he has to flee his native country. […]

Photo courtesy of the band.

Gabbing with Rah Rah’s Marshal Burns

Seeing as Rah Rah have belted out their tuneage in our Nation’s Capital a dozen-odd times, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the band. For those who aren’t, they’re a folky-rock ensemble with pop sensibilities and dashes of dance; they hail from Regina, home of Roughrider green, First Nations University of Canada, and […]

All photos by Julie Moe, courtesy of the NAC.

Lindi Ortega on her new record, collecting skulls, and why she loves to perform

Hard-touring country-noir songstress Lindi Ortega rolls into Ottawa this week to play not one but two shows as part of the NAC Presents series. With one of the most bewitching voices around and a sound that captures everything good from the golden age of country music it’s easy to see why so many people came […]


Write On Ottawa: There’s a train a comin’

Town & Train, the debut horror novel from local author James K. Moran is one ride you won’t want to miss. The story takes us to Brandon, Ontario, a sleepy town full of secrets and villains hiding in plain sight, where people watch hockey and work blue collar jobs, and are big on dive bars and […]


Write On Ottawa: A Canadian pipeline dystopia in prose poetry

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor living in Ottawa. You can find him on tumblr  and Twitter. Welcome to Innisfree, a home to free-spirits, nonconformists, and one very determined hipster-turn-elk-farmer. Nestled between the redefined “Can’tadian” provincial borders of “PC Columbia” and “Cowberta,” it exists within an idyllic sanctuary of self-governance, thanks to a […]

Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

What’s on your plate? Local food for thought about eating as a community

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world. A community cooking night. An apple festival. No less than three events involving local craft breweries. In case you hadn’t noticed, Support Local 2015 is focused primarily on facilitating discussions […]


Write On Ottawa: Four Ottawa women explore the world

Travel Dreams and Nightmare: Four Women Explore the World covers all types of travel, from roughing it on a mountain hike, to relaxing by the sea, to taking a holiday to taste wine or experiencing new cultures at all corners of the world. The book follows the adventures of four Ottawa-based women, Louise Szabo, Barbara […]

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Write On Ottawa: Sex in the Capital

Las Vegas may be sin city, but here in Ottawa we normally don’t see ourselves as an erotic haven. If local writer Ingrid McCarthy has anything to do about it, however, we may soon start seeing the nation’s capital as a hotbed of sultry love. In her series Sex and the Seasons, McCarthy — who writes adult […]

Photos: Sanita Fejzic

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Molly

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Molly About: Molly is the second owner of the Village Quire. She lives, works and plays in […]


Write On Ottawa: From Ottawa to the Yukon

After Louise’s husband retired, he impulsively bought a used RV and thus began the couple’s preparations for a road trip from their home in Ottawa, across Canada to Dawson City, Yukon. Lucy’s Road Trip chronicles the voyage of Louise and Charlie Szabo in their RV, first to Cape Breton to celebrate their daughter’s wedding, and […]

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Video of the Week: The electoral western, True Writ by Jackpine

This is a shortened version of an article that originally appeared on Jackpine earlier this month. Click here for the full post. What to the untrained eye might look like a bunch of young, Centretown hipsters dressed in vintage garb (typical hipsters) down in a bar (also typical) speaking in a bunch of goofy accents […]