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Streetscape Memory Bank: A walk along O’Connor Street, from Somerset northwards

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Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.

When we think of the Greber Plan, we tend to think of the bigger, more obvious things that were done to the city, such as the widening of Elgin Street or the ripping up of the railway lines out of the downtown area, or the creation of the Greenbelt. What is less well-known is Jacques Greber’s influence on what were once quieter north-south streets in the old urban core, and in particular, Metcalfe and O’Connor Streets. In his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to... | Continue reading article

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Let zines keep you warm this winter

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Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.

When the days are short and the world outdoors is frozen and inhospitable, it can be hard to get motivated to do much other than lie in bed with some insalubrious snacks and a steady stream of Netflix. Three Toronto writers who will be reading in Ottawa on December 19th want to encourage us to try some other winter survival tactics, and talk about some of the ways that we can survive difficult times by caring for ourselves and taking part in our communities.  They also want to bring to... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Five talented young writers with bright literary futures

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Pot-Pourrie 2013

During the past year, the Write On Ottawa series has profiled some excellent writers from the National Capital Region. As we near the end of 2013, and reflect on the great wordsmiths in Ottawa-Gatineau, we decided to profile five young authors whose pen has already won them awards. This past fall the Ottawa Public Library released Pot-Pourri 2013, a collection of winning short stories and poems from their Awesome Authors contest.  (The deadline to apply for the next contest is February 9, 2014). Open to those between the ages of 9 to... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The urban hunter

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem is located in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Queen Street and Metcalfe. This may not be the typical place where you would expect to find a hunter armed with a bow-and-arrow taking aim at a deer, but that’s exactly the scene that’s depicted in this sculptural arrangement. The sculptural arrangement is located right across the street from the World Exchange Plaza, and is made up of two separate sculptures of a hunter, and a grazing deer, integrated into the surrounding landscaping.  It’s a very... | Continue reading article

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A few fragmented aspects of Ottawa’s Queer History

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Apt613 works hard to dispel the synonymy of Ottawa with bureaucratic dullness, and to show Ottawans that there’s more to our city than office buildings and faux-Irish pubs.  A key aspect of my culture shock when I moved here from Montréal was that Ottawa seemed bewilderingly, overwhelmingly heterosexual. I wondered why Ottawa had such little visible (to me) gay, lesbian, trans, and queer culture, and I knew there had to be more to the story. And, of course, there is.  What I found was that Ottawa’s queer history has been... | Continue reading article

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MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

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Photo courtesy of  Ryan Christopher VanWilliams - NYC on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ryan Christopher VanWilliams - NYC on Flickr.

If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking events throughout the province. On December 12th at Hub Ottawa, they are bringing together a panel of musicians, labels and industry folk to discuss the all important question: “How can I make a living making... | Continue reading article

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Dog Day’s Fade Out makes for great moodie classic rock

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Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

I recently had the pleasure of discovering some new music from a Canadian band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dog Day‘s been around for almost a decade but I’m discovering them for the first time through the release of their latest album Fade Out. I am never really sure what to expect when listening to new music, but I will say that I enjoyed listening to Fade Out from start to finish. Some of the songs on the album have this throwback vibe to the days of The Guess Who and Neil Young. The album... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 holiday gift list of books by local authors

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Photo by buttonpie courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by buttonpie courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Earlier this year, Apartment613 started the Write On Ottawa series to profile the great literary talent in our city.  With Christmas fast approaching, we are looking back at all the writers that we spoke to this year, as well as giving a sneak preview to some of the reviews coming in the weeks and months ahead. Below we have listed more than 60 writers from the National Capital Region, as well as various independent stores where you can purchase books and comics.  All listed authors have been reviewed by Apartment613,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Canadian-Chilean author pens stories filled with humour, love and courage

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Gabriela EtcheverryGabriela Etcheverry

The Breadfruit Tree by Chilean-born Ottawa author Gabriela Etcheverry  pictures life in all its strangeness, wickedness and comedy. Etcheverry writes from the perspective of a woman who has succeeded against all the odds, not once but twice.  First, she made her way out of extreme poverty on the outskirts of the port city of Coquimbo to become a teacher in the Chilean capital, Santiago, where she married and set up home. Second, as an exile, initially speaking little English or French, she again had to start at the bottom to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Pop Expo offers endless fun for lovers of comics, science fiction and fantasy

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Ottawa pop expo

If you are a fan of comic books, and love a healthy dose of science fiction and fantasy, then the Ottawa Pop Expo this weekend offers many special treats. Taking place at the Ernst and Young Centre (4899 Uplands Dr), the two-day event will feature a wide range of exhibitors, as well as numerous special guests, including such luminaries as Howard Chaykin of American Flagg! fame, and Tony Moore who co-launched the comic book series The Walking Dead. Marco Rudy, who has worked on such projects as Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, will also be present.  In 2014, Rudy is teaming up... | Continue reading article

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