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Write On Ottawa: Fantasy sequel by local writer is a hit

Caroline Fréchette is one of my favourite fantasy writers in the National Capital Region. Last year, the Gatineau-based author released Blood Relations, the first book in a five-part series. Now she has published Brothers In Arms, the enjoyable sequel in her action-packed world filled with gangsters, a mysterious corporation and young people with superpowers. Published […]


Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a […]

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Souljazz Orchestra to test drive new material at Glow Fair

Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is leading a strong set of local acts heading into Glow Fair, the Bank Street BIA’s new street festival, this Friday. Self-described as “Canada’s hardest-working combo”, The Souljazz Orchestra is hoping the neon, glow-in-the-dark festival will serve as a tune up ahead of their big euro tour launching next week. “It’s been […]

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my […]

Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

What does an art critic do?

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. The series aims to foster a community of critical art writers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, by providing both emerging and experienced writers with the […]

Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th […]

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Write On Ottawa: The writings of a self-proclaimed madman

Gatineau-based writer Benoit Chartier is a quirky cat. If you look on the back cover of his debut book The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns, you will find a short bio in which he claims to be, “training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks.” At first I assumed this was a […]

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of […]

George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down […]


From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ […]

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries as space

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. “The last bastion of free, equitable, open, public space is the library” – Libraries as Space Last week, I […]