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Tour de blogosphere: Get Bjütiful with Brenda Labelle

Librarian by day, blogger by night, Brenda Labelle is the creator and writer of Bjütie, a blog that rejoices aesthetic pleasures while revealing a peek inside this Ottawa gal’s life. Spanning an array of topics, ranging from beauty and style, to performance arts, love and romance, Bjütie is a place to be inspired.  Labelle regards the site […]

Photo of Charles de Lint by  MaryAnn Harris

Write On Ottawa: Fantasy master Charles de Lint talks about creativity

Ottawa’s renowned fantasy author Charles de Lint will be at the Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival today (Saturday) as part of a brunch panel with fellow authors Madeleine Lefebvre and Alan Cumyn.  He will also host a writers workshop this afternoon with his wife MaryAnn Harris.  While the brunch is sold out, tickets for the workshop are […]

Write On Ottawa: Talented youth writers to speak at Wakefield Writers Festival

[youtube][/youtube] This 2015 video stems from an intergenerational spoken word poetry group that brought together seniors and youth.  This collaboration is between Lara Kelly, 14, and Lenore, 85. The CinePoem was created by Craig Conoley of Dan Rascal, City of Ottawa Youth Intern Akuol Luala and volunteer Bryce Wilson.   Inside a child’s bedroom, or […]

Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic […]

The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.

Let’s be ready

Ontario Scene has been delivering a whirlwind of fantastic shows and there’s still plenty of goodness in store as we head into its final weekend. One show I feel I must highlight lest it be lost in all the noise is Friday night’s roots-rock triple bill featuring The Wooden Sky, the Sadies and Ottawa’s own […]

Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three

Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen.  Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial […]

Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in […]

Photo of the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC by Alroy Fonseca (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Poets, music, writers and wine in Wakefield!

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ?    John Keats If the 19th century romantic poet John Keats were alive today and living in the National Capital Region, he would almost certainly be going to the annual Wakefield-La Pêche Writers Festival […]


Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose […]

Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613’s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere […]

Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre

So music meets up with quantum mechanics in a bar . . .

What is the relationship between music and quantum mechanics?  I have no idea but am eager to find out in Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, a special concert this Sunday by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the National Arts Centre. A collaboration between Edwin Outwater, the music director of the K-W Symphony, and the University […]


Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

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. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all […]