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Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.

Review: The Vanity of Reason by Estan Beedell – out today!

The Vanity of Reason is a new album out today from Ottawa-based musician Estan Beedell. The album features ten tracks which range from mellow, jazzy musings in  “Clouds,” to fun, lively rock in “Caricature.” Throughout the different songs, various ensembles of instruments including violins, trumpets, and even a church organ, provide a neat, classic touch […]

Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a […]

Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.

Re: Union – Inside the mind of a martyr

When most people find an injustice that strikes at the very heart of their sense of right and wrong they sign a petition, join a group, march in the streets, maybe raise some money. When Norman Morrison felt that same kind of outrage at the Vietnam War, the young father and Quaker drove to the […]

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Book chronicles family’s struggles during Vietnam war

Caroline Vu will be a panelist for Under the Papaya Tree – Remembering Vietnam at Prose in the Park on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 pm held at Parkdale Park. In That Summer in Provincetown, Montreal-based writer Caroline Vu relives some of her family’s greatest hardships in Vietnam at the height of the war, their collective attempts at […]

Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Five

Today we bring you the fifth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Roger D. Wilson. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada. Roger describes himself as an experimental film scientist.  His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the […]

Summer Reads

Librarian in Residence: Summer Reads for 2015

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. Now that summer is on its way, with the weather hopefully changing for the better, everyone starts thinking about […]


The oil dream may be over, but Canada’s future is not

Shortly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper assumed office in 2006, he laid out his vision of Canada as an energy superpower. In the eyes of the new Conservative government, Canada would use its massive supply of oil to grow the economy. Given the seemingly insatiable appetite for energy around the world, as well as increasing oil […]

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Prose in the Park is a fiction fan’s fantasy

This coming Saturday, June 6, book lovers can enjoy a lovely day in the park filled with literary delights. The first ever Prose in the Park will take place in Parkdale Park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The outdoor event with tents will feature more than 150 Canadian authors (many of them local and more […]

Write On Ottawa: Red Nexus’ dark and gripping future

Three hundred years from now things aren’t going well for us humans.  In Ottawa-native Benoit Chartier’s debut novel, Red Nexus, Wen Harkwell is one of these unfortunates.  He lives on the 150th level of a futuristic Japan climbing over itself to escape a mysterious environmental disaster.  Shining towers adorn the city’s top, but the ground is […]

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Write On Ottawa: Two days that changed the world

Post by Peter Boyle There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of two of them that changed history forever. Two Days In June:  John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History by Ottawa-based writer Andrew Cohen is a dense, sometimes joyful, sometimes bored, but constantly energetic book.  Cohen […]