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Yoan St-Onge imagine un monde éternel

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La fin des vieux jours

Qu’est-ce que deviendrait la terre si on découvrait un remède anti-vieillissement? C’est ce que l’auteur Yoan St-Onge nous fait découvrir dans son récit, La fin des vieux jours, présentement disponible en téléchargement gratuit. Écrit entre 2008 et 2010, ce roman publié par St-Onge lui-même raconte principalement l’histoire de deux familles à différentes à différentes époques – les Lafontaine et les Champagne. Les Lafontaine sont deux – père et fils. Hubert, le paternel est un aventurier et un charmeur. Certains de ses traits se sont transmis à son fils, Félix, le... | Continue reading article

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Bee Work at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, one night only

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Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.

When Chelsea’s Sarah Hatton was faced with the loss of thousands of honeybees from her hives, she did what she could as an artist. She turned distress into creation. The result is Bee Work, a beautiful and dizzying collection of tableaus composed entirely of glued-on bees. Apartment613 had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions ahead of Wednesday’s one-night-only exhibit at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Apt613: How long have you kept honey bees? Tell us about your hives. Sarah Hatton: I am at the end of my second season keeping honeybees. It... | Continue reading article

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Astronaut (and seriously cool dude) Chris Hadfield is coming to Ottawa

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Chris Hadfield is a Canadian national treasure.  The retired astronaut has a resume that is beyond exemplary: former fighter pilot; fluent in English, French and Russian; musician; traveled three times to outer space. What has really caught many people’s attention, however, is his down to earth attitude (no pun intended) that radiates a joy for life.  Whether singing a revised version of David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity while in space, or teaming up with the Barenaked Ladies to record a song as he orbited earth on the International Space Station, Hadfield... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: New novella offers spy thrilling adventure set in France

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Photo of Jill Landry by Bust it Away PhotographyPhoto of Jill Landry by Bust it Away Photography

It was an offer that Meg couldn’t refuse.  When her brother George asked if she wanted to go to Paris during the Tour de France she immediately jumped at the opportunity. All she had to do was deliver a package to George’s friend at a hotel in the City of Lights (easy-peasy right?) and then go on a European vacation where she could watch the world’s most famous cycling race.  As an avid cycling enthusiast Meg was in heaven. From the start of her trip, however, there were signs that everything... | Continue reading article

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Let’s Get Fresh Initiative continues Ottawa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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Post by Katherine Palbom At first glance the war on HIV AIDS is a good story, with headlines like ‘End in sight’ popping up in newspapers and all over the internet. New drug treatments have transformed what was once a death sentence into a chronic illness, and there are even babies getting ‘cured’ from the virus (or at least going into long term remission).  However look deeper and it is evident that, while there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is truly... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Intelligent short stories that offer smart and unusual thoughts

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Photo of Andrew Simpson by Kaitlin WainwrightPhoto of Andrew Simpson by Kaitlin Wainwright

The mind of Andrew Simpson is an ideas machine.  After reading The Big Picture, his collection of clever short stories, it was easy to imagine that his brain is actually a powerful alien computer, which is designed to furiously produce an endless stream of fascinating albeit quirky thoughts. Published by BareBack Press from Hamilton, The Big Picture contains 60 stories that describe a surreal universe.  There is the man who is hired by God to be a hitman, and the time machine that ends humanity in 2014.  You can read about... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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Hey Maker: A chat with Steve St Pierre

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By now you’ve likely seen the Support Local logo and poster – goodness knows we at Apartment613 have been using it wherever possible for the last few weeks. As we wind down on this month long initiative, we wanted to chat with the guy behind the ingenious design. Steve St Pierre of Maker, cleverly realizing that our city is in the shape of a heart, has created a logo that (we like to think, at least) warms the actual hearts of Ottawans, and lets them show a little extra lovin’... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two new fiction books look at the wonder of Christmas and childhood

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Paul Mackan is a true master of the arts.  For more than four decades, he was involved in community theatre and church music, as well as spending several years as a freelance broadcaster with CBC radio.  His efforts won him an ACTRA Award, as well as a filmmaker prize from the Ontario Arts Council. With an already distinguished artistic career, the Ottawa resident  is now keeping busy by writing fiction and poetry books.  Ready for the holiday season, he has published two new works, one a collection of short stories and... | Continue reading article

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