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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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Best-selling Canadian author Kelley Armstrong is coming to Ottawa

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Given her extensive literary output, one could be forgiven for thinking that Canadian author Kelley Armstrong has never suffered from writers block.  Since publishing her first novel Bitten in 2001, which tells the story of female werewolf Elena Michaels, she has penned more than two dozen books, as well as several novellas and short stories. If you are a fan of fantasy, chances are that you have come across her Women of the Otherworld series, which was sparked by the huge success of Bitten.  Set in a modern setting, the Otherworld books contain such fantastical characters as witches, sorcerers, vampires... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating 20 years of poetry with above/ground press

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Since 1993, Ottawa-based above/ground press has been releasing poetry chapbooks and broadside poems from local writers, as well as out-of-town authors from Canada and the United States. Edited and published by literary jack-of-all-trades rob mclennan, (whose name is spelled all lowercase), this independent press has been an indispensable staple in the National Capital Region’s thriving poetry scene.  Among the numerous local wordsmiths that they have published are such talents as Amanda Earl, Michael Blouin, Sandra Ridley and Pearl Pirie. To celebrate two decades of publishing great poetry, they will be hosting a special 2oth anniversary party on Friday, August 23, at The... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Interview with the very talented (and award winning) local poet Sandra Ridley

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Ottawa-based author Sandra Ridley is a fantastic poet.  Her writings have earned her numerous awards, including the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award, and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize.  She has also facilitated poetry workshops at Carleton University and the Ottawa Public Library. Apartment613 caught up with the talented wordsmith to discuss her second poetry collection, Post-Apothecary, which looks at the process of being institutionalized, as well as her upcoming work, The Counting House, set to be released next month.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A pint and a tune with an artist

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The word “blog” normally conjures up images of an online site with text, photos, maybe some artwork. With increasing frequency, however, local bloggers are using video to express their creativity. Embracing the power of the video camera, local blogger Kevin McGowan and Ottawa musician Steven Fouchard have launched The Revue, a new website that will showcase a series of video interviews with local musicians, as well as special out of town guests such as Vancouver’s Swollen Members. “We want to do a talk show format, where we would have a pint... | Continue reading article

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It’s Arboretum this weekend! We’ve been thinking a lot about this festival

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Fellow editor Francois Levesque and I sat down with Rolf Klausener and Stefanie Power for a meandering chat about Arboretum Arts Festival, the values that are embedded in it and how things are going this year. It was great to catch up with them about their project and we recorded the conversation for our weekly podcast Apartment613 Live. You can find the full thing (slightly edited) in our podcast this week. A few things came out of this conversation that I think are important for us to think more about.... | Continue reading article

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Meet a Hubber: Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar, Industrial Designers and Co-Founders, The Federal

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Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.

HUB Ottawa is a co-working community, learning academy and incubator with a mission to activate new social enterprises and drive social innovation through collaboration. In this series, Kristen Macdonald introduces us to interesting members of the diverse HUB Ottawa community (Hubbers) and takes a look at the collaborative actions they are taking to make Ottawa and the world a better place. I sat down with Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar in one of HUB Ottawa’s private meeting rooms overlooking the bustling junction of Bank and Queen Streets in the heart... | Continue reading article

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Latin vibes and sunsets at the Bytown Museum

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Market Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita FejzicMarket Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita Fejzic

If the heat makes you wish you were sipping lemonade with your feet gently resting on the warm sand, the ocean waves marking the melody of summer and the wind carrying its salty waters all the way to your nostrils—then you may be daydreaming about Mexico. If you can’t make it down south, perhaps you’d enjoy the Bytown Museum’s latest exhibition, México Fantasico! Culture, Diplomacy and Community. A splendid array of colourful artifacts are presented, including vibrant textiles, clothing, masks and ceramics; all the typical handcrafts and folk art you... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: In praise of the literary brilliance of Michael Blouin

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The National Capital Region is full of fantastic poets.  To showcase this amazing talent, we will feature in the coming months many of our local poetic wordsmiths.  Today we focus on one of our region’s literary pioneers. Michael Blouin is one of the best writers currently working in Ottawa.  Like a DJ who mixes and matches from different genres to produce a magical flow, his literary efforts combine fiction, poetry and music to produce a hypnotizing narrative. His most recently published book, Wore Down Trust, is a mesmerizing poetic-novel.  ”I would... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Meet the “Happy Generalist,” Ottawa’s resident travel bug

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Though she’s had her nose pierced in Warsaw and kayaked in Croatia, this high-flying Canuck still calls the suburbs of Canada’s national capital home. Katie Shapiro, or the self-declared “happy generalist,” is a blogger from Ottawa’s west-end who documents her day-to-day culinary endeavours and international escapades on Kate’s Plate. “I was craving a creative outlet,” says the University of Ottawa environmental science student.  “I started the blog during a little fit of science-fatigue and end-of-semester-procrastination a couple winters ago.” Since then, Katie’s kept busy blogging about everything from homemade ice... | Continue reading article

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