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Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April.  (Author's collection).

Tour de blogosphere: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike

Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike is a story about aviation archaeology and family.  Fittingly, its writer, Jonathan Rotondo, is my older brother and life-long inspiration.  From childhood co-conspiracies to more ripened grown-up pursuits, he remains my sidekick, constantly supporting the counterpart to his sibling tribe. For that same reason, I wanted to support him in his […]

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using […]

Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

Ravenswing. Photo from their Tumblr page.

Apt613 Live for May 19, 2015

Tonight on Apt613 Live our contributor Kabriya Coghlan interviews Sean Xio and Sheena Kalmakova about this year’s Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair taking place Sunday May 24th at Minto Park. Plus we chat with Amy Jenkins about the annual OAG silent auction fundraiser le pARTy which kicks off a new season of supporting local artists […]


Write On Ottawa: Love fantasy? Read Caroline Fréchette.

If you like fantasy novels then you should read the work of Gatineau-based writer Caroline Fréchette.  I am a big fan of her Family by Choice series, which revolves around the complex character of Alex Winters, a  brooding young man who can create fire with his thoughts. Having really enjoyed the first book, which came out […]

Image taken from Renaissance Press web site

Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card […]

Photo by Bust it Away Photography (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 2)

This is part two of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1).  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. Today’s guide stop takes you to the individual multi-taskers, whose literary […]

Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially […]

Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising […]

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Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into […]