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Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth […]

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Presto: 5 ways to make us like it

In 2013 Ottawa finally got something people in a lot of other cities have been using for a decade or more: transit “smart cards”. Used with onboard electronic card readers, Presto Cards have replaced the old monthly passes and greatly reduced the need for paper tickets. They have changed the way we purchase and use […]

Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. […]


Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

This coming Sunday May 4th, the Ottawa Skeptics will be hosting their 4th annual Skepticamp at the Shopify Lounge in the Byward Market, an all day event for those believe in the importance of evidence-based practices and the scientific method. The idea for Skepticamp began in Denver, by a critically minded software engineer. Skepticamp events would facilitate […]

Screen shot from the documentary, Hands On, women, climate, change. Directed by Mary Kiio, Kenya.

When the Walrus Talks, Ottawa listens

This Monday evening, a group of Ottawans gathered at the Canadian Museum of Nature to hear a series of short, varied presentations on the topic of climate change: how we got here, what’s happening, and what can and should be done. The event was a collaboration between The Walrus Foundation, who put out the magazine […]


Write On Ottawa: The old man’s last sauna and other intriguing stories

The best parties are filled with interesting people, whose captivating stories echo throughout the room. The short story collection The old man’s last sauna by Ottawa-based author Carl Dow reminds me of an interesting party. Published by the BumblePuppy Press, which is run by Dow’s son, each story can be compared to a different fascinating person, whose thought-provoking […]

Photo provided by The Walrus Foundation.

The Walrus Talks Climate + ticket giveaway

The Walrus, a magazine that since 2003 has been raising the tone and the profile of Canadian journalism, is now taking its show on the road to provide a forum in which Canadians can discuss topics close to our hearts and crucial to our future. To expand upon the dialogue fostered in the magazine, The […]


Write On Ottawa: Unwrapping a frightening mystery

Depending on your viewpoint, the word “admirer” can be a blessing or a curse.  If you’re a romantic, it conjures up images of love and enchanting possibilities.  When used in a threatening manner, however, it can be terrifying. This thought came to me as I read The Admirer, the debut novel by Gatineau author Aurelia Osborne that […]

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Write On Ottawa: How the NDP surpassed the Liberals

With speculation that Ontario could face a provincial election this spring, many are wondering who will become the province’s next Premier. According to some news reports, and at least one well known political observer, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath could win the next provincial vote. With this in mind, Apartment613 decided to speak to local resident Brad Lavigne, the longtime NDP […]