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Write On Ottawa: Living the dream with Caveman Jack

Imagine that one of your dreams came true.  What would you do a year or two later after your initial objective was met?  For Ottawa-based author Tammie Winsor the answer was clear: build on her initial success by achieving even more goals. Apartment613 readers may recall the heartwarming story of how Winsor became a published […]


Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region […]

Carly Smith of Darling Yes

Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking […]

Debut novel offers up a unique National Park mystery

Perfect Books (258A Elgin Street) is hosting a special sale until July 15 to promote Dyed in the Green, an action-packed mystery set in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  During the sale you can purchase the book for 20% off.  The regular price is $19.99 but with the discount it will be $15.99. Dyed in the […]

Sparks Street 1930s.  Photo used in Transforming Ottawa.

Write On Ottawa: The man who changed our city forever

Jacques Gréber is arguably the most important person in Ottawa’s history.  If you want to know why Canada’s capital looks the way it does, then you can thank (or blame) this famous French architect who played a pivot role in our city’s development. Following a request by Prime Minister MacKenzie King, the Gréber Plan was released in 1950. […]

Detail of the Ottawa Explosion poster, from the OXW Facebook page

Five lesser-known picks for Ottawa Explosion Weekend

Unless your knowledge of punk, garage, and associated genres is truly encyclopedic, Ottawa Explosion Weekend can be a pretty overwhelming prospect. The annual music festival has been growing steadily since its inception, and this year, the “weekend” runs from this Tuesday to the following Monday, and features over eighty bands from Ottawa and around the […]


Write On Ottawa: Collected works of an Ottawa legend

Ahead of Chaudiere Books spring 2015 launch this Thursday, June 18 at Raw Sugar (692 Somerset St. W.) we review The Collected Poems of William Hawkins. A near-legend, William Hawkins may be one of Ottawa’s most important and influential poets and songwriters to date.  Yet many outside the artist community do not know his name.  Many do not […]


Write On Ottawa: The Master of the apt and unexpected

Ottawa poet N.W. Lea will be at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. W.) on Thursday, June 18 as part of the Chaudiere Books spring 2015 launch.  The event starts at 8 pm and also features the work of William Hawkins and an acoustic set by Jesse Patrick Ferguson.  (Ed: Hawkins will not be reading due to health reasons. […]