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Local collective takes action to offer free arts education to youth

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In 2012, the City of Ottawa released the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013-2018). One of the plan’s four key missions was to “invest in local culture and build cultural leadership.” Unfortunately, in the years since the strategy was published, the arts community has not seen the kind of advancements promised in the 2012 proposition. Though the base funding per year was increased in 2013 and 2014, and additional boosts are expected in the coming four years, the level of support from the City nowhere near matches... | Continue reading article

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Psychics set the mood for Valentine’s Day

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Moon Daughter prepares a deck of Tarot Cards. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Moon Daughter prepares a deck of Tarot Cards. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Relying on tea leaves, rainbow beads, decks of cards and an assortment of other techniques, more than a dozen psychics gathered at the Bronson Centre this past Saturday afternoon for the semi-seasonal fair. With Valentine’s Day approaching, plenty of people were eager for advice about love but there was also an abundance of chocolates, SweeTarts, artwork, jewelry, and massage oils available from local vendors (perhaps intended as aids for the skeptics in the room). A sense of acceptance, optimism, and concern for others was particularly evident among the diverse crowd... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Ottawa is a very crafty place and only seems to be getting more so the longer I live here. If you have ever wanted to pick up anything from tatting to making pickles, there are books available here at the library covering a vast amount of creative endeavour. This is one of my favourite... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook eventPhoto posted by Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook event

Another weekend has arrived, here in Ottawa and we at Apt613 have you covered. Here is this week’s edition of the Weekend Roundup – full of tons of great ideas on how to spend your weekend! For all those a fan of a good craft fair, this weekend has plenty. The Ottawa Maker’s Market: Holiday Night Market is happening tonight, at Orange Gallery. Come meet 14 different artists and makers from Ottawa, up close and personal. Entry is pay what you can and 50% of the door proceeds help support... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for October 14th, 2015

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One of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their websiteOne of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their website

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella speaks with Kym Brown of Bombshell Revival Designs about the upcoming event (October 17th at Library and Archives Canada) Art in Fashion 613, a fashion show/burlesque performance/night market. Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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Support Local: Zine rack birthday bash at Pressed

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Photo from the Zine Rack Turns 3! Facebook event page.Photo from the Zine Rack Turns 3! Facebook event page.

One of the events on course for this month of Support Local is the third birthday celebration of the Pressed zine rack! On top of zine readings from special guests and local writers, the zine swap is another of the evening’s festivities to look forward to. Zine enthusiasts are encouraged to dust off old favorites from their collection, or even copies of their own zine, for this social exchange. And what kind of birthday doesn’t have cake? It just so happens that you can expect a special vegan birthday cake... | Continue reading article

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Looking for something nice to write in?

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Adam Wilk is a 28 year old writer, designer, traveller and creator of Northbound Notebooks. Wilk has lived, worked and studied around the world, from Ottawa to Shanghai, and many places in between. Northbound Notebooks found massive success through Indiegogo, exceeding their goal by over $4,000. With 77 backers and growing, it’s clear that everybody wants their hands on a Northbound Notebook. Apt613 spoke with Wilk about the campaign, the inspiration behind these notebooks, and what Wilk is doing to help the Ottawa writing community. Apt613: Congrats on the success... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

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Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll write the name of the book you brought with you on it. Talk about identifying with what you love. It’s all part of the fun at the Social Book Exchange, an occasional event cooked up... | Continue reading article

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OMM takes over Orange Art Gallery tonight!

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When Jessica Vermette and Jenna Hutcheson graduated from university, both chose not to begin immediately pursuing careers in their respective fields. The friends decided to adventure down the creative path and opened their own flower design business, L’Orangerie Pop Up Flower Shop. With a creative small business of their own in its early stages, they began to recognize a need for opportunities for creatives to show and sell their work in this city. From there, they set out on yet another offbeat adventure, to create a space where this could happen –... | Continue reading article

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613Flea joins Ottawa’s market circuit

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All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.

613Flea is a new addition to Ottawa’s thriving arts and crafts market circuit. Taking advantage of the new space provided by the Lansdowne Park development, 613Flea will be taking place on select Saturdays in September and October from 10am-4pm. Apt613 had the chance to speak with Catherine Knoll, the Market Manager for 613Flea. We talked about the benefits of flea markets for artists and for buyers, as well as what 613Flea will be bringing to the flea market game. The following interview was edited for clarity. Apt613: Tell me about... | Continue reading article

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