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Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

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The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile. Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

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. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local public library. According to Pew Research, most Americans live 5 miles or less to their local library. But most doesn’t mean all, and how do you reach people who can’t access a local branch easily? At... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville. Church and Horse, 1954.Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm.
Art Gallery of Hamilton,
Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc.
Photo by Robert McNair.Alex Colville. Church and Horse, 1954.Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo by Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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Spectacle aquatique multimédia gratuit à Gatineau

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AGWÀTÀ.AGWÀTÀ.

Ottavienne, je l’avoue, il n’est pas souvent que je fais la touriste de l’autre côté de la rive. Pourquoi? Bref, c’est un concours de circonstances, j’imagine. Cela dit, vendredi dernier, je suis sortie en date avec mon chum pour la première fois depuis la naissance de notre petit Léandre, et voilà que notre choix de divertissement s’arrêta sur le spectacle aquatique multimédia AGWÀTÀ, présenté à la tombée du jour, du 24 juillet au 2 août. Un délice expérientiel : le fruit de la créativité d’artistes et de collaborateurs locaux. AGWÀTÀ : 15... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? – The beat the heat edition

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Owen Davies performs at the BlackSheep on Saturday, August 1 with Bosveld and High Waters. Photo by Isaac Vallentin.Owen Davies performs at the BlackSheep on Saturday, August 1 with Bosveld and High Waters. Photo by Isaac Vallentin.

Welcome to the August long weekend. For those of you not escaping the heat at a cottage, or off camping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourselves here in this fine city. There are dance parties every night this weekend. Open Air Social Club kicks off the weekend with DJs Sarita and Shooting Blanks on Thursday night. DJ Magnificent brings you Double Barrel, with the Gaff, at Mercury Lounge on Friday night. VJ Daisy is hosting an Outdoor Electronic Music Festival on Saturday night at Parc des Portageurs. Join... | Continue reading article

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Comedians raise funds for local mental health initiatives

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Eman-el-Husseini. Still from Episode 105 of No Kidding.Eman-el-Husseini. Still from Episode 105 of No Kidding.

From July 30 to Aug. 2, Cracking-Up the Capital, Ottawa’s bi-annual comedy festival, will be taking over the downtown nightlife. In partnership with the Sparks Street Busker Festival, participating comedians will be providing nightly entertainment at pubs all along Sparks Street, while raising awareness and funds for local mental health initiatives. In the winter of 2004, Cracking-Up the Capital started off as a one-night comedy event to support mental health initiatives in the community, and has since expanded into a multi-day festival, with the inclusion of a summer edition starting... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Daphney

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Daphney Clerge in the Byward Market. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Daphney Clerge in the Byward Market. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Daphney Clerge About: Daphney used to be a student, but she’s currently working full time for the summer. In the fall, she’s going back to school to study Social Sciences. Hood: The Byward Market. I met up with Daphney at the corner of Sussex Dr. and George St., by Chapters. Daphney just moved... | Continue reading article

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Local makers of sounds transcend genres on So Sorry Records

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Detail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi TheriaultDetail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi Theriault

How do we speak about musical style without hyphens, dashes and slashes? If too many words are needed to describe a style, would none be better? So Sorry Records encourages us to think about this and just listen. The artists of this Ottawa-centric label provide a space where words should only describe impressions, not categorize music. So Sorry Records is a local imprint of the New York, Rotterdam and Ottawa label Pop Drone Records.  Though Pop Drone explores “off centre music”, the artists of the label featured on So Sorry... | Continue reading article

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