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Future of Ottawa: What’s the future of our music scene?

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This is part six in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Lesley Marshall from Kelp Records provides her thoughts on the future evolution of Ottawa’s music scene.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. To preface, although I do come from a long line of “seers,” I alone cannot predict the future of Ottawa music.  I can make guesses based on my industry experience as a consumer, presenter, manager, pr agent, media outlet, researcher and emerging artist.... | Continue reading article

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Will you escape at Claustrophobia?

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Ottawa problem solvers, puzzle lovers, game enthusiasts and those looking for fun, there is a new challenge in town for you at Claustrophobia.  It is an escape game that requires groups of people to work together solving clues and puzzles to find the key out of the room and back to freedom.  Recently, I had the chance to give this a try and see if I was clever and fast enough to get out. Claustrophobia has been open since the beginning of March – the second escape game room facility... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Painting our city’s portrait

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Photo by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

This is part five in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this comprehensive post, Jason St-Laurent, the curator at Galerie SAW Gallery, writes about the present state and future direction of  the visual arts community in Ottawa-Gatineau.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. In the past year, I’ve found myself using the term “cultural renaissance” to describe the energy of Ottawa-Gatineau’s visual arts sector, particularly in reference to the many cultural infrastructure projects on the horizon, but also in reference to the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Full Circle: The Home Invasion Show branches off the airwaves tonight

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Photo from the Full Circle Facebook page.Photo from the Full Circle Facebook page.

CKCU’s THE HOME INVASION SHOW is branching off the airwaves tonight, storming Ritual Nightclub with some live beats and rhymes. Hosts Masai and Livin’ Large shared some time with us to gab about their show, and the event they’re hyped to be bringing to the city. Apartment613: First off, tell us about your slot on the radio: THE HOME INVASION SHOW, which you host on CKCU 93.1.  Masai: The show is hosted by me (Masai), Livin’ Large and Apollo. The Home Invasion Show is a hip-hop show fused with talk... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA: Team Canada’s top Canucks to watch

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Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. With less than 50 days until the tournament begins, we decided to take a look at Team Canada’s top Canucks in 2015. Since their stunning bronze medal performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic in London, Team Canada has been hard at work to prepare for this summer’s international showdown. Though they suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the United States... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Tool Library is (almost) a reality

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Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.

Ottawa, we’re this close to getting a tool library. Don’t you quit on me now. I believe in you. With one week to go, the Ottawa Tool Library is looking for one last push. They’re rounding the bend on $10,000, and they only need $5,000 more to make it to their goal. $5,000! That’s about as much as one year’s tuition for a arts major, and I’m living proof that’s a questionable investment. But here’s the real important part: until they get to 15,000, they get NOTHING. How can we... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Songwriters Night has stellar line-up

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival, as well as the songwriters night, in a series of special posts. For the past few years, Alan Neal, host of CBC’s All in a Day, has been putting together Songwriter Nights as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. These events have become a beloved staple of the festival program and in some ways they’ve taken on a life of their own.  People send fan mail... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode 2

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Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.

Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.

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Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

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Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

This is part two in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Eric Coates, the artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, offers his insights on our city’s theatre community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. When I was asked to write about the future of Ottawa’s theatre scene, I was first struck by the impossibility of the task.  I can no more predict the future of Ottawa theatre than I can predict the next wave... | Continue reading article

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