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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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Under Derek’s Bed explores grief through epic fairtytale adventure

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).

If you were once a child and are now an adult, you may already be familiar with that process that one day renders the bizarrely unfathomable into the mundanely inexplicable, which in every day parlance is usually referred to as “growing up.” Derek (Mike Kosowan) is deep in mourning over the very sudden and recent death of his wife when his old friend Earl the Monster (Nick Fournier), pops back into his life after a prolonged absence to convince him to return with him to the magical Land Under the... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

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Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further with the creation of Youppi Club, an initiative seeking to embrace fun among its members and to grow as a body of inspiring and cohesive co-creators. This series of monthly pop-up events began last month,... | Continue reading article

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