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Video of the Week: R.I.P. Ms. Focus, a Spoken Word cinepoem by V.

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Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.

Released earlier this year, R.I.P. Ms. Focus is dedicated to the life of a recently departed 2001 5-speed, 4-door Ford Focus sedan. Ottawa-based spoken word artist V (Vanessa Rotondo) recently released an album, Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V. The recording was partially funded by the City of Ottawa and Ontario Arts Council. Upon completion, she had a few dollars left and decided to bring one of the tracks to life through video. In a scene mostly driven by men, it’s nice to see a woman in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic designers; Daniel Moisan of Animal Haus, Pascal Huot & Isaac Vallentin of LOG Creative Bureau, and Ben van Duyvendyk. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, taking place in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | 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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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Haneen freedomwriter Alhassoun

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Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.

Haneen Alhassoun was 9 years old when she began writing poetry, in Arabic, about her homeland of Palestine. She wrote so many poems that her mother used to tease her, calling her names of Palestinian politicians. For Haneen, poetry was a means of expression that, at that young age, she wasn’t taking seriously and, eventually, she stopped writing. Inspired by having seen Apollo the Child perform his poems at her elementary school, Haneen began writing poetry again. And in the 8th grade, her teacher Shauna Pollock invited two spoken word poets... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to Poetry Week

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face.  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30. To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region. Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Jenny Rational Rebel Meya

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Jenny Rational Rebel Meya. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Jenny Rational Rebel Meya. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Jenny Meya was first introduced to poetry in the sixth grade. Stanzas, falling meter, iambic pentameter – at first these things meant little to Jenny, who had always wanted to be a dancer. Jenny had always told stories through dance. It wasn’t until she started middle school that she discovered her passion for telling stories through words and that poetry became her daily love. The beginning of middle school brought her first real crush, who became the inspiration for many of her poems. After her crush ended in heartbreak, Jenny... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Barâa Arar, spoken word poet

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Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Growing up, Barâa Arar had always been one to tell stories. As a young girl, she got in trouble in school for talking too much and interrupting the class. For Barâa, story telling was a way of expressing herself – something that wouldn’t be recognized as a talent until later in life. During a talent show at camp she performed a poem she had written that caught the attention of her camp counsellor. He recognized her talent for storytelling and encouraged her to come out and perform at a poetry... | Continue reading article

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