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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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Ottawa Creatives: Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan

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Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also be highlighted throughout the week on our Instagram feed. Seeing as Versefest, a celebration of poetry, takes place at the end of this month, we figured it fitting to begin the series profiling some of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 février 2015 :: LIVE Session au Château Cyr avec IKENNA! On célèbre la multiplication des nouveautés musicales!

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Photo : Kristina CorrePhoto : Kristina Corre

Basement 819 est aux aguets et respire calmement devant le feu roulant artistique qui se déroule sous son oeil de lynx. Avez-vous consulté le Weekend Roundup? On vous y encourage fortement! Notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau, instigateur du projet Le Château Cyr à Vanier, nous a offert l’un des meilleurs LIVE Session de sa carrière (!). Fiers de cette collaboration, nous sommes enchantés de vous présenter Ikenna “Open Secret” Onyegbula. Basement 819 | LIVE Session Ikenna by Basement819 on Mixcloud SLAM Le Château! (Et l’anti (?) Saint-Valentin) Une autre soirée Chapeau... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 27, 2015

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Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.

As you may already know, all week long Apartment 613 is presenting “The Future of Ottawa” series: a week-long collection of guest-written posts aimed at promoting discussion around Ottawa’s development and its future as a growing city. In a similar spirit, this week on Apt613 Live you can catch my discussion with Chris Osler, Trevor Haché and Suneeta Millington: three organizers behind this Thursday’s FREE screening of The Human Scale over at the Bytowne. We chatted about their personal take on what can make Ottawa neighbourhoods great going forward and... | Continue reading article

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A celebration of child and teenage awkwardness

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Photo by Evan Mitsui.Photo by Evan Mitsui.

Lisa Frank diaries filled of pages and pages of melodrama, all written in a pink gel pen. A school project detailing your hopes and dreams for adulthood. Letters written between classes to your friends, rife with angst and spelling mistakes. Juvenilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but maintains a few commonalities: it’s endearing, revealing, and more often than not, hilarious. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (GRTTWAK), hitting Ottawa this weekend, is a celebration of juvenilia. An open mic night, as well as a podcast, the event consists... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Jan 13, 2015

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La Radio by  Maritè Toledo on Flickr. La Radio by Maritè Toledo on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well here we are- a new year and a new home!  Apt613 Live! is now airing each Tuesday night from 6:00-6:30 on CHUO 89.1 FM.  Tune in and get to know your 613 as the workday winds down and the night’s possibilities open up before you! This week we kick off the 2015 season by interviewing V: poet extraordinaire and proud creator of a newly launched album Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V.  Apt 613 chatted with V about her life as a poet and... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

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Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | Continue reading article

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