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Ottawa’s thriving literary scene

This week, OpenFile and Apartment613 have partnered to present a series of stories—apologies for Ottawa—that show off what makes Ottawa a great place to live. We drew inspiration from ideas readers submitted to both websites. Today, Vera Grbic writes about the city’s literary scene. To a common observer, an address in a phone book is […]

Capital Slam brings Mary Pinkoski to their Summer Slam Edition

[youtube width=”600″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0gbkghweXY[/youtube] A poetry slam is an amazing experience. It’s where word nerds get to engage in sport – something that many of us only got to witness in the debate club in high school. Capital Slam has helped to put the national capital on the national poetry map, and has kept it there through regular […]

Local theatre companies staging Homegrown to support Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival

Many readers likely followed the controversy at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto last year over their presentation of the play Homegrown. According to Sun Media, here’s what a spokesperson for the PMO said at the time about Catherine Frid’s play about the relationship between a writer and a terror suspect: We are extremely disappointed that […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

Welcome to another edition of the weekend roundup, y’all. I’ll be filling in for Karen as she’s in England for the next few weeks. One can only assume she’s heading overseas to get some fascinator tips directly from the source. Bluesfest is heading into the homestretch, and festival organizers have saved some of the best […]

Apartment613 Live: The “Ryan learns to do radio” edition

[podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/apt613/Apt613live.mp3[/podcast] This week, Apartment613 Live is all about festivals. We interview Petr Cancura, the programming director for the Ottawa Jazz Festival. (For more on the festival’s shows, you can check out Petr’s blog here.) Trevor Pritchard sits down at the Fringe Festival beer tent with the PepTides, who played Jazzfest’s opening night. And we preview […]

Talkin’ bout a vertebrae-shattering revolution

Post by Jared Davidson It’s a little tempting to refer to Daughters of the Revolution as a supergroup, but in the Canadian music landscape, collaborations of this nature have become a regular occurrence. More and more, bands in Ottawa are sharing and swapping members, diversifying an already diverse gene pool. So it is with Daughters […]

Weekend roundup: May 2-4 edition

Calling all board game lovers: it’s CanGames 2011 weekend down at the Rideau Curling Club. Tired of beating your friends at Settlers? Go kick some stranger’s hopes of Catan domination to the wayside! If you’re not into a little friendly competition, perhaps beekeeping courses are more your style? Tonight in music, Bad Astronaut can be […]

Weekend roundup: things to do around O-town

These successive rain days have successfully seemed to put a damper on the city – the smallest glimpse of sun seems to get everyone excited. So take advantage of the hot, hot rays this weekend and get out to discover more about your neighbourhood. The yearly Jane’s Walk festival is on Saturday and Sunday, so […]

Weekend roundup: things to do in Ottawa

Let’s get right to it, Ottawa! Start your pre-weekend off right and head to Raw Sugar to see Zac Crouse and Steve Gates tonight – or head over to Mavericks to see Maybe Smith (who will hopefully come back to town again and again). For Friday, if you’ve been missing the early ’90s of late […]

Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CpefDmGdck[/youtube] You know it’s spring in Ottawa when the festival announcements start popping up faster than the crocuses. WestFest‘s schedule is out, the Jazz Festival lineup came out yesterday, and Bluefest’s is expected next week… The FolkFest and others won’t be far behind! If you’re like me and missed the Rich Aucoin show […]

Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa!

Apologies to those federal employees out there – the rest of us are really, really sorry that you don’t get Monday off. Because you’ll have to miss a free pancake breakfast among other things.. But you can rub it in later this year when you get your special long weekends, we promise! As for the […]

Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in YOW!

I may be biased, but I think our city has one of the best airport codes – which naturally is why the name of this unconference tonight is so great. And the content will be, too! Also tonight? Danko Jones down at the Capital Music Hall – some serious rockin’ will go down there. On […]

Weekend roundup: stuff to do in Ottawa!

Strawberries in January? Okay, so they’re not your farmer’s market fresh variety, but this show will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy – no matter how cold it gets outside. The undercurrents festival also continues at the GCTC, with some of the best Fringe shows returning for another run. Now for the lowdown on the […]

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