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Ottawa’s thriving literary scene

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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 a simple piece of information. To Ottawa’s literary jack-of-all-trades, rob mclennan, an address is fodder for poetic inspiration. In his book of poetry, The Ottawa City Project, mclennan converts Ottawa’s 322 Gilmour Street, among other... | Continue reading article

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This week on Apartment613 Live: House of PainT, poetry from the VIA train, and new music from A Tribe Called Red

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Hey audiophiles, missed us? Unfortunately, the armoured Brinks security truck that ferrets the Apartment613 Live file from CHUO 89.1 FM to our top secret headquarters made a wrong turn somewhere last week. We haven’t heard from them since, but rumour has it they’re lost in the Quebec wilderness north of Maniwaki, surviving only on our mouthwatering tunes and highly-nutritional interviews. No such problem, however, with this week’s podcast! It’s a packed hour, as we chat with Rob Reid of urban art festival House of PainT and Marc Andre Clement, executive... | Continue reading article

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Capital Slam brings Mary Pinkoski to their Summer Slam Edition

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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 events featuring top-notch poets from across the country. This month’s slam will feature Edmonton poet (and finalist for her city’s poet laureate position) Mary Pinkoski. We got a few questions in with Mary in advance of her hopping on the... | Continue reading article

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

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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 public money is being used to fund plays that glorify terrorism. Had the plot hatched by the Toronto 18 succeeded, thousands of innocent Canadians would have died. This year, the festival lost its funding from... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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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 acts for last. On Saturday, Lebreton Flats will morph into a sea of skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors as Death From Above 1979 bring their much-anticipated reunion tour to the nation’s capital. Sunday night will... | Continue reading article

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

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[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 Folk Festival 2011 with board member and house concert promoter Bob LeDrew. Feel free to blame any technical trouble on this being my first time running the studio solo. (Actually, no, blame Trevor! He usually... | Continue reading article

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Talkin’ bout a vertebrae-shattering revolution

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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 of the Revolution. The fledgling band features a heavyweight cast of players: Ian Keteku, 2010 World Poetry Slam champion; Omar Rivero, who has worked with the likes of Shad, among others; Olivier Fairfield of E-Tron... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: May 2-4 edition

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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 found at Mavericks and The Beauties are at the Elmdale, while it’s a night of soul at the Mercury Lounge with the Hornettes and Houndstooth. This being the third weekend of the month means Timekode... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: things to do around O-town

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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 you’ve got no excuses for staying holed up inside! Unless, of course, you’re at one of the music shows we’ve got lined up. With Kelp Record’s 17th birthday bash (they’re almost legal voting age!) happening... | Continue reading article

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