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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood. To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

Photo courtesy Mikey G Ottawa on Flickr. As you’ll see from the listings below, the city has woken up from its post-holiday hibernation and has thrown itself into full-fledged winter fun mode. On the schedule for this weekend? Dog sled rides in Gatineau, a Winter Bike Parade, and likely a few snowball fights. Kalle Mattson […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

It’s another full weekend, Ottawa. At the very least, you’re going to have to choose between elegant picnicking, documentaries and a bakery birthday party – and there are even more options to add to that mix below. Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays have their cd release party tonight at Babylon, while it’s an evenin’ with […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa – plus a contest!

There’s a lot to give thanks for, living in this city. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but all things considered? We’ve got it pretty good. So when you’re done indulging in an autumnal feast this weekend, head on out to enjoy the multitude of local events Ottawa’s got lined up. And if you want a […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

This weekend we’ve got plenty of chances to get some culture, Ottawa – and it’s not just because Culture Days will be all across the city all weekend long. We’ve also got 24 hours of comics, crafts, fashion galore, and beer. Okay, so beer might not fit your idea of ‘culture’, but we can guarantee […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqs6So11GEE[/youtube] So it’s officially fall, and therefore officially harvest time. Which perfectly positions the O-town Hoedown music festival and – even though it’s next weekend, get your tickets! – Oktoberfest out in Vankleek Hill. A little closer to home, you can mark autumn by crushing grapes in Little Italy. However, if you can’t […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

Once again, the city has decided to throw all sorts of events at us, forcing us to make impossible decisions. This time, though, indecision is going to win: here’s how you can fit everything* into one epic weekend (complete with a nap or two)… Tonight, take it easy (you’ll need the energy for the rest […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

Word on the street is it’s a record year for freshers on at least one campus in town – so welcome, students, to our lovely city. We at Apartment613 are all about promoting university and college education, but want make sure you get a bit of urban education under your belt, too. If you’re a […]

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 […]

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