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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013

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As part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013, our roving crew of reporters took pictures of the artistic projects and exhibits in the Byward Market, Hintonburg and Sparks Street zones. The photos were projected from a window on George Street as part of our coverage of the all-night art festival (see the slideshow of all the photos we took below). Thanks to Megan Smith and Ariane Nazroo, as well as all of the volunteers, who helped make this years’ edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau a great success!

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Hood Wars 2013 Round Two: Best Public Art and Architecture

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Photo courtesy of spotmaticfanatic on Flickr.Photo courtesy of spotmaticfanatic on Flickr.

Hood Wars is Apt613′s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 28); Best Je-ne-sais-quoi (October 2). In each round readers will vote for any Ottawa neighbourhood that they think represents the best in that round’s category. The top neighbourhood will get 10 points, the runner-up 9 points, third place... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 18, 2013

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Photo by Daniel Fonseca on flickr.Photo by Daniel Fonseca on flickr.

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. It was all hands on deck this week as Ryan was joined by editors Yasmin and Chris for a packed show. The crew started things up with a chat with local author Catherine Brunelle, who is among the first Canadians to join the Kickstarter revolution as she raises money for her new... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Meet the blogger who is improving his community one post a time

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Photo courtesy of West Side Action from post: "Albert Street reconstruction – Back to the Future?"Photo courtesy of West Side Action from post: "Albert Street reconstruction – Back to the Future?"

Eric Darwin is one of the best reporters in Ottawa covering urban affairs.  Not bad for someone who does not call himself a  journalist, who is not part of the mainstream and alternative press, and who only launched his must-read blog West Side Action after retiring seven years ago. In today’s Internet age, news reporting is being radically redefined.  Twenty years ago, if you wanted to know about development projects in the National Capital Region or planning decisions at City Hall, a daily newspaper, local TV news show or a talk... | Continue reading article

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Sook-Yin Lee plays with memory and narrative in two Ottawa exhibits

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Artist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline RyanArtist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline Ryan

Sook-Yin Lee is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician, writer, director, actor, broadcaster, and visual and performance artist. I caught up with her while she was in town for the opening of her new photography exhibit We Are Light Rays and the one-night performance of her multimedia work How Can I Forget? We’re seated in the exhibition: intimate, darkened and close “a strange space-room” as Lee describes it. On the wall is the photographic series; back-lit displays on light boxes that run in a line around the... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more! In the music world,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Local blogger pens parenting guide for new mothers

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Katina Michelis and her two daughters Gia, left, and Eva, right.Katina Michelis and her two daughters Gia, left, and Eva, right.

Life during pregnancy and with a new baby can be wonderful – and overwhelming and isolating too. With her new book You’re Pregnant – Now What?, local blogger and author Katina Michelis gives a glimpse of what life during pregnancy is like, and what to expect with a newborn. “When I was pregnant with my first I had an idealized notion of pregnancy” says Michelis, a proud mother of two young girls.  However, after the first few idealized weeks passed, she realized that she was miserable. “Why does everybody else seem so... | Continue reading article

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