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Porchfest debuts in Hintonburg this Saturday

Though outdoor music festivals almost instinctively bring to mind warm summer air and crisp beer, that tide just may be turning due to a little event called Porchfest. New to the Ottawa music scene, Porchfest debuts this Saturday, October 24, in Hintonburg. Music festivals are about to mean hot Pumpkin Spice Lattés and colorful fallen leaves. […]

Photos: Sanita Fejzic

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Molly

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Molly About: Molly is the second owner of the Village Quire. She lives, works and plays in […]

Sussex Drive, 1955. Photo uploaded by Ross Dunn to the Apt613 flickr pool.

Writer? Picture taker? Just curious? Come to our Contributors’ Meeting!

Do you have an ear to the ground of Ottawa culture, or do you want an excuse to check out more of what this city has to offer? We’re always looking for new volunteer contributors who are enthusiastic about this city, able to work to a deadline, and interested in crafting informative, entertaining blog posts […]

Photo of Jan Martens in Ode to the Attempt by Phile Deprez

The Dog Days of Dance + ticket giveway

Critically-acclaimed choreographer Jan Martens is coming to Ottawa for a three-day run from October 22 to 24 at the National Arts Centre. A native of Belgium, this talented artist will be presenting two of his recent works, Ode to the Attempt and The Dog Days Are Over, in a special two hour show. (See the video below for a taste […]


Write On Ottawa: From Ottawa to the Yukon

After Louise’s husband retired, he impulsively bought a used RV and thus began the couple’s preparations for a road trip from their home in Ottawa, across Canada to Dawson City, Yukon. Lucy’s Road Trip chronicles the voyage of Louise and Charlie Szabo in their RV, first to Cape Breton to celebrate their daughter’s wedding, and […]

My Enemy My Brother

My Enemy, My Brother essential viewing at OIFF today

A chance encounter in Vancouver between two men whose paths had crossed many years before on a battlefield on the other side of the world is at the heart of Ann Shin’s My Enemy, My Brother, a powerful and moving short film being screening this weekend at OIFF. The battle took place at Khorramshahr in […]

Ballet Boys

Q&A with director Kenneth Elvebakk of Ballet Boys

Among the films on show at this year’s Ottawa International Film Festival Kenneth Elvebakk’s Ballet Boys is one that immediately catches the eye. The film which follows three boys who work towards making their dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer a reality has already racked up a long list of awards and nominations around […]

Jackie Boy

Campanale’s gritty Jackie Boy gets Canadian premiere

Some might say that an aspiring filmmaker would be better served skipping film school and taking a bar job instead. Ottawa’s own Cody Campanale, whose debut feature film Jackie Boy gets it’s Canadian premiere this weekend at the Ottawa International Film Festival, took an altogether different route to the director’s chair. “I was working as […]

Chandel Gambles (left) and Catherine Ballachey in Joseph and Amarise. Photo by MJ Gervais.

DIY theatre is breath of fresh air

One of the stated goals of Fresh Meat 4 is to attract non-theatre audiences, partially on the basis that twenty minute bites are easier to swallow than the prospect of a two hour play. For those adept at this new-fangled “binge watching” Fresh Meat will be a breeze and feel like a breath of fresh […]