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Write On Ottawa: Growing hope from the grieving soil of Ground Zero

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The phone call in 2008 may have been the worst moment in Nicholas Gagnier’s life.  At the time things were improving for the local poet, whose life was returning to relative normalcy after years of substance abuse, homelessness and depression. Then came the horrific news that his friend Michelle Vachon had committed suicide. “I will never forget that phone call,” writes Gagnier in the new poetry anthology Ground Zero.  “It will ring in my ears until the day I die.” Dealing with intense grief, and trying to understand a death that “perpetually haunts me”, the... | Continue reading article

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Michael Feuerstack and friends bring their indie folk to Le Temporaire this Wednesday

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Apt613 last spoke to Michael Feuerstack upon the release of Tambourine Death Bed back in May. Since then he’s returned to Ottawa a few times to play the second edition of the Arboretum Festival as well as lead a workshop at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Feuerstack has returned to the capital region once more, and this time he’s taking Halifax’s Paper Beat Scissors and our own Her Harbour across the river for an intimate show at Le Temporaire in Gatineau. This is the beginning of a tour for Feuerstack and Tim Crabtree –... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: September 16, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Mike Geiger on flickrPhoto courtesy of Mike Geiger on flickr

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest 2013: What the folk is going on with the music of today’s youth?

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Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.

The Ottawa Folk Festival, a longstanding tradition here in the nation’s capital, proved once again that people still yearn for the folk music of long ago and of the present. Taking place in Hog’s Back Park, the five day festival boasted some much sought after artists such as City and Colour, The Sheepdogs and other acts all of which thrilled audiences young and old. Though some critics argue that the Folk Festival can hardly contain the word “Folk” in its name, I found myself instead wanting more of this wonderful... | Continue reading article

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Style File: Folk Fest Edition

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Folkfest Style File!

All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 11, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. On this week’s show, Ryan and Chris chatted with Ottawa International Animation Festival Artistic Director Chris Robinson. The festival, which Robinson says is probably the second largest animation festival in the world, kicks off on September 18. Chris and Ryan rounded out the show with discussions on our beer guide and the local sports team that will remain unnamed on Apartment613 until their management can... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Interview with local blogger and writer Catherine Brunelle

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Photo of Catherine Brunelle courtesy of her blog Bumpyboobs.Photo of Catherine Brunelle courtesy of her blog Bumpyboobs.

In a previous post we profiled local writer Catherine Brunelle and her attempt to raise $3,000 to publish her debut novel The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending.  Incredibly, she smashed her fundraising goal in less than 24 hours, and has now collected more than double what she was originally hoping for.  We caught up with Catherine to discuss her Kickstarter campaign, her blog Bumpyboobs and her relationship with her readers.  Below is an email interview slightly edited for length and style. Apartment: 613 You met your Kickstarter funding goal in less than 24 hours.  How... | Continue reading article

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Satirical play offers a fresh (and funny) look at Prime Minister Harper

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From left to right: Jenny Young, Tom Barnett and Michael Healey.   Photo by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.From left to right: Jenny Young, Tom Barnett and Michael Healey. Photo by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.

Canadian federal politics, we are repeatedly told, is becoming increasingly polarised.  The person that many people blame for this division is Prime Minister Harper. A new comedy at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), however, offers a unique perspective on Canada’s federal leader, by presenting a witty story that challenges political partisans of all stripes. Opening the GCTC’s 2013-14 season, Proud is the creation of Canadian playwright Michael Healey and is set right after the 2011 federal election.  But unlike the real vote two years ago, in which the NDP swept Quebec, it... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Dishcrawl your way to new culinary heights in Hintonburg

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Dishcrawlers enjoying a meal. Photo from dishcrawl.com.Dishcrawlers enjoying a meal. Photo from dishcrawl.com.

What does the best of Wellington West have to offer? Dishcrawl, the North American start-up dining experience founded on bringing foodies together, returns to Hintonburg on September 18. Participants, or “dishcrawlers” as they are affectionately dubbed, tour four local restaurants in and around the Hingtonburg area as they make their merry way through some of the neighbourhood’s finest eateries. Restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first restaurant is revealed to guests. Though tickets to the upcoming tour have sold out like—pardon the pun—hotcakes,... | Continue reading article

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