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FreshMeat: Serving bite-sized theatre with a brew

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Photo courtesy of Dead Unicorn Ink.Photo courtesy of Dead Unicorn Ink.

Grab your drink and take your seats as FreshMeat2 Theatre rolls in to town for not one but two consecutive weekends October 17-19 and 24-26. The pop-up festival brings 14 top theatre companies together to showcase brand spanking new short and sharp edgy works in a single, comfortable and ‘serving’ venue. Keeping it fresh the 14 companies are split over two weekends – so it’s a completely new experience any time you drop in. The 7 companies selected per weekend (Thursday-Sunday nights) perform a total of 4 brief, 20-minute, pieces per... | Continue reading article

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Discovering the poetic secrets behind the doors of Apt. 9

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“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen. Henrik Ibsen, the renowned 19th century Norwegian playwright, would likely be proud of the National Capital Region.  While some cities are known for their literary jealousies, in which published authors resent the success of their fellow scribes, our region is filled with authors and publishers who work tirelessly to improve their beloved artistic community. To paraphrase Ibsen, members of our local writing scene have no qualms about taking the helm of the ship when... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Christine McNair and her vast array of poetic flavours

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Local writer Christine McNair is like an ambitious literary chef, whose impressive skills and large imagination transform word “ingredients” into a delicious poetic menu. In her first collection of poetry Conflict, published by BookThug, she draws from a wide range of writing devices to create a truly eclectic work. “There are a lot of styles in the book, which is quite deliberate,” says McNair in an interview.  ”I find poetry interesting when it covers a lot of formats and moods.” Based on the critical reaction to her book, McNair has accomplished... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for October 9, 2013

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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. Ryan handled this week’s show all by his lonesome, but he was joined for an interview with ARTrepreneur conference organizer Michael Wallack and keynote speaker Suki Lee. The conference, which happens on Saturday, October 19, is dedicated to helping artists succeed in business. Next, Ryan was joined by reporter Laura Mueller for... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Artisanal Bakeries

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Bread and Sons Bakery. All photos courtesy of Sanita Fejzic.Bread and Sons Bakery. All photos courtesy of Sanita Fejzic.

In choosing my top bakeries, I had two things in mind: quality and authenticity. Of course, between these words you’ll find my personal taste. While compiling this completely subjective list, my aim was to bring to light the artisans whose hands have baked the kind of goods that have left me satisfied and craving for more. That’s a contradiction in terms only a very good croissant or an excellent baguette can masterfully balance. You may say, what about The French Baker or Art-is-in, and I say, yes—the bread of the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: DIANA ticket giveaway!

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DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!

It’s not just a weekend of turkey and pie – it’s also a weekend where those Mario Kart skills you’ve been honing can be put to good use. Starting off with music playing tonight, Paper Lions and Teenage Kicks are at Zaphods, while Doomsquad and HSY stop by Mugshots. Indie folk/pop project Twin Voices is down at Pressed this evening, with Orienteers and Mehdi Hamdad rounding out the bill. Friday at Pressed, Delta Will is back in town with Claude Munson and the Storm Outside. Friday night also brings The... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Small Press Fair promises bookish delights for local readers

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A treasure trove of literary gems will be on display this coming Saturday, as vendors from the National Capital Region and beyond set up shop in Centretown to sell their valuable wares. Since 1994, the Ottawa Small Press Fair has offered local bookworms a chance to purchase rare, limited edition works, as well as becoming familiar with many great writers in our region.  The successful event consists of two fairs per year, one in the spring and the second in the fall. The fall 2013 edition, which will take place in... | Continue reading article

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After “Rise”, Kristy Gordon comes back with an “Explosion” at Cube Gallery

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Dark Night of Soul – courtesy of Cube GalleryDark Night of Soul – courtesy of Cube Gallery

Editor’s note: Tak Pham is a casual volunteer at Cube Gallery. This review expresses Tak’s professional view on Kristy Gordon’s works in his interest of the artist. This fall, Canadian portraiture artist Kristy Gordon returns to Ottawa with a brand new exhibition at Cube Gallery. Kristy Gordon 2013 features a series of works done during Kristy’s enrollment in Master of Fine Art program at New York Academy of Art. At the age of 33, Kristy has received numerous national and international recognitions, exhibited over five countries . In 2012, Kristy... | Continue reading article

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“Blood” is a thoughtful meditation on how human identity flows in our veins

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Human life would not exist without blood.  This is not only true in a literal sense – if your heart stopped beating you would die – but also figuratively, as blood plays an indispensable role in literature, politics, sports and culture, not to mention our understanding of who we are. In his new book Blood: The Stuff of Life, Canadian best-selling author Lawrence Hill meditates on this almost magical substance that runs through our veins. “Blood counts in virtually every aspect of our being that matters deeply,” he writes.  ”If you are fighting... | Continue reading article

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