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Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region […]

Carly Smith of Darling Yes

Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking […]

Photo courtesy of Murder Murder.

“Moonshine, and train songs, gunfights and gospel tunes”

Gloria Song has been performing for over a decade, most recently as a member in Scary Bear Soundtrack, who are performing alongside Murder Murder on June 25, 2015. Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Murder Murder guarantees “all murder ballads, all the time.” They aren’t exaggerating: that’s exactly what their music is. Self-described as a “bloodgrass band” […]

Photos taken at Rockfest, courtesy of Tobi Cohen.

Manic Montebello music festival still a rockin’ good time after 10 years

A decade on, Amnesia Rockfest remains a manic mix of music, moshing, misfits and mayhem. Although this year’s line-up wasn’t my particular favourite, it’s the festival’s unique, anything-goes vibe that’s kept me coming back for the last five years. It’s also what has most certainly catapulted the once-tiny, rural Quebec festival onto the must-see international circuit. Let’s just […]

Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr.

Fellowship of the Blog: Now taking applications!

In 2014 Apt613 ran it’s first-ever indiegogo fundraiser to support a new initiative: The Apt613 Fellowship program. This program allows us to support projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. The goal is to take our coverage of the best of Ottawa’s grassroots arts and culture to the next level. The program launched earlier this year […]

Debut novel offers up a unique National Park mystery

Perfect Books (258A Elgin Street) is hosting a special sale until July 15 to promote Dyed in the Green, an action-packed mystery set in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  During the sale you can purchase the book for 20% off.  The regular price is $19.99 but with the discount it will be $15.99. Dyed in the […]

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the […]