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Write On Ottawa: New coffee table book celebrates the magic of the dinner table and travel

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Photo by Jennifer Baguss courtesy of Heather HeagneyPhoto by Jennifer Baguss courtesy of Heather Heagney

Since 2009, local blogger Heather Heagney has been celebrating food on her wonderful blog After the Harvest.  In more than 200 online posts, she has written on such subjects as food sustainability, farming, Ottawa chefs and wine.  Now she is tackling a new challenge by publishing a coffee table book titled After the Harvest: Eat. Drink. Connect. “I wanted to think outside of a blog,” says Heagney about her debut book that was released in June. Many bloggers become involved in publishing to promote their online work.   Some food bloggers, meanwhile,... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Downtown bird’s eye view, 1938

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All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.

Andrew Elliott is an archivist who by day works with the federal government and by night is a freelance historian who is interested in architectural heritage issues. Elliott has written for Blacklocks Reporter, the Glebe Report, and the Peterborough Examiner. He can be reached at ajg.elliott@utoronto.ca. This occasional column will take a look at Ottawa’s streetscapes, ca. 1938, and take note of a city at the crossroads of change. His motto was: “It can be done”. And invariably, when James B. Hunter said this, things were done. Hunter was one... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Pop-up library

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 5. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Need something to do on a Tuesday evening?? Why not head on down to Marion Dewar Plaza to see the pop-up library! It’s open every Tuesday from 5 to 9 pm as part of the Summer Arts Market in front of City Hall. People visiting the pop-up library will be able to get or renew their card... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Bluesfest Babes Edition

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All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File!   Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit:  Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: Clark’s (dancing and hooping all day require comfy shoes) Style inspiration: My style is dictated by cut and colour. Dresses are the easiest piece of clothing because they are most forgiving of fluctuating body shape... | Continue reading article

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Guerilla Magazine celebrates return to print

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Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.

Hundreds attended the launch of Guerilla 36 at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on July 26th. “The event had incredible energy,” said Tony Martins, Guerilla’s editor and creative director. The evening that featured powerful artworks from Guillermo Trejo, Angelina McCormick, Drew Mosley, Anthony Tremmaglia, and Tina Picard, also celebrated Guerilla magazine’s return to print. “The event had a very interesting range of people, which is a hallmark of Guerilla events; being back in print has definitely caught people’s attention.” Founded in 2004, Guerilla magazine is an arts and ground level culture... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: July 29, 2013

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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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Apartment613 Live for July 25, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Thursday at 5pm on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you missed 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. This week, Karen chatted with Jan Irwin, interim artistic director with Odyssey Theatre, who just premiered a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Arms and the Man. This isn’t your typical Shaw reading, however – the actors perform their parts entirely in mask! Next up was a chat with Jason Pelletier... | Continue reading article

 
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Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

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Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping the area reconcile the competing halves of its identity: as a farmer’s market serving Ottawa residents and as a tourist-attracting bar and restaurant district.  The plan addresses concerns that the Market’s successful nightlife is undermining... | Continue reading article

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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Coming to a park near you

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Actors:  Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.Actors: Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.

As always, an enjoyable evening of the silly side of Shakespeare, plein air, with The Fools.  This production of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor clips along at a fine pace, ably directed by Catriona Leger.  All the actors (save Matthew John Lundvall as Falstaff) play multiple roles, and do a fine job of differentiating their characters with rapid costume changes, vocal inflections and physical quirks.  Their clear articulation – a challenge in an outdoor setting with plentiful ambient noise – is much appreciated.  We are able to enjoy the bon... | Continue reading article

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