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Governor General’s Award winning author Kim Thúy to speak at Octopus Books

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It’s fashionable in some circles to argue that the novel is a dying art form.  According to this group – which includes, ironically, published fiction writers – novels no longer have the power to move society, nor do they offer much space for new forms of artistic creativity. In her remarkable début novel Ru, Saigon born but now Montreal-based writer Kim Thúy clearly demonstrates that the reports on the death of the novel have been greatly exaggerated.  In a beautifully written, poetic story, she tells the tale of a Vietnamese... | Continue reading article

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Wonder Geeks Activate comes back to Zaphod’s

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From the first WGA event.

Geeks! Art! In a club?! It might not be what you expect, and that’s exactly why it exists. Wonder Geeks Activate (WGA) is where “the comic book convention meets the nightlife scene.” The endeavor, started by Adam Tupper, is really a way to deconstruct the geek genre while having some fun and supporting the community. Tupper wanted to help support a community that needed it – geeks. He knew they were around, but hadn’t realized “the city was so gung-ho, so excited for shows of a geeky nature” until seeing the... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: rob mclennan, Ottawa’s prolific literary treasure

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Local writer rob mclennan has had a profound impact on Ottawa’s literary scene.  The author of 26 books, including two novels, the non-fiction work Ottawa: The Unknown City (a must read, if you want to get to know the city’s little secrets), and numerous volumes of poetry, he has also published, interviewed and reviewed the work of a large number of his fellow wordsmiths. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that he has promoted hundreds of writers from the National Capital Region and beyond, many of whom would not have... | Continue reading article

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Your new favourite band: Montreal’s SUUNS

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Photo by Joseph Yarmush.Photo by Joseph Yarmush.

I won't lie. Being a blogger sometimes has its perks...like getting an early copy of an album. And I've had SUUNS' latest record Images du futur on repeat at my house for the last two months. These four guys, out of Montreal, have managed to create something fresh - with songs running the gamut from rocking wa-wa filled Mirror Mirror to dancey tunes that remind us a bit of Radiohead with the bleeps and bloops replaced by scowling guitars on Power of Ten. Apt613 caught up with singer Ben Shemie in between tour stops.

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Apartment613 Live for April 11, 2013: Ground rule double edition

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Photo by Jean Labelle on flickr.Photo by Jean Labelle on flickr.

Listen here or in iTunes. Katie and Karen held it down in the studio this week. They started the show off with the first in a recurring series of chats about local politics. This week’s iteration brought news that Ottawa’s Planning Committee has approved a 45-story tower called Icon that is slotted for Little Italy. Though there are still plenty of roadblocks in the way, this brings the neighbourhood-changing tower one step closer to being a reality. Next, our hosts were joined with members of local “ouija-rock” band The Yips... | Continue reading article

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Sugar beets as road salt? Judging the Ottawa Regional Science Fair

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post by Siu Hong Yu, science fair judge extraordinaire “Can a modern society live carbon free?” “What brand of bubble gum can produce the largest bubbles?” “What’s down with gravity?” “What powers flowers?” “Can text affect our perception of colour?” “Why do golf balls have dimples?” These were just a tiny sample of the fascinating questions featured at the 52nd annual Ottawa Regional Science Fair last Saturday at Carleton University’s Ravens’ Nest basketball court, where over 300 students between grades 7 and 12 showed off their scientific wit and wooed judges with logic and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Spring is coming – we promise. While the weather might seem otherwise, this leafy green event out at Kichesippi Brewery will prove to you that fresh produce isn’t too far away. At the very least, the food and music and beer will distract you from a snowy reality. Tonight at Babylon, it’s Raw Hip Hop with Blakdenim, hosted by VCX, Precice Kenny Creole and Diamond. Some of you, though, might just want to camp out in Wakefield this weekend – with Jenn Grant tonight, Harlan Pepper tomorrow, and New Country Rehab on... | Continue reading article

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H&M is coming to Ottawa! Fashionistas rejoice, but why the wait?

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Great news for lovers of fast-fashion! Yesterday, H&M released a statement declaring they are to open their first store in Ottawa in the fall of 2013 at Bayshore Shopping Centre. H&M is known for their affordable prices while still offering the latest trends and basics at a fraction of a cost of department store prices, all the while gaining international recognition for collaborating with higher end, ready-to-wear designers such as Versace, Marni, and Maison Martin Margiela. When asked why H&M decided to come to Ottawa, Public Relations Manager for H&M... | Continue reading article

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