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My OIAF hangover

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Photo from superdupersuperhero.com.Photo from superdupersuperhero.com.

Another year of the Ottawa International Animation Festival has come to a close and it feels almost like the day after Christmas; a little sad, a little tired, but still buzzing from all the excitement! As usual, the OIAF delivered a smashing five days of fantastical images and sounds that were at once captivating, entertaining, thoughtful and beautiful in so many different ways. Of the screenings I attended, the two that really stood out for me were Arjun: The Warrior Prince by Indian director Arnab Chaudhuri and It’s Such A... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Forging poetic sculptures with new literary works

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Image taken from pages 6 and 7 of X by Shane Rhodes.Image taken from pages 6 and 7 of X by Shane Rhodes.

Today we continue our look at the amazing poetry scene in our region by profiling two excellent writers. Award winning poet Shane Rhodes is one of the most innovate wordsmiths in the National Capital Region.  In fact, his work is so cutting edge it completely redefines what a poem is. When one thinks of poetry one normally imagines a literary text.  While the words play rhythmic games and convey symbolic meanings, the form is usually constant: i.e. words arranged on a page from left to right, with the eyes of... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: little free libraries to call your own

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Little Free Library on Garrison Street, Photo from the Anglo-Celtic Connections website.Little Free Library on Garrison Street, Photo from the Anglo-Celtic Connections website.

I recently visited friends in Madison, Wisconsin, and one the goals of my trip was to see a Little Free Library which I managed to do quite quickly, as there was one on the way to the grocery co-op my friends use. What is a Little Free Library? According to Little Free Library, it all started in 2009 when “Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading.  He filled it with books... | Continue reading article

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013

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As part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013, our roving crew of reporters took pictures of the artistic projects and exhibits in the Byward Market, Hintonburg and Sparks Street zones. The photos were projected from a window on George Street as part of our coverage of the all-night art festival (see the slideshow of all the photos we took below). Thanks to Megan Smith and Ariane Nazroo, as well as all of the volunteers, who helped make this years’ edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau a great success!

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Hood Wars 2013 Round Two: Best Public Art and Architecture

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Photo courtesy of spotmaticfanatic on Flickr.Photo courtesy of spotmaticfanatic on Flickr.

Hood Wars is Apt613′s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 28); Best Je-ne-sais-quoi (October 2). In each round readers will vote for any Ottawa neighbourhood that they think represents the best in that round’s category. The top neighbourhood will get 10 points, the runner-up 9 points, third place... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 18, 2013

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Photo by Daniel Fonseca on flickr.Photo by Daniel Fonseca on flickr.

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. It was all hands on deck this week as Ryan was joined by editors Yasmin and Chris for a packed show. The crew started things up with a chat with local author Catherine Brunelle, who is among the first Canadians to join the Kickstarter revolution as she raises money for her new... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Meet the blogger who is improving his community one post a time

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Photo courtesy of West Side Action from post: "Albert Street reconstruction – Back to the Future?"Photo courtesy of West Side Action from post: "Albert Street reconstruction – Back to the Future?"

Eric Darwin is one of the best reporters in Ottawa covering urban affairs.  Not bad for someone who does not call himself a  journalist, who is not part of the mainstream and alternative press, and who only launched his must-read blog West Side Action after retiring seven years ago. In today’s Internet age, news reporting is being radically redefined.  Twenty years ago, if you wanted to know about development projects in the National Capital Region or planning decisions at City Hall, a daily newspaper, local TV news show or a talk... | Continue reading article

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Sook-Yin Lee plays with memory and narrative in two Ottawa exhibits

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Artist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline RyanArtist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline Ryan

Sook-Yin Lee is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician, writer, director, actor, broadcaster, and visual and performance artist. I caught up with her while she was in town for the opening of her new photography exhibit We Are Light Rays and the one-night performance of her multimedia work How Can I Forget? We’re seated in the exhibition: intimate, darkened and close “a strange space-room” as Lee describes it. On the wall is the photographic series; back-lit displays on light boxes that run in a line around the... | Continue reading article

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