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Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Soulful songs for a Saturday night

With so many Ontario Scene events this past Saturday, it must have been a tough choice for someone looking for an evening out, but for those who placed their bets on Matthew Barber and Jadea Kelly’s show the rewards were sweet. Not only did we get to hear these two songwriters on the same bill, […]


Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose […]

Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.

The OAG gets especially creative this Sunday

Post by Justeen Gales. The NAC’s Ontario Scene Gallery Crawl, happening in Ottawa this Sunday, has motivated the staff at the Ottawa Art Gallery to host a special Creative Sunday workshop for children and their families inspired by the current exhibition Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once (January 23rd – May 10th 2015) by […]

Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613’s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere […]

Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre

So music meets up with quantum mechanics in a bar . . .

What is the relationship between music and quantum mechanics?  I have no idea but am eager to find out in Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, a special concert this Sunday by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the National Arts Centre. A collaboration between Edwin Outwater, the music director of the K-W Symphony, and the University […]


Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all […]

Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Irene’s: 30 years in the Glebe

Thirty years ago in 1985, a woman by the name of Irene Corey opened the doors to her modest-sized pub in the then up-and-coming neighbourhood on Bank Street called The Glebe. Originally called, “Cap’n Pinky’s”, it bore the charm of a cozy, rustic Maritime seaboard local, which rapidly became home to a regular clientele in […]

Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also […]