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Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Two

Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses […]

Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

This is part two in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Eric Coates, the artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, offers his insights on our city’s theatre community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. When I was asked to […]

Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. What is the difference between a school in Canada and North Korea?  How about apartheid-era South Africa or another repressive regime? As citizens of a democratic state, […]

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Future of Ottawa: Is there a future for local writers?

This is part one in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, local author Tudor Robins argues that this is a wonderful period to be an author, and that the current struggles of some bookstores and publishing houses does not mean you can’t be a successful writer.  Twitter users: […]

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from […]


Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

This Saturday at 7 pm, Ottawa-native Andrew Forbes is launching What You Need, his debut collection of short stories, at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W.).  While currently living in Peterborough, this young author is no stranger to the National Capital Region, having been born in Ottawa, as well as attending Gloucester High School and Carleton […]

Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Record Store Day weekend happenings

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a […]

All photos courtesy of Empire Grill.

Foodie Friday: Empire strikes back

A few years ago, I attended a birthday party for a friend at Empire Grill. Having never been before, and with the meager budget of a university student, my jaw dropped upon glancing the prices on the menu. It was definitely the first time in my adult life that I was a patron at a […]