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Matt Jones

Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into […]


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to speak in Ottawa

Chris Hedges is not a subtle man.  In his latest book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the former longtime New York Times foreign correspondent offers a blistering attack on corporate power and political institutions. Local residents can hear him first-hand on Wednesday evening, when he is scheduled to speak at Centretown United Church (507 Bank Street) at 7 […]

Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ron Sexsmith captivates NAC crowd

Canadian recording artist and multi-Juno Award winner, Ron Sexsmith, along with his supreme 4-piece band gave a captivating performance in front of a near sold out crowd inside the marvellously warm acoustics of Ottawa’s NAC Theatre this past Saturday night as part of Ontario Scene. The show marked the final stop on this leg of […]

Megan Jerome. Photo by Adria May

Listen to Megan Jerome’s groovy Together Ensemble: Concert this Thursday

I walked into the Elmdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon. Megan Jerome’s voice filled the space as she belted out covers by Bill Bailey, TLC, Michael Jackson, and Hozier. Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice. No stranger to the stage, Megan formally trained in classical and jazz piano at Carleton University. Her self-produced […]

Photo by Alroy Fonseca (Apartment613 Flickr pool)

Wakefield joins growing list of local literary festivals

Post by David Sachs Writing is a solitary art, they all say, and for once they’re right.  Writer’s (of books) have no teammates and no audience, none that they see anyway.  In a city like Ottawa, it’s more of a dark art: neighbourhoods of talented political staff, civil servants and reporters, writing magnum opuses after […]

All photos by Emily Plunkett.

For the love of Comiccon

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea […]

Brenda Labelle

Tour de blogosphere: Get Bjütiful with Brenda Labelle

Librarian by day, blogger by night, Brenda Labelle is the creator and writer of Bjütie, a blog that rejoices aesthetic pleasures while revealing a peek inside this Ottawa gal’s life. Spanning an array of topics, ranging from beauty and style, to performance arts, love and romance, Bjütie is a place to be inspired.  Labelle regards the site […]