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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: One-on-one with the talented Pearl Pirie

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Ottawa’s Pearl Pirie recently published her third full collection of poetry, the pet radish, shrunken, a wonderful, playful, and funny collection of unforgettable poems.  You will scratch your head, laugh and be happy to think about “the tangerine sunset,” how “I love yous peak on sundays,” and “because I love you. if I didn’t, think/ about it, why would I be yelling?” She will be reading at VERSeFest on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. alongside Marilyn Dumont, JC Bouchard and Stevie Howell. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 24, 2015

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Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.

This week’s Apt613 Live is all about the music.  This weekend there are a lot of great folks visiting the capital to rock your socks off (and toques and mittens and never-going-to-return-to-storage winter coats). We chat with Chris Milligan, one third of the folk-rock band Sea Perry a group of “nice guys” who are taking the stage at Avant-Garde to sample some music from their upcoming album this Saturday. Throw in a little hodgepodge of every type of music you can name: footstompin’ country ala Ginger St. James; smooth jazzy-soul... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: The fragile equilibrium of Justin Million

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Photo by Sanita FejzicPhoto by Sanita Fejzic

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Justin Million.  (See also part 1, part 2, part 4 and part 5 of this series of five profiles). Justin Million is currently living and writing in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, while commuting to Pickering, Ontario for work at a sporting goods store.  Million’s work has appeared in Poetry Is Dead, ottawater, The... | Continue reading article

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SELFIE: A photo exhibition on crossed identities at Karsh-Masson

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Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Through their photographic self-stories, artists Magida El-Kassis, Olivia Johnston, and Jennifer Stewart invite us to reflect upon the contemporary fragmentation of the identity. Walking into the SELFIE exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is an overwhelming experience. Right in front of the entrance, one is greeted with a diptych by El-Kassis bearing a prophetic title: “it’s what you do to me”. The visitor is forced to branch left or right where a... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: House Dreams’ journey of self-discovery

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House Dreams Brick Books, 2014 By Deanna Young   House Dreams begins with an epigraph from Carl Jung.  It comes from Memories, Dreams and Reflections, co-written with Aniela Jaffé.  It describes a personal dream — sometimes called Jung’s House Dream — that came to him at a time when he was examining the unconscious.  The psychoanalyst finds himself in an unfamiliar house.  He descends stairs to the ground floor and finds everything much older.  Pushing on, through darkness and a heavy door, he finds a stone staircase and continues his descent.... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: Spotlight on Jesslyn Delia Smith

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Photo by Sanita FejzicPhoto by Sanita Fejzic

This past fall,  Apt. 9 Press published Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this was be the perfect opportunity to profile all five writers featured in this collection.  Today we look at the work of Jesslyn Delia Smith, an Ottawa-based author whose work has appeared in ottawater, the Bywords Quarterly Journal, The Steel Chisel, and In/Words Magazine.  (See also part 1, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of this series of five profiles). The most captivating aspect of Jesslyn Delia Smith’s poems, and the most... | Continue reading article

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Premiere: My Focal Point by Chris Page

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Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

Ottawa musician, Chris Page is set to release his anticipated album, Volume Vs. Voice on April 21st, 2015. We know him for fronting the bands Camp Radio and The Stand GT but love him for the stripped down sound of his solo recordings. The combination of Page’s sexy earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well to create catchy folk-punk tunes. Apartment613 is pleased to premiere the album’s first single, “My Focal Point”. This song continues to evoke a 90s nostalgia, picking up from his previous album – A Date With... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Haneen freedomwriter Alhassoun

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Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.

Haneen Alhassoun was 9 years old when she began writing poetry, in Arabic, about her homeland of Palestine. She wrote so many poems that her mother used to tease her, calling her names of Palestinian politicians. For Haneen, poetry was a means of expression that, at that young age, she wasn’t taking seriously and, eventually, she stopped writing. Inspired by having seen Apollo the Child perform his poems at her elementary school, Haneen began writing poetry again. And in the 8th grade, her teacher Shauna Pollock invited two spoken word poets... | Continue reading article

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