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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Living the dream with Caveman Jack

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Imagine that one of your dreams came true.  What would you do a year or two later after your initial objective was met?  For Ottawa-based author Tammie Winsor the answer was clear: build on her initial success by achieving even more goals. Apartment613 readers may recall the heartwarming story of how Winsor became a published author. Back in 2012, she emailed the CBC Ottawa radio program All in a Day to enter the Hopes and Dreams contest, which was raising funds for the Shepherds of Good Hope. According to the contest... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: This July 1, try Dominion Day

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Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can  find them on Twitter. You can also find them at this Dominion Day party! It’s that time of year again, Ottawa, when we celebrate our true patriot love and Canadian independence with beer, friends and fireworks. If you’re looking for something fresh this July 1, try Dominion Day hosted by local craft brewery Dominion City Brewing Co. at SAW Gallery Courtyard (near the Arts Court building at the corner of Nicholas and Daly in downtown Ottawa). DCBC... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ice cream goes bespoke with Moo Shu

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Liz Mok at the Ottawa Farmers Market. Photo by Jennifer Barnaby.Liz Mok at the Ottawa Farmers Market. Photo by Jennifer Barnaby.

Since April this year, locally-crafted Moo Shu Ice Cream has been popping up at fun events and locations, delighting Ottawans with inventively delicious flavours. When I first tasted Moo Shu truffles, they melted in my mouth while I gazed at precious stones that sparkled like candy in glass display cases.  Local entrepreneur Liz Mok had chosen Joy Creations, home of local jewellry artisans, as the place to offer tastings of her ice cream to her fellow Glebe-ites.  This was ice cream fit for a boutique. Mok handmakes her ice cream... | Continue reading article

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Polaris Prize Nominees: B.A. Johnston at Irene’s on Friday

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Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.

This piece is part of a mini-series covering some of the artists nominated for the Polaris Prize, who are playing shows in Ottawa. Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston, the tenaciously-touring troubadour has become a cornerstone of the Canadian music scene in that when he tours this vast nation, he really covers all of it. His live shows are hilarious and his honest tunes endearing.  Before his show tomorrow at Irene’s, we managed to sneak in a little Facebook interview with B.A. to talk about life on the Canadian highways, Canadian festivals, factor... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.

The Canada Day celebrations start this weekend as we stroll through the sunshine into July next week. This weekend Ottawa Jazz Festival continues featuring a lot of local artists worth checking out, follow our coverage of the event. This weekend is also Mountain Man Festival in Calabogie featuring some of Ottawa’s artists like Cody Allen, Lucas Haneman and Lost to the River. The Dragonboat festival kicks off today with lots of free entertainment, like Craig Cardiff on Sunday afternoon. Click here for the full lineup. Friday at noon, Danielle Allard... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

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Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region is filled with many wonderful authors who write in various languages.  Among them is Camila Reimers, an award-winning writer who was born in Chile but who has lived in Canada since 1980. While she writes... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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