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Poetry Week: The versatile pen of Jeff Blackman

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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 Jeff Blackman.  (See also part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of this series of five profiles). Jeff Blackman works as a research analyst in Ottawa and tries to finish poems when we can.  He used to edit The Moose & Pussy, once Ottawa’s best... | Continue reading article

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Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

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Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

The NAC was teeming with excitement Saturday night as throngs gathered, dressed to the nines for a night at the opera. And what a night it turned out to be! Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro pulls you into Figaro’s world under the spell of great music and sumptuous setting then holds you rapt from start to finish. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera or opera buffa in Italian and this production really embodies the true spirit of this operatic style, opera for the people,... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: VERSeFest to showcase Canadian and international poets

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Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie.  Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie. Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.

Matt Jones, the artistic director of VERSeFEST 2015, is unexpectedly calm as we sit down on Saturday morning for coffee near Elgin Street.  It’s only a few days away from the opening of Ottawa’s annual poetry festival and he acknowledges that a few pieces haven’t come together yet (noted later in the article) but he is confident that the theme for VERSeFEST has been achieved: “This year we’ve become much more robust about our outreach program . . . and expanded our presence,” he says, noting that 63 poets and... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to Poetry Week

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face.  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30. To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region. Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The only place to find Britney Pickle Spears & Cheesus Crust Almighty

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Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.Picture from The Joint on Preston's Facebook page. All other images by Kelsey Sunstrum.

It seems new eateries tend to fit into one of two categories in the past few years: those celebrating the local, organic good-for-you food movement, and those throwing the health food culinary revolution out the window and opting instead for stick-to-the-ribs grub. The Joint on Preston, now open, unequivocally belongs in the latter. Proudly serving up extreme junk food, The Joint on Preston is on a mission to take all your guilty pleasure favorites and turn them on their heads. In doing so, they’ve offered a menu that’s at once... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Ottawa fashionista spring styles, Nordstrom Gala for United Way

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All photos by Adria MayAll photos by Adria May

It’s so close we can almost taste it: Spring. With it, the colour palette of our wardrobe changes, we put away our long johns and we watch the ground waiting for those tulips to peep out!  In celebration of impeding Spring we bring you a new style file, from the Nordstrom Gala for the United Way on March 5. The Gala, held at Nordstrom’s new Rideau Centre store, raised funds through the United Way for project step, which provides school-based intervention for young people with addictions issues. Since project step... | Continue reading article

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Marriage of Figaro fun facts + ticket giveaway!

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Photo by Kenneth Ingram. Earlier this week we posted a preview about the upcoming Marriage of Figaro. Today, we bring you some fun facts. And a reminder to enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to see the show on opening night (Saturday, March 21, 2015). To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be chosen by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20. The show is a homecoming for Wallis Giunta (Cherubino) who grew up in Ottawa. Her incredible... | Continue reading article

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