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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode 2

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

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 to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.

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Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

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

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 write about the future of Ottawa’s theatre scene, I was first struck by the impossibility of the task.  I can no more predict the future of Ottawa theatre than I can predict the next wave... | Continue reading article

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Under Derek’s Bed explores grief through epic fairtytale adventure

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).

If you were once a child and are now an adult, you may already be familiar with that process that one day renders the bizarrely unfathomable into the mundanely inexplicable, which in every day parlance is usually referred to as “growing up.” Derek (Mike Kosowan) is deep in mourning over the very sudden and recent death of his wife when his old friend Earl the Monster (Nick Fournier), pops back into his life after a prolonged absence to convince him to return with him to the magical Land Under the... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

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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, many Canadians assume that our schools are vastly different than those in non-democratic countries.  But are they?  This interesting question is posed at the beginning of Prof. Joel Westheimer’s captivating book What Kind of Citizen?... | Continue reading article

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

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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: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This is the best time in the world to be an author. I would say the world of publishing has exploded, but that’s not quite... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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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 readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

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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 University.  He also visits our region regularly as his parents still live in the east end of the city. Even though this is Forbes’ first published book, he has been previously published in numerous places,... | Continue reading article

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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

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 guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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