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An interview with Swedish film director Petter Ringbom

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Swedish born documentary film director Petter Ringbom joined Apt613 Live show host Esmeralda Smith Romero from his home in New York to discuss his latest film Shield and Spear which will be featured at the One World Film Festival fundraising evening tomorrow night, Thursday September 11th, at the Bytowne theatre. The film features the stories of South African artists struggling with the crossroads of social and/or political censorship, race, identity and the arts in this new democracy. One World Film Festival program manager, Pixie Cram, tells us in an interview to... | Continue reading article

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The Strain launch Pledge campaign ahead of Folk Fest performance

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

Have you ever wondered who’s behind a rockers look? Turns out, it could be you. Front man and lead singer of The Strain, David Taggart, has put his infamous golden locks on the chopping block – for the right price that is. It’s all part of the Wakefield bands new Pledge campaign aimed at raising money to record a new album after a two year hiatus. “All our fans really stepped up to help us win Ottawa’s Big Money Shot [in 2012],” he said. “We’re looking for that support to... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Golden Children by Pony Girl

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Pony Girl. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.Pony Girl. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.

Creativity is a fickle thing that few ever manage to harness fully and produce whatever it is they have in their minds to their satisfaction. It would therefore arguably seem twice as difficult to create two complimentary versions of a single work. Yet Pony Girl have succeeded at doing just that. The video for “Golden Children” (from the album Show Me Your Fears) reflects the musical changes as the song progresses: soft abstract lights to match the song’s initial ethereal feel, followed by creepy shots of a mouth singing that... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.

Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

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Photo from seasicksteve.com.Photo from seasicksteve.com.

Seasick Steve, aka Steven Gene Wold, is an American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter whose songs and stories tell of many of his exploits of life on the streets – a life he chose at the young age of 13 to escape the perils of violence at home. They are tales of survival, spun into mud-soaked Mississippi blues, boogie, and bluegrass elements. A simple man, who despite the past hardships of homelessness, starvation, imprisonment and his rolling stone years of freight train hopping from town to town, has always seen music as his... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

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Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every single time an individual comes back to the piece.” Here she is again with her top picks for Rockcliffe: 1. Soper’s Fountain... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 6 things you need to know about Holland’s Cake and Shake (and its instigator)

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An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.

#1 Inventive dessert ideas? He’s always had ‘em. In his previous gig at Chef Marc Lepine’s famed Atelier, pastry chef Michael Holland had carte blanche to make whatever he wanted: “I was able to do my ideas, but in a different way” (because they were composed, plated dishes). Now, his own platform at Cake and Shake allows Chef Holland to unleash years of concepts that have been proofing patiently in his culinary mind. This guy takes dessert-making very seriously, but his reputation for whimsical creations suggests a guy who loves... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s expanding appetite for public art

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Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Two concrete underpasses in Ottawa were recently transformed into colourful murals by the hands of local artists and support from city officials. Unveiled by the artists in late August with Mayor Jim Watson and city councilors, the murals do more than showcase local talent. They represent Ottawa’s expanding taste for different art forms in public spaces: “The city usually chooses proposals for statues and sculptures,” notes Cassandra Dickie, 28, one of four graffiti artists who were given the green light to spray-paint under the Queensway overpass at Metcalfe. Dickie, together... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ministry of Coffee are doing things differently – and it’s working

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Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” Fadi asks Alex after taking a sip. “And she is drinking?” Yirgacheffe Konga Alex replies. You can tell they both live coffee and that the shop is, really, a product of this passion. Both Alex... | Continue reading article

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