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Democracy, poetry, life after death, bloggers: The Ottawa Writers Festival is back

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is among the best literary events in Canada.  Each spring and fall, as well as individual events in between, some of the best writers from Canada and around the world come to the National Capital Region.  The result is a fascinating series of discussions on numerous topics. This year’s spring festival takes place from April 24-29, and brings together, among others, political thinkers, poets, a journalist writing about life and death, a New York Times bestselling doctor speaking about genes, and bloggers from Ottawa-Gatineau. Below... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa: prototypeD & Sound of Lions

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Episode 68 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with with Janak, Kirill, Karissa and Khaled from the innovative non-profit hub PrototypeD Urban Workshops which you will be hearing about a lot in Ottawa in the future. From how the workspace started to the projects (Bayview Innovation Centre) that they are working on now, we learn about their passion for creativity in several aspects of life on the show. A true example of the future of Ottawa! Music this week was from the very talented Sound of Lions!... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – Style File Part II

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The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show is back. Today we bring you some fashions and looks from the last clothing show this past November. Hopefully, we’ll leave you feeling somewhat inspired. The wonderful thing about this show is that one can shop for a range of clothing from different periods. Here we have people dressing from fashions from as early as the 1940′s. SYLVIE Occupation:  Public Service Outfit: Knit Jacket: Ireland, purchased in 1979, shirt is Reitman’s, not vintage. Skirt: from her aunt and purchased in the 60′s. Boots, purse: Nomadic vintage Style... | Continue reading article

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Metal comes to Ottawa this weekend

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From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.

The grindcore veterans, Fuck the Facts start their three week long tour into the US this weekend, and the band took to their Facebook page to rev up the crowd before the performance. “Saturday at Dekcuf will be the kickoff of our North American Tour. Let’s make this show so killer that the rest of the tour will seem shitty in comparison,” the band said. A blunt and challenging foreshadow to the show and their tour, but this band has reason to be optimistic about the turnout. “I’m thinkin’ it’ll... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood enjoys a perfect evening at Taylor’s Genuine

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Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.  When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food... | Continue reading article

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Sans Sense delivers absurdly thoughtful theatre

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Sans Sense is a collection of short plays and monologues featuring farfetched fantastical storylines. The material is creative and fresh yet despite the advertised brevity the production would have greatly benefited from harsher editing. Joel Garrow delivers the monologues that bookend the evening in diametrically opposed style. The opener is a frenetically nervous retelling of the story of an armed man vs an unsuspecting poodle. Garrow feverishly acts out every sentence almost energizing the audience for the night ahead while in the close monologue The Engagement he edges creepily around... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 9 avril :: Sonorités élevées! The Wooden Sky, Phèdre, The Seasons. De la nouveauté chez Pandaléon, Chloé Lacasse, Philippe Brach, Timber Timbre, Rosie Valland. Actualité : le vieux Hull se réchauffe!

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Basement 819 s’est enflammé dangereusement pour une onzième fois cette semaine! Fidèles à notre résumé, voici les grands moments qui méritent d’être partagés. L’univers musical nous a particulièrement faits halluciner. Soyez sans gêne, embarquez dans notre navette et osez la découverte! De la nouveauté, musicalement parlant Random Recipe a sorti un sensationnel vidéoclip pour la pièce « Monsters & Swords », tirée de l’album Kill The Hook. Tout de noir et de blanc fondus, voici la chance de visionner ce morceau qui fait battre la chamade Random Recipe sera au Petit Chicago... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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