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Write On Ottawa: An appreciation of an industrious symbol of Canada

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Review by Molly O’Connor. In his book Dam Builders, Michael Runtz brings the world of beavers into sharp focus.  Dam Builders is a narrative, a documentary, a photo essay and a testament to his passion for his industrious subject. Right from the introduction, the reader becomes aware that this is more than a biologist conveying his knowledge and that it is not a scientific thesis. To set the tone, historical and scientific facts are shared in an easy-to-absorb manner. The reader learns or is reintroduced to the importance and symbolism this hardworking... | Continue reading article

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Quoi faire ce weekend? What to do in Ottawa ADB?

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Photo from Claude Munson's Facebook page.Photo from Claude Munson's Facebook page.

2016 will go down as year zero A.D.B. – After David Bowie. It’s major sad to lose a talent who’s still staring back at us across culture: art, fashion (beep beep), music, and even comedy bears his mark. But wallowing away isn’t The Bowie Way. The Bowie Way is to get creative, get out of your comfort zone, and get weird. Weird is good. Ottawa gets weirder every day. You have a lot of chances this weekend to change it up in The Bowie Way, so try something different and,... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

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On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be a successful and worthwhile event. Beau’s is partnering with the Irish Society of Ottawa to celebrate this Emerald Isle holiday on March 19th, starting at noon. It’s a family friendly event: Tickets are $29 for adults (19... | Continue reading article

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Adventures in dubstep, coming soon to Barrymore’s

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Jonesing for your first show for 2016? Montreal-based duo Adventure Club will be playing at Barrymore’s January 23rd, 30th and 31st, and will bring all the wanderlust feels. As one of their stops on their Made in Canada homecoming tour, Apt613 had the chance to chat with Leighton James of the electronic music pair. Before Escapade, WayHome, and other festivals of that ilk, Adventure Club’s Christian Srigley and Leighton began forming their story through a screamo band during their formative university days. Eventually, they got bored of the pop-punk scene... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with storytellers Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa StoryTellers.All photos courtesy of Ottawa StoryTellers.

A storytelling performance of The Wizard and the Dragon is happening for one night only at the NAC Fourth Stage this Thursday. In anticipation of this event, we caught up with Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau, experienced storytellers, published authors and co-creators of the performance for Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM. Have a listen or read an edited version of the interview below: The Wizard and the Dragon is about the legendary King Arthur and his mentor, the wizard Merlin. Apt613: Why King Arthur? What’s your feeling about why... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A Mechanicsville coming of age story

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Review by Greg Guevara, a human being who wastes the majority of his time and money in university. He has what could hypothetically pass as a blog at Inbreak. The teenager. A fascinating yet oft-misunderstood creature ruled, some say, by 1 part logic, 2 parts emotion, and 3 parts hormones. It is difficult to find a realistic portrayal of teenagers, in books as well as movies. Too often they are depicted as needlessly rebellious, barely capable of listening to sensible adults, let alone making decisions for themselves. Thankfully, Laurie Stewart’s A... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Maxwell’s… and thanks for the memories

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Saturday night, people showed up in droves to live out their last hurrahs at Elgin Street’s landmark venue, Maxwell’s, who will close their doors after 34 years. So many familiar faces, former employees, and long-time patrons came to revisit and reconnect with one another one last time in a place that was one of the biggest hotspots in Ottawa, let alone on the Elgin St. strip. Emotions ran high as we all said goodbye, and remembered the life and times of an incredible era. During the early to mid-80’s,... | Continue reading article

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Blue Rodeo – Ottawa’s “Valentime’s” Day tradition

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Blue Rodeo. Photo by Heather Pollock.Blue Rodeo. Photo by Heather Pollock.

We are giving away two tickets to see Blue Rodeo on February 14 – read below for more info! Canada’s beloved Blue Rodeo are back on the road with a brief 25-date winter tour, criss-crossing the country from coast-to-coast in support of their latest effort, Blue Rodeo – Live at Massey Hall, which was released Oct. 16, 2015 under Warner Music Canada. The album highlights their Feb. 2014 show during the band’s, In Our Nature (2013) tour, and is their second live recording captured inside Toronto’s landmark venue. The album,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s potential greatness lies in its creativity

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Photo by Mike Taylor (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo by Mike Taylor (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Post by Kevin Bourne There has been a lot of debate lately about whether or not Ottawa is a great city.  On one side of the coin you have Andrew Cohen with his usual Ottawa-bashing pieces, while on the other side you have Paul Wells of Maclean’s who doesn’t share Cohen’s views on the city. After calling Toronto home for the first 29 years of my life, the past six years in Ottawa have frankly been the best years of my life.  Without my familiar surroundings, I found myself, my creativity... | Continue reading article

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