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Lee Pepper

Community Writer

Lee loves zines, public history, and adventures. They've been writing for Apt613 since March 2013, and worked as a staff editor for the blog from May 2015 to January 2017. They're a nonbinary trans person who uses they/them pronouns.


The Walrus Talks about being human

The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on […]

Celebrate Ottawa’s feminist heroes this Valentine’s Day

Kissing is cool or whatever, and there’s probably some Valentine’s Day stuff going on in Ottawa for people who are into that kind of thing.  But those whose deepest, truest, most abiding love is of gender equality will also have an opportunity to celebrate their love this Valentine’s Day.  Planned Parenthood Ottawa has organized a […]

Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever

The folks at the NAC might be kicking themselves for having booked Tanya Tagaq into the small Fourth Stage instead of one of their larger rooms: the show was booked before she won the Polaris Prize, reignited the debate in Canada over the seal hunt, and changed the way many Canadians think about Inuit musical […]

Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth […]

When the Walrus Talks, Ottawa listens

This Monday evening, a group of Ottawans gathered at the Canadian Museum of Nature to hear a series of short, varied presentations on the topic of climate change: how we got here, what’s happening, and what can and should be done. The event was a collaboration between The Walrus Foundation, who put out the magazine […]

The Walrus Talks Climate + ticket giveaway

The Walrus, a magazine that since 2003 has been raising the tone and the profile of Canadian journalism, is now taking its show on the road to provide a forum in which Canadians can discuss topics close to our hearts and crucial to our future. To expand upon the dialogue fostered in the magazine, The […]

613 Casual Choir wants to reclaim the experience of communal singing

Shower singers, karaoke stars, and radio hummers-along unite! A new group in Ottawa wants to help us reclaim the experience of communal singing that has been lost to many of us in the era of the earbud. The 613 Casual Choir aims to provide an informal, non-judgmental setting for singers of all experience and skill […]