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Streetscape Memory Bank: The old Post Office and Customs Building

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Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

In looking at the major revisioning of Ottawa that took place from the late 1930s, there is one early casualty that has intrigued me more that others. I am thinking of the old Post Office and Customs Building, which was located roughly in the same spot as the War Memorial is now. Demolished in the spring of 1938, by 1939 the new War Memorial and Confederation Square had taken shape. On January 25, 1938, the Ottawa Journal ran a news story titled, “Mr Greber is Back.” Jacques Greber, urban planner and adviser to the Government announced plans for the early future: “The tentative understanding contemplates removal of the old post... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 23 juillet :: FAU MARDI samedi au Mugshots. Le Festival Kafé Karamel prend possession du coeur du Vieux-Hull. Sauvez les cèdres du Liban! (Pour vrai!)

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Basement 819  a débroussaillé le terrain pour vous encore cette semaine. Non seulement cette région regorge d’activités culturelles stimulantes mais derrière celles-ci se cachent des personnalités créatives et proactives. Vous connaissez les soirées FAU MARDI? Derrière le concept s’activent plusieurs têtes pour nous permettre de vivre des soirées inusitées. Parmi ces têtes, nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Marc-André Bourg, l’un des membres du collectif. Personnalité engagée dans l’environnement culturel de la région, il a 308 projets en branle. Un événement aura lieu au Mugshots ce samedi 26 juillet... | Continue reading article

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Catch some fem-slamming action this Saturday

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Photo from the Ottawa Roller Derby Facebook page.Photo from the Ottawa Roller Derby Facebook page.

This Saturday Ottawa Roller Derby’s team the Bytowne Blackhearts takes to the track against Cornwall’s Power Dames.  This full contact roller derby bout jumps into action on July 26th at Brewer Arena. The doors open at 6:30 pm and admission to this fem-slamming event costs only $10 ($8 if you buy in advance). The Bytown Blackhearts didn’t play the Power Dames during the 2013 season, so they are both in the dark about the other teams strengths and tactics. The Bytown Blackhearts also added a few new names to the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Don’t be a YA hater!

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Slate published this article last month written by Ruth Graham, “Against YA: Adults should be embarrassed to read children’s books” which caused a firestorm among librarians and many others. One of the many assertions the author makes is the following, “There’s room for pleasure, escapism, juicy plots, and satisfying endings on the shelves of... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Howard Adler and Chris Wong of Asinabka Festival

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Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.

Ottawa’s own Asinabka Film & Media Festival, which celebrates film, art and media made by and about Aboriginal peoples from the world over, begins this Wednesday, July 23rd and runs until Sunday. We caught up with co-directors, Howard Adler and Chris Wong to chat about this year’s edition. Apt613: Hi Howard and Chris. Thanks for taking some time to talk to us. So, this is the third year of running Asinabka Film/Media Festival. Has the initial excitement of novelty worn off, or are you as amped as ever? How does... | Continue reading article

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