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Friends With Benefits to raise money for mental health awareness

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All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.

The fourth annual Friends With Benefits fundraising auction, which supports mental health care and research in Ottawa, will be taking place Friday, May 8 at Lago Bar & Grill. The event will include a silent auction, cocktails, appetizers, and a dance party with a DJ. The event raises money directly for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Jennie James’ family established the fund with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in Jennie’s honour, after she took her own life in 2005 following a long battle with depression. The fund supports the patient care and research provided by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the... | Continue reading article

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Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

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Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated dancer, Evelyn Hart. The performance was a physical exploration of several of nineteenth-century German composer, Johannes Brahms’ pieces from his Intermezzi, written at the end of his life and teeming with emotional depth. Brahms’ compositions... | Continue reading article

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Soulful songs for a Saturday night

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Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

With so many Ontario Scene events this past Saturday, it must have been a tough choice for someone looking for an evening out, but for those who placed their bets on Matthew Barber and Jadea Kelly’s show the rewards were sweet. Not only did we get to hear these two songwriters on the same bill, we got to hear them in the lovely sanctuary of St. Alban’s church, a smaller, more intimate space than most churches with ornate stained glass windows, warm wood and high arched ceilings which make for... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

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Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose full name is Karole Dumont-Beckett.  (She publishes her books as K.D. Beckett). Beckett, founder of Métis Publishing, began her saga with the historical novels Rainbows in Time, Mists of Time, Tides of Time and Paths... | Continue reading article

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The OAG gets especially creative this Sunday

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Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.

Post by Justeen Gales. The NAC’s Ontario Scene Gallery Crawl, happening in Ottawa this Sunday, has motivated the staff at the Ottawa Art Gallery to host a special Creative Sunday workshop for children and their families inspired by the current exhibition Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once (January 23rd – May 10th 2015) by artist Andrew Wright. With digital cameras easily accessible and the effortlessness with which pictures can be taken, edited, and discarded by the thousands, it is easy to forget the skill that goes into working with... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

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Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Miroslav Petrasko courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613′s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style.  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. But first things first.  You want to learn more about... | Continue reading article

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