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Streetscape Memory Bank: Levine’s long lost Lowertown remembered

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King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.

While casting about for an idea for a story about Ottawa’s Lowertown, I was struck by how much the the changes to the area have been documented over the past fifty years.  Various blogs (Urbsite and Ottawa Past and Present) and organizations (Lowertown Community Association and King Edward Avenue Task Force) have all done a good job of showing us that the past fifty years have not been kind to Lowertown, particularly from King Edward to Cobourg Street. What else was there to say? The main story is quite clear and simple: the intended 1960s and 1970s neighbourhood “renewal” has done the reverse.  What was once a vibrant, beautiful area has... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 26, 2015

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Record Player. Photo by Markus Spiske on Flickr.Record Player. Photo by Markus Spiske on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well the mercury’s rising-but there’s no need to go to Bruce Willis sized extremes to beat the heat.  Just sit back and take a load off with Apt613 Live! This week on Apt613 Live contributor Mariette Delevallée chats with Michael Grigoriev and Sharif Virani about Creative Mornings  to find out more about the program that gives your snooze button a rest and ensures that whatever side of the bed you’ve hopped out of-it’s the right one! Plus I chat with Kayla Spagnoli of the Feminist Twins to find... | Continue reading article

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A standing ovation for Ottawa’s largest orchestra

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Photo of David Currie and orchestra musicians courtesy of the Ottawa Symphony OrchestraPhoto of David Currie and orchestra musicians courtesy of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Let’s start with some musical trivia: What is the oldest and largest musical ensemble in the Ottawa-Gatineau region?  The National Arts Centre Orchestra you say?  Sorry, try again. How about one of the numerous choral groups in the city, or an organisation like Opera Lyra, which has been performing for more than three decades?  No and no. The answer (drum roll please) is the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.  While the present-day orchestra was founded in 1965, it has roots that go back over 115 years.  To put that in perspective, this... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Up to Low is a joy to watch

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For the past several years, Janet Irwin has worked towards bringing an Ottawa literary classic to the stage.  Fast forward to today, and the playwright’s vision is now a reality with her adaptation of Up to Low, which is playing at Arts Court until June 6 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Set in 1950 and based on the popular book of the same name by Ottawa author Brian Doyle, this great production tells the story of how Young Tommy (played very well by Lewis Wynne-Jones) takes a life-changing trip... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North Festival: From brilliant street theatre to great stage shows

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Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)Fiamma! An Operascape Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)

For more than 10 years, the Ottawa-based Magnetic North Theatre Festival has brought great performances to audiences in the National Capital Region, as well as communities across the country. What makes Magnetic North unique from other theatre festivals in Canada, however, is its special mandate to travel across our vast land.  While the festival takes place in Ottawa every second year (including 2015), in other years it occurs in other communities. Since first launching in 2003, the festival has gone to Edmonton(2004), St. Johns (2006), Vancouver(2008), Kitchener-Waterloo(2010), Calgary(2012) and Halifax (2014).... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two days that changed the world

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Post by Peter Boyle There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of two of them that changed history forever. Two Days In June:  John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History by Ottawa-based writer Andrew Cohen is a dense, sometimes joyful, sometimes bored, but constantly energetic book.  Cohen chronicles two pivotal speeches that President Kennedy made in 1963.  His June 10 speech which led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and his June 11 speech that opened the way to the... | Continue reading article

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