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Flying Horses release album at #ARB2015

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Photo from flyinghorses.ca.Photo from flyinghorses.ca.

On a sunny summer’s day last month, in a tiny café in the Glebe, I met up with Jade Bergeron of Flying Hórses. When I sat down with Jade last year, she was just planning her trip to Iceland to record her part of the group’s debut album, Tölt. Now she and Raphael Weinroth-Browne are preparing for their album release at this year’s Arboretum Festival, after which Jade will be returning to Iceland to live and make music. Jade had been dreaming of Iceland for as long as she could remember. For her, it’s more than just a place. It fueled her to write music and without it, Flying Hórses would... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

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An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read aloud that he has recorded The Laughing Princess and made it available for free on his website. The Laughing Princess is a collection of stories about dragons. Within the book, the stories are told to... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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