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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Canada’s political capital is not its cultural capital

(as unwilling as Ottawans are to admit it). - Quote from Ottawa Citizen's Lives of Letters and Politics Editorial. Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Is this blog starting to take on a rant like tone? Enough!

What I’m looking forward to this spring in Ottawa:

on -going poetry workshop with rob mclennan

April 28 – Ian Roy launches his new poetry collection at Plan 99

May 7 – Ron Sexsmith at Centrepointe Theatre (I have seat front & centre, dude!)

May 10 – Rhonda Douglas and Kate Greenstreet at the Factory Reading Series at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

May 18 - Emily Falvey, Matthew Firth, Gabriella Goliger, Alison Gresik, John-James Ford, Clare Latremouille, John Lavery, Nadine McInnis, rob mclennan and Ian Roy at the launch of Decalogue 2: Ten Ottawa Fiction Writers (I'm sure some of these people will likely be there) at the Mercury Lounge

May 22 – Suzanne Buffam, Tree Reading Series

May 26 – Ravenswing’s Craft/Zine Outdoor Extravaganza at Minto Park on Elgin

May 27 – the Great Glebe Garage Sale

May 31 – Feist at the Bronson Centre

June 8-10 – Westfest with the music of Lily Frost, Kathleen Edwards, Lindsay Ferguson, Angela Desveaux, Marie-Josée Houle, Ana Miura & more!

June 16 – Ottawa Small Press Fair – spring edition at Jack Purcell Community Centre

June 23-24 –the Dragonboat Festival at Mooney’s Bay

Reading upcoming issues of Arc, Capital Xtra, Ottawa Xpress, Ottawa City Journal, the Dusty Owl Quarterly & the Dusty Owl Solstice Issue, the Ottawa Arts Review

And there are lots more activities I’m likely not able to attend such as tonight’s Tree Reading celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canada Council featuring Canada’s Poet Laureate John Steffler and Newfoundlander Mary Dalton, Mayworks readings on Thursday at the Cube Gallery and the In/Words open mic both going on this Thursday.

I think some of the Citizen columnists and editorialists who write about Ottawa’s lack of culture simply aren’t attending events. With the exception of folks like Kate Heartfield and occasional columnist Phil Jenkins, and former columnist Wes Smiderle, I’ve rarely seen Ottawa Citizen columnists and journalists at events. Is it possible that the ones who don’t attend are the ones who complain about how culturally impoverished Ottawa is?

If they keep repeating this Hog’s Back hogwash, it doesn’t make it true.

Ottawa is alive a live o. What events are you attending this spring? And if you write for the Citizen and do attend cultural events, let's see more coverage about these events in the Citizen, eh?

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