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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Sept. 14 to Sept. 27, 2015



 Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

 PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai   DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

 Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.

BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. A competent amateur pianist, in the 1990’s he produced two CD recordings were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: 


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, Nerys Perry at OIW September meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

Nerys Perry, author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will present Story Management – Getting it down and getting it done, on Thursday, September 24th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00 pm. Members free, guests $10, discountable on purchase of a year’s membership.

 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information.



 DATE: Friday, Sept. 18 1:00 – 4:45pm
LOCATION; La Fab – Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre of Chelsea, 212 Old Chelsea Road, Chelsea

ELAN is pleased to present a series of grantwriting workshops and networking events for artists throughout Quebec this fall. Our aim is to provide English-speaking artists of all disciplines, at all stages of their careers, with the information, tools, and resources to create and deliver the most impactful and persuasive grants possible.

The 4-hour afternoon session is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop, designed to guide you and/or your organization to formulate clear, concise and compelling grants to maximize your chances of success. Learn how to structure and write a grant that will present your artistic project in the strongest light to potential funders. Clarify the articulation of your artistic vision, increase your understanding of what is required to help a grant application succeed, and learn about the resources available to help you reach your goals. Hands-on exercises using your own project will allow you to hone your grantwriting skills as they relate to your specific needs. We will also review past successful grant applications to the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and foundations. A resource package will be provided to participants. MORE INFO


English: Taken by SimonP


 Algonquin’s graduate certificate Scriptwriting program still has some places available for this September. This exciting, 8-month program will teach you to write fantastic features, short films, television, play and digital media scripts.  All our courses are taught by professionals who are working writers, actors, directors and more. You’ll learn how the media and film industries work, how to flourish as a freelance writer, and how to pitch, network, and promote yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your original TV series and feature film to top players in Toronto; all the major broadcasters, HBO/The Movie Network, EOne TV, Comedy, Space, DHX Media – and important film producers, distributors and screenwriters. Part of your one-act play will be read by professional actors in front of a paying audience in our Hothouse Play Reading Series.

In your field placement, you’ll get invaluable on-set and/or production experience that might land you a paying job after graduation. Besides the people you meet on your placement, you’ll personally meet most of the major forces in Ottawa film, television and new media when they come to visit our class. More info: contact Lynn Tarzwell at and/or check out our site at our FAQs:



DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to         


 A list of UK submission calls/contests: 

Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:



 Sept 16 – 7 pm, The Sawdust Reading Series Anniversary Showcase, Pour Boy, 495 Somerset St. W. Ottawa featuring Vivian Vivassis & Kiera Sandrock   MORE INFO

 Tuesday, Sept. 22 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. treereadingserieslogo

 Friday, Sept. 25 The Factory Reading Series, The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs) doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm, presents: Ryan Pratt (Hamilton), Roland Prevost (Ottawa) Cameron Anstee (Ottawa) + Monty Reid (Ottawa) MORE INFO


 Saturday Sept. 19 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Power in the Blood:  A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Thursday Sept. 24 5:30pm • Metropolitain • 700 Sussex Drive Book Launch: You Will Wear a White Shirt with Senator Nick Sibbeston

 Wednesday Sept. 30 7:00pm • Centretown United Church • 507 Bank St., Unaccountable with Kevin Page

 More info and later events:

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