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Apartment Crush: Holiday Edition

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Rogue Eclipse

In this edition of Apartment Crush, we visit Jennie, Matthew and their dog Rogue Eclipse in their Lowertown two-storey apartment. Their home houses a unique collection of original artwork, whimsical figurines and heirloom furniture. While both Jennie and Matthew have day jobs (in arts administration and design/marketing, respectively), they also work as independent artists: Jennie makes art about television and the internet, Matthew makes video and gifs, and was recently on Tumblr’s 2014 Artists to Watch list. They spend their spare time hanging out with their dog, Rogue Eclipse, a retired racing greyhound from Florida (recently featured in Hounds Around Town on Apartment613). Jennie describes Rogue Eclipse as “handsome and gentle and generally... | Continue reading article

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Those Gulls soar into House of Targ tonight!

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Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.

Ottawa’s Those Gulls soar into House of Targ this Thursday to belt out tunes at their Forevermore album-release party. Sharing the bill with the band are Kings Quest and Saint Clare. Gulls members Andrew Grosvenor and Peter Zachar took some time with us to share thoughts on the album, home-recording, and Katy Perry. Your very-soon-to-be-released album is called, Forevermore? How did you decide on this name? AG: The word ‘forevermore’ is actually featured in the song “Alternate Exit.” In that context, and in the overall context of the album, it... | Continue reading article

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Précieux nectar de 2014 :: le top des meilleurs albums selon Basement 819

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Top album

Alors que Basement 819  s’apprête à célébrer sa première année d’existence (woo-hoo!), au même moment, l’année 2014 tire sa révérence… Quel destin fatal elles ont hérité toutes ces belles années! Pour en souligner ses meilleurs moments et faire ressortir le précieux nectar qui l’a marquée, on vous propose de revenir sur les albums qui sont ressortis du lot lors de dernier millésime. Très analytique, l’équipe Basement 819 a sondé plusieurs mélomanes provenant de divers coins de l’Ontario et du Québec dans le but de cerner les albums canadiens qui ont... | Continue reading article

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Alice Through the Looking-Glass is pure magic

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L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie.  Photo by Andree Lanthier.L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

Among his numerous accomplishments, the iconic science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was famous for his three laws.  The most popular “law” is arguably number three, in which he declared that, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” After watching the fantastic performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the National Arts Centre, it occurred to me that there should be an artistic equivalent of Clarke’s third law.  For this show is so enjoyable, clever and appealing to all age groups, I flirted with the idea that I was... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Poems to Brood about

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Detail, book jacket, Brood.Detail, book jacket, Brood.

In his new chapbook, Brood, Ottawa poet Rob Thomas defamiliarizes the ordinary and makes us view the seemingly mundane. By “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson advised, he provokes readers’ thoughts. The cover photo by Ellen Moran, showing a child-sized person in a grotesque mask, holding hands with a larger figure in a gorilla or Yeti suit, suggests that the poetry inside won’t be a sentimental look at parenting. About half of the poems were previously published in literary magazines, an indication of their merit. Several capture the weird side... | Continue reading article

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Jeremy Shaw’s Variation FQ on display at the NGC

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Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.

Post by Nicole Hurtubise. I can recall a significant part of my childhood when my sister and I were left to the company of the television. Hours spent in the glow of its presence, watched or unwatched as we played, fought or just passed the time staring into its light. Ubiquitous within those long glowing Winnipeg afternoons were NFB shorts, the Log Driver’s Waltz, The Sweater, Canada Vignettes and the short films of Norman McLaren. These came to us in the moments between TV shows. Waiting for Degrassi or the... | Continue reading article

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