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The West Wind by Tom Thomson at the NGC

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Tom Thomson, The West Wind, Winter, 1916–17, oil on canvas, 120.7 × 137.9 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of the Canadian Club of Toronto, 1926.Tom Thomson, The West Wind, Winter, 1916–17, oil on canvas, 120.7 × 137.9 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of the Canadian Club of Toronto, 1926.

Post by By Violette Stepaniuk. “The West Wind” by Tom Thomson is one of the most recognizable images in the history of Canadian art, and it is on display at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind exhibition. “Nothing new,” you might say. While it’s a familiar image, it’s not exactly a “celebrity” painting like the Mona Lisa, worthy of an envy-inspiring selfie. So why bother making a trip to the National Gallery to see the actual work when a postcard will do? Plenty, I say, and here’s why. No matter what anyone may say, a painting is not just... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | 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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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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