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Winter exhibitions at CUAG: Not quite three peas in a pod

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Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

At the reception earlier in January for the opening of CUAG’s winter exhibitions, I entered the gallery from the second floor. On one side, to the right, is the exhibition Art on a Green Line curated by Johnny Alam, and to the left, the Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France curated by W. McAllister Johnson. I was pulled to the right amidst the artwork of at least five artists, all in a tiny corner overlooking Akram Zaatari’s Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, a looped 12 minute video playing... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan

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Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also be highlighted throughout the week on our Instagram feed. Seeing as Versefest, a celebration of poetry, takes place at the end of this month, we figured it fitting to begin the series profiling some of... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Bankrupt is a very enjoyable – and slightly smutty – comedy by Ottawa playwright Stéphanie Turple.  Her 2011 French play, Banqueroute, was translated into English and workshopped in 2013, and has now been brought to The Gladstone by Plosive Productions.  It’s a dandy bedroom farce/musical mashup with some great comic moments.  Judging from the laughter during the play and the comments in the lobby afterwards, the opening night audience really enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure if the original play featured songs written by Ottawa’s superb soul/funk/blues group, The PepTides, but their lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

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Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.

Post by Trevor Alain. An Ottawa musician painted his guitar red at House of Targ this past Friday night, the cultural hub of all things punk and pinball in Ottawa. Not literally of course, David Pierce, the front-man of Ornaments just played his guitar, bleeding, because he had sliced his thumb on one of his strings. The popular basement-bar was jam-packed with people that had either come for The Golden Dogs’ album release, retro arcade games or some handmade perogies. “It’s kind of a gritty place, it’s almost like a... | Continue reading article

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A wedding event for the modern bride-to-be at Victoire

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Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.

As a bride-to-be myself I can attest that wedding planning can be a real downer sometimes. From the overwhelming array of options, to the astronomical price tags, to parental expectations, being the event planner for your big day is stressful. If you’re in the same boat as me, head over to A Modern Wedding Event, taking place on March 5th at Victoire Boutique on Wellington. Bridal shows are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for your wedding. Samples of products are standard fare for these events which are... | Continue reading article

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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

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Still from Persona.Still from Persona.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Ottawa musicologist Dr. Alexis Luko will explore Bergman’s use of music, sound and silence in Persona, a 1966 modernist horror film that has been called his masterpiece and one of the greatest works of art from... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 25 février 2015 :: Du cinéma plein la vue. La 19e édition des Francouvertes est ouverte! Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. Musique : une série de concerts à ne pas manquer!

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#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa

Basement 819 s’écoute dorénavant en pièces détachées! Retrouvez ici nos chroniques les plus édifiantes de notre 53e édition de l’émission.  On vous propose de grandes choses et surtout, on vous fait jouer des pièces musicales – des fiertés locales et nationales – judicieusement choisies. *Le très adoré Patrick Watson a révélé un premier extrait de son prochain album Love Songs For Robots. On vous le fait entendre à l’émission. Ya! Ya!* Oh! Et ne manquez pas de consulter le volumineux Weekend Roundup de cette semaine! Dans un cinéma bien près... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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