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Form and function on display at Central Art Garage

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Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.

The approach each artist takes is described by Central Art Garage as ranging from theatrical to literal. The artists have taken an old practice of using hard-edged work and combined it with the unconventional use of modern materials for the creation of each piece. Each artist has picked a particular way to observe and display form and function through their work. The title, Hard To Look At is in reference to the practice of using rulers, straight edges and measuring tapes to develop a defined edge for each small part... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s Art Scene: Reflections & Representations

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Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

The National Gallery of Canada’s Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition features more than 88 works by 26 Canadian artists. There’s something for every art taste from film and video installations to sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The show highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisitions over the past two years in its Contemporary, Indigenous and Photographs collections. One of the more striking pieces is Geoffrey Farmer’s Leaves of Grass. This 124 foot long installation first appeared in 2012 at dOCUMENT (13) in Germany. Through a donation, Farmer acquired 50 years... | Continue reading article

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Mounties return to Ottawa + prize pack giveaway

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Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.

What do you get when three of the most prominent and creative Canadian musicians band together and form a supergroup? You get Mounties, the exciting project created by Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays, and Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric and Limblifter. The group’s debut album, Thrash Rock Legacy was released this past March, and was immediately showered with praise that resulted in a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and the group being named SIRIUS XM Emerging Artist of the Year at the SIRIUS XM Independent... | Continue reading article

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The Rotters Club celebrates re-issue of Rot n’ Role at Nee’wollah

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Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.

This Hallowe’en, some of the elder statesmen of Ottawa’s punk and alternative music communities will gather to celebrate the legacy of a short-lived music venue with a big influence on local music. Nee’wollah (read it backwards if you’re confused), takes place October 31st at Zaphod’s, revisits acts associated with the Rotters Club, and celebrates the reissue of the Rot n’ Role  compilation album. With only 500 copies in the original 1979 pressing, the album became a collector’s item for Ottawa music cognoscenti. Nee’wollah attendees will get to see comedian Mike... | Continue reading article

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Oscar Wilde’s Earnest a perfect pick-me-up

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Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest has stood the test of time – it’s freakin’ hilarious and it doesn’t matter if it’s 1895 or 2014. Sure, Shakespeare’s plays are some 300 years older than this Oscar Wilde comedy which is part of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre series. But let’s be honest, most of us would probably enjoy The Merchant of Venice or King Lear far more if we scanned Cole’s Notes or Wikipedia before taking our seats. Earnest, on the other hand, is accessible, clever,... | Continue reading article

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Lily Frost’s Motherless Child EP tour comes to Ottawa

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Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Toronto’s Lily Frost returned to Ottawa Friday night at the wonderfully unique and bohemian Raw Sugar Café, located in the heart of Chinatown. It was nice to catch her in this intimate setting, in complete contrast to the last time I saw her perform, which was on the Black Sheep stage at Bluesfest in 2013. She engaged the enrapt audience with a selection of pieces from several of her past albums, along with all six songs from her current EP, Motherless Child, which was released just last month. A second... | Continue reading article

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Three short films resonate at OIFF

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Still from Wired. Image courtesy of www.nsi-canada.ca.Still from Wired. Image courtesy of www.nsi-canada.ca.

This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Ottawa International Film Festival and all screenings took place at the iconic Mayfair Theatre. Over the course of four days, twenty-five narrative features, short films, and documentaries from all corners of the world were showcased. Although it was almost impossible to choose just one film, I decided to attend on the night of shorts – that way I could enjoy an abundance of talent in one single night. Shortly after arriving, I was directed toward the popcorn and, yes, beer stand –... | Continue reading article

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Regarding Susan Sontag is this year’s Best Documentary Feature at InsideOut

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Susan Sontag. Photo from the InsideOut Film Festival website.Susan Sontag. Photo from the InsideOut Film Festival website.

Winner of this year’s Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, Regarding Susan Sontag is a eulogy to one of American’s most famous and important thinkers of the twentieth century. She was a star during her lifetime; one of the most photographed women of her period; a woman that, amid the luxury of the Western world, celebrated her birthdays under the torrent of violence. She witnessed the Vietnam War. She put on a play while bombs fell over Sarajevo. Susan Sontag was a woman not estranged from the suffering... | Continue reading article

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Bouffon at the Gladstone

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Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.

Comedy is difficult to do well. Bouffon is even more difficult. Bouffon is a style of theatre whose main focus is the art of mockery. According to Wikipedia, bouffon performance techniques include “burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, gallows humour, parody, satire and slapstick”. Any of these are tough to master; to master all of them requires enormous skill. Ottawa’s Black Sheep Theatre has brought in the 3-person Brooklyn/San Francisco troupe Under the Table to perform their production The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. The concept behind this short (a little over an... | Continue reading article

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