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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.

Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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Five great craft beers – and where to drink them

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. With memories of the Rideau Canal ice skating long behind us and summer still a ways off, residents and visitors to Ottawa have some time on their hands. So, after working up a thirst at Ontario Scene events, why not have a well-crafted pint? Here are five delicious ones to taste and five great places to taste them. Beyond The Pale’s Pink... | Continue reading article

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Lanois with NACO, an incredible evening of sonic exploration

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Basia Bulat and Daniel Lanois. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Basia Bulat and Daniel Lanois. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This past Thursday Ottawa ears were treated to an inspiring show of sonic exploration when Daniel Lanois and Basia Bulat joined forces with the NAC orchestra under the baton of David Martin. The exclusive concert jointly produced by Ontario Scene, the NAC orchestra and NAC Presents filled Southam Hall with fans eager to hear what Lanois had cooked up. They weren’t disappointed. Far from typical pop-orchestra collaborations, this was a whirlwind of a sonic journey through sets full of shifting styles, moods and instrumentation. Always hungry for new sonic ground... | Continue reading article

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Cody Allen ignites Irene’s Pub last Saturday

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From left to right: Jeff Logan (guitar), Cody Allen (vocals/acoustic guitar),
Steve Foley (drums), and Rob Toth (bass) perform on the Irene's stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left to right: Jeff Logan (guitar), Cody Allen (vocals/acoustic guitar), Steve Foley (drums), and Rob Toth (bass) perform on the Irene's stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

North Bay native, Cody Allen definitely set the room ablaze on Saturday night, as he unleashed his latest effort, IGNITE to a packed house at Irene’s Pub. With the help of his accomplished band members, Jeff Logan (electric guitar), Rob Toth (bass), and producer, Steve Foley (drums), Allen offered up a set of well over an hour’s worth of material, which also included tracks from his previous three albums. Cody Allen was introduced to the guitar at an early age when his dad brought one home from a pawn shop... | Continue reading article

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Friends With Benefits to raise money for mental health awareness

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All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.

The fourth annual Friends With Benefits fundraising auction, which supports mental health care and research in Ottawa, will be taking place Friday, May 8 at Lago Bar & Grill. The event will include a silent auction, cocktails, appetizers, and a dance party with a DJ. The event raises money directly for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Jennie James’ family established the fund with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in Jennie’s honour, after she took her own life in 2005 following a long battle with depression. The fund supports... | Continue reading article

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Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

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Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in 2012 and 2013 and presented its first report for review at a public Open House in 2013. A second public consultation was held on April 13. The review process will be completed this summer, ready... | Continue reading article

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Cirque Mechanics thrills audience with death-defying tricks

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All photos from cirquemechanics.com.All photos from cirquemechanics.com.

When I was a kid, I wanted to join the circus. Not because I had a horrible life that I needed to escape from, quite the opposite. I had loving and indulging parents who encouraged me to join gymnastics and pursue acrobatics, but it wasn’t enough- I wanted to be Robin from Batman, without, of course, ever losing my family in some horrible circus accident. Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk reinforced all of the ideals I had as a child toward the circus and acrobatics, and for a live audience. The... | Continue reading article

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Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

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Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated dancer, Evelyn Hart. The performance was a physical exploration of several of nineteenth-century German composer, Johannes Brahms’ pieces from his Intermezzi, written at the end of his life and teeming with emotional depth. Brahms’ compositions... | Continue reading article

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Soulful songs for a Saturday night

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Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

With so many Ontario Scene events this past Saturday, it must have been a tough choice for someone looking for an evening out, but for those who placed their bets on Matthew Barber and Jadea Kelly’s show the rewards were sweet. Not only did we get to hear these two songwriters on the same bill, we got to hear them in the lovely sanctuary of St. Alban’s church, a smaller, more intimate space than most churches with ornate stained glass windows, warm wood and high arched ceilings which make for... | Continue reading article

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The OAG gets especially creative this Sunday

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Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.

Post by Justeen Gales. The NAC’s Ontario Scene Gallery Crawl, happening in Ottawa this Sunday, has motivated the staff at the Ottawa Art Gallery to host a special Creative Sunday workshop for children and their families inspired by the current exhibition Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once (January 23rd – May 10th 2015) by artist Andrew Wright. With digital cameras easily accessible and the effortlessness with which pictures can be taken, edited, and discarded by the thousands, it is easy to forget the skill that goes into working with... | Continue reading article

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