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Intersections Vernissage today at the Atomic Rooster!

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All photos by Brant Thompson.All photos by Brant Thompson.

Today marks the vernissage of Intersections, a photography show featuring Brant Thompson, at the Atomic Rooster. A showcase of the best of hundreds of shots and his first photography show, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Brant this past weekend about what inspires him as a photographer and what led him to this point. Brant became interested in photography in his late teens and early twenties. He took the photography program at Algonquin College and, for a while, was really into it. Over the years life... | Continue reading article

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Telling the tales + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town. By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, and the producers, directors and artists are working around the clock to create the live theatre piece that will be presented at mystery locations all across the city, in 3 different neighbourhoods, from Dec 4... | Continue reading article

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The Rainbow celebrates 30 years!

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Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

There is something about performing on the Rainbow stage. As a fledgling singer over 20 years ago, I remember the acute sense of nervousness I felt walking onto it, standing as green as could be, high above the crowd, looking out past the packed dance floor below me, the bar area beyond, the balcony area above me, and surrounded by the enormous talent of musicians who were there to strut their stuff during a jam night. I felt like I didn’t have a right to be there, rubbing elbows with... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Frank C. Tyrell, an Ottawa 1930s photographer

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Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.

Last time, I asked who photographed Ottawa in 1938 and speculated that a) it might have been Eugene M. Finn of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, or b) it might have been members of the Civil Service Professional Photographers Association. Since then, I have uncovered information about another Motion Picture Bureau photographer who would have also been a candidate. His name was Frank Charles Tyrell. Not a lot of information is available for Tyrell, despite the fact that he is credited for many CPMPB and National Film Board photos... | Continue reading article

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The Jack Bush Retrospective at the NGC

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Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.

On the cover of the May 3, 1947 issue of the Saturday Night weekly magazine, a poem by Harold Caverhill. The second stanza reads: I feel an echoing emptiness Through doorways roll in this hollow shell of yesterday Without a soul. Also on the cover was the poet’s inspiration, a Jack Bush artwork, Yesterday. The oil on masonite painting, created in 1947, is one of more than 130 of Bush’s paintings, drawings and commercial illustrations on display at the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective exhibition of his work. Yesterday hangs... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Songs of science in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons

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Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.

Beyond the furthest point that you can see. What exists there? Can it be captured? Can it be measured? Can it be understood? What about the furthest point you can imagine? What exists beyond that horizon? These kinds of questions are turned over and over in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons. They are studied and considered like the geometric boxes in a crystal lattice. Those themes are just what some people might expect from a poetry collection—particularly a collection of highly structured, meditative poems, impelled by argument and a strong narrator.... | Continue reading article

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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Super service and modern feel make Giovanni’s an Italian eatery worth visiting

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Photo from Giovanni's Ristorante Facebook page.Photo from Giovanni's Ristorante Facebook page.

“Service, service, service,” is what sets Giovanni’s Ristorante apart, says general manager and tonight’s Maitre D’, Fabio Vitagliano. It’s a motto that would explain the Italian eatery’s longevity on Preston Street – it’s been here for more than 30 years – but it’s only part of the fine dining experience. And make no mistake, dinner at Giovanni’s is an experience. With the exception of pizza, I’m not one to dine out on Italian often. I find many Italian restaurants, especially those in Little Italy, either kitschy or old fashioned. Frankly,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Folk-pop charmer Jenn Grant takes 4th Stage for two nights

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Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jenn Grant when she ventures onto the stage at the National Art Centre, this Friday. Although she’s never lived in Ottawa herself, her mother lived in the area while her grandfather, Daniel J. MacDonald, served as the Minister of Veteran Affairs in Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s cabinet. “[My grandfather] was good friends with Jean Chretien and Trudeau,” says Grant. “I love playing in Ottawa. I still have family here, two uncles and a few cousins.” Grant has played in the area a few... | Continue reading article

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