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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 20 août 2014 :: Prestation live de MOONFRUITS. Éric se prépare pour l’International de pétanque du Vieux-Hull. LANDLINE à la Court des Arts. Événements culturels du Forum social des peuples.

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Cette semaine à Basement 819, nous sommes à trois à couvrir l’actualité culturelle pour vos beaux yeux. Jo Chapeau s’installe à l’émission comme collaborateur officiel et vous en serez encore plus heureux que nous! Il nous prépare une programmation de musique locale et des performances LIVE à l’émission pour les 12 prochaines années. D’ailleurs, parlant de ça, cette semaine, Moonfruits est venu nous visiter en studio. Les talents pas tellement cachés :: Moonfruits Voici l’entrevue complète réalisée avec Alex et Kaitlin, le chaleureux duo folk à l’origine du groupe. Deux... | Continue reading article

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From vampire slaying to dressing fabulously: The 7th Annual Village Movie Night

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Just before Wesley Snipes starred in Blade – in which he bulldozes his way through hundreds of grotesque vampires plotting to conquer the world – he played a sassy drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. Needless to say, it was a bit of a surreal experience watching the two movies back-to-back. If you really want to giggle, watch Snipes play his macho, blade wielding self before you head off to the Village Movie & Night Market to watch To Wong Foo, this Friday. It’s quite... | Continue reading article

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Jordan John: A modern Motown phenomenon

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Photo by Terry Steeves.Photo by Terry Steeves.

Toronto’s Jordan John absolutely wowed the crowds over his 3-day stint of shows in the capital this weekend. I caught 2 out of the 3, with his first show last Friday night at Wakefield’s landmark venue, The Black Sheep Inn, where he played to a packed house. The shows I attended were on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Ottawa’s west end music club Bassline Pub & Eatery, a place Jordan calls home: it’s where he made his official launch as a solo artist 6 years ago. Now 28 years... | Continue reading article

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Check out the Maker Faire this weekend – it’s bigger than ever

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It is no secret that Ottawa is full of talent of both an artistic and technical nature. Doors across the city conceal people working on special projects. This Saturday and Sunday (August 16 and 17) a number of these hidden works will be on display  at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology in the fun and interactive event – Maker Faire. I spoke with Remco Volmer who is Program and Development Manager at ArtEngine, the Ottawa-based  collective  focused on technology-based art that organizes the event. The first Maker Faire was held in 2010 and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Salvadorean slow food made with love at La Cabana

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Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.Photo of Salpicón by Mr Casual on Urbanspoon.ca.

Enough gets said about the popular modern restaurants that are elevating Ottawa’s food scene. And we love trying and raving about those impressive joints. But we also love the tried and true institutions that represent the enduring foundation of Ottawa’s proud food scene. When one apt613.ca reader asked us to write about her favourite restaurant, La Cabana, upon donating to our recent Indiegogo campaign, we cheered. If you’re looking for a ‘nouveau’ menu in a trendy, slick space, La Cabana isn’t for you. If you’re up for some downhome Salvadorean... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 13 août 2014 :: Prestation live de Chloé Perrault de la formation Dogwood! Vivez l’art sur la rue Principale à Aylmer. Le Festival Arboretum s’active sur les deux côtés de la rive!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 s’élargit avec notre maintenant plus-si-nouveau-que-ça collaborateur Jo Chapeau. En juin dernier, il est venu nous présenter les dessous de la riche scène culturelle de la région. Nous l’avons adopté et imploré de revenir parmi nous! Il enrichira dorénavant l’émission avec des invités en prestation live et ce, chaque semaine. On est bouche bée et beaucoup trop contents! Première prestation LIVE :: Chloé Perrault / Dogwood Basement 819 | Entrevue Chloé Perrault / Dogwood by Basement819 on Mixcloud Festival de la Principale du 15 au 17 août... | Continue reading article

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Pets and a garden party: The Ottawa Humane Society honours Chef Kurt Waldele

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Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Where can you pet a furry friend while munching on bites of five-star cuisine? Ottawa Humane Society’s (OHS) Summer Harvest Garden Party, of course! On Sunday, August 10, from 2:00 to 5:00pm, animal lovers gathered indoors and outdoors at Jean Pigott Place at City Hall for the organization’s 14th annual party, honoring the late Chef Kurt Waldele. Once hosted by Chef Waldele, the OHS has continued the tradition since his passing in 2009. Executive Chef for the National Arts Centre for over 30 years, the renowned Waldele was a great... | Continue reading article

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YouthCanSlam poetry festival returns

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Photo courtesy the YouthCanSlam website.Photo courtesy the YouthCanSlam website.

YouthCanSlam gears up August 12-16 for its second annual Youth Poetry Festival! Artists from across Canada will meet in the nation’s capital to celebrate the art of the spoken word. This week long event not only gives young budding artists the opportunity to connect with their audience in the spirit of camaraderie, but also allows them to develop their craft with the mentorship of established Canadian poets. The festival boasts tons of activities and events, including group sessions, a Youth Arts Fair, an Artistic Performance Showcase, a National Youth Picnic,... | Continue reading article

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