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Mexican artists visit Ottawa to exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery

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L-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy BerubeL-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy Berube

  I was in a taxi in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico. The streets were filled with people walking about, crossing the street at random. We turned off into a quieter section, with some corner stores and small food stands in the neighbourhood. I was on a mission to find  La Trampa Gráfica Contemporánea, a gallery and printing studio, in the Colegia de Las Vizcainas, in Mexico City. Guillermo Trejo, a print maker and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art, suggested that I visit his friend of many years Ernesto Alva, the gallery’s... | Continue reading article

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PechaKucha inspires in 6 minutes and 40 seconds

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Photo from pechakucha.org.Photo from pechakucha.org.

For anyone looking to get inspired to take on new projects now that it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, an upcoming event will bring together a wide array of local artists, organizers, and entrepreneurs to tell us about their work. PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) nights were created in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young creative professionals to meet and share ideas.  Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, and speaks over them, keeping their presentations to an MTV-generation-friendly six minutes and forty seconds each. ... | Continue reading article

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KABOOM! Thursday Open Mic & Jam

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The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the third instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out open mic scene. Welcome to the Atomic Rooster, located in the busy hub of Ottawa’s Centretown area on Bank St. just south of Somerset St….a moderately sized restaurant/bar featuring well prepared and presented pub-style fare, numerous draught beers from all over the world, and... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: DIY books of all kinds

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Craft Walk 2011, photo by blurasis on Flickr.Craft Walk 2011, photo by blurasis on Flickr.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I’ve simply had enough of this incessant winter or not-spring as the season seems to be. In times like this, I get creative, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the books we have about all kinds of creativity. Creative hobbies are good for you as they... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A rocking good show

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. I approached this Vanity Project production with some trepidation. The last time I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in another city where a professional rock singer and a punk band sold out every night of a 12 day run in a one of the roughest and seediest bars in town. I am pleased to say that Vanity definitely exceeded my expectations. If you like rock and roll and aren’t afraid of adult... | Continue reading article

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Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

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Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but I’ve got to supply some context: SawBuck, Ottawa rapper, has teamed up with another local music making enthusiast, DJ So Nice. They’re calling the project Buck N’ Nice. They’re kind of a hip hop super-group... | Continue reading article

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Find your cake and eat it too! at the Gluten Free Utopia

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Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.

In recent years we’ve heard gluten free go from a foreign concept, to a term and lifestyle adopted by so many. You’d be hard pressed these days to meet someone who isn’t eating gluten free or know someone who is. Enter Samantha Maloney. Owner of local business Bez Gluten Free Baking, she saw the opportunity to create an event centered around gluten free eating and living – a first of its kind here in the nation’s capital. Gluten Free Utopia will bring together local businesses that specialize in gluten free... | Continue reading article

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Ian Kelly pleased the crowd at the Shenkman last Friday

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Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

On Friday March 28th The Shenkman Arts Centre showcased the wonderful musical talent of Ian Kelly. I confess that going into the show I had no idea who Kelly was. This is rather a sad state of affairs on my part, given that Kelly not only has quite the following in French Canada, his sophomore album Speak Your Mind has been certified gold. With music and lyrics that remind me of a mix of the Counting Crows and Blue Rodeo, Ian Kelly was a very pleasant surprise from the moment... | Continue reading article

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Murder in Noirville has all the trappings of a 50s noir play

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Photo provided by Kanata Theatre.Photo provided by Kanata Theatre.

Straight up, this is not a production geared to me as an audience. It’s a 1950’s play revival for my grandparents’ generation. It has all the trappings of a noir play, with its stiff front-man sheriff, hidden secrets in a small town, shadowy lighting, and a femme fatale with a past and a shiny gold gun. However, this production is lesser than the sum of its parts. The production has great bones in its set: that of a sheriff’s office complete with jail cell, paralleling the Andy Griffith Show. It... | Continue reading article

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[Square]: Helping to launch Hintonburg Festival this summer

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"Zig" by Tafui."Zig" by Tafui.

I remember the days when I first moved here and I barely ventured West of Bronson or as I referred to it W.o.B. My boyfriend at the time had his film studio in Hintonburg, but there was little other reason to head out to the mainly residential neighbourhood. Now, things have radically changed and Hintonburg is not only home to some of Ottawa’s coolest homes, it is also a cultural hotspot featuring casual fine dining restaurants, funky stores and hip galleries. This is certainly something worth recognizing and celebrating. In... | Continue reading article

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