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Philip Sayce brings Influence to the Rainbow

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Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian musician Philip Sayce, known for his brand of powerhouse blues, has begun a journey across Canada commemorating the launch of his fourth upcoming album, Influence, which will be released in Canada April 7, 2015 through Warner Music Canada. Although previously out in Europe and already garnering rave reviews, Canadian audiences will look forward to a deluxe edition which includes two additional tracks produced by Michael Nielsen, “On The Road Again”, and “I’d Love To Change The World”, which has been released as a single and receiving massive airplay. The... | Continue reading article

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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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Still time to check out Winter Market at Lansdowne

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All photos by Emil Mateja.All photos by Emil Mateja.

Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu

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Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.

After months of exceptionally cold winter temperatures and a record-breaking run of 59 uninterrupted skating days on the Rideau Canal, it seems entirely appropriate to give one of Ottawa’s volunteer rink keepers the spotlight. Ewan Reid has been maintaining the McNabb outdoor rink in Centretown for five years now. His story comes to light in this three minute clip by Carleton University second-year grad student, Fangliang Xu. But you can call her Xu (shoe). Inspired by her father’s love of journalism, Xu has been obsessed with seeing the world through... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.

It seems that daylight savings not only kicked us ahead an hour, it kicked the temperature ahead to bring us some fine spring weather. Get out to celebrate St Paddy’s Day early and soak up a bit of this sunshine! Tonight things get groovin’ down at Babylon, with the Motown Showdown set to keep you dancing all night long. Things will stay hot down at Mugshots on Friday, with Soda Shop presenting King of the Beach dance party featuring the best of surfing tunes, bubblegum pop and garage rock. Out... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 9, 2015

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Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.

This week on Apt613 Live we’ve got an interview with Julie Gauthier from Covet &Co.  Officially the boutique’s grand opening is in May, but in the meantime they’re introducing themselves and their love for paper-based salutations (remember the world pre-texting?) by offering Letterpress workshops each weekend in March.  We sat down and chatted about the boutique, the lost art of the handwritten letter and the benefit of rolling up your sleeves and learning to do some things for yourself. Music from Jon Hynes, John Jacob Magistery, The Tourist Company and... | Continue reading article

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Framing and troubling identity: Celebrating Ottawa artist Nicole Crozier

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Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.

Nicole Crozier’s paintings and portraits are fascinating meditations on identity and gender production. Leaping off Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Crozier’s work could be summed up by the words, “Identity Trouble.” Through the visual medium of oil painting and photography, Crozier troubles the notion that we have a stable, unique, inner identity. As Butler opens up and expands gender, so Crozier opens up possibilities for a person to form and choose her or his own identity. But that is as far as their similarities go. For Crozier, identity and gender are... | Continue reading article

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

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Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts Program and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. After a city-wide call for proposals, three artists have been selected to document and respond artistically to the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Barâa Arar, spoken word poet

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Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Barâa Arar. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Growing up, Barâa Arar had always been one to tell stories. As a young girl, she got in trouble in school for talking too much and interrupting the class. For Barâa, story telling was a way of expressing herself – something that wouldn’t be recognized as a talent until later in life. During a talent show at camp she performed a poem she had written that caught the attention of her camp counsellor. He recognized her talent for storytelling and encouraged her to come out and perform at a poetry... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 3, 2015

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From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.

We catch up with Emily Pelstring,  co-curator of By Any Means, an animation program that screened last Friday night at Club SAW. The event features women animators taking on a wide range of stories, in a wide range of aesthetics made within a DIY ethos. Listen to Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

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