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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Who photographed Ottawa in 1938?

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A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Over the past little while, I have been writing about the remarkable ca. 1938 photos of Ottawa streetscapes. These photos show us the Ottawa that Jacques Greber would have seen when he was conducting his preliminary planning studies. What is of particular interest – and something not yet remarked upon by others – is that what we are seeing are not his own photographs, but ones taken by photographers working for the federal Department of Public Works. These photographers, unlike Greber, would have had intimate knowledge of the city. So... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Fest 25 years strong

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Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.

After 25 years strong, One World Film Festival celebrates its anniversary by continuing to do what it does best – challenging world issues through the power of film. “We decided to keep it smaller this year and focus on celebrating our 25 years,” said festival director, Pixie Cram. This year, the big focus is on honouring the festival itself. Not only will it be shorter than last year, it will also feature less films. To compensate, One World will be throwing a big birthday bash on Thursday night to kick-off... | Continue reading article

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Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique performed live by DJ FOOD, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot

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There’s something Beastie in the city of Ottawa. The Adam Saikaley Trio lit up The Manx with a live rendition of Ill Communication at the Arboretum Festival, and now, on September 20th at Ritual, U.K.’s DJ Food, alongside DJ Cheeba and Dj Moneyshot will be throwing down a version of Paul’s Boutique, including all, yes all! of the over 150 samples used on the ’89 classic. Hailing from London, and a pillar on Ninja Tune (the record-label home of Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, Bonobo, and Kid Koala – to rattle... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The lasting joy of the Easy-Bake Oven

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For more than 50 years,  the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced countless generations of children to the joys of cooking.  Since first coming onto the market in 1963, this plastic toy has become a cultural icon, while also serving as an interesting barometer of changing social norms. Fascinated by the decades-long popularity of this culinary rite of passage, Ottawa-based toy historian and author Todd Coopee wrote Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. “I find the appeal of the book lies in how it traces the 50-year history of a... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Are E-books the death of the paper book?

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Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).

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 recall my genetics professor making the claim years ago that we would all be working in paperless offices. Fast forward to now, and paper isn’t dead. The debate between paper and digital lives on, and remains very interesting for libraries. I did discuss e-books at OPL in a previous post but I thought... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

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Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl a pop indie band that everyone should check out. But as much as I enjoyed the show and the awesome food (running the gamut from gourmet poutine to cracked corn to Indian cuisine) I really... | Continue reading article

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A Baker’s Dozen: The 2014-15 season at The Gladstone Theatre

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The nine theatre companies which are sharing The Gladstone Theatre are offering a wide variety of plays for the 2014-15 season – everything from gentle family fare to head-banging punk rock.  Lots of traditional theatrical classics, too, from Moliere to Tennessee Williams to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Well, the latter IS a tradition, or shall we say a cult? Here’s what’s in store at The Gladstone this season… The season kicks off in mid-September with a new translation of Moliere’s well-loved comedy, The School for Wives, directed by John... | Continue reading article

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Creative in the Capital: Two art workshops everyone should try

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Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.

Ottawa is certainly brimming with a creative force, people and events alike. Some of our favourite things to do include the many local arts and music festivals, intimate vernissages, and quirky performances. I decidely to think of myself as being creative in my writing and especially in my ideas, but I’m surely more of a beginner when it comes to art, or music, or crafting, or anything of the like. The beginnings of my newly creative inspirations, coming from a coupon and a friend starting up her own new venture,... | Continue reading article

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