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Form and function on display at Central Art Garage

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Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.

The approach each artist takes is described by Central Art Garage as ranging from theatrical to literal. The artists have taken an old practice of using hard-edged work and combined it with the unconventional use of modern materials for the creation of each piece. Each artist has picked a particular way to observe and display form and function through their work. The title, Hard To Look At is in reference to the practice of using rulers, straight edges and measuring tapes to develop a defined edge for each small part... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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We love this city

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we heart this city

It’s been an unimaginable past day in Ottawa. We’ve been anxious, locked-down and saddened. Our resolve to celebrate the best of Ottawa and our commitment to keeping our city healthy and happy has never been stronger. More than anything else today, we offer our tributes, thoughts and concern to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was tragically killed while guarding our national war memorial. We know that Ottawa will not let an act of violence define us. We will think hard about how something like this could... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sylvie Hill launches poet-meets-artist collaboration on Kickstarter

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Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.

Questions linger in a world of online relationships formed tweet by tweet and like for like: Who is the person behind the avatar? What are they promising? Why are we engaging and where is this all going? Sylvie Hill, spoken word poet, lover of James Joyce, and in-your-face ex-Ottawa XPress Shotgun columnist can tell you a few things about online flirtations turned real world encounters. Meshing her tell-all, sexually explicit poems with full colour Juan Carlos Noria ‘dixon’ art, she’s banking on crowdfunding to launch this poet-meets-artist collaboration. “This is not... | Continue reading article

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An unrecognized place: The forgotten home of the Pattees and Freimans

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Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.

Have you ever walked down Somerset Street towards the Rideau Canal, glanced over at a redbrick mansion near the corner at Elgin Street and wondered, “What could possibly have happened there?” At one point I did as well, and discovered that the house standing at 149 Somerset is perhaps one of the most historically important yet unrecognized places in Ottawa. Built in 1891 by the Pattee family, a private and prominent industrialist family, the building’s exterior was decorated with bullnose pillars and a frieze lining the upper edifice that depicts... | Continue reading article

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Somerset Ward: Decisions, decisions

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Decisions, decisions.

Post by Trish Chang Your palms are sweaty — you’ve been looking through profiles for hours. Some sound too good to be true, and others sound just plain wacky. Looking through pictures and profiles, overwhelmed by both too much information, and not nearly enough, you turn off the computer and decide to look again tomorrow. You’re choosing a city councillor in Somerset Ward. There are 11 candidates running in Somerset Ward, as you may have noticed by their signs, littered throughout our parks, streets and intersections. And while you could... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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Merchandise and Lower take the CITY SLANG questionnaire for Ottawa Implosion

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Lower. Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal.Lower. Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal.

Post submitted by Travis Boisvenue of CHUO 89.1 fm’s City Slang. Tampa Bay, Florida’s Merchandise and Copenhagen, Denmark’s Lower will be at the House of Targ with Ottawa’s Boyhood this Thursday for the opening night of the Ottawa Implosion weekend. The three-day fesival is bringing in acts from around the globe, including Italy’s Father Murphy and fellow Danish artists, Iceage. The CITY SLANG crew put together a special CITY SLANG questionnaire specifically for bands playing the Ottawa Implosion. The CITY SLANG questionnaire is our radio show’s standardized list of questions,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Son of God leaps into Ottawa comic scene with exploration of mental illness

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Cedrick Lui, author of Son of God.Cedrick Lui, author of Son of God.

There’s often a tipping point between wanting to write, and becoming a writer. For Cedrick Lui, that moment arrived the day his wife announced her pregnancy. Suddenly he found himself with a deadline. Having already approached the artist CH Kim to get onboard the project, all he needed was a story to bring his comic to life.  Lui began building a small exposure project as his first step into the Ottawa comic scene. But looking through the pages of his stand-alone comic, Son of God, it’s safe to say that... | Continue reading article

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