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Long-time ice sculptor dishes on Winterlude’s annual competition

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Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Elaborate ice carvings have temporarily transformed Confederation Park into a crystal garden this year for the 36th Winterlude. Kenny Hayden, 64, is a local competitor who participates in the event each winter. “This year we had a fantastic competition,” says Hadyen as we sit near the fountain where about a dozen ice carvings are on display. “We have had the perfect temperatures this year for [preserving] the ice. If it continues like this they could last another week,” he remarks with pride. Hayden is among twelve members of the Canadian... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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Treepot presents The Reel Deal: a screening of short indie films by women

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Still from Unburden.Still from Unburden.

Ottawa-based film production company Treepot Media aims to support local talent and to foster a community of filmmakers and filmgoers here in the capital. This weekend they’ll be hosting Reel Deal: a program featuring six films by women, and curated by Jennifer Mulligan. Apartment613 caught up with her and got some insight into her perspective on women’s film and her curatorial approach. Apartment613: Tell us a bit about your background in film: is it something you studied formally or is it more of a passion you feed on-the-side? Jennifer Mulligan:... | Continue reading article

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Thaw/Dégel beats the winter blues

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Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.

Manon Labrosse’s new series “THAW” currently on exhibition at the Council For The Arts (2 Daly Ave, Ottawa) is a thing of wistful beauty. The paintings, (oil & graphite on wood panel) illustrate Labrosse’s keen sense of design and although reminiscent of previous work, have evolved into a harmonious, calming collection of dripping jewel tones used to describe the imminent spring thaw. Logs float and dangle like weightless toggles suspended amid the clouds. Like a mobile they sometimes spin apart and then re-gain balance. It is the melting landscape in... | Continue reading article

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This Saturday the NAC becomes a musical playground courtesy of Peter and the Wolf

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In the annals of children’s music, a special place is reserved for the magical work Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.   Created in 1936 , this timeless classic tells the story of a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s warning about a dangerous wolf lurking outside.  When the stubborn Peter comes face-to-face with the wolf, however, he sets in motion a hair-raising adventure. Children and adults alike can enjoy this musical masterpiece this Saturday, February 8, when the NAC Orchestra joins with the Magic Circle Mime Company to perform this brilliant work.... | Continue reading article

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Those Gulls spread wings – will be landing at Zaphod’s

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Let’s call it metamorphosis. Or breeding. Birds and the bees, say, with emphasis on the birds, more specifically those pale-hued squawkers. What started with solo flights down on the beach now soars with five, dipping and diving in hypnotic rhythms, looting the landscapes for morsels of melodies. The most recent updraft has this five-piece of gulls soaring to Zaphod’s, where, alongside Trees, they’ll open for The Darcys. We lured them in with a package of soda-crackers, and Those Gulls, Andrew Grosvenor (AG), Peter Zachar (PZ), Pierce McKennirey (PM), and Kate... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Although set in a dystopian future, new novel celebrates the human spirit

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This past September, local author Wendy MacIntyre released Lucia’s Masks, a science fiction/fantasy novel published by Thistledown Press.  Set in a dystopian future, the story opens with Lucia, a young woman who lives in The City, a tragic and dehumanizing place that has been taken over by a brutal dictatorship. When Lucia decides to escape, she meets five other people on the road who, for their own reasons, are also fleeing.  When their quest seems all but lost, the group finds six Greek Tragedy masks that will unlock their futures.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: NUITS CLAIRES, le 4ème Festival du film balte et nordique aura lieu du 1er au 12 février 2014

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À mesure que le froid se déploie sur Ottawa, le ciel lui, se dégage sur un canal gelé, des statues de glaces et de larges écrans blancs. La logique? Un ciel d’hiver, un ciel polaire, l’Institut du Film Canadien s’affaire, en collaboration avec les ambassades des pays baltes et nordiques, aux derniers préparatifs de son « festival polaire », qu’il intitule « Nuits Claires ». Un recueil de huit films d’autres pays enneigés et inspirés, indépendants et éclectiques, artistiques et philosophiques, qui divertissent et instruisent ceux qui les écoutent. En... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: iPolitics breathes life into their new Heritage space

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Visiting iPolitics’ new location feels much like a celebration as sunlight shines into the freshly renovated space. Ambient noise channels from the brick walls and wooden floors at 17 York Street, a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. “The acoustics are very different,” explains Sally Douglas, Deputy Publisher at iPolitics and our guide on this particular Friday morning. “The buzz you’re hearing is a... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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