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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Aziz and Co celebrate 50 years

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From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.

While stumbling and bumbling around, a drunk man tripped into a small store, which had just opened on the corner of Bank and Gilmour streets. He wandered through, gazing at its vibrantly coloured collection of bed spreads, dresses and textiles, unsure of where his drunken adventure had led him. It was different from the other stores he meandered by on the street. The aroma of the burning incense enticed him to wobble down to the back end of the shop. Intoxicated by the smell, he grumbled, grabbed a pack of... | Continue reading article

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Young Ottawa glitterati hit bowling green for charity

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Photo from lawnsummernights.com.Photo from lawnsummernights.com.

Hintonburg’s sleepy Elmdale Lawn Bowling club will be transformed into the hippest spot in the city on Wednesday when Lawn Summer Nights returns to the capital for the first of four nights of mingling, munchies, booze and bowling in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The second annual fundraiser, which draws a who’s who of young Ottawa professionals from the political, media and business spheres, doubled in size this year and sold out in less than 24 hours. “We have a bunch of returning teams, and we attribute much of our... | Continue reading article

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

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Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my car. This Thursday’s screening (presented by Available Light Screening Collective) will be the first time Lipton shows all five films created during her Canada-U.S. journey and the first time she will perform alongside them. Apartment613... | Continue reading article

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What does an art critic do?

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Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. The series aims to foster a community of critical art writers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, by providing both emerging and experienced writers with the opportunity to connect with each other and learn from prominent members of the national art writing community. The last writing workshop, offered by Anna Khimasia, focused on the role of criticism in art writing: “What... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s independent music artists want a bigger slice of the apple pie.

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D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is in the middle of a review of the Canadian music industry. On December 5, 2013, the committee moved to undertake the review in order to: a) inform Committee members of the details and impacts of the government support on Canadian music, as well as the creators and entrepreneurs who create and distribute music in Canada; b) determine how funding is allocated; c) to establish whether the government support is meeting the objectives laid out for it, and to make recommendations... | Continue reading article

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From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

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While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ journey is pretty inspiring. We spoke to him about his new(ish) gig as Festival Director of NXNE, his crazy tale at VICE and of course, his Ottawa roots. Born in Arizona to a military family,... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries as space

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Photo from OPL-BPO on Flickr. Credit: Rheal DoucettePhoto from OPL-BPO on Flickr. Credit: Rheal Doucette

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. “The last bastion of free, equitable, open, public space is the library” – Libraries as Space Last week, I attended a panel discussion hosted by the Library Association of the National Capital Region association (LANCR) that was looking at the theme of “library as space”. The featured five speakers ranged from a planning librarian... | Continue reading article

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