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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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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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Foodie Friday: Food preservation is on exhibit at The Farm

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Photo by Lily Pepper.Photo by Lily Pepper.

Until recently, food preservation was thought of as a dowdy and grandma-ish chore, if one thought about it at all. In recent years, however, canning and other food preservation techniques have gained a new prominence, less as a necessity for surviving harsh winters than as a trendy pastime. A new exhibit at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, which is part of the Experimental Farm, aims to situate this trend in a long history of food preservation. The exhibit is called “Food Preservation: The Science You Eat” (which doesn’t seem... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: 3D printing!

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3D printer on display at BHV Marais in Paris. All photos by Jessica Green.3D printer on display at BHV Marais in Paris. All photos by Jessica Green.

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. In April, while on vacation in Paris, I happened upon a 3D printer exhibition at the BHV Marais, the large department store in the area. They had about 12-14 3D printers set up in their observation suite as well as a few spread out all over the store. This was a partnership between the... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Clemow through the years

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Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.

In the Greber Report of 1950, one of the streets that was noted in passing as an example of successful beautification was Clemow Avenue Driveway. It is surprising that Greber did not spend much time on Clemow, given its success as a planned streetscape. Extending from the Canal driveway, this tree-lined driveway included Monkland Avenue and crossed the north end of the Glebe and passed through Central Park and ended at Bronson Avenue. Designed between 1904 and 1914 by the Ottawa Improvement Commission with the support and collaboration of a... | Continue reading article

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Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

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Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event. Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. While we do have pockets of the former, I think Ottawa is much richer in its community ties, full of collaboration and support. To belong to that, you have to do more than just complain.... | Continue reading article

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