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Take the National Gallery’s Bluebeard Challenge

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Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.

Lily Pepper is a project consultant with this National Gallery of Canada initiative . In summer 2014, the National Gallery is hosting a major exhibition on Gustave Doré, jointly organized with the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. In the mid-1800s, Doré worked in high-art forms like painting and sculpture, but was better known for his commercial and populist works, especially book illustrations. The illustrations he made for works like the Bible, Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven have shaped how generations of readers and artists envision these works. One... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: A walk along O’Connor Street, from Somerset northwards

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Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.

When we think of the Greber Plan, we tend to think of the bigger, more obvious things that were done to the city, such as the widening of Elgin Street or the ripping up of the railway lines out of the downtown area, or the creation of the Greenbelt. What is less well-known is Jacques Greber’s influence on what were once quieter north-south streets in the old urban core, and in particular, Metcalfe and O’Connor Streets. In his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The urban hunter

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem is located in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Queen Street and Metcalfe. This may not be the typical place where you would expect to find a hunter armed with a bow-and-arrow taking aim at a deer, but that’s exactly the scene that’s depicted in this sculptural arrangement. The sculptural arrangement is located right across the street from the World Exchange Plaza, and is made up of two separate sculptures of a hunter, and a grazing deer, integrated into the surrounding landscaping.  It’s a very... | Continue reading article

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A few fragmented aspects of Ottawa’s Queer History

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Apt613 works hard to dispel the synonymy of Ottawa with bureaucratic dullness, and to show Ottawans that there’s more to our city than office buildings and faux-Irish pubs.  A key aspect of my culture shock when I moved here from Montréal was that Ottawa seemed bewilderingly, overwhelmingly heterosexual. I wondered why Ottawa had such little visible (to me) gay, lesbian, trans, and queer culture, and I knew there had to be more to the story. And, of course, there is.  What I found was that Ottawa’s queer history has been... | Continue reading article

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MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

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If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking events throughout the province. On December 12th at Hub Ottawa, they are bringing together a panel of musicians, labels and industry folk to discuss the all important question: “How can I make a living making... | Continue reading article

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Let’s Get Fresh Initiative continues Ottawa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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Post by Katherine Palbom At first glance the war on HIV AIDS is a good story, with headlines like ‘End in sight’ popping up in newspapers and all over the internet. New drug treatments have transformed what was once a death sentence into a chronic illness, and there are even babies getting ‘cured’ from the virus (or at least going into long term remission).  However look deeper and it is evident that, while there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is truly... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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Need a small hit of learning? The Westboro Brainery has got you covered.

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Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn something new? For me, it’s a hunger that can only be quelled by the consumption of knowledge—hearty, metaphorically consumable knowledge. Sometimes, it’s enough to just read a Wikipedia article, but more often I feel the need for something substantial. Now, I don’t have the time to commit to a college course, or even a weekend learning stint, so this need goes un-satiated more often than not. Which is why The Westboro Brainery so appeals to me. It’s a way to get a... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: From Mexico with love

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Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.

I stumbled across this sculpture entirely by accident as I was walking towards the Market to check out some of the great art exhibits during this year’s Nuit Blanche. Located right off Elgin Street and steps away from the Rideau Centre, this little Gem is tucked into a small open space outside the National Art Centre. This gleaming sculpture of polished metal, entitled Musica, was crafted by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. It was donated to the NAC by the Embassy of Mexico in 2006 as a gesture of friendship. For... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks! 3D printing: The democratization of production

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New technology is changing the way that we produce and prototype goods. 3D printers have inspired a new generation of crafters, makers and hackers taking charge of their own production in new and creative ways. This panel will bring together Ottawans thinking about how technology is changing the way we make goods and what this might mean for our local culture and economy.  You can register online here! Our panelists are Dominic Coballe, N-Product; Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing Co-founders;  and Luc Lalande, maker movement advocate @LucLalande! Doors open at 7pm at the Shopify... | Continue reading article

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