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Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

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Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in 2012 and 2013 and presented its first report for review at a public Open House in 2013. A second public consultation was held on April 13. The review process will be completed this summer, ready... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

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Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” said Simon Brière-Audet, who along with Beth Evans form the dynamic duo behind this up-and-coming company. For the past decade, Brière-Audet honed his cooking skills at the Lapointe Seafood Grill where he accepted the executive... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: The death (and rebirth) of journalism

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Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

This is part four in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, James Baxter, the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics, provides a thought provoking analysis on how the traditional mainstream media is crumbling.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Evolve or die.  That’s the lesson of history.  Sure, a few dinosaurs managed to make it through mass extinctions, but the ancestors of these once-dominant beasts are now being turned into boots and wallets. So it is for Canada’s... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Re-Imagining the NAC

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Artist sketch of how the NAC will look from Elgin St. following its planned renovationsArtist sketch of how the NAC will look from Elgin St. following its planned renovations

This is part three in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Rosemary Thompson, the director of communications at the National Arts Centre, describes the planned renovations at the NAC.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter.  (Note: For details on the redevelopment of Arts Court, see part 1 and part 2 of our previous two-part look of this latter project). On Canada Day in 2017, all of Ottawa is invited to take part in the grand opening of the National Arts... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Help PDA Press come to life

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Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.

One of Ottawa’s newest galleries is asking for help with a new venture that will bring the work of local and Canadian artists and creators to a wider audience. PDA Press, which is part of PDA Projects, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the publication of their first three books, which feature art and writing by contributors both from Ottawa and from across Canada. PDA Projects’ physical space is PDA Gallery, which opened on Elgin St., between the Lieutenant’s Pump and Kochu Sushi, in the summer of... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Public Library Main Branch: Have your say!

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Exterior shot of the new central library in Halifax. Photo by Mathew Matheson on Flickr.Exterior shot of the new central library in Halifax. Photo by Mathew Matheson on Flickr.

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. After the Imagine Campaign run by the Ottawa Public Library back in 2013, it was pretty obvious that many citizens of Ottawa wanted either a major facelift or a completely new building for the Main Branch located downtown on Metcalfe. Many news articles and reports later, it’s looking to become a reality. On March... | Continue reading article

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

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Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.Image from www.culturalengineering.ca.

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts Program and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. After a city-wide call for proposals, three artists have been selected to document and respond artistically to the... | Continue reading article

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Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance DirectivePhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  ”The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons. “You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Live Music Scene: The Bourbon Room

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View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. Many restaurants and bars have been responding to the demand by making modifications to provide space, with some going to lengths of including full sound and lighting. This series of articles seeks to highlight the... | Continue reading article

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