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Check out the amazing Piece Tower on Elgin

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Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.

This year the Ottawa Architecture Week’s flagship attraction is Michael M. Simon’s Piece Tower, an inhabitable art installation built on the lawn of the Knox Anglican Church. Michael was approached in July by Nico Valenzuela, the current chair of OAW, to create an installation to embody the theme of Urban Intensification and bring attention to Architecture week. A few months, some volunteers, and not a negligible amount of elbow grease later the Piece Tower had its debut in the courtyard of the Metropolis restaurant at this year’s Nuit Blanche. “The... | Continue reading article

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Buy locally made art with volunteer hours at Timeraiser

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Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.

A Canadian organization is working to help non-profits make their limited resources go further and to motivate busy people to connect with their communities through volunteering. Timeraiser events were conceived in 2001 by Simon Foster and Anil Patel of Framework as a way to address these challenges in a fun, engaging way. Timeraiser hosts annual events in cities across Canada that offer volunteers a chance to win art by volunteering with local non-profits. The 7th Ottawa Timeraiser will take place November 8th at the Canadian Museum of History. Timeraiser engineers... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Novel Writer’s Blueprint is a quick guide to realizing your literary ambitions

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Once, in a university course on modern Canadian literature, a successful Canadian novelist explained how he had started writing his latest novel. “I was doing the dishes after supper one night,” he said, “and I heard the voice of the main character in my head.” After he finished washing up, he sat down and wrote what the voice had said. He also heard the voices of the other characters in the novel, speaking to each other. This, apparently, was how all his novels came about: during his daily routine, a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Who photographed Ottawa in 1938?

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A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Over the past little while, I have been writing about the remarkable ca. 1938 photos of Ottawa streetscapes. These photos show us the Ottawa that Jacques Greber would have seen when he was conducting his preliminary planning studies. What is of particular interest – and something not yet remarked upon by others – is that what we are seeing are not his own photographs, but ones taken by photographers working for the federal Department of Public Works. These photographers, unlike Greber, would have had intimate knowledge of the city. So... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Fest 25 years strong

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Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.

After 25 years strong, One World Film Festival celebrates its anniversary by continuing to do what it does best – challenging world issues through the power of film. “We decided to keep it smaller this year and focus on celebrating our 25 years,” said festival director, Pixie Cram. This year, the big focus is on honouring the festival itself. Not only will it be shorter than last year, it will also feature less films. To compensate, One World will be throwing a big birthday bash on Thursday night to kick-off... | Continue reading article

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Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique performed live by DJ FOOD, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot

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There’s something Beastie in the city of Ottawa. The Adam Saikaley Trio lit up The Manx with a live rendition of Ill Communication at the Arboretum Festival, and now, on September 20th at Ritual, U.K.’s DJ Food, alongside DJ Cheeba and Dj Moneyshot will be throwing down a version of Paul’s Boutique, including all, yes all! of the over 150 samples used on the ’89 classic. Hailing from London, and a pillar on Ninja Tune (the record-label home of Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, Bonobo, and Kid Koala – to rattle... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The lasting joy of the Easy-Bake Oven

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For more than 50 years,  the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced countless generations of children to the joys of cooking.  Since first coming onto the market in 1963, this plastic toy has become a cultural icon, while also serving as an interesting barometer of changing social norms. Fascinated by the decades-long popularity of this culinary rite of passage, Ottawa-based toy historian and author Todd Coopee wrote Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. “I find the appeal of the book lies in how it traces the 50-year history of a... | Continue reading article

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