Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen. Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One: Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions who... | Continue reading article
This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article
True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article
Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war. Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.
This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article
Yesterday we introduced Jith Paul, the first member of our Apartment613 Fellowship Program. Today is the launch of the first episode in Jith’s web series Ottawa Indie Film. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time.
This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening marks Fringe Festivals annual Stiff Quickies fundraiser. This collection of short films, tall drinks and deep pockets is the primary fundraiser for Fringe Festival and takes place at Arts Court with some of the best... | Continue reading article
This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article
Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. We know the Irish for their Celtic countryside roots, legged in Riverdance and legends of Loch Ness, knotted by generations of bred in the bone talented poets and storytellers. From March 27th – 29th the Arts Court Theatre celebrates Ireland’s unique contribution to film at the first annual Irish Film Festival Ottawa, a three day event supported by the Irish Embassy, Culture Ireland, Irish Film Institute and CHIN... | Continue reading article
Le Château Cyr en collaboration avec Basement 819 vous présente fièrement une nouvelle édition des Sessions LIVE! À l’honneur cette fois-ci, c’est John Carroll qui a été installé sous les feux de la rampe. Personnage emblématique de la région, il performe sur scène depuis 25 ans. Le lancement de son dernier album avec le band The Epic Proportions Everybody Smokes in Hell (2012) s’est déroulé à guichet fermé au Blacksheep Inn à Wakefield. Depuis dix ans, à chaque mercredi soir, il occupe la scène du légendaire Château Lafayette (The Laff pour les habitués!). John... | Continue reading article