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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel... | Continue reading article

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A celebration of child and teenage awkwardness

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Photo by Evan Mitsui.Photo by Evan Mitsui.

Lisa Frank diaries filled of pages and pages of melodrama, all written in a pink gel pen. A school project detailing your hopes and dreams for adulthood. Letters written between classes to your friends, rife with angst and spelling mistakes. Juvenilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but maintains a few commonalities: it’s endearing, revealing, and more often than not, hilarious. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (GRTTWAK), hitting Ottawa this weekend, is a celebration of juvenilia. An open mic night, as well as a podcast, the event consists... | Continue reading article

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Le Festibière D’Hiver now serving Ontario brews

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Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.

Winter is a hard time to get warm in Ottawa, so Winter Beerfest (known as Festibière) has joined together with the Museum of History to offer over 100 craft beers and gourmet appetizers to aid in the process. On January 30 and 31st Le Festibière D’Hiver will host some of Quebec’s best microbreweries for the fourth annual Winter Beerfest. This is the first year they open their doors to local company Beau’s, which has worked diligently over the last 8 years to release their beer as widely as possible. Being able... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Motion happened last friday and it was crazy

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Photo from the Bydek Group Inc Facebook page. Credit: Alex BraultPhoto from the Bydek Group Inc Facebook page. Credit: Alex Brault

On Friday night Motion happened at Barrymore’s and they had an insane turnout. Bydek Group, DNA Presents and Straight Goods were all big name organizers for the show and worked collaboratively to bring an all Canadian show to the stage. Their efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed. The show was crazy. If you want a little taste of what you missed, Serk The Turk did a mini video that you can watch that recaps the night perfectly. The event featured Keys ‘N Krates with Thugli, and had support from locals Iggy... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 20, 2015

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Radio Free Strawberry by Alan Levine on Flickr.Radio Free Strawberry by Alan Levine on Flickr.

Hi kids! This week on Apt613 LIVE you can hear my conversations with Chris Dixon and Justin Louis Labelle. Dixon is the author of Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements.  He was at Octopus Books January 20th to talk about his book-so if you missed out don’t despair!  He sat down with 613 to discuss his belief in the potential of anarchism and grassroots movements to change the world for the better. Justin Louis Labelle is an Ottawa-based photographer whose first solo show opens at the 1073 Bank Street location... | Continue reading article

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Nature Nocturne celebrates the Lunar New Year with Chinatown Remixed

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Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.

Looking for a way to continue the holiday celebrations? Why not celebrate the Lunar New Year, with the Museum of Nature and Chinatown Remixed at this year’s first Nature Nocturne? This is the second year that the Chinatown Remixed Collective will be partnering with the Museum of Nature to celebrate the Lunar New Year – and what a fitting year it is. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat. A symbol of the arts and nature, the goat represents colour, tranquility,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

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Photo from neverfriend.com.Photo from neverfriend.com.

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and pain of unrequited love. Although not a full-blown metal or rock tune, Neverfriend delivers in its lyrics and provides listeners with a passionate yet composed sound. Neverfriend, first founded in 2006, are Gina, Fraser, Logan... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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