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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Cabaret ticket giveaway edition

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What will it be this weekend, Ottawa? Burlesque? A crowd-sourced musical bike ride? Fashion? House of PainT kicked off last night, and goes on all weekend long to celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you haven’t caught their Bboy and Bgirl breakdancing competition in years past, be sure to head down under the bridge on Saturday afternoon. There’s also music, dance parties and of course, live urban art. Ottawa Fashion Week is also entering its 10th season, getting underway on Friday – and although the main event is the runway shows,... | Continue reading article

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We Make The City: Artengine invites you to venture out for the Electric Fields Festival

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We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.

What do dynamic maze installations with giant inflatable balls, musical bike parades featuring radios and modified walkie-talkies, and forest parties in the sugar bush have in common? Besides being a few of my favourite things, they’re all happening across Ottawa as a part of Artengine‘s We Make The City programming for the 2013 edition of the Electric Fields Festival. From September 11-15, the city will be transformed through various socially engaging projects – many of them are free and open to all ages. From workshops for building your own LED device for your... | Continue reading article

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Unshaven Mavens: Hair they go again

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Men have Movember, growing out snazzy or spotty facial hair to raise awareness for prostate cancer. And women? Women get to be Unshaven Mavens. The brainchild of Malorie Bertrand and Amie Beausoleil, Unshaven Mavens is also all about raising awareness for cancer, particularly around the early warning signs of breast cancer that can be detected in the underarm area. In an interview on Apartment613 Live, we found out all about the campaign: for the month of October, women grow out their underarm hair – and, as Amie and Malorie pointed... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir is back with fashion flash mobs and DJs – and a ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. It’s time, once again, to picnic. This isn’t just any picnic, though – this is a classy, black tie affair, voted one of Ottawa’s sexiest parties in our racy survey from earlier this year. For the past two years, Harvest Noir has seen hundreds of brave Ottawans gather together in their finest threads. Why ‘brave’, you ask? The picnics have both fallen on unseasonably cold days, with a spot of rain or two. This year, the organizers are hoping to change all that by holding it... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.

Happy Labour Day, Ottawa! This weekend is a little less crazy than the rest of the summer has been, but there’s no shortage of events to check out. Don’t forget to stop by the Apartment613 Talks event tonight, featuring local sports lovers and intramural organizers talking about how play – for kids and grownups alike – helps make this a vibrant city. Bonus: deals on beer and food at 8 Locks Flat, where the Talks is taking place! For you music lovers, Toronto indie band By Divine Right will be at... | Continue reading article

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Portraits of Bluesfest: Raising money for Blues in the Schools

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July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.

With August drawing to a close and the nights getting longer, it wasn’t so long ago – just over a month, actually – that Björk captivated the city on the closing night of Bluesfest. Where has the time gone? If you’re looking to relive moments of the festival (and support a good cause) head over to Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on Thursday night for the fifth annual Portraits of Bluesfest – a fundraiser/silent art auction in support of Blues in the Schools. Organizer Peter Simpson, also known as the arts editor... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.

The Pride Parade happens this Sunday, and there are a ton of happenings to get you pumped up for the main event. Strip Spelling Bee is back at Babylon, Laugh out Proud is happening at Yuk Yuks, and there’s a bowling tournament – and that’s just tonight. Friday, there’s a pantsless party and Cirque Bizarre, while Saturday brings a choral showcase and some karaoke. Following the parade on Sunday, parties will keep going until the weekend wraps up! Dance parties will also be the theme down at Pour Boy on Friday night, with... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Big Dick toils with Witchcraft

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Big Dick have been having a busy summer. The duo – Dave Secretary (drums, vocals) and Johnny O (bass, vocals) – have an upcoming show at the Arborteum Arts Festival on Saturday and have also released their video, Witchcraft, today. Shot and edited by Travis Boisvenue, the video features various local haunts (can you guess which ones?), as well as modular visual effects by Arturo Brisindi (AKA Hard Science), and appearances from Niko Jensen and Erica Sainsbury. “Travis deserves all the credit for this, he put the whole thing together,” says... | Continue reading article

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