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Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed it as puppy love. Such is the unfortunate nature of the art market.  It’s hard to sell art. And I don’t mean mass-produced photos or prints that serve to decorate bare walls the world over.... | Continue reading article

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Community art show fundraiser honours mothers

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Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.

Unseasonably humid weather didn’t stop about 200 people from crowding into a Westboro home on Saturday night to take part in unique celebration of mothers and a home-based art sale and fundraiser to support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF). Months of planning — and the involvement of 40 Ottawa-area artists — went into organizing the event, hosted by Chris Best and Joni Campbell in memory of Chris’s mother, Doreen Best, who died 23 years ago of cancer. “I lost my Mom to cancer when she was 54. I am... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

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Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight into the ever-changing music industry. John Criswick, owner of the Merc, approached Balladelli last year to ask her if she would take the lead to create a music conference in Ottawa. Building off of the... | Continue reading article

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goods shop: North Dalhousie’s newest neighbour

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Photo courtesy of goods shop.Photo courtesy of goods shop.

Walking into goods, Ottawa’s newest variety shop, it’s clear that owners Jessica Wilson-Frenken and Josie Videto have great taste. Like, really great taste. From silk screened prints to cocktail supplies, and pottery mugs to intoxicating essential oils, the shop is full of perfect items to make your home even homier, your workspace more appealing, and to fill your garden with flowers to protect you from zombies. What started as a few shelves in local clothing boutique Victoire, quickly grew into this actual bricks and mortar shop. Open since March 2015, goods... | Continue reading article

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Listen to Megan Jerome’s groovy Together Ensemble: Concert this Thursday

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Megan Jerome. Photo by Adria MayMegan Jerome. Photo by Adria May

I walked into the Elmdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon. Megan Jerome’s voice filled the space as she belted out covers by Bill Bailey, TLC, Michael Jackson, and Hozier. Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice. No stranger to the stage, Megan formally trained in classical and jazz piano at Carleton University. Her self-produced albums have topped CBC and community radio station charts across Canada earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Performing Sundays throughout May at the Elmdale is one of her latest gigs, where she has souped... | Continue reading article

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Ontario Culinary Challenge a first for Ontario Scene

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This year’s biennial Scene represented a first for the provincial festival: a cooking competition. The Ontario Culinary Challenge, this past Tuesday, May 5th, was a delicious first foray. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and the basics of the competition explained to us. Fifteen cooking stations were set up across the National Arts Centre Main Lobby Foyer. Chefs from across the province, with the help of Algonquin College culinary students, presented small plates, composed exclusively of Ontario ingredients. Renowned Ontario wineries teamed with chefs to offer complimentary wine pairings for each... | Continue reading article

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For the love of Comiccon

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All photos by Emily Plunkett.All photos by Emily Plunkett.

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea of Ottawa Comiccon, in which hordes of people gather for three days to do nothing but dress in elaborate costumes and geek out over various media franchises, definitely raises an eyebrow or two from the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Nightshades for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

As we near the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Matías Muñoz of Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to sit down with our very own Nightshades at House of Targ. The three-piece garage band have garnered a lot of attention in Ottawa and are set to open up for Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD, and Lady Girl on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (Tonight!) at Ritual. Check them out below: Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased here. This event is included in the 5/$99... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 5, 2014

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Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Hey kids! May has arrived in all its glory.  The perfect opportunity to open up some windows, let the fresh air in and tune in to find out what’s going on in Ottawa (and with a mere few months of good weather you’d better believe it’s a lot!) This week Live contributor Ania Szneps sat down with Saw Video director Penny McCann to get an idea about their ambitious Cultural Engineering project: how it got started and what they’re hoping it will contribute to the Arts Court redevelopment as we... | Continue reading article

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