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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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Your brain on improv: IMOOFEST 2014

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Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.

As a teenager and wannabe punk-rocker, I was always hearing my musician friends talking about ‘jamming.’ They were going to jam, they wanted to jam, they were in the process of ‘jamming.’ A music lover but non-musician myself, this was a very elusive activity to me and one I still don’t completely understand. Jamming is not just a thing of aspiring high school rock stars. The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa / Outaouias (IMOO) is a group influenced by jazz, classical, folk, and rock genres and committed to the exploration of... | 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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Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

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Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in which they board the stage – through the crowd. It’s as if to say, we are one with you, and we’re doing this thing together. Before even a note was played, the audience was already... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Series Dance 10 presents contemporary dance in an intimate setting

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A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.

Contemporary dance is both a combination of and separate from all other forms of dance. When watching a performance, the thoughts and emotions one has in response to what they see are their own, explored through the movement of the piece. Similar to abstract art, in that it isn’t clearly laid out in front of you, what you interpret and take away from a contemporary dance performance is much more a result of your own introspection and experience, the direction of which is inspired by the piece. The choreographer and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Food Truck Rally: The tastiest 4 hours of the year

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Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.

A mere two years ago, the City of Ottawa introduced the new Street Food Vending Program with the goal of reinventing and updating the city’s street eats (or lack thereof). Since then, Ottawa’s street food community has blossomed and all but swept the national capital off its foodie feet. With more than 60 food trucks and carts in operation in the city, even the most avid and eager eater would have a hard time hitting every spot. Enter the 2nd annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally, the perfect opportunity to sample... | 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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Reflections on another successful OIAF

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Image from the OIAF website: animationfestival.ca

Another Ottawa International Animation Festival has wrapped up and, as usual, I’m left blown away by the talent and skill in story-telling the featured animators were able to display. My date for the festival and I thought we’d take a different tack this year and give you an audio summary of some of our favourites and highlights from the Short Film Competitions we were able to attend. Give it a listen!

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Canada’s toughest marathon

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Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.

“Remember, you paid for this.”        - A sign I once saw near the end of a marathon          that I was running as my body was falling apart.   Running a marathon is one of life’s most amazing, body crushing joys.  Having run three, I can still recall the pride — and also utter pain (kilometre 40 is a bitch!) — of crossing the finish line. For some runners, however, covering 42.2 kilometres is only the beginning of their challenge.  For this impressive group of athletes, running a... | Continue reading article

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