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Video of the week: Boyhood gets into trouble with Thailand

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Ottawa-based band Boyhood released a new video this week and we have so many questions! Bullets? Balaclavas? Misdoings at the City Centre? The band – AKA Caylie Runciman (guitar/vox/keys), Callum Runciman (drums/vox), Luke Martin (bass) and Alex Stakovic (guitar) – took to the back alleys and dingy corridors of Ottawa to film a curious narrative to accompany the track Thailand, from their soon-to-be released self-titled LP. The video was produced by Travis Boisvenue (who we know already from past projects Modulo and Roberta Bondar’s Night Danger video). When asked where the... | Continue reading article

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Is Nature Nocturne getting you closer to nature?

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bird visualPhoto by Camille Zara Ansar from Ottawa Velo Vogue

Dr. Adam Oliver Brown is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa with an interest in Science Communication.  Last week I went for a trip to the museum to reconnect with nature and was met by a raucous crowd of hundreds of party-goers sipping on cocktails and dancing to the loud beats of a DJ.  This was the third of a now monthly installment of Nature Nocturne, a social evening at the Nature Museum bringing in a new crowd of visitors to reconnect with Nature while they... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Illustrators, painters, sculptors and other artists

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Photo by fieldtripp courtesy of Apt613 Flickr groupPhoto by fieldtripp courtesy of Apt613 Flickr group

You may have noticed local painter Patrick John Mills on the Mackenzie King Bridge, who is painting outside every day in March.  If you are not familiar with this project, or are aware and want to know more, you can visit his blog where he is documenting his adventure.  (Images of Centretown and The Big Beat have also written about this great undertaking). Mills’ painting endeavour got me thinking about other art-related blogs in the National Capital Region.  While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it will provide a starting point for those... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great show yesterday. Also tonight, it’s the Winners Circle Edition of the weekly Battle of the Bands at the Lunenburg Pub – the best of the best face off against each other. Tomorrow night, you’re going to have to... | Continue reading article

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TwoShot: Different photographic perspectives, one fantastic project

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Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)

Two-shot (ˈtwo-ˌʃɑt ) 1. (Cinema) a medium-range camera shot of two persons: 2. A two shot is a type of shot in which the frame encompasses a view of two people.  The shots are also used to show emotional reactions between the subjects. Local photographer Kym Shumsky has a talent for making strangers feel comfortable.  In her photo-blog Le Mien, she photographed 100 strangers over a 21-month period, culminating in an exhibit and book that raised $2,000 for Operation Rainbow Canada. She is now working on a new artistic endeavour called TwoShot, a... | Continue reading article

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Roberta Bondar at Cafe Alt: “We saw them when…”

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Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.

Appreciators of the pioneering lady spaceman Roberta Bondar may be disappointed that she hasn’t, in fact, embarked upon a second career in music. The Roberta Bondar that played, along with opening acts Wtchs and Couples, to a packed house at Café Alt on Friday night is instead a group of four Ottawa musicians who play what they describe as “steamy noise rock.” The show was to celebrate the release of their new EP Hiss, released on cassette by local label Bruised Tongue. Roberta Bondar’s music is dense and rhythmic, full of... | Continue reading article

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Luca’s revenge: Nothing says success like a party

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They say that the best revenge is massive success – and nothing says success like a party. It has been just over a month since Ottawa filmmaker Luca Fiore had his Gatineau apartment turned upside down by thieves who stole close to $5000 of filming equipment. This Wednesday at Mercury Lounge, Fiore and his friends invite you to celebrate a night of music, film and successful fundraising; proving that all it takes is a little help from your friends after life throws you a nasty curveball. The fundraising campaign –... | Continue reading article

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CICLO – relieving a journey that changed 2 brothers’ lives

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The Canadian Film Institute is presenting the 17th Annual Latin American Festival. Featuring 16 films from 15 Latin American nations, the 2013 edition of the Festival began on Thursday, March 21st and runs until April 7th. I caught up with Andrea Martinez, producers of CICLO, a documentary about Arturo and Gustavo Martinez, brothers who were the first to make the bike trip from Mexico City to Toronto in the 1950s. Fifty three years later these two men, now 75 and 78, drive along the exact same route followed by a... | Continue reading article

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La Traviata: A phenomenal talent showcase

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Photo by jessica @ flickr on Flickr.Photo by jessica @ flickr on Flickr.

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata opened last night at the NAC. It was a wonderful performance, but for those of you thinking about trying out an opera for the first time, this may not be the show for you. OLO’s version of La Traviata was a concert presentation, which means no sets or costumes and minimal acting, although the full score was performed. While a fully staged operatic creation makes a magical evening, a concert presentation is more like a radio play than a television soap opera –... | Continue reading article

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Artengine Critical Blogging Residency call: Deadline extended to April 1st

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

Editor’s note: This call was initially posted on Tuesday, February 26. The deadline date for applications has been extended until Monday, April 1st (no foolin’). This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and... | Continue reading article

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