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Streetscape Memory Bank: Downtown bird’s eye view, 1938

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All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.

Andrew Elliott is an archivist who by day works with the federal government and by night is a freelance historian who is interested in architectural heritage issues. Elliott has written for Blacklocks Reporter, the Glebe Report, and the Peterborough Examiner. He can be reached at ajg.elliott@utoronto.ca. This occasional column will take a look at Ottawa’s streetscapes, ca. 1938, and take note of a city at the crossroads of change. His motto was: “It can be done”. And invariably, when James B. Hunter said this, things were done. Hunter was one... | Continue reading article

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Guerilla Magazine celebrates return to print

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Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.

Hundreds attended the launch of Guerilla 36 at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on July 26th. “The event had incredible energy,” said Tony Martins, Guerilla’s editor and creative director. The evening that featured powerful artworks from Guillermo Trejo, Angelina McCormick, Drew Mosley, Anthony Tremmaglia, and Tina Picard, also celebrated Guerilla magazine’s return to print. “The event had a very interesting range of people, which is a hallmark of Guerilla events; being back in print has definitely caught people’s attention.” Founded in 2004, Guerilla magazine is an arts and ground level culture... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

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Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.

Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping the area reconcile the competing halves of its identity: as a farmer’s market serving Ottawa residents and as a tourist-attracting bar and restaurant district.  The plan addresses concerns that the Market’s successful nightlife is undermining... | Continue reading article

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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Coming to a park near you

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Actors:  Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.Actors: Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.

As always, an enjoyable evening of the silly side of Shakespeare, plein air, with The Fools.  This production of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor clips along at a fine pace, ably directed by Catriona Leger.  All the actors (save Matthew John Lundvall as Falstaff) play multiple roles, and do a fine job of differentiating their characters with rapid costume changes, vocal inflections and physical quirks.  Their clear articulation – a challenge in an outdoor setting with plentiful ambient noise – is much appreciated.  We are able to enjoy the bon... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT celebrates a decade of community-building through beats, dance and grafitti

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Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.

House of PainT (HoP) is celebrating ten years in 2013 and they’re getting things started with a bang at a big unveiling party this Friday at Ritual. Alongside the reveal on the programming, music and art components for the fest itself, DJ Ruby Jane, BlakDenim and Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are taking the stage to make the people of Ottawa dance. I caught up with organizers Rob Reid and Melissa Wheeler as well as Ottawa-born DJ Ruby Jane to get their thoughts on 10 years of HoP, the lowdown on Friday’s... | Continue reading article

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Lawn Summer Nights: Bowling for Cystic Fibrosis

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Photo courtsey of Lawn Summer NightsPhoto courtsey of Lawn Summer Nights

Lawn bowling isn’t typically understood as a young, hip sport – it brings up images of grey-haired, white-clad folk moving around gracefully on a perfectly manicured lawn. However, a bunch of young people, inspired by one woman’s fight against Cystic Fibrosis, have claimed the sport as their own. At Lawn Summer Nights, teams of four compete in a lawn bowling tournament – and all proceeds from the event go towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada. We chatted with the organizers of the Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights series, the last of which happens tonight... | Continue reading article

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Sakahàn: Connections through Indigenous Art

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For the past 2 months, the National Gallery of Canada has featured Sakahàn, an ambitious exhibition showcasing works from international Indigenous contemporary artists. Sakahàn, which means, “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin peoples, showcases over 80 artists from 16 countries with works and styles as diverse as their cultural backgrounds. The response from critics and museum-goers has been overwhelmingly positive thus far, so I went to the exhibit with high expectations, and with the hope of seeing provocative and unique pieces that would leave a lasting... | Continue reading article

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Review – Indie Koala Invasion: building a reel community

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Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.

Film’s success as an art-form is often credited to its ability to engage people one-on-one.  Going out to the theatre might seem like a social event, but the moment those lights go down you become isolated and singular in the darkness: the real world vanishes and you’re pulled into the illuminated reality of the screen.  It’s just you and the film. That’s why Saturday night’s outdoor screening at Dundonald Park, Indie Koala Invasion, was such an utterly unique and refreshing experience.  Organized in collaboration between the Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media, Centretown Movies and IndieKoala, Invasion uses film to transform individuals into a... | Continue reading article

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Get your stompin’ shoes ready, Shred Kelly takes over Mavericks

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Photo by Kyle Hamilton.

I first discovered Shred Kelly  at last year’s Bluesfest. In fact, I had listed them as my Bluesfest 2012 discovery. Their sound – high energy with banjo at the forefront – as well as the older woman waving the Newfoundland Tricolour had me believing they were from out east. So I was surprised to learn they were from tiny Fernie, British Columbia. (It turns out the flag-waving fan was the mother of Newfoundland-born drummer Ian Page Shiner.) In anticipation of Shred Kelly’s next visit to Ottawa proper, I chatted with singer and keyboard... | Continue reading article

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