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Hey Ottawa entrepreneurs: Startup Weekend will provide you the tools to launch

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This weekend, the Shopify Lounge will play host to dozens of potential entrepreneurs, all hoping to get their big idea off the ground. Startup Weekend is an opportunity to learn the priciples of “lean start-ups,” a methodology advocated by many tech entrepreneurs that encourages people to put their ideas into practice, learn quickly, and adapt fast. The idea is to create something that can scale and change based on the demands of consumers. Getting underway tonight, Startup Weekend is a boot camp of sorts, where people can bring an idea and pitch... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Treasure hunters are going to have a heyday this weekend – but they’ll need some wicked transportation to do it. Start Saturday morning, bright and early, down in the Glebe for the annual neighbourhood garage sale – there’s the green version as well, with music and treats. Sons of Pluto will also be playing at the corner of First and Bronson, raising funds for friends headed to Kenya. Then, head out west for Hintonburg ArtsPark down on Parkdale, where CBC’s Ryan Gibson will host a day of music, food, fun... | Continue reading article

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Resonant Currents by Manuel Báez – an iconic art piece for Hub Ottawa

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Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.

For the longest time, I’ve been encouraging Vinod and co. to emphasize art at HUB Ottawa. Little did I know they had a major piece of art in the works for the past year. The piece, created by Professor Manuel Báez, is set to be installed this summer at the Hub. I met with Manuel to discuss his passion for art, architecture and the inspiration he takes from natural phenomena. Architecture and art intertwine seamlessly in Manual Báez’s life. From a young age he knew he wanted to become an... | Continue reading article

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Aidan Knight buys van, drives it to Wakefield

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Photo courtesy of Killbeat MusicPhoto courtesy of Killbeat Music

Aidan Knight and his band needed a van. It’s tough to tour without one and the band needed to somehow get off Vancouver Island. A van was bought. Now, the only problem was how to pay for it. Thus the Telecommunicate EP – an album born our of necessity. The whole process started only weeks before we spoke. It’s a four track digital only release based on the story of Robin Van Helsum, or “Forest Boy” as he was dubbed by the press when he wandered out of the woods... | Continue reading article

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Le pARTy fundraiser at the Ottawa Art Gallery + ticket giveaway

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Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.

On May 30, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is hosting their annual fundraiser, Le pARTy, and we have a set of tickets to give away! The event is a great way to support the gallery, meet and connect with local artists and take home an original piece of art. With over 60 participating artists, the selection and range of work is sure to be diverse – there is something for everyone. Some of the artists include Bear Witness, Pat Durr, Tony Fouhse, Jonathan Hobin, Manon Labrosse, Penny McCann, Ron Noganosh, Andrew and Deborah... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part I

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Photo by Scott H. WilsonPhoto by Scott H. Wilson

The National Capital Region is blessed with fantastic photographers.  On my personal blog alone, I have linked to more than a 100 local photo-blogs, and am confident that there are many more sites, (perhaps even hundreds), that I have not seen yet.  To showcase some of this great visual talent, we are posting a two-part series on photo-blogs.  Part one begins today by looking at three local photographers, while part two will be published next Saturday. Scott H. Wilson It has been said that photography is a picture painted by the... | Continue reading article

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Studio Visits: Manon Labrosse blends the abstract and real

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Studio photos by Diane BondStudio photos by Diane Bond

The National Capital Region has numerous talented artists.  To showcase this artistic cornucopia, today we begin a new feature called Studio Visits, where we profile local artists inside their work spaces.  We begin our tour with local painter Manon Labrosse. On the second floor of her home, in a room filled with guitars, books and walls smeared with colourful brushstrokes, Manon Labrosse creates her intriguing abstract paintings. For several years, her practice combined abstract forms with images of telephone poles or power lines, such as the painting below (one of... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Up In My Head with Lesley Marshall

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Editor’s note: Lesley’s video was recently featured on Weird Canada, a site that connects and promotes creative musicians and artists across Canada. Post by Keltie Duncan. Paralleling the move from CD to vinyl with digital download, Ottawa artist and filmmaker Lesley Marshall brings us a VHS transfer, with digital download, of her multi-camera, multi-format recording of an August 16, 2012 Holy Cobras show at Babylon Nightclub. The authentic, gritty, tactile “home movie” quality of VHS taps into feelings of nostalgia and good-times-gone-by: a fitting tribute to these relocated Ottawa favourites. Like seeing... | Continue reading article

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Attention! Electrical charges and other vibrating pleasures spark up The Gladstone.

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Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.

Picture this: You are sitting in The Gladstone  with your father watching a play about the early history of the vibrator.  Do you: a) feel awkward; b)  laugh at the unusual situation; or c) become captivated by the delightful show in front of you. After viewing the very funny and intriguing production of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), I can report that, yes, a play about vibrators can be great theatre, as well as being a fun evening out with a parent. Written by U.S.-born playwright Sarah Ruhl, In the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do this long weekend

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Kicking things off, we’ve got Chinatown Remixed all day Saturday. From jellyfish in cafe windows to a main stage o’ fun, you’ll want to be wandering Somerset Street from dawn til dusk. Don’t fret too much if you can’t make it – the exhibits will continue on for the next month. Tonight, Shannon Rose and the Thorns are out at the Black Sheep, with Whitebrow stopping by to play some tunes from their new album. Saturday night, it’s the Ottawa Rock Lottery – your chance to see Ottawa’s best musicians... | Continue reading article

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