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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Song of the Week: One Sweet Day by Common Citizens

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Photo courtesy of Common Citizens on facebookPhoto courtesy of Common Citizens on facebook

The perfect pre-weekend state of relaxation does not come by itself: you have to work at it. A sunny day, glass of wine and of course a great song. One Sweet Day by local electronic act Common Citizens hits just the right note to get you ready for whatever you have planned on Friday night. The duo – comprised of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner – remix Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” featuring Boyz II Men beyond recognition, creating a smooth track that will wind you down without putting you... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.

Get yourself in the weekend groove with this exclusive Apartment613/Ceremony mix, curated by Gary Franks, one of our fave Ceremony DJs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to deciding how you want to kick up your weekend! There’s a stellar line up of Northern artists, musicians and more stopping by our city for the next week for Northern Scene – it’s well worth your time to seek some out! There’s a fashion show, an art party featuring 15 artists in one night, and a welcome ceremony to kick it all off tonight.... | Continue reading article

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Broker4tickets.com: A local startup that both nurtures and capitalizes on our love of hockey

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From Broker4Tickets' Facebook pageFrom Broker4Tickets' Facebook page

Neil Cooke has found a way to bring together two of our favourite things: entrepreneurship and hockey. Earlier this season, he launched broker4tickets.com, a local start-up that bases its business in making it easier for Ottawans to get closer than ever to the hockey they crave — by enabling season ticket holders to sell their unused tickets to other fans. Last week, I swung by the Broker4Tickets office in Kanata to speak with Cooke (President and CEO) and Stuart Sage (Director of Business Operations), to learn a bit about how their business strives... | Continue reading article

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Mike Dubue wants to compose you a ringtone (and score a silent film)

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Mike Dubue, former front-man of the Hilotrons, is trying his hand at another silent film.  You might remember these events happening at the Mayfair a while back.  This time Mike and a group of local musicians have rented out the ByTowne Cinema to present The Adventures of Prince Achmed with an original score.  They are looking for help in putting this event on and have created an indiegogo campaign where you can donate money in return for tickets and other pretty cool rewards.  Among the goodies offered to donors, Mike will... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Cinema, Interviews, Music

Big Dick show off Colours

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Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.

Ottawa punk rockers Big Dick released their first video off of their self-titled debut today. The video, directed by Lesley Demo, Media Art Coordinator for Arboretum Festival features some sweet visuals from snowy Ottawa, some wrastlin’ and good ole’ rock’n'roll. Big Dick plays at Mavericks on April 27th with Single Mothers. Big thanks to Rolf Klausener for the tip.

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Tour de blogosphere: National Capital Rock and PhotogMusic

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Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)

Ottawa is blessed with several excellent blogs that cover the local music scene.  In the near future, I hope to publish a story on the numerous musical bloggers in town, who cover everything from metal to classical to blues to Irish folk songs.  For this week’s column, however, I want to focus on two local photographers who are doing a fantastic job in documenting the music scene in the National Capital Region. Let’s begin with Andrew Carver, who has been photographing Ottawa musicians for years.  Since starting his blog National... | Continue reading article

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8 years and still going strong at SPAO

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SPAO

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) will open four concurrent exhibitions this afternoon, celebrating the culmination of the eighth year the school has been open. Exhibition No. 8, the annual portfolio survey, showcases the work of twelve senior students who have recently completed their second year of study: Sarah Anderson, Dante Penman, Matthew Bula, Reena Kokotailo, Angela Walker, Treawna Harvey, Jessie Park-Wheeler, Stephanie Masters, Valérie Mercier, Zachary Pantalone,  Blair Smith and Jenifer Szadkowski. Ranging both in process (from traditional silver prints, alternative printing techniques and for the first time digital SLR video work) and in... | Continue reading article

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Phil Delisle: Beautiful fragments and meta images

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Exhibition by Phil Delisle (2011)Exhibition by Phil Delisle (2011)

Quick — how many paintings are there in the image above? At first glance you may see four, or is it five, if you include the canvas that encompasses the four “inner” works of art?  Look closer, however, and you will realize that the number is higher still, as there are paintings within paintings, where artists draw other artists making art. Welcome to Metapainting, the current exhibit by artist Phil Delisle that runs until May 19 at the ByWard Market Gallery of the Ottawa School of Art. A graduate of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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It’s fight night weekend! Well, at least down in Little Italy, where Beaver Boxing will be holding their club show. If you’re in for something that involves fewer punches, head to Irene’s for Shannon Rose and the Thorns – not only will they be playing, they’ll be recording footage for their latest music video. Pull out that mega-watt smile and party your way to stardom! Raw Sugar has a few great events happening, too, with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday night, and James Farr and Gabriel Minnikin on... | Continue reading article

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