By Leila De Vito Many factors can spoil a nice walk: an unexpected hailstorm, an ill-mannered sluggard gobbing before you on the ground you tread, a round of golf (according to the late and wise Mr Twain.) Fortunately, when I ventured out on the Wellington West Art Walk last week, I was confronted with no such hazards, just six galleries packed with some very cool contemporary art that did nothing but enhance my evening stroll. Every first Thursday of the month, the galleries – Cube, Orange, Patrick John Mills, Fritzi,... | Continue reading article
For your listening pleasure, we present this sound clip by Carleton University student/blogger freetonik. The audio track features a techno song he made that incorporates sounds from the O-Train. I don’t know about you, but I think that “sounds from the O-Train” seems more like it should be the title of a soft rock album… To check out more of freetonik’s music and other projects, check out his website here.
By Ross Diamond The beauty of digital photography is the ease at which we can all become artists. The challenge is what we do with our art. We share photos on Facebook and Flickr then store them on our hard drives indefinitely. It’s only on occasion that we print and expose our photos outside of the digital world. A local canvas photo printing company, CanvasPop.com, has made displaying pictures a simple, customizable experience. Choose your layout, upload your photo and select your canvas size. The options to frame it and... | Continue reading article
SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!! But wait, there’s more. WESTFEST is a diverse celebration that includes music, visual, literary, performance art, dance, spoken word, theatre, and more! WESTFEST is about artists, it’s about community and it’s about what makes this city a great place to live in. An estimated 150,000 WESTFEST-goers will walk the streets of this 100% Canadian festival from June 11 to 13, 2010. Best of all, it’s FREE! Where: Westboro Village – Richmond Road (between McRae and Golden Ave.), Ottawa Website: www.westfest.ca
Carnival of Cultures is a weekend festival that celebrates folkloric traditions through music, dance, theatre from the four corners of the globe. Come discover South American, European, African, Middle-Eastern, and Asian cultures presented by over 400 local artists who will take the stage at Vincent Massey Park. In addition to non-stop entertainment and activities, the festival also offers tantalizing authentic cuisine, eye-opening demonstrations, and hands-on workshops for people of all ages. The world is at your fingertips at Carnival of Cultures! Non-stop entertainment Folkloric music, dance, theatre Children’s corner Cuisine... | Continue reading article
The Corso Italia (Preston Street) is the place to be for great Italian music, food, pageantry, art and opera at the piazza (a traditional festival square). Be a part of this cultural celebration while enjoying great food and entertainment in an affable atmosphere. Don’t miss the bicycle race and the Italian Car parade with Ferrari demonstrations driving through an oval track on Carling Avenue, from Preston Street to Booth Street. Be sure to mark off June 18-20th: this is the grande finale weekend when Preston will be closed to traffic!... | Continue reading article
Okay, before I get to part one (i.e. May and June) of the summer music preview, permit me a quick indulgence: SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!! Ahem. So, where were we? About to discuss the next two months of live music in the nation’s capital – two months that, just coincidentally, happen to include a FREE concert by the most iconic Canadian indie rock band of the past 25 years? Yeah, I think that was where we were. Allons-y!
Head into the weekend with another exclusive airport security webisode from Gruppo Rubato. If you missed the first two, there is no need to wait for the DVD release. You can find them online here and here.
There’s one thing I definitely love about Ottawa in the spring: it’s just! so! green! Even if gardens aren’t your thing, it’s hard not to appreciate the bright spring colours. It just so happens that my ancestral home, in the continued tradition, has sent over the usual batch of bulbs, leading to a plethora of tulip celebrations. If you want something more exotic, check out this unusual plant sale. Patios are also opening up around town – the question at Apt613 headquarters is whether last year’s chichi favourites will stay... | Continue reading article
Halifax’s Tanya Davis is in town this week. She’s playing a show on Friday, May 7 at the Black Sheep Inn with Paper Beat Scissors and Tall Trees. The other big reason she’s in the nation’s capital: recording album number three at Little Bullhorn Studios. Over a cup of coffee, I chatted with Tanya about beats, friends and loving Ottawa. So, third album. How exciting is that? Very exciting! I’m recording for a 2-week period at Little Bullhorn Studios in Little Italy. It’s a lovely studio, Dave Draves has done... | Continue reading article