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Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.

Framing and troubling identity: Celebrating Ottawa artist Nicole Crozier

Nicole Crozier’s paintings and portraits are fascinating meditations on identity and gender production. Leaping off Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Crozier’s work could be summed up by the words, “Identity Trouble.” Through the visual medium of oil painting and photography, Crozier troubles the notion that we have a stable, unique, inner identity. As Butler opens up […]

Photo of Aaron Carr and Rachelle Rafailedes in Moving Parts by Laurent Philippe

The modern beauty of L.A. Dance Project

Do you love dance? Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday evening?  Then consider checking out the L.A. Dance Project performance tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the National Arts Centre. Founded in 2012, this modern dance company is dedicated to creating new works as well as reviving seminal pieces. Two original works are on the programme for […]

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership […]

Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Solo show is a journey of self-discovery

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus I am not sure if I agree with the famous French existentialist writer Albert Camus, but the above thought did cross my mind while thinking about the one-man show […]

Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by […]

Image tirée du film "Meurtre à Pacot" de Raoul Peck - Film d'ouverture du Festival DiverCiné

Basement 819 du 4 mars 2015 :: Les tulipes ont vu leur ombre! Le printemps s’en vient! On épluche les programmations de Scène Ontario, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival et du Festival DiverCiné.

Basement 819 se prépare déjà à accueillir les tulipes. On est optimistes. On est prêts à recevoir en pleine figure le temps doux! En attendant, on se projette vers l’été. Constatez par vous-mêmes! Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival  (du 25 au 28 juin) Chaque année, ce festival accueille la plus grande compétition de bateau dragon sur […]

Photo by Takashi Okamoto courtesy of the NAC

The mesmerizing drums and dance of Kodo

For more than three decades, Japan’s performing arts ensemble Kodo have been captivating audiences around the world with their brilliant shows that combine taiko drumming, dance and theatre. No stranger to Canada’s capital city – previous performances in Ottawa have sold out – the internationally renowned group is now back to perform Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at the National […]

All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature […]

Photo by David Whiteley.

Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

Bankrupt is a very enjoyable – and slightly smutty – comedy by Ottawa playwright Stéphanie Turple.  Her 2011 French play, Banqueroute, was translated into English and workshopped in 2013, and has now been brought to The Gladstone by Plosive Productions.  It’s a dandy bedroom farce/musical mashup with some great comic moments.  Judging from the laughter during the […]

Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.

Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

Post by Trevor Alain. An Ottawa musician painted his guitar red at House of Targ this past Friday night, the cultural hub of all things punk and pinball in Ottawa. Not literally of course, David Pierce, the front-man of Ornaments just played his guitar, bleeding, because he had sliced his thumb on one of his […]