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Stick a dragon on your enemies while grooving to some soul at Beats & Boards

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Photo courtesy of Jason YungPhoto courtesy of Jason Yung

Raw Sugar’s weekly Beats N Boards on Tuesday night was nothing like what I thought it would be. I thought it would be many small tables with two player games like Chess, Checkers and maybe Snakes and Ladders. Instead, there were only a few large tables with six to eight player games that I had never heard of before. Games like Power Grid, where you build a powergrid over Ontario; Betrayal, which is like a really hardcore Clue; as well as that game where you prevent your dragon from flying off the board.... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part II

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Photo by Jo-Ann HoldenPhoto by Jo-Ann Holden

This week we conclude our two-part series on local photo-blogs (see Part 1 here), by looking at three more photographers from the National Capital Region. Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis) Surfing the local blogosphere is like going through a family attic filled with stuffed boxes, suitcases and trunks. It’s difficult to predict beforehand what you’ll find, but if you take the time to search, you can come across wonderful treasures. This joy of discovery is particularly true when it comes to local photographers. Since starting to write earlier this year... | Continue reading article

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Birds with Skymirrors at the NAC this Weekend

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Photo courtesy the NAC website.Photo courtesy the NAC website.

Birds with Skymirrors is an irresistible title. At once it conjures images of god-like creatures whose omnipresent mirrors reflect back to earth their privileged perspective of us. This is the mystical work from Samoan born, New Zealand based choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, who in his latest piece considers the degradation of current state of the environment, and equally, our conscious/unconscious complicity in it. Skymirrors is a series of stunning images that are mesmerizing to watch as they unfold to present recurring themes.  Throughout the 90 minute performance we see dancers referencing... | Continue reading article

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The artist formerly known as Snailhouse: Michael Feuerstack plays Ottawa, explains his name change

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Photo courtesy of davnull on Flickr.Photo courtesy of davnull on Flickr.

After two decades, Michael Feuerstack found things were getting a bit stale. That’s why the Montreal-based musician decided recently to ditch his Snailhouse moniker  the name he’d used to record eight albums of eloquent, wistful indie folk-pop since the 1990s — in favour of the name he was born with. But don’t think that makes his new album, Tambourine Death Bed, a radical departure. Sure, it may be the first album where Feuerstack’s name is front and centre, but the 12 songs, for the most part, mine the same musical vein that’s... | Continue reading article

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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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