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Artengine Critical Blogging Residency call: Deadline extended to April 1st

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

Editor’s note: This call was initially posted on Tuesday, February 26. The deadline date for applications has been extended until Monday, April 1st (no foolin’). This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and... | Continue reading article

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Roberta Bondar to Debut new Tape at Cafe Alt Tomorrow

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Photo Courtesy of Roberta BondarPhoto Courtesy of Roberta Bondar

Tomorrow night at Café Alt, Roberta Bondar is releasing a new album. Just for clarification, I’m talking about the Ottawa band named Roberta Bondar, not the Canadian female astronaut. I wonder if that’s a coincidence. In either case, Roberta Bondar is about to become a pioneer, not of outer space this time, but of a musical medium that some had said would never again be relevant. This medium, of course, is the cassette tape. Belonging to a bygone era, the cassette tape was once the standard for mass-produced music. These... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.

Hey, Ottawa – what’s your passion? Let that dictate your weekend fun: Fashion: Show or shopping? You get both. Twiss and Weber are hosting a pop in shop, and The Weight is Over show will feature casual, work, swim wear and more! Food: Westboro’s got an Easter Food Market down on Churchill this Saturday, with hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, sausages and more. Pull together a terrific feast! Loud music: Pretty Little Death Machine is down at Avant Garde Bar Friday, while Hunter Valentine and The Ecstatic stop by Mavericks... | Continue reading article

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It’s okay to go natural: Q&A with Esther Simmonds-MacAdam

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Details of work by Esther Simmonds-MacAdam. Images courtesy of the artist and La Petite Mort Gallery.Details of work by Esther Simmonds-MacAdam. Images courtesy of the artist and La Petite Mort Gallery.

It’s been about a year since Esther Simmonds-MacAdam has shown work in Ottawa. She’s returning today, to install her latest paintings at La Petite Mort Gallery, which opens tomorrow night. If you missed seeing her show last year, it would be well-worth your time to stop by an introduce yourself – she will be at the vernissage (from 7-10pm). Her latest series, it is natural, marks a dramatic shift in terms of how and what she paints. Maintaining a realistic aesthetic, the oil paintings reference specific periods of time and deconstruct... | Continue reading article

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Sanjeev Sivarulrasa: New photo exhibit explores the cosmos with an artistic eye

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Photo by Sanjeev Sivarulrasa (Milky Way, Lake Superior, 2011)Photo by Sanjeev Sivarulrasa (Milky Way, Lake Superior, 2011)

Who is responsible for explaining the heavens?  In today’s modern world, our understanding of the universe comes almost exclusively from science, which provides breathtaking images of outer space with such instruments as the Hubble Space Telescope. Local photographer Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, however, wants to change this by having artists also provide insights on galaxies, nebulae and other celestial bodies. “Scientists are the gatekeepers of the sky,” says Sivarulrasa in a phone interview. “(But science) doesn’t tell us much about how we feel about the night sky.” While fully embracing the work... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s opera history: Keeping classical soaps on stage

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La Traviata starts March 21.La Traviata starts March 21.

Telling people I love opera often results in curious, funny looks – then again, if you’ve never been to the opera, you might be one of those people giving me a funny look. For some reason, people think the adoration of opera is a pretention: that opera is snobby, elitist and aristocratic, and those who claim to enjoy it are just trying to seem cool.  For those of you who’ve never been, operas are beautiful and exciting and dramatic – they’re essentially the soap operas of the classical music world.... | Continue reading article

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Black Widow Promotions: Fourteen years of cacophony, and still going strong

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Photo courtesy of Soilwork.Photo courtesy of Soilwork.

For 14 years, Black Widow Promotions (BWP) has been doing its part to make our nation’s capital a noisier place.  Founded in 1999, BWP is Ottawa’s largest and longest-running heavy metal promoter. BWP was founded by Pete Kasper, who was inspired by a lack of face-melting riffs in our fair city. As I’m sure many Ottawan music fans can understand, Kasper became frustrated when his favourite touring bands would skip Ottawa, opting to stick to shows in Toronto and Montreal instead. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands. “After... | Continue reading article

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Topographies: New work by Deborah Margo at Patrick Mikhail Gallery

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Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.

A few weeks ago, Ottawa-based artist Deborah Margo unveiled new work at Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Working in various media including sculpture, textile, painting and drawing, Topographies takes knitted installation to new heights. The work evolved from Margo’s recent travels abroad and acts as a record – unique translations of her experiences. If you’ve ever attempted to knit a loved one a scarf, you will appreciate the attention to detail, patterning and repetition evident in the work (the scale alone is impressive). Each hanging contains smaller fragments, much like panels or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Karine Giboulo: New exhibit shows the vast distance between rich and poor

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Photos by Alejandro BustosPhotos by Alejandro Bustos

Quebec artist Karine Giboulo is a master of producing miniature figures that portray evocative scenes.  From powerful commentary on the production of electronic products from China, to work that has been described as a three-dimensional comic book, Giboulo uses miniature figures to produce thought-provoking work. Her latest exhibit Democracy Village, which is taking place at the Ottawa School of Art at 35 George Street, is no different, as she explores the vast class differences between rich and poor countries. Modelled on a real shantytown named Village Démocratie on the outskirts... | Continue reading article

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