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Painting Signs with Mr. Sign: CreativeMornings and Maker brings Dave Arnold back to town

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Disclosure:  Author Sharif Virani is the co-organizer of CreativeMornings, a monthly speaker series and morning gathering of creative types. What does that mean? Who is this prodigal son of Oakville? Why is he known as Mr. Sign? Well, for those of you that have been either living under a rock or captivated by this past season of The Vampire Diaries (I’m not judging… and I’m a season behind so no spoilers please), Dave Arnold is Montreal-based visual artist best known for his unique Pop-Art. His aesthetic combines a modern sensibility with a penchant for... | Continue reading article

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Portraits of an Artist – Claude Marquis Returns to the Canvas

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Photo courtesy of Claude MarquisPhoto courtesy of Claude Marquis

For the people who comprise his community of supporters – friends, fans, peers, patrons – the question has lingered whether local artist Claude Marquis would ever paint again. His star had been on the rise from the mid-90s to the early ‘00s, so it came as a surprise when sometime after his critically-acclaimed “Nature Boy” show at Galerie Montcalm in 2003, he stopped. The artist swapped his brushes for recording software and went about breathing life into a catalogue of some 100+ original songs that he’d quietly amassed since youth.... | Continue reading article

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Videos of the Week: Winners of the Teen Tech Video Awards

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Photo by Rheal DoucettePhoto by Rheal Doucette

The Ottawa Public Library recently announced the winners of the third annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest.  Teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video could be a book trailer, parody, review, dramatization of their favourite scene, or anything related to their book of choice.  Below are the top three videos. 1st Place: (Curious George Rides a Bike).  Directed by Zachary Spence, a graduate of Canterbury High School, and starring his two friends, Max Spence and Ryan Graves. 2ndPlace: (Silver Wing).  Directed... | Continue reading article

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Why southerners should catch a glimpse of Arctic life at Northern Scene

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Photo courtesy of IamNotUnique on FlickrPhoto courtesy of IamNotUnique on Flickr

Former Ottawa resident Gloria Song is a lawyer practicing in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She also keeps a blog about life in the far north.  Even though Nunavut is a Canadian territory, living in the Arctic can feel like a foreign country or another planet. Soon after my partner and I got married, we left Ottawa to start up a new life in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Since then, one of the things that I’ve fallen in love with here is the local arts culture. Even though all of the communities in... | Continue reading article

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Join us at Jane’s Walk Ottawa 2013

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Photo courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Every year Apartment613 works with Jane’s Walk Ottawa - a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours - to give a tour of an area where we love to hang. We pull together some of the business owners we know (and some we want to know better) and ask them the sorts of questions we’d ask if we were interviewing them for the blog. We lead a group of walkers door-to-door to listen in on the conversation. It’s a neat opportunity to see a neighborhood close-up and meet some of the people that we think are... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Bluff by Little Stella

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A nice tune and cute video by Ottawa’s Little Stella, a Folk/Rock/Pop/Electronic group with hints of country. What started as a high school act in Manotick (what’s in the water over there, some kind of nuclear waste that turns all their kids into musicians?) The song is from their 2012 self-titled EP.

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Four Cellos put on a magnetic show

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Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.

It’s not very often that a church is packed on a Tuesday morning, but that was the case this past week at St. Andrew’s Church in the Glebe. It was a full house as audience members came to see four notable cellists (Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Tétreault) perform both classical and modern pieces. Before the show, as the audience waited in line to find their seats, I couldn’t help but notice I was one of the few to represent my own age demographic. While the time slot for... | Continue reading article

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Steve Adamyk on his band’s latest record, plans for 2013, and his punk music infuences

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Photo of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew CarverPhoto of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew Carver

Steve Adamyk is the front-man for the Steve Adamyk Band, one of the best bands going in Ottawa right now.  Their latest album Third was released this past February on Dirtnap Records.  Steve was nice enough to talk with me on Facebook about the group’s upcoming tour, the first punk bands he ever listened to, and more.  Below is a transcript of our discussion edited for length. Apartment613: What’s coming up in 2013 that you’re excited about? Steve Adamyk:  We’ve got a west-coast tour coming up in May, for starters, that we’re... | Continue reading article

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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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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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