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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

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Photo courtesy of Julian GarnerPhoto courtesy of Julian Garner

Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable figure in Ottawa’s visual art scene, Garner is one of the men behind Five Cents Tattoo, a parlour located off Parkdale that emphasizes the art in the creative act of tattooing. The venue doubles as... | Continue reading article

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Mayfair Theatre Orleans Edition

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Photo courtesy of Karen Eliot on flickrPhoto courtesy of Karen Eliot on flickr

Starting – NOW – Apt613 is going to run a bi-weekly city-wide photo scavenger hunt that will feature curiously familiar scenes from all over town. Ordinary life can be pretty complex stuff, so much so that sometimes it’s easy to blur the line between interesting and ordinary. With this new series we hope to feature some of the obvious yet subtle urban and natural wonders we are privy to here Ottawa, and we’re going to have some interactive fun while doing it! Every second Saturday we’re going to run a... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Cabaal’s Out of Body

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Cabaal is an Ottawa-based musician who you may not have heard of yet, but who will soon be making a bigger splash on the music scene. As a participant in the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy, Cabaal will be travelling to New York City this September to participate in what sounds like the ultimate band camp where he will get to take advantage of the wisdom and advice of some pretty fancy people. Previous lecturers in the marathon session of lectures, workshops and general creativity include the likes of Peaches, A-Trak and Erykah... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.

This city loves to burst at the seams with activities during the summer. We flock to our favourites (like movies outside!) and try to fit in new adventures (not-your-grandma’s-classical music festival, anyone?). And this weekend will be no exception! In classic events, Urban Art Show is back for another year down at Minto Park, where they’ll have photography, painting, fabric, jewelry, and even furniture design from some of Ottawa’s best artists. This year, they’re offering Best in Show prize of a gallery exhibit at La Petite Mort. Other art events abound... | Continue reading article

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The sweet sounds of Jazz and construction mix at Levante Bistro and Lounge

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

As construction workers rip up the north side of Rideau Street, surrounded by fencing and concrete barriers, the smooth sounds of jazz play inside Ottawa’s newest downtown restaurant. Welcome to Levante Bistro and Lounge at 180 Rideau, where the neighbour across the street is a 350L CAT excavator, but the ambience inside is filled with jazz, suave urban decor and, if I may offer a tip, a nice spicy chipotle sauce. “We had the unfortunate situation of opening up our doors two weeks before the start of the (Rideau Street)... | Continue reading article

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Gigspace Ottawa – A unique way for audiophiles to listen and practice

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It can be easy to forget that communities take work; that those restaurants, social centres, murals and parks don’t just appear on the scene like resolute clovers popping up in the corners of our sun-fried fields. No, dynamic communities need people with the drive and determination to grow ideas into fruition. Located on Gladstone Avenue, just past the Gladstone Theatre, Alcorn Music Studios (AMS)/Gigspace Ottawa is one such place. In the front window under the sign, lush leaves dangle from the ceiling. After walking up the stairs and opening the door,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Get out and do stuff Ottawa!

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Start your Friday right with the second edition of Creative Mornings with Chef Matt Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop up. He’ll talk about the pop experience, his future ventures and the development of the food scene in Ottawa. It’s at the Ottawa School of Art (but you have to get a ticket first). Who doesn’t like burlesque for a good cause? Titties for Kitties is a night of music and burlesque to raise money for Westminster Pet Sanctuary, and Hungry and Homeless Cat Rescue. It’s taking place Friday night at... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Whiskey by NDMA

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NDMA is Nilton de Menezes, a music producer and all-round artistic entrepreneur living in Ottawa. Having been raised in Angola and Brazil, his style has been described as a fusion of  contemporary hip hop with Portuguese influences. Menezes has also been busy as a promoter on the Ottawa scene, with his most recent project being Blue Nuit, a multimedia performance art featuring 1960s style nude photography that took place at Falldown Gallery this March. This video for his latest single Whiskey was a collaboration with Michael Cumming,  a local designer, motion artist and director. Definitely a danceable addition... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Humidity is down this weekend, folks, so all you need is sunscreen and you should be fine outside. And who wouldn’t want to be outdoors for the most creatively named festival of the summer: Zaphodsfestamusica?! What would you do with the Voice of Fire if you could have it for a day? Artist Rene Price will talk about this contentious painting and his weekend with it down at Blink Gallery this weekend. Afterward, take a little wander through Beechwood with the Photo Walk - or stop by the Printmakers Connective Exhibition... | Continue reading article

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