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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you: Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday while raising some money for charity. Down at Zaphod’s, Tribe Royal, Archy & Mehitabel and Mack Hills will be bringing a bit of folky pop to the stage. There’s also a new Fine Folks Forum happening,... | Continue reading article

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(Re)Discover the fascinating world of art history

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Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.Detail from The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, by El Greco, 1586.

The National Gallery is always abuzz with events, though few locals take advantage of all they have on offer. For Ottawans, it is often a venue for a harmless second date on free Thursday evenings, where you’ll catch a kiss in the quiet chapel and then sneak up to Champlain Point to continue the courting, not that I would know anything about that. It also hosts posh fundraisers and high-end weddings, which only some people are lucky enough to get an invite to. However, if you want to take in... | Continue reading article

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Commemorate Earth Day with Stefan Thompson’s magical world

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Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.Rabbit Breath by Stefan Thompson. All photos from www.stefanthompson.deviantart.com.

Ottawa artist Stefan Thompson is a bit of an enigma to most who see his work. Usually roughly sketched, slightly deranged looking animals appear either in portraits reminiscent of the prints by German artist Michael Sowa on Amelie’s bedroom wall or in an overlapped piece that evokes something between the haunting nature of Picasso’s Guernica and the fluidity of Inuit Art. Thompson’s art will be up, down and all around at Wall Space Gallery in Westoboro on April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day. I remember the first time I saw... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Concerts avec un grand R, actualité et art animalier!

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Cette semaine (encore), une série de découvertes et d’événements à partager absolument. Ok. Notez ces événements. Alex Nevsky revient au Cabaret La Basoche avec son luxuriant dernier album Himalaya mon amour ce vendredi 18 avril. D’abord influencé par le rap et le hip hop francophone, il s’est tourné vers la pop-rock et ça lui va très bien. Depuis la Chine et la Thaïlande, sa trajectoire créative lui a indiqué une voie à suivre qui impliquait de parcourir le monde. Himalaya mon amour est né de ces inspirants périples. Célébrons. Les... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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Mexican artists visit Ottawa to exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery

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L-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy BerubeL-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy Berube

  I was in a taxi in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico. The streets were filled with people walking about, crossing the street at random. We turned off into a quieter section, with some corner stores and small food stands in the neighbourhood. I was on a mission to find  La Trampa Gráfica Contemporánea, a gallery and printing studio, in the Colegia de Las Vizcainas, in Mexico City. Guillermo Trejo, a print maker and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art, suggested that I visit his friend of many years Ernesto Alva, the gallery’s... | Continue reading article

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[Square]: Helping to launch Hintonburg Festival this summer

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"Zig" by Tafui."Zig" by Tafui.

I remember the days when I first moved here and I barely ventured West of Bronson or as I referred to it W.o.B. My boyfriend at the time had his film studio in Hintonburg, but there was little other reason to head out to the mainly residential neighbourhood. Now, things have radically changed and Hintonburg is not only home to some of Ottawa’s coolest homes, it is also a cultural hotspot featuring casual fine dining restaurants, funky stores and hip galleries. This is certainly something worth recognizing and celebrating. In... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Gallery 101 looks to the future with a move to Little Italy

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Untitled (grey rhinoceros on green) by Adrian Lazzaro, 2011. Photo provided by Gallery 101.Untitled (grey rhinoceros on green) by Adrian Lazzaro, 2011. Photo provided by Gallery 101.

When Laura Margita returned to Ottawa last year and became director of Gallery 101 the first thing she said was “well, we need to move”. Anybody who’d ever been to the old space would probably agree. Decision makers had primarily chosen the Bank Street building back in the early 2000s because at the time they believed a Centretown home was the key to success. Location, location, location. Unfortunately the long narrow stairwell proved not only to be vertigo-inducing to visitors and staff alike, but it also made the installation of... | Continue reading article

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