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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

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Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.

Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that it’s also the month when a) you finally want to be outside but can’t and b) you’re forced to subsist on peanut butter, KD and whatever you can find in your fridge/cupboards that a few... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Mirror Comics shuts down after five years

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Image taken from Mirror Comics web siteImage taken from Mirror Comics web site

Last month an awful thing happened: Ottawa’s popular Mirror Comics closed its doors and shut down.  Beginning in 2010, artist-writer Dominic Bercier and web guru Allan Isfan founded Mirror Comics to a fair amount of fandom, and hit its stride in 2012 when they released copies of their work at Ottawa Comiccon and noticed people loved what they were doing. Even with the boost in popularity, the duo noticed quickly that didn’t mean they could distribute to a wider audience outside of their hometown.  “Our physical and budgetary realities meant that we... | Continue reading article

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Help PDA Press come to life

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Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.

One of Ottawa’s newest galleries is asking for help with a new venture that will bring the work of local and Canadian artists and creators to a wider audience. PDA Press, which is part of PDA Projects, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the publication of their first three books, which feature art and writing by contributors both from Ottawa and from across Canada. PDA Projects’ physical space is PDA Gallery, which opened on Elgin St., between the Lieutenant’s Pump and Kochu Sushi, in the summer of... | Continue reading article

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Printmaking and all its possibilities

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Claire Lemay, La Suite 55, Relief print on amate and synthetic fibre paper.Claire Lemay, La Suite 55, Relief print on amate and synthetic fibre paper.

You don’t have to drive all the way to Montreal to see dozens of stunning prints from nine leading Quebec printmaker artists. About an hour drive from downtown Ottawa and almost a stone’s throw from Beau’s Brewery you will find the Print and beyond exhibition currently running at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art in Vankleek Hill. The exhibition features work by nine artists from three Montreal area printmaking workshops giving an interesting overview of contemporary printmaking in Quebec. “The work gives a glimpse into the exciting world of printmaking... | Continue reading article

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Beautiful, awesome and meditative: Ikebana exhibition

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All photos by Sanita Fezjic.All photos by Sanita Fezjic.

This weekend, the Japanese Embassy hosted its annual Ikebana exhibition, which always takes place in early spring. It was beautiful, awesome and meditative. How fitting to showcase the art of Japanese floral design as trees prepare to blossom. While we wait for the fragrance of flowers in winter’s shadow, the air is crisp with the perfume of warmer possibilities. Below is a photo essay of the event, with accompanying haikus. Purple petals and deep blue kimono penetrate the camera lens. The water is very still.   Yellow perfume enters space outside... | Continue reading article

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SELFIE: A photo exhibition on crossed identities at Karsh-Masson

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Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Through their photographic self-stories, artists Magida El-Kassis, Olivia Johnston, and Jennifer Stewart invite us to reflect upon the contemporary fragmentation of the identity. Walking into the SELFIE exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is an overwhelming experience. Right in front of the entrance, one is greeted with a diptych by El-Kassis bearing a prophetic title: “it’s what you do to me”. The visitor is forced to branch left or right where a... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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Framing and troubling identity: Celebrating Ottawa artist Nicole Crozier

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Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.

Nicole Crozier’s paintings and portraits are fascinating meditations on identity and gender production. Leaping off Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Crozier’s work could be summed up by the words, “Identity Trouble.” Through the visual medium of oil painting and photography, Crozier troubles the notion that we have a stable, unique, inner identity. As Butler opens up and expands gender, so Crozier opens up possibilities for a person to form and choose her or his own identity. But that is as far as their similarities go. For Crozier, identity and gender are... | Continue reading article

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