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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 9 juillet :: F is for Fake à la Galerie Saw, 10e anniversaire de l’Avant-Garde Bar tout en concerts. Le Bluesfest tire à sa fin! Quand faut y aller…

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Basement 819 célèbre l’apogée de l’été avec une myriade d’événements à exploiter. L’histoire se répète, on vous gave de culture régionale. Notre sélection de la semaine :: Exposition F is for Fake Notre coup de coeur de la semaine va à la Galerie Saw qui présente tout l’été des projections de films gratuites. C’est dehors! C’est gratuit! Cette série d’événements cinématographiques est présentée dans le cadre de l’exposition F is for Fake : l’art, le cinéma et le faux. Cette expo se penche sur les notions du faux et du... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

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Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival. If... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 2 juillet :: Le Bluesfest est arrivé! Tournée de lancement d’albums pour Jésus les filles et Crabe. Expo à La Petite Mort Gallery – Shoot me, please

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Basement 819 fait des choix pour mieux vous servir. Nous avons décidé cette semaine de faire la promotion de toutes nos recommandations via nos plateformes Facebook et Twitter @Basement819. Toujours, on pense à votre bonheur et cette semaine, on risque de courir à gauche et probablement à droite aussi pour alimenter vos ardeurs culturelles. Sans vouloir être subliminal, l’idée derrière est de vous encourager à nous écouter et à vous coller à nous quotidiennement! Nous sommes très attachants et divertissants (surtout). Voici notre podcast de cette semaine. Il est joufflu... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Reimagining the cosmos

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What do you feel when you look up at the heavens?  For many people – if not most – contemplating the vastness of the cosmos is a deeply humbling experience. The universe is so large, and our planet Earth in comparison so small, we can be forgiven for thinking that humanity is mere dust on an infinite cosmic broom. But is this feeling of insignificance justified?  In his fascinating book Vanishing Stars: Unravelling the appropriation of art by science, Ottawa-based photographer Sanjeev Sivarulrasa offers a radical new way of thinking... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see which ones are hits and which ones might just be misses. The Fringe just isn’t about plays – they’ve got a few free concerts at their Courtyard this weekend, too. Crissi Cochrane and Three Little Birds are there... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the Fringe plays again this year, within 24 hours of their first performance. Catch all of our reviews over in our Fully Fringed section! For Thursday, we’ve got the Le pARTy Art Auction, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraiser auction... | Continue reading article

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

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Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my car. This Thursday’s screening (presented by Available Light Screening Collective) will be the first time Lipton shows all five films created during her Canada-U.S. journey and the first time she will perform alongside them. Apartment613... | Continue reading article

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What does an art critic do?

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Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. The series aims to foster a community of critical art writers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, by providing both emerging and experienced writers with the opportunity to connect with each other and learn from prominent members of the national art writing community. The last writing workshop, offered by Anna Khimasia, focused on the role of criticism in art writing: “What... | Continue reading article

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