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A Place Apart: A photo exhibition by Jim Lamont

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Boulder field and peaks, Baffin Island. Jim Lamont. 50 by 75 cm. 2014. Photographic pigment print.Boulder field and peaks, Baffin Island. Jim Lamont. 50 by 75 cm. 2014. Photographic pigment print.

Mountains as sanctuaries. Artist in photography Jim Lamont makes this inviting proposition in a remarkable series of black and white prints on display at the Redwall Gallery. Lamont’s photographs are incantational.  As one walks from one print to the next along the gallery walls, one gets slowly drawn into the universe of the artist. Nothing comes up as a distraction, nothing pulls the mind away, visually or conceptually. And at the end of the visit, there is only one urge: to go back and look at the prints again. In... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

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Alberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner JourneyAlberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey

I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing heart-provoking conversation over tea and steeped perspective, then leaving with three precious gifts in my hands, their books I Am Happy, The Call: Whispers from Within and Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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Gas Light Electric’s handmade marquee signs light up the city

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A custom sign by Gas Light Electric.  All photos by Meg Marshall.A custom sign by Gas Light Electric. All photos by Meg Marshall.

Marquee signs are making a comeback, and you don’t need to travel back in time to get your own. If you drive half an hour west of the city, you will reach Gas Light Electric, run by Scott Adamson. His work can be found all over town. The “C-O-F-F-E-E” sign at Equator Coffee, which I mentioned in my previous Apt613 article about the cafe, the “N-A-M-A-S-T-E” sign at Yogatown and the Union 11 sign are all examples of his bright and fun work. And the best thing about these pieces of art is that they... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: True Patriot comics tell distinctly Canadian stories

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Image from the True Patriot Facebook pageImage from the True Patriot Facebook page

I remember when I was a little kid I’d always grab one of the comic books off the magazine rack while waiting in line at the grocery store with my parents. I’d devour them, finishing half the book before my parents would be ready to leave. It’s been years since I’ve sat down with a comic book and so it was really a treat to read through True Patriot volumes one and two. True Patriot is a collection of superhero adventures. Each anthology contains about fifteen stories, of which some... | Continue reading article

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Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

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Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil is like watching one of your dreams happen as a spectator. The performers are a combination of acrobats, gymnasts and athletes who somehow are also excellent actors. Classic clown-like circus acts meet children’s fairy tales in the latest Cirque installment, titled Varekai. Varekai was in Ottawa over the weekend, but will continue on the road for the upcoming year. When it concludes, over 8 million people will have seen this production. The production alone can be mind boggling. Contortionists and jugglers warm up backstage, demonstrating only 56... | Continue reading article

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Dundonald Park benches get a facelift

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All photos by Trevor Alain.All photos by Trevor Alain.

Somerset is a bustling street. You could be leaving one of the uncountable pho restaurants, Pour Boy or The Daily Grind, but chances are you’ve passed by Dundonald Park. The park doesn’t have a great reputation. One Yelp reviewer claims that it’s “frequented by shady characters after dark.” Another reviewer said, “This isn’t necessarily the prettiest part of the city.” But the Dundonald Park Working Group is looking to change that stigma. On May 13, there was a meeting to discuss a whole mess of things, but most importantly, the Community... | Continue reading article

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Observing music through photographs

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Photo by Jehu Jacob MahautierePhoto by Jehu Jacob Mahautiere

What does music look like?  For local photographer Jehu Jacob Mahautiere this question is at the forefront of his artistic work. “I was a DJ in Montreal, that is where my passion for art comes from,” says Mahautiere, who moved to Ottawa about a decade ago. His time spinning records in night clubs and dance parties, he tells me, led him to make a direct connection between sound and images. “When I listened to music I had an image in my head,” he says in a phone interview.  “When I... | Continue reading article

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Community-driven fest celebrates renewal + change

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Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.

Each May for the past eight years, Ottawa’s Chinatown has come alive for a celebration of the arts – Chinatown Remixed. What began as an initiative of the Somerset Business Improvement Association (BIA), the month long event paired local artists with local businesses in which to display their work. The festival kicks off with a giant party where people mill up and down Somerset Street, checking out the music, installations, and art, all the while enjoying some delicious food and drink. Now in its eighth year, Chinatown Remixed is switching... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Emil Mateja

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Through the Woods, by Emil Mateja. Photo from his website.Through the Woods, by Emil Mateja. Photo from his website.

This June, Ottawa Creatives is looking at emerging artists in the city. This place is full of incredible talent and we hope this space is an opportunity for our readers to discover new artists. Additionally, if you think there is an amazing poet, musician, dj, or artist that we need to hear about, please email us at apartment613@gmail.com. Growing up, Emil Mateja’s favourite thing to do was draw. While other kids had video games and Ninja Turtles, he had pencils, markers, and paper. When not busy with school work, he’d... | Continue reading article

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