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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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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Painter Crystal Beshara raising funds for new art studio and cafe

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Crystal with her painting that will be a raffle prize at the fundraiser. Photo credit: Ben Welland.Crystal with her painting that will be a raffle prize at the fundraiser. Photo credit: Ben Welland.

Ottawa artist Crystal Beshara has always dreamed of opening a common space where artists could congregate, and share their talents and skills with others. The dream is about to become a reality as Crystal is planning on opening The Studio café, gallery and workshop.  It combines a gallery, as well as studio and workshop space for artists and art instructors right in Hintonburg.  It’s a one-stop shop where artists can learn, teach, display, sell and share their talent. It will also become a place to hang out and chat about... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate the late Dennis Tourbin with ABCDelevision at Club SAW

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Screen shot of Dennis Tourbin, Canadian poet and painter reading Bay Street Ottawa as part of the Festival Of The Arts presentation Inset: The Visual Poets.Screen shot of Dennis Tourbin, Canadian poet and painter reading Bay Street Ottawa as part of the Festival Of The Arts presentation Inset: The Visual Poets.

The name says it all: ABCDelevision. Rather, to be clear, the written word doesn’t say it all-but absolutely that’s the point. ABCDelevision is actually pronounced “Abracadelevision” and it was a term Dennis Tourbin coined to describe the ‘magic’ of television: an ‘instant’ medium which beamed with unprecedented immediacy and simultaneity images and words, a message, directly into our homes. Fascinated by the power of different mediums to transform language and having dedicated his art to “an exploration of the complex visual dimensions contained within language” it’s unsurprising that his single... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 12 mars 2014 :: Festival de Films de l’Outaouais et son Festival international du court-métrage, Urban Craft Market, Les Hay Babies, The Sheep Dogs et ++

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Source : Facebook FFOSource : Facebook FFO

Ce mercredi 12 mars, Basement 819 a inauguré sa toute première émission officielle SANS metteur en ondes, parti refaire sa vie, loin des studios de CHUO (pour la légende). Grandes adeptes de culture mais pas forcément de consoles, ayant rencontré divers couacs techniques de différents genres, nous souhaitons parachever cette expérience et vous proposer un résumé podcasté… sans podcast. Nouveau concept de la semaine, que vous nous pardonnerez faute de l’apprécier. Mais pour nous rattraper, nous vous proposons un line-up gonflé à bloc : c’est parti! Cinématographiquement parlant, le Festival... | Continue reading article

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