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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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The Feminist Twins present: Paint Nite

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Jenna and Kayla, the Feminist Twins, photo from  feministtwins.tumblr.comJenna and Kayla, the Feminist Twins, photo from feministtwins.tumblr.com

There are few things more satisfying than the feeling of letting your creativity flow out through a paintbrush and onto a canvas. Add to that the energy of a big ol’ party and you’ve got, in my books, an ideal night out. Painting parties have been happening around the city for a while now and they all work in more or less the same way.  Purchasing a ticket for the event gets you into the venue, puts a drink in your hand, and covers the cost of your painting supplies. ... | Continue reading article

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Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed it as puppy love. Such is the unfortunate nature of the art market.  It’s hard to sell art. And I don’t mean mass-produced photos or prints that serve to decorate bare walls the world over.... | Continue reading article

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Community art show fundraiser honours mothers

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Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.

Unseasonably humid weather didn’t stop about 200 people from crowding into a Westboro home on Saturday night to take part in unique celebration of mothers and a home-based art sale and fundraiser to support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF). Months of planning — and the involvement of 40 Ottawa-area artists — went into organizing the event, hosted by Chris Best and Joni Campbell in memory of Chris’s mother, Doreen Best, who died 23 years ago of cancer. “I lost my Mom to cancer when she was 54. I am... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic designers; Daniel Moisan of Animal Haus, Pascal Huot & Isaac Vallentin of LOG Creative Bureau, and Ben van Duyvendyk. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, taking place in... | Continue reading article

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Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

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Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in 2012 and 2013 and presented its first report for review at a public Open House in 2013. A second public consultation was held on April 13. The review process will be completed this summer, ready... | Continue reading article

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The OAG gets especially creative this Sunday

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Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.

Post by Justeen Gales. The NAC’s Ontario Scene Gallery Crawl, happening in Ottawa this Sunday, has motivated the staff at the Ottawa Art Gallery to host a special Creative Sunday workshop for children and their families inspired by the current exhibition Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once (January 23rd – May 10th 2015) by artist Andrew Wright. With digital cameras easily accessible and the effortlessness with which pictures can be taken, edited, and discarded by the thousands, it is easy to forget the skill that goes into working with... | Continue reading article

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