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Contemporary art in the Capital

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Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.

For many, contemporary art can be a source of perpetual confusion and bewilderment. Deviation from customary styles, materials, and conventions of traditional art frequently causes furrowed brows and quizzical looks. However, despite its elusive reputation, the world of contemporary art is very much alive and well in our city. The following is a list of six great local spaces – other than the National Gallery of Canada – in which to survey and appreciate art in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Cube Gallery 1285 Wellington Street, Ottawa Located in the core of... | Continue reading article

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Guillermo Trejo: The revolution is called Atlantis

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Photo from http://trejoguillermo.comPhoto from http://trejoguillermo.com

A political action. Apolitical action. A poetical action. These represent just some of the interpretations of The revolution is called Atlantis, University of Ottawa MFA student Guillermo Trejo’s exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The statements, which sit right outside the main exhibit room, inform Trejo’s vision: the ambiguity of political propaganda. A little preface about my introduction to the exhibit. A man, gazing intently at one piece, comes up to me. He asks: “Do you understand this? Do you understand art?” It makes me think about critique style.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

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Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.

So, Ottawa, how are you spending your last long weekend of the summer? Catching the best sci-fi plays in town? Singing some Verdi? Creating a coffee map? Celebrating a crafty birthday? Some people are convinced that bacon goes with anything, and this show, featuring Roberta Bondar and The Yips, is proving that bacon and music make a great couple. Other music adventures this weekend include DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks doing a pop-up show at the H’burg Public House, and your favourite Ramones cover band taking to the stage at Zaphod’s. STILLNATIVE will... | Continue reading article

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#BustOutYOW → The Laser Musicbox

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. It’s perhaps fitting that my last post opened the “#BustOutYOW” project with an ambitious aim “to beam your content to the world” and this post picks up the challenge with a tangible laser-based opportunity. Christopher Smeenk, a researcher working between the University of Ottawa and National Research Council within the Joint Lab for Attosecond Science answered my call.... | Continue reading article

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Go Forth and Multiply: Cara Tierney at the Carleton University Art Gallery

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Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.

Post by Katrina Bray. Go Forth and Multiply is the graduation exhibition of Cara Tierney, an MFA student at the University of Ottawa.  The show features 11 large digital prints of Tierney’s self-portraiture, in which she appears in one or many iterations.  Employing technical proficiency, attention to detail, and a keen compositional eye, she creates bold tableaus with – in many cases – a strong classical reference. The tableaus are posed – heavily constructed, giving an impression of being frozen in time. There is a sense that there is no... | Continue reading article

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“The City as a Canvas:” Windows Collective’s Underpass Films

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Photo courtesy of Windows CollectivePhoto courtesy of Windows Collective

On a beautiful summer night, with the tranquil waters of the Rideau Canal rippling nearby, six local film makers transformed a downtown passageway into a dreamlike movie theatre. Beginning at dusk on the evening of August 15, the six-person Windows Collective gathered at the Plaza Bridge Underpass for a one-night-only experimental film screening. Projecting six separate short films simultaneously in different spots, the show created a gallery of moving images on the walls of the underpass, which is located between the National Arts Centre and the Bytown Museum. “We use... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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With a precious few summer weekends left, we’ve got to pack in as many outdoor activities as we can – we won’t have too many more chances to head to garage sales (a rock ‘n’ roll one, at that), take a bike tour, or frolic on a farm with zombies. We’ve got a rainbow of festivities happening with Capital Pride week wrapping up on Sunday – there’s the usual parade spectacular (including the Dusty Owl Reading Series), a youth prom and masquerade, and a mini-music festival down at City Hall... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for August 22, 2012: Pride edition!

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Listen here or on iTunes. It’s pride week in Ottawa, and this week’s Apt613 Live is nothing if not prideful! Kicking off the show, we have an interview with Sebastien Provost from House of SAS. House of SAS is behind this year’s premiere of Cirque Bizarre, a 1930s-style carnival that has taken residence in the Ottawa Jail Hostel for pride week. In addition to carnival games and gourmet food, the event sports some pretty great DJs such as Lady Miss Kier and Honey Dijon. For a full listing of events,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for August 15, 2012

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CHUO Studios

Listen here, or on iTunes. Every week, several of our editors take it upon themselves to deliver an hour of interviews, music and unintentional comedy live from CHUO. Though the show airs on Wednesday night at 9, the show lives on in podcast form–an indestructible record of our radioness. This week, we were able to snag an interviews with two bands. The first was with local band Tall Trees, three young lads from Canterbury whose passion and sound speak for themselves. For more, see our feature on them. We also talked to Jonas... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo Courtesy of Lazy_Artist on FlickrPhoto Courtesy of Lazy_Artist on Flickr

So enamoured are we are with all things beer in Ottawa that it seems not a Weekend Roundup goes by without at least some mention of the bubbly beverage. This week is no different. National Capital Craft Beer Week is in full swing this week, with events too numerous to mention. And while the Week ends this weekend, it won’t be without some fanfare. You see, at the core of National Craft Beer Week is the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, which takes place at Marion Dewar Plaza (just outside... | Continue reading article

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