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Win a VIP night at Timeraiser

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Next Saturday, November 17, the National Gallery of Canada will play host to the 4th annual Timeraiser night in Ottawa. For those who don’t know the project, Timeraiser is an art auction where, rather than bidding with cash, you bid with volunteer hours. Corporate sponsors chip in to pay fair market value for a work of art, and then Timeraiser puts these pieces of work up for auction. There’s a long list of agencies where bidders can volunteer their time. If you win, you work the hours on that bid... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Self Propelled displays the art of cycling

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Photo courtesy of S.L.M. on the Apt613 Flickr poolPhoto courtesy of S.L.M. on the Apt613 Flickr pool

Post by Julia Bustos New in town, I still experience a bit of a culture shock when I’m running around. For starters and despite preconceived notions, Ottawa has a fair share of cultural happenings for folks wanting to get involved. Secondly, events tend to be all inclusive; kids, dogs, parents and grandparents are all in attendance, all keen. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I walked into the Five Cents tattoo studio for the Self Propelled art show and, like, everyone was there. The combination of an awesome location, delish... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for October 24, 2012: Nuit Blanche, Unshaven Mavens, and Union 613

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Listen here or on iTunes. On this week’s Apartment 613 Live, Ryan is our lonely host for an hour full of local happenings. Last month’s Nuit Blanche was reportedly attended by something close to 30,000 people, and next year’s nuit can only get bigger. The art-filled night’s organizers are already in the planning stages, securing sponsorship and debating layouts. Nuit Blanche 2013 is planned for September 21st. Visual Arts Editor Diane Bond joins Ryan by phone to offer her perspective on these early planning stages. Next, Amie Beausoleil of Unshaven... | Continue reading article

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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Cedar Tavern Singers at the Carleton University Art Gallery (Vernissage is starting RIGHT NOW)

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In about 10 minutes from the posting of this story, the Cedar Tavern Singers (hailing from Lethbridge, AB) will be present at the opening of their exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG).  The vernissage is today, October 15, 2012 from 5:00pm until 7:30pm. The Cedar Tavern Singers are an ingenious duo of witty western creativity that weave together multiple genres to create a compelling and unique  form of contemporary art.  They use music, performance, craft, video, drawing, and sculpture to create a collaborative exhibition that makes you think... | Continue reading article

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A love letter to your hometown: Ottawa rapper Peter Joynt’s cd release party

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Gloria Song is an Ottawa-based writer and research lawyer, as well as the frontwoman for her own band Scary Bear Soundtrack The works of Peter Joynt, the Ottawa-based rapper known as the Joynt, often read like an unusual love letter to his hometown. His track “Capcity”, where he proclaims himself Ottawa’s biggest fan, is so full of so much hometown enthusiasm that it was picked up by the Ottawa Senators, and a special Sens version of the song has been played at every hockey game last season. The Joynt is... | Continue reading article

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Interview with Herd Magazine founder Steph Vicente

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A new entry to Ottawa’s indie media-scape is launching this weekend – combining discussion of Arts and Culture with compelling design to create something that should be pretty unique. The big reveal for Herd Magazine – billing itself as “freely distributed literature covering local arts&culture on a quarterly basis” will be this Friday night at Fall Down Gallery on Bank Street. They’ve invited Amos the Transparent and will have food from LUNCH, Auntie Loo’s Treats, and the Gouda Life on hand. All the details are on the Herd website here.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric FieldsPhoto by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric Fields

Not only do we want you out and about this weekend, Ottawa, but we’re going to give a few of you just the incentive to get out of the house – we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the John Carroll & the Epic Proportions show out at the Black Sheep this Saturday. Read on to find out how you can win! The city is hopping with parties this weekend. Herd Magazine launches at Fall Down Friday night, with Amos the Transparent dropping by for a show. Saturday it’s... | Continue reading article

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A Gallery of Portraits: Exhibition at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa

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How Many Roads Must a Woman Walk Down (detail) Freya Poirier. From the Festival X website.How Many Roads Must a Woman Walk Down (detail) Freya Poirier. From the Festival X website.

Post by Shewit Kalaty. As soon as you walk into the photography exhibit at the Council of the Arts of Ottawa (CAO), a row of portraits from four young emerging artists immediately grabs your attention. Rawaa Ayoub, Freya Poirier, Emma Rath and Maya Wilson, whose ages range from 13 to 17, took each other’s portraits – each displaying her own individuality and uniqueness. Curator Julie Hodgson explains her thoughts on exhibition on the CAO website. Peter Honeywell, Executive Director of the CAO, helped to guide the photographers through the installation process, asking... | Continue reading article

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Extreme Self: Art in the Radical First Person at Galerie SAW Gallery

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Shitted (1983). Gilbert & George. Image courtesy of Galerie SAW Gallery.Shitted (1983). Gilbert & George. Image courtesy of Galerie SAW Gallery.

Pop Quiz: What do cryogenically frozen heads made of raspberry gelato, video footage of a naked man crawling through broken glass, and veil-and-bikini-clad ribbon-twirler have in common? All are on view as a part of Galerie SAW Gallery’s exhibition, Extreme Self: Art in the Radical First Person, which opens tonight. The group show, comprised of ten artists working in self-portraiture, is the latest curatorial endeavor by Jason St-Laurent. “The works in this exhibition represent various human states: psychological, physical,” says St-Laurent. “There is a lot more than meets the eye.... | Continue reading article

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