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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Bright Road.Photo courtesy The Bright Road.

Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album at Cafe Dekcuf Friday night, and there will be lots of jazzy goodness with Molly Johnson at the NAC. The Flaps take over the GluePot Pub for their cd release party – The Hilotrons and... | Continue reading article

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Apply now! The 4th Annual Critical Blogging Residency at Artengine

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and social engagement, the content and direction will be developed in consultation with the Artistic Director of Artengine. The residency begins with... | Continue reading article

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Playing with scale: Monumental work by Amy Thompson

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See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.

Amy Thompson is back in town. After taking a road trip out west a few years ago, the Ottawa-based artist and illustrator has returned with two separate exhibitions, Monument and Bookish, at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) Art Rental and Sales and town., respectively. Through collage and mixed media, Thompson’s latest work reconstructs vintage postcards, photographic plates, and other reference materials (including library index cards), that play with elements of scale and take pleasure in the details. I fell in love with Thompson’s work years ago, when she held a space at the... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents (the art exhibit) opens at Fritzi Gallery

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Reincarnate Spectrum by Eric ChanReincarnate Spectrum by Eric Chan

The Lorraine Fritzi Gallery at the GCTC is a space dedicated to exploring the relationship between visual art and theatre. For each play that opens at the GCTC, an artist creates a body of work to reflect the story presented on the stage. Last Thursday was the vernissage of Undercurrents at the Fritzi, a companion exhibit to the theater festival of the same name. Artists Eric Chan (eepmon), Kristy Gordon, Karina Kraenzle, Zoe Hussey, Tony Clark and Betty Liang were each asked to interpret and illustrate a play from this festival.... | Continue reading article

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Tour de bloggosphere: Photo-blogs and photographers

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Photo courtesy of Paul WisenbergPhoto courtesy of Paul Wisenberg

Greetings fellow blogophiles as we take another look at the impressive array of local bloggers. This week we focus on the visual arts, as we surf the numerous photo-blogs in our city. One excellent site is Ottawa Seen 365 Ways in 365 Days, where amateur photographer Christophe Ledent posts a different photo of the national capital region each day. (See Local Tourist Ottawa for more details on Christophe’s work). Another impressive blog is Singing Moon, which contains gorgeous snapshots of our region. If you enjoy live bands, Ottawa-based photographer and music lover Ming... | Continue reading article

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Photographer Tony Fouhse documents one addict’s journey to get clean

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Photo reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.comPhoto reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.com

Looking to be inspired this February? Carleton University Art Gallery will be playing host to the solo exhibit Live Through This – a photo narrative by Ottawa Tony Fouhse depicting the story of heroin addict Stephanie MacDonald’s journey to get clean. Carleton will be hosting the free show until March 17 on the Mezzanine level of the gallery. We caught up with Fouhse and took a look back on his journey with Stephanie and how 30 meters of sidewalk led to his life-changing project on Ottawa’s Lowertown addicts. Apt613: So what initially drew your attention... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

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Here we go again. Another January thaw to get our hopes up about the return of warm weather. But it’s just a ruse, Ottawa. Before you know it, you’ll be dealing with eye-watering windchill as everyone goes about their business in bundled-up, genderless masses. You know what’s not toying with you? This weekend roundup, of course! So read it before your eyelids freeze shut from the cold, and then get out there and take part in some local culture. Speaking of eyeballs and winter, you could do worse than checking... | Continue reading article

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Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

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Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite Mort. A year or so ago, this piece attracted LPM owner Guy Berube’s eye and they started discussing collaboration on a show that would showcase Trejo’s trademark wood and lino cut work. A February date... | Continue reading article

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Anna Frlan’s Interbellum: wartime steel

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Anna Frlan’s current exhibit at the Ottawa School of Art is the best show that I have seen by a local artist. Comprising five steel sculptures, the exhibit Interbellum at the schools’ main gallery at 35 George Street is simply brilliant. An Ottawa-native whose parents came to Canada from Croatia following World War II, Frlan heard numerous stories about war while growing up. This background forms the seed of Interbellum, a word which describes the period between the First and Second World Wars. The spark that led her to create... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The new year is well underway, and if you resolved to have more fun, you’re in luck. We’re kicking things off tonight with the Unreasonable Variety Show at Pressed, featuring comedians and musicians. Or, if dueling future rock stars is more your style, head to the weekly battle of the bands down at the Lunenburg Pub. Friday night is the second edition of the Freshly Chopped Supper Club at Grounded – this time, they’re channeling Detroit and serving up a menu of soul food and music. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan will be at... | Continue reading article

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