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Weekend roundup: Cabaret ticket giveaway edition

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What will it be this weekend, Ottawa? Burlesque? A crowd-sourced musical bike ride? Fashion? House of PainT kicked off last night, and goes on all weekend long to celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you haven’t caught their Bboy and Bgirl breakdancing competition in years past, be sure to head down under the bridge on Saturday afternoon. There’s also music, dance parties and of course, live urban art. Ottawa Fashion Week is also entering its 10th season, getting underway on Friday – and although the main event is the runway shows,... | Continue reading article

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We Make The City: Artengine invites you to venture out for the Electric Fields Festival

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We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.

What do dynamic maze installations with giant inflatable balls, musical bike parades featuring radios and modified walkie-talkies, and forest parties in the sugar bush have in common? Besides being a few of my favourite things, they’re all happening across Ottawa as a part of Artengine‘s We Make The City programming for the 2013 edition of the Electric Fields Festival. From September 11-15, the city will be transformed through various socially engaging projects – many of them are free and open to all ages. From workshops for building your own LED device for your... | Continue reading article

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Sakahàn Summer

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Fringe (2008) by Rebecca Belmore. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.Fringe (2008) by Rebecca Belmore. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Editor’s note: Post by Melody McKiver, Artengine’s 2013 Critical Resident Blogger. Initially posted on Artengine’s blog. The summer is slowly coming to an end – sad but true! – and the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibit Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art has kept up a whirlwind of activity. On the final weekend that the exhibit is open, I urge everyone that hasn’t yet seen it to pay the National Gallery a visit, or to give it a second (I’ll be on my fifth!) look. I have been engaged with Sakahàn programming in various... | Continue reading article

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An open letter from the Arboretum team

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Our friends over at Arboretum penned a letter on their thoughts about the festival that we thought you all might like to read. It’s originally posted over here on the Arboretum website and re-printed below in full. Enjoy!   The whole she-bang looked like the green, digital rainfall of Matrix code: details within details, all the loose screws. We’ve had to paint the full picture of the festival from your words: You’ve said a lot of really wonderful things, and we’re beyond grateful. You mentioned the sound for every act... | Continue reading article

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Portraits of Bluesfest: Raising money for Blues in the Schools

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July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.

With August drawing to a close and the nights getting longer, it wasn’t so long ago – just over a month, actually – that Björk captivated the city on the closing night of Bluesfest. Where has the time gone? If you’re looking to relive moments of the festival (and support a good cause) head over to Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on Thursday night for the fifth annual Portraits of Bluesfest – a fundraiser/silent art auction in support of Blues in the Schools. Organizer Peter Simpson, also known as the arts editor... | Continue reading article

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Latin vibes and sunsets at the Bytown Museum

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Market Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita FejzicMarket Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita Fejzic

If the heat makes you wish you were sipping lemonade with your feet gently resting on the warm sand, the ocean waves marking the melody of summer and the wind carrying its salty waters all the way to your nostrils—then you may be daydreaming about Mexico. If you can’t make it down south, perhaps you’d enjoy the Bytown Museum’s latest exhibition, México Fantasico! Culture, Diplomacy and Community. A splendid array of colourful artifacts are presented, including vibrant textiles, clothing, masks and ceramics; all the typical handcrafts and folk art you... | Continue reading article

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Guerilla Magazine celebrates return to print

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Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.

Hundreds attended the launch of Guerilla 36 at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on July 26th. “The event had incredible energy,” said Tony Martins, Guerilla’s editor and creative director. The evening that featured powerful artworks from Guillermo Trejo, Angelina McCormick, Drew Mosley, Anthony Tremmaglia, and Tina Picard, also celebrated Guerilla magazine’s return to print. “The event had a very interesting range of people, which is a hallmark of Guerilla events; being back in print has definitely caught people’s attention.” Founded in 2004, Guerilla magazine is an arts and ground level culture... | Continue reading article

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Sakahàn: Connections through Indigenous Art

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For the past 2 months, the National Gallery of Canada has featured Sakahàn, an ambitious exhibition showcasing works from international Indigenous contemporary artists. Sakahàn, which means, “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin peoples, showcases over 80 artists from 16 countries with works and styles as diverse as their cultural backgrounds. The response from critics and museum-goers has been overwhelmingly positive thus far, so I went to the exhibit with high expectations, and with the hope of seeing provocative and unique pieces that would leave a lasting... | Continue reading article

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Join the Bed-In: One Step closer to Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their infamous seven-day Bed-In for Peace in Amsterdam in 1969, world attention was gathered inside their presidential suite at the Hilton. The heat was high; excitement was immense; yet public access restricted to the edges of their bed, setting them apart from the heated media mass assembled around them. Vietnam War, World Peace, discrimination… Lennon and Ono protested and advocated for such global issues in their own secluded way. With tonights’ Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG)’s Bed-In event at La Petite Mort Gallery, the... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka 2013 brings films exploring Indigenous issues to the Capital/ Algonquin region

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"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada

Looking for films with a varied perspective? Asinabka Film and Arts Media might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring national and international films focusing on Indigenous issues and topics, Asinabka strives to inject the Capital/Algonquin region with a blast of something fresh. It’s the second year that Christopher Wong and Howard Adler have been organizing the event, so we got in touch with Howard via email to hear what’s happening at one of Ottawa’s newest festivals.  Apt613: Firstly, What does “Asinabka” mean, and why did it become the name... | Continue reading article

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