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Hidden Gems: Stone and bronze at Strathcona Park

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Photo by Maksim ApelfeldPhoto by Maksim Apelfeld

To switch things up this week, I’ve decided to explore one of my favorite outdoor spaces in central Ottawa: Strathcona Park. Situated on the eastern edge of Sandy Hill, the park is centrally-located yet far enough from the buzz of Rideau Street and the Market.  The park stretches out along the Rideau River, with the river on one side, and a row of embassy residences on the other. The existing area of the park was used as a rifle range in pre-WWI Ottawa, before being redeveloped into a park and the site of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So October is almost over, and that means the city gets scary. Get a head start on Halloween with some spooky sexy stories, a WonderGeeks night of festivities, some pumpkin carving and, of course, a vampire or two. Costumes are more than welcome tonight down at the Mercury Lounge, where super-talented NOAH will be putting on a show with the help of a few friends. Thursday evening will also bring the eerie experimental sounds of For Esmé at Raw Sugar, while The Belle Game are out at the Black Sheep. The Babes4Breasts... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + giveaway to Inside Out Film Fest

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Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.

Music, movies, and specialized markets – we’ve got it all this weekend in Ottawa. Film buffs have a lot to choose from: a documentary on the secret world of modular synthesizers in Ottawa, home movies (you can even bring your own), and Nosferatu with the traditional live accompaniment. There’s also the Inside Out Film Festival (plus a dance party) – and we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets for Blue is the Warmest Color, playing at the festival Sunday at 8pm. Just leave a comment below with your favourite movie (LGBT or... | Continue reading article

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After “Rise”, Kristy Gordon comes back with an “Explosion” at Cube Gallery

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Dark Night of Soul – courtesy of Cube GalleryDark Night of Soul – courtesy of Cube Gallery

Editor’s note: Tak Pham is a casual volunteer at Cube Gallery. This review expresses Tak’s professional view on Kristy Gordon’s works in his interest of the artist. This fall, Canadian portraiture artist Kristy Gordon returns to Ottawa with a brand new exhibition at Cube Gallery. Kristy Gordon 2013 features a series of works done during Kristy’s enrollment in Master of Fine Art program at New York Academy of Art. At the age of 33, Kristy has received numerous national and international recognitions, exhibited over five countries . In 2012, Kristy... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.

The trees changing colour can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Or Ribtoberfest. Beer and food, at least. There are a few shows to add to your list this weekend. Chic Gamine combine French pop with Motown, and Basia Bulat sings from her latest album. Jadea Kelly will be out at the Black Sheep Thursday night, while Craig Cardiff will perform a couple of shows there over the rest of the weekend. Jon Hynes releases his first EP at the Clock Tower with help from a few friends, and it’s First Funk... | Continue reading article

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Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013

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As part of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau 2013, our roving crew of reporters took pictures of the artistic projects and exhibits in the Byward Market, Hintonburg and Sparks Street zones. The photos were projected from a window on George Street as part of our coverage of the all-night art festival (see the slideshow of all the photos we took below). Thanks to Megan Smith and Ariane Nazroo, as well as all of the volunteers, who helped make this years’ edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau a great success!

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Sook-Yin Lee plays with memory and narrative in two Ottawa exhibits

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Artist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline RyanArtist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline Ryan

Sook-Yin Lee is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician, writer, director, actor, broadcaster, and visual and performance artist. I caught up with her while she was in town for the opening of her new photography exhibit We Are Light Rays and the one-night performance of her multimedia work How Can I Forget? We’re seated in the exhibition: intimate, darkened and close “a strange space-room” as Lee describes it. On the wall is the photographic series; back-lit displays on light boxes that run in a line around the... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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