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Hidden Gems: Mechanicsville Church

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s piece is for all the Presto-wielding commuters out there that hop on the back of a 95 every morning to get to school or work. If you’re going anywhere in morning rush hour, odds are you will be standing when you get on that bus. And as you chug along the Transitway heading towards downtown, while trying to avoid being sandwiched by bulging backpacks and puffy winter jackets, your typical escape is either a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, a Metro paper, or the view outside your bus. If... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stephen Harper The Musical ticket giveaway

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Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.

Well, folks, we’ve just about made it to the end of Support Local month. More than 70 events and 150 artists, musicians, restaurants and shops filled November up with creative collaborations and events. There are still a few more, though, to pack in before the month winds up: tonight, 25One Community celebrates their first anniversary, while Goods, a shop-within-a-shop at Victoire’s West Wellington location, kicks off tonight. Tomorrow, mark Black Friday in style with two shop local versions – one at terra20, and at the shops along Dalhousie. That same... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – The Market and Hull edition

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Photo by MDV on Flickr. Where not stated, image is by Sanita Fejzic.Photo by MDV on Flickr. Where not stated, image is by Sanita Fejzic.

As the weather outside becomes less inviting, walking around the city will inevitably change. You may be less tempted to linger. The meaning of this word, to stay in a place longer than necessary because you simply don’t want to leave, is often done effortlessly when a good sculpture or a powerful installation engages us. Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every... | Continue reading article

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Picturama! A photography show for all humankind

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Photo provided by The Civil Servants.Photo provided by The Civil Servants.

The Civil Servants present Picturama! Ottawa’s original anything-goes photography show. In an age where Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter rule our lives and facilitate much of our interactions with others, the Civil Servants have created a uniquely social event to share your photography with strangers. It’s called Picturama! and it’s a new type of photo show. The premise is simple. Any camera-wielding-human may submit up to 10 of their favourite 4×6 or 4×4 snap shots, the hosts of Picturama! will display them at Fall Down Gallery, and any and all attendees... | Continue reading article

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Exposition | Figureworks Award Show

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Giacometti in my Bones, de Stephen Frew (2013).Giacometti in my Bones, de Stephen Frew (2013).

Par Cindy Savard, une moitié de Basement 819, émission de radio bientôt en onde sur CHUO et en balladodiffusion sur Apt613.ca.  Le vernissage du Figureworks Award Show avait lieu ce mardi soir. Fort en formes et luxures, il s’agit de la quatrième édition pour Figureworks, un organisme à but non lucratif voué à la promotion et la célébration de l’art visuel associé à la forme humaine. Derrière l’idée se trouve Hilde Lambrechts, la fondatrice qui a voulu redonner à l’art figuratif une place de choix dans la promotion de la sphère artistique.... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: From Mexico with love

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Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.

I stumbled across this sculpture entirely by accident as I was walking towards the Market to check out some of the great art exhibits during this year’s Nuit Blanche. Located right off Elgin Street and steps away from the Rideau Centre, this little Gem is tucked into a small open space outside the National Art Centre. This gleaming sculpture of polished metal, entitled Musica, was crafted by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. It was donated to the NAC by the Embassy of Mexico in 2006 as a gesture of friendship. For... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Museum of Nature

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This week’s gem is not exactly a hidden one, but it’s definitely one of the most impressive buildings in the City. Designed by architect David Eward, drawing inspiration from similar Scottish Baronial style estates in Europe, the building is affectionately referred to as “the castle”. When you look closely you can notice many similarities between the museum and the Parliament buildings such as the use of local sandstone and the similar window design. And that’s not a coincidence. The idea was to establish a national landmark on the opposite end... | Continue reading article

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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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