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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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(Dis)Appearance at Spiral Gallery – Festival X

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The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.

Post by Julia Bustos. Held at the Spiral Gallery for Festival X, (Dis)Appearance featured works by photographers Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, William (Bill) McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, and Richard Perron. The focus of the exhibition stemmed from a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” It seems only fitting that the group of photographers would have an affinity to Thoreau. Not only was the naturalist a huge champion of natural observation and personal experiences, he aspired to “live deep and suck out all... | Continue reading article

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Festival X – In the Moment

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"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website

Borges, at some point before going blind, wrote, “A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” As I walk through the doors of the Terence Robert Gallery and set my eyes upon the photographs that make up the exhibition “In the Moment,” I know... | Continue reading article

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Julie MacCormack: Capturing Neighbourhoods

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Festival X draws to a close this Sunday, leaving us photo junkies to find our fix elsewhere. Luckily, it’s never hard to find creative and interesting photography work in Ottawa – you just need to know where to look. And sometimes beautiful photographs turn up in the oddest of places. Like, for example, a local pizzeria. On Monday, Tennessy Willems will play host to a series by local documentary photographer Julie MacCormack. The photos will hang in the restaurant from October 1st through November 9th, enhancing, no doubt, the restaurant’s... | Continue reading article

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Caleb Abbott quietly intervenes during Festival X

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Detail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down GalleryDetail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down Gallery

We’ve been covering a lot of Festival X lately on Apartment613. The 10-day photography festival wraps up this Sunday, September 30, but if you haven’t had a chance to see any of the exhibitions yet, have no fear! Many of the projects are on-going, including Redeveloping the Core, a series of site-specific installations by Ottawa-based photographer Caleb Abbott. Abbott’s latest works, installed at various locations around Ottawa, look to how urbanization and development can affect small businesses. Printed on transparent vellum, the large-format photographs are hung in the windows at Fall Down Gallery, Collected... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, and a heckuva lot more. Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out... | Continue reading article

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