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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is quickly becoming a beer-fanatic’s wonderland, with new breweries like Broadhead and Ashton Brew Pub bubbling up everywhere to compliment Ottawa’s many beer festivals. The latest addition to this city’s craft beer craze is the National Capital Craft Beer Week, which kicks off this Friday at D’Arcy McGee’s. The kickoff party runs from 6-9 and admission is free. In addition to the obligatory craft beer, the party will feature music from Andre and the J-Tones, and so the funk will most certainly be brought. The festival continues through the 18th with plenty of... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

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Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable figure in Ottawa’s visual art scene, Garner is one of the men behind Five Cents Tattoo, a parlour located off Parkdale that emphasizes the art in the creative act of tattooing. The venue doubles as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.

This city loves to burst at the seams with activities during the summer. We flock to our favourites (like movies outside!) and try to fit in new adventures (not-your-grandma’s-classical music festival, anyone?). And this weekend will be no exception! In classic events, Urban Art Show is back for another year down at Minto Park, where they’ll have photography, painting, fabric, jewelry, and even furniture design from some of Ottawa’s best artists. This year, they’re offering Best in Show prize of a gallery exhibit at La Petite Mort. Other art events abound... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Humidity is down this weekend, folks, so all you need is sunscreen and you should be fine outside. And who wouldn’t want to be outdoors for the most creatively named festival of the summer: Zaphodsfestamusica?! What would you do with the Voice of Fire if you could have it for a day? Artist Rene Price will talk about this contentious painting and his weekend with it down at Blink Gallery this weekend. Afterward, take a little wander through Beechwood with the Photo Walk - or stop by the Printmakers Connective Exhibition... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Feral Children courtesy their myspace page.Photo of Feral Children courtesy their myspace page.

It’s another sunny one ahead, friends. And while our coverage of all things local at Bluesfest continues (did you know Kelly from the Claytones can do an awesome Cher impression? Or that The Flats want to head to Pluto? We’ve got the inside scoop, folks), there’s more than just music happening this weekend. First of all, grab a summery novel and head down to the canal downtown to check out the Capital Reading Garden, a popup space that’s perfect for bookworms. Shakespeare fans should head to Prescott for their annual... | Continue reading article

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Meet Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger

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Megan Smith. As I become an avatar and Edwige becomes me. (2010) Digital video still.Megan Smith. As I become an avatar and Edwige becomes me. (2010) Digital video still.

For the last three years, Ottawa-based new media collective Artengine has hosted a Critical Blogging Residency, with the aim to bolster critical writing about technologically-based art within the city. The organization, which brings to Ottawa events like Electric Fields, the Mini Maker Faire, and bimonthly meet-ups at the Mod Lab (they have a 3D printer!), has recently selected Megan Smith for the year-long residency. I met up with Megan and Artengine’s Artistic Director Ryan Stec over coffee a short while ago to chat about the residency and their plans for the upcoming... | Continue reading article

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Nuit Noire celebrates the night sky

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Work by Anna Edels courtesy of cubegallery.caWork by Anna Edels courtesy of cubegallery.ca

“Get inside!  It’s about to start.” “What is?” “The best fucking thing ever!” These were the words yelled into a crowded sidewalk by Cube Gallery owner, Don Monet, last Thursday evening to kick-off their annual dark-sky festival, Nuit Noire.  The festival, which runs until July 29th, is characterized by a wide range of activities with the night sky as their theme.  These activities include lectures by physicists and astronomers, telescope facilitated stargazing. At Nuit Noir’s core is a month-long art exhibition. At the vernissage last Thursday, throngs of art enthusiasts sought... | Continue reading article

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PSY is a Wild Ride

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Julien Siliau performs on the German Wheel - photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonJulien Siliau performs on the German Wheel - photo courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Last night PSY, the new circus project from Les 7 Doigts de la Main, opened to an enraptured audience at the NAC theatre. The show features a dynamic and engaging mix of theatre, circus, and dance (not that kind of dance; the cool kind), and while the founding members of Les 7 Doigts are alumni of the fabled Cirque du Soleil, this show is most certainly not a Cirque du Soleil show. While Cirque has always been about the grand spectacle, Les 7 Doigts focuses more on the talents and personality... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Rmaddock on Flickr.Photo courtesy Rmaddock on Flickr.

For those of you sweltering out there today, we’ve got good news – while we can’t control the weather, we can suggest oh-so-cool things for you to do this weekend. And if all of these activities sound like too much work in this heat, just park yourself at Feverfest or the Jazz Festival all weekend long! We’re giving away tickets to some shows at the Jazz Festival – find out how you can win below. Tonight, head down to the Fringe Festival to catch Mabel’s Last Performance (stellar review over... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Geoff Gibson's work courtesy Slaysh's website - they're turning 5!Photo of Geoff Gibson's work courtesy Slaysh's website - they're turning 5!

So tonight you’ll find a bunch of us Apt613 editors hunkered down at the Fringe tent, madly editing reviews so you can discover the not-to-be-missed theatre at this year’s festival. Stop by to say hi! You can check out the fruits of our labour at the Fully Fringed site, where reviews of all the Fringe plays will be up within 24 hours of opening night. Competing for your attention this week? The Ottawa Explosion music festival, which has once again expanded its stellar lineup to include visitors from afar like... | Continue reading article

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