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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] We’re sticking with our tradition of at least one festival per weekend, folks – we’ve got the Haiti en Fête festival happening down on Petrie Island all weekend long, with music and food and dancing guaranteed. If you can’t wait for the Centretown Movies outdoor film festival to start next week, head to Dundonald […]

Photo courtesy of Chinatown Blossom.

The story of ‘Chinatown Blossom’

I first noticed Claudia Gutierrez’ mural at Man Phat when walking down Somerset. It was a beautiful floral design that replaced the drab store exterior. Social media guy that I am, I posted a photo of it on Instagram. The reaction was immediate. People loved it. Unfortunately for Claudia, the piece was tagged just days […]

Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double […]

Discover yourself at STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

What do you usually think of when you hear the word “exhibition”? Props, costumes and art? Just a bunch of things on display, right? There’s nothing really wrong with that, especially if the pieces are visually captivating, but it’s just a little…ordinary. Well, good news for all you Star Wars lovers out there! Not only […]

Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] The joke usually goes that Ottawa has two seasons: winter and construction. But more and more, I’m convinced it’s not construction season but festival season that more accurately describes our summer – with at least five happening this weekend, that seems a fairly safe bet! First up, we’ve got Ottawa Explosion Weekend, […]

Photo from AXENÉOSALON#6.

Pour tous les goûts: Le vernissage de Perspectives Peinture promet une soirée en couleurs à AXENÉO7

For Anglos: English version is available after French text.  Débutant le 6 juin prochain, la galerie d’art AXENÉO7 située à Hull inaugurera sa nouvelle exposition, Perspectives Peinture, qui met en vedette des peintres du Canada, de New York, et une étudiante de l’Université d’Ottawa. L’exposition promet des pièces uniques, en encourageant les artistes à s’engager […]

Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.

A Ravenswing 2013 retrospective

Ravenswing stands out as being one of the more interesting, fun, and accessible grassroots creative events in Ottawa. I went last Sunday, May 26, and there were zines, live music, as well as Do it Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts vendors offering quality stuff. The event had gotten bigger and more bustling than years past. […]

Enriched Bread Artists studios, Ottawa (Darlene Genoway) and Quartair, The Hague (Joyce Westrop)

Building on Dutch-Canadian relations with Enriched Bread Artists

Post by Tianmo Zhang Enriched Bread Artists is about experimentation. As one of the most prominent (and largest) artists-studio collectives in Ottawa, Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) strives to assert its relevance and dedication to both art and artists, while continuously challenging artistic and social exchange within the community and abroad. Tonight, EBA brings those qualities […]

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Instagram real life with Mark Stephenson’s HipsterMonocle

This week, Ottawa is welcoming some 150 delegates to the city for the Creative City Summit. The summit presents an opportunity for people who work in arts and culture across the country to come together and discuss some of their common challenges and goals. We thought that having a group of cultural thinkers in the […]

Design by Steve St. Pierre

By Day By Night: Your guide to local happenings in Ottawa

It’s here, folks. The long-awaited, much anticipated By Day By Night guide… Brought to you by Apartment613. Developed in collaboration with our favourite local designer Steve St. Pierre, and through a partnership with the City of Ottawa for the Creative City Network of Canada 2013 Summit (starting tomorrow), By Day By Night is your source for innovative projects by artists […]

Photo by John Paillé

Introducing Melody McKiver: Q&A with Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger

Melody McKiver is a (self-described) Anishinaabe musician, writer and interdisciplinary media artist. Trained as a classical violinist, she performs improvisational work on the viola and laptop (she’s also a percussionist and singer). More recently, she has been experimenting in composition, digital video, photography and online curation. A recent recipient of SAW Video’s Aboriginal Voices grant, […]

Photo by Jo-Ann Holden

Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part II

This week we conclude our two-part series on local photo-blogs (see Part 1 here), by looking at three more photographers from the National Capital Region. Jo-Ann Holden (Musician on Skis) Surfing the local blogosphere is like going through a family attic filled with stuffed boxes, suitcases and trunks. It’s difficult to predict beforehand what you’ll […]