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Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

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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, which officially kicked off last night. With dozens of shows across the city, this music festival isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you stop by Club Saw, Cafe Dekcuf, Mugshots, Mavericks, Babylon or hang out in Hull,... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Music, Sports, Visual art

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

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Photo from AXENÉOSALON#6.Photo from AXENÉOSALON#6.

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 « à travers la perspective d’une peinture hybride et traditionnelle. » (AXENÉO7, 2013) Les artistes présentant leurs œuvres dans cette exposition sont soit nouvelles au monde des arts, ou ont de l’expérience au niveau national et international.... | Continue reading article

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A Ravenswing 2013 retrospective

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Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.

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. The diversity of participants of all generations and interests, as well as a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers gave the event an incredible energy. “Ravenswing is a labour of love.” said co-Director Lauren Potosky,... | Continue reading article

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Building on Dutch-Canadian relations with Enriched Bread Artists

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

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 to light with the opening of Dutch Settlement, the first segment of a two-part exhibition project in collaborative exchange with artists from Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives of the Netherlands. Initiated by Ottawa curator and artist... | Continue reading article

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Instagram real life with Mark Stephenson’s HipsterMonocle

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Photo courtesy of the artistPhoto courtesy of the artist

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 city was a pretty good time to show off, so we’ve launched a special guide highlighting Ottawa’s artistic hot spots. One of the artist’s the city selected to create work for the summit was local... | Continue reading article

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

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Design by Steve St. PierreDesign by Steve St. Pierre

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 and makers, as well as some of the galleries, shops, restaurants and cafés that make our city unique. We’ll be distributing copies over the next few days in various downtown locations (you can download a version... | Continue reading article

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

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Photo by John PailléPhoto by John Paillé

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, she has also been selected as the Artengine Critical Resident Blogger for 2013. Over the course of the residency, Artengine and Apartment613 will be cross-posting Melody’s writing in the hopes of encouraging discussion and fostering... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Photo-blogs Part II

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Photo by Jo-Ann HoldenPhoto by Jo-Ann Holden

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 find, but if you take the time to search, you can come across wonderful treasures. This joy of discovery is particularly true when it comes to local photographers. Since starting to write earlier this year... | Continue reading article

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Resonant Currents by Manuel Báez – an iconic art piece for Hub Ottawa

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Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.

For the longest time, I’ve been encouraging Vinod and co. to emphasize art at HUB Ottawa. Little did I know they had a major piece of art in the works for the past year. The piece, created by Professor Manuel Báez, is set to be installed this summer at the Hub. I met with Manuel to discuss his passion for art, architecture and the inspiration he takes from natural phenomena. Architecture and art intertwine seamlessly in Manual Báez’s life. From a young age he knew he wanted to become an... | Continue reading article

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Le pARTy fundraiser at the Ottawa Art Gallery + ticket giveaway

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Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.Eric Ladouceur, Marquis Henry de Manhattan (2011). Digital print, courtesy of the artist.

On May 30, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is hosting their annual fundraiser, Le pARTy, and we have a set of tickets to give away! The event is a great way to support the gallery, meet and connect with local artists and take home an original piece of art. With over 60 participating artists, the selection and range of work is sure to be diverse – there is something for everyone. Some of the artists include Bear Witness, Pat Durr, Tony Fouhse, Jonathan Hobin, Manon Labrosse, Penny McCann, Ron Noganosh, Andrew and Deborah... | Continue reading article

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