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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke. It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold out for Saturday (some Sunday tickets are left), but there are more. Poorfolk, Terrible Liars and Male Nurse are teaming up for their 5th annual Christmas Rock Party, and Zoo Legacy will have DJ Atherton... | Continue reading article

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Why *make*? To affect quality of life

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. ‘Making’, ‘to make’, ‘maker’ are more of those questionable terms like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ – used within the current cultural dialect with ambiguous and broad meaning. Most importantly though, like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ they all pack a powerful punch as far as representing evolving human creativity. While, making is still most often categorized as a subculture, this... | Continue reading article

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National Geographic goes ghetto at La Petite Mort Gallery

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Art work by Peter Shmelzer.Art work by Peter Shmelzer.

While continually transforming with the technological means of the times, the map has been always a tool that illustrates our desire to explore our surroundings. A map is never solely ornamental. From the earliest explorers to modern day road-trippers, the map stands as more than a guide to simply understanding the physical layout of an unknown territory; its presence is an invitation to continue the exploration of that which is foreign. This Friday at La Petite Mort Gallery, many artists will be exhibiting work exploring this theme of maps. We... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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Raymond Biesinger launches Black and White Illustrations at Wurm Gallery

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City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.

What does an illustrator do with over a decades’ worth of work? Raymond Biesinger has collected his into a 208-page book, Black and White Illustrations, which launches in Ottawa tonight at Invisible Cinema‘s Wurm Gallery. In addition to the book launch, 11 of Raymond’s screenprints will be on display at the gallery until December 12. The event is shaping up to be a good time, with a presentation talk and slide show given by the illustrator, as well as music by DJ Skid Vicious. And drinks. The self-taught artist has garnered... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.

It’s the last full weekend of Support Local month, friends, and there’s plenty to pack in. Tonight is the next edition of Apartment613 Talks, our lecture series, and tonight will focus on entrepreneurship and creativity in the city as we chat with three of Ottawa’s creative business folk. Tomorrow night, it’s ArtsNest at Magpie – there will be tacos, beer, bands and sparkly goods on display. Saturday, we’ve got Idle Hands craft show and the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Sale (not to be confused with the Artisan craft sale at the... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week (take two): Interview with photographer Magida El-Kassis

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This year’s Support Local month has brought together several artists with a few curious venues – we’ve got photography in an office space! – and some traditional venues, too (like Shanghai and Pressed). Tonight we’ve got openings for both Julie Cruikshank’s work, which we featured yesterday, and for Magida El-Kassis. Magida’s show will be up in perhaps the most curious location of all – in a bar located in a jail. This is what Support Local is all about, though – bringing together Ottawa’s creative scene in quirky ways. Here... | Continue reading article

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Win a VIP night at Timeraiser

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Photo courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Next Saturday, November 17, the National Gallery of Canada will play host to the 4th annual Timeraiser night in Ottawa. For those who don’t know the project, Timeraiser is an art auction where, rather than bidding with cash, you bid with volunteer hours. Corporate sponsors chip in to pay fair market value for a work of art, and then Timeraiser puts these pieces of work up for auction. There’s a long list of agencies where bidders can volunteer their time. If you win, you work the hours on that bid... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Self Propelled displays the art of cycling

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Photo courtesy of S.L.M. on the Apt613 Flickr poolPhoto courtesy of S.L.M. on the Apt613 Flickr pool

Post by Julia Bustos New in town, I still experience a bit of a culture shock when I’m running around. For starters and despite preconceived notions, Ottawa has a fair share of cultural happenings for folks wanting to get involved. Secondly, events tend to be all inclusive; kids, dogs, parents and grandparents are all in attendance, all keen. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I walked into the Five Cents tattoo studio for the Self Propelled art show and, like, everyone was there. The combination of an awesome location, delish... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for October 24, 2012: Nuit Blanche, Unshaven Mavens, and Union 613

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Listen here or on iTunes. On this week’s Apartment 613 Live, Ryan is our lonely host for an hour full of local happenings. Last month’s Nuit Blanche was reportedly attended by something close to 30,000 people, and next year’s nuit can only get bigger. The art-filled night’s organizers are already in the planning stages, securing sponsorship and debating layouts. Nuit Blanche 2013 is planned for September 21st. Visual Arts Editor Diane Bond joins Ryan by phone to offer her perspective on these early planning stages. Next, Amie Beausoleil of Unshaven... | Continue reading article

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