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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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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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Cedar Tavern Singers at the Carleton University Art Gallery (Vernissage is starting RIGHT NOW)

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In about 10 minutes from the posting of this story, the Cedar Tavern Singers (hailing from Lethbridge, AB) will be present at the opening of their exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG).  The vernissage is today, October 15, 2012 from 5:00pm until 7:30pm. The Cedar Tavern Singers are an ingenious duo of witty western creativity that weave together multiple genres to create a compelling and unique  form of contemporary art.  They use music, performance, craft, video, drawing, and sculpture to create a collaborative exhibition that makes you think... | Continue reading article

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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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