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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on another successful OIAF

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Another Ottawa International Animation Festival has wrapped up and, as usual, I’m left blown away by the talent and skill in story-telling the featured animators were able to display. My date for the festival and I thought we’d take a different tack this year and give you an audio summary of some of our favourites and highlights from the Short Film Competitions we were able to attend. Give it a listen!

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Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Fest debuts this weekend

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Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.

It isn’t all Christina Aguilera and Cher singing “Show Me How You Burlesque” in sequined costumes. It’s a form of art. Well, maybe it’s a little about the sequins and singing as Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Festival debuts this weekend with an exceptionally diverse roster of performers. “There’s a hint of what you see in movies actually in the real thing,” said James Demjan, festival co-founder. But movies like Burlesque (2010) and even further back to Moulin Rouge (2001) are a driving force behind reducing the stigma surrounding the sultry... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 17 septembre 2014 :: Éric se fait historique. Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau. Grandiloquent Festival international de films d’animation à Ottawa. Chic pique-nique Harvest Noir.

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Basement 819 trippe fort sur le cinéma cette semaine. Éric est toujours aussi thématique, il se fraye un chemin vers le passé d’Ottawa pour explorer le mythique Capitol Theatre construit en 1920 sur la rue Bank au coin de la rue Queen. À l’époque, ce cinéma pouvait accueillir rien de moins que 2430 spectateurs. Il a été démolli en 1970, un vestige perdu nous direz-vous. L’endroit était même considéré comme l’un des plus beaux “movie palace” en Amérique du Nord. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream sont passés par là… LE... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.

So The Little Mermaid turns 25 this week. What better excuse to get out and party like it’s 1989? 1989 isn’t the only reason to party – 5th birthdays are a pretty good reason, too. Auntie Loo’s Treats marks their 5th year with all things vegan, including a taco bar, drag sensations, and local roller derby gals making an appearance at their party on Saturday. We’re chock full of art and film this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues all weekend long (The Little Mermaid is just one of... | Continue reading article

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Creative in the Capital: Two art workshops everyone should try

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Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.

Ottawa is certainly brimming with a creative force, people and events alike. Some of our favourite things to do include the many local arts and music festivals, intimate vernissages, and quirky performances. I decidely to think of myself as being creative in my writing and especially in my ideas, but I’m surely more of a beginner when it comes to art, or music, or crafting, or anything of the like. The beginnings of my newly creative inspirations, coming from a coupon and a friend starting up her own new venture,... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

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Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every single time an individual comes back to the piece.” Here she is again with her top picks for Rockcliffe: 1. Soper’s Fountain... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s expanding appetite for public art

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Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Two concrete underpasses in Ottawa were recently transformed into colourful murals by the hands of local artists and support from city officials. Unveiled by the artists in late August with Mayor Jim Watson and city councilors, the murals do more than showcase local talent. They represent Ottawa’s expanding taste for different art forms in public spaces: “The city usually chooses proposals for statues and sculptures,” notes Cassandra Dickie, 28, one of four graffiti artists who were given the green light to spray-paint under the Queensway overpass at Metcalfe. Dickie, together... | Continue reading article

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