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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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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

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Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012′s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students! There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening... | Continue reading article

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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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Show your love for PDA Projects, Elgin Street’s new art gallery

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Elgin is set to join the Ottawa arts scene at last. PDA Projects, an inclusive workshop-driven gallery showcasing emerging Canadian artists, is opening on Elgin next to The Lieutenant’s Pump. The opening on Saturday, August 16th, runs from 6pm-10pm. Simply titled the “Grand Opening Group Show 2014,” it will feature selected artwork by the artists of PDA Projects: Anne Marie Dumouchel, Marc Knowles, Chrisopher Payne, Rah, and Zoltan Veetaete. PDA Projects is still looking for three more artists to join this roster, and the first official call for submissions will be... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 23 juillet :: FAU MARDI samedi au Mugshots. Le Festival Kafé Karamel prend possession du coeur du Vieux-Hull. Sauvez les cèdres du Liban! (Pour vrai!)

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Basement 819  a débroussaillé le terrain pour vous encore cette semaine. Non seulement cette région regorge d’activités culturelles stimulantes mais derrière celles-ci se cachent des personnalités créatives et proactives. Vous connaissez les soirées FAU MARDI? Derrière le concept s’activent plusieurs têtes pour nous permettre de vivre des soirées inusitées. Parmi ces têtes, nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Marc-André Bourg, l’un des membres du collectif. Personnalité engagée dans l’environnement culturel de la région, il a 308 projets en branle. Un événement aura lieu au Mugshots ce samedi 26 juillet... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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