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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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David R. Harper’s post Animal Farm diaspora

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David R. Harper, A Fear of Unknown Origins (II) (detail), 2012, vitreous china, cobalt mason stain, glaze. Photo courtesy of the artist.David R. Harper, A Fear of Unknown Origins (II) (detail), 2012, vitreous china, cobalt mason stain, glaze. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. Each workshop is designed and led by a leading Canadian expert in the field of art. Participants learn hands-on from professionals who have an active writing practice, in a supportive day-long session. Apt613 is pleased to be publishing the best piece of writing from each of the workshops. This first piece followed Candice Hopkins’ workshop, “Criticism and the... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Chinatown Remixed : c’est de la bombe! Tac-O-The Town, Agenda musical, Éric présente les victorieux.

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Basement 819, bien plus qu’une émission de radio (oh que oui!). Toute la semaine, on scrute l’actualité culturelle pour vous, on sélectionne des moments de musique, de cinéma, d’arts visuels et des événements à saveur loufoque. Fidèles au poste, nous sommes dans votre radio chaque mercredi de 20h à 21h sur les ondes de CHUO 89.1 FM. Nous publions toutes les semaines un bref résumé de notre contenu afin de vous inciter à écouter notre podcast (!) et maximiser vos chances d’accéder à l’information. La région a soif de culture;... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals. If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and... | Continue reading article

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Instameet at Chinatown Remixed: An interview with Mink Williams of @igersottawa

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You may have seen a certain character who walks about Ottawa’s Chinatown with a mobile phone, snapping pictures, playing with filters. He has an effortless cool, even when snapping pictures of neighbourhood kittens. His name is Mink Williams, and he is one of the founders of the Instagramers Group in Ottawa (@igersottawa). He also happens to be Apartment 613’s new photography editor! In case you’re a luddite, Instagram is a social media application for smart phones which allows users to share photos in real-time and pick fancy filters with an effect... | Continue reading article

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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 mai :: Secret Broadcast, Musique émergente à La Quatrième Salle du CNA, Ottawa Folk Festival, Chinatown en délire, Cinéma portugais

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Basement 819 continue d’enchanter vos vies avec ses recommandations culturelles Gatineau/Ottawa. Secret Broadcast Avec la sortie de leur album Filthy Souls, Secret Broadcast (Toronto) serait arrivé en trombe pour sauver le rock n’ roll! (selon les dires aperçus sur le site de CBC Music). On y croit. Ils seront au Zaphod ce vendredi 9 mai. Ils ont assuré les premières parties de Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The stills. Ils ont réussi à se frayer un chemin à travers le Top 40 sur les radios au Canada. Chanteur, guitariste et compositeur,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Mirror Comics and the geek culture renaissance

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Image from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror ComicsImage from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror Comics

The creation of comic books is not something that many people would associate with Ottawa – unless, of course, you include the cartoonish behaviour that regularly occurs on Parliament Hill. If you peer a littler closer, however, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Canada’s capital city is booming with local artists.  In fact, the growing number of locally produced comics is so impressive, the word “renaissance” has been used by some to describe the emerging geek culture in town. One of the leaders in this creative boom is Ottawa-based Mirror... | Continue reading article

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