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Basement 819 du 7 janvier 2015 :: Artistes à surveiller en 2015! Arts visuels EXIT / SOUND. On fait une incursion légale dans la Galerie PDA Projects

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L'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA ProjectsL'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 se réjouit d’un temps des Fêtes fort fructueux. Non seulement nous avons repris des forces mais nous avons la tête bien prête à jouer dans la culture locale! Voici donc un premier résumé d’émission pour cette année 2015 qui s’annonce festive et prospère. Gardez l’oeil ouvert! Voici notre sélection d’artistes à surveiller Éric-flair-de-lynx s’est affairé à la tâche pour nous soumettre une fine sélection d’artistes à surveiller cette année. Une chronique à conserver sur son bureau pour vous y référer et pour prouver la justesse de l’intuition d’Éric.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.

Welcome to 2015, readers! The new year kicked off with a bang, and hopefully you were all able to relax and enjoy a break before getting back to work. January may be a time when most things slow down, but this city doesn’t believe in slow weekends and has plenty of music and indoor activities to warm you up as you get back into the swing of things. Berlin natives Please Spring! come to town on their Canadian tour, playing all weekend across the city. To start, Please Spring!, The... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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MIRIAD Island by Philippa Jones on exhibit at NGC

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MIRIAD Island, 2012 (detail) by Philippa Jones. Pen and ink wash on wove paper, 71.5 × 456.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGCMIRIAD Island, 2012 (detail) by Philippa Jones. Pen and ink wash on wove paper, 71.5 × 456.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Post by Charlene Lau Ahier Artist Philippa Jones’ monumental drawing, “MIRIAD Island,” now on exhibit at the National Gallery’s Canadian Biennial, is an exploration of the origins of scientific inquiry, fuelled by the ideals of the imagination. The artist conceived of “MIRIAD,” which stands for Ministry of Intuitive Research in Imagined and Actual Discoveries, as an umbrella project that includes installations, drawings and collaborative research based on solicitations from the public. In her description of the MIRIAD project, Jones states: “The Ministry seeks to contribute to known truths through imaginative... | Continue reading article

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The West Wind by Tom Thomson at the NGC

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Tom Thomson, The West Wind, Winter, 1916–17, oil on canvas, 120.7 × 137.9 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of the Canadian Club of Toronto, 1926.Tom Thomson, The West Wind, Winter, 1916–17, oil on canvas, 120.7 × 137.9 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of the Canadian Club of Toronto, 1926.

Post by By Violette Stepaniuk. “The West Wind” by Tom Thomson is one of the most recognizable images in the history of Canadian art, and it is on display at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind exhibition. “Nothing new,” you might say. While it’s a familiar image, it’s not exactly a “celebrity” painting like the Mona Lisa, worthy of an envy-inspiring selfie. So why bother making a trip to the National Gallery to see the actual work when a... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Holiday Edition

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Rogue Eclipse

In this edition of Apartment Crush, we visit Jennie, Matthew and their dog Rogue Eclipse in their Lowertown two-storey apartment. Their home houses a unique collection of original artwork, whimsical figurines and heirloom furniture. While both Jennie and Matthew have day jobs (in arts administration and design/marketing, respectively), they also work as independent artists: Jennie makes art about television and the internet, Matthew makes video and gifs, and was recently on Tumblr’s 2014 Artists to Watch list. They spend their spare time hanging out with their dog, Rogue Eclipse, a retired racing greyhound... | Continue reading article

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Jeremy Shaw’s Variation FQ on display at the NGC

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Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.

Post by Nicole Hurtubise. I can recall a significant part of my childhood when my sister and I were left to the company of the television. Hours spent in the glow of its presence, watched or unwatched as we played, fought or just passed the time staring into its light. Ubiquitous within those long glowing Winnipeg afternoons were NFB shorts, the Log Driver’s Waltz, The Sweater, Canada Vignettes and the short films of Norman McLaren. These came to us in the moments between TV shows. Waiting for Degrassi or the... | Continue reading article

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Books and comics by local authors that make great gifts!

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Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)

Last year we published the Apartment613 holiday gift list for 2013, which contained a list of more than 60 writers from the National Capital Region.  Given the popularity of that post, we are now publishing the 2014 edition of books and comics by local writers, which you can use to purchase special holiday gifts for the literary people in your life. The list below contains more than 50 writers from our region.  All the summarised works have been reviewed by Apartment613, with the exception of those named under “upcoming reviews,”... | Continue reading article

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Timeslice: An imagery of time by Ralph Nevins

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Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Imagine being able to see a whole movie at once, collapsed into a single still image. This is the intriguing experience that artist Ralph Nevins proposes at the Trinity Art Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The exhibit comprises of 35 sharp and contrasty black and white photographic prints. Their formats range from square to panoramic, some panoramas measuring as much as 245 x 15 cm. The smaller images are displayed... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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