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Railbender Studio: The crowdfunded art gallery and tattoo parlour

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Railbender Studio opens February 15th!Railbender Studio opens February 15th!

Ottawa’s got its fair share of tattoo parlours and art galleries – and tattoo parlour art galleries. The latest addition to this mix is Railbender Studio, set to open Feb. 15 down in Hintonburg. There’s a twist, though, that makes this new studio unique. In order to launch the studio/gallery, owners Alex Néron and Marta Jarzabek looked to the community for support. Through a Kickstarter campaign, they raised enough to get the business off the ground, getting support from more than 100 backers and reaching their 10,000 goal in one month. We... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Thaw/Dégel beats the winter blues

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Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.

Manon Labrosse’s new series “THAW” currently on exhibition at the Council For The Arts (2 Daly Ave, Ottawa) is a thing of wistful beauty. The paintings, (oil & graphite on wood panel) illustrate Labrosse’s keen sense of design and although reminiscent of previous work, have evolved into a harmonious, calming collection of dripping jewel tones used to describe the imminent spring thaw. Logs float and dangle like weightless toggles suspended amid the clouds. Like a mobile they sometimes spin apart and then re-gain balance. It is the melting landscape in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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The Central Art Garage – Bringing challenging, conceptual art to Ottawa

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Bridget Thompson (L) and Danny Hussey (R) of the Central Art Garage. Photo by Adria May.Bridget Thompson (L) and Danny Hussey (R) of the Central Art Garage. Photo by Adria May.

Walk a little bit down Lebreton Street in Chinatown and you will see a parking lot to your right and a white garage. Enter the building, and there’s no sign of an automotive repair business. What you will find instead is the Central Art Garage. It opened its doors last September and is bringing challenging conceptual art to Ottawa. You will be greeted by bespectacled Ottawa artist, framer and curator, Danny Hussey, who is recognizable by way of his amazing beard and friendly smile. He co-owns the Garage with his... | Continue reading article

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Take the National Gallery’s Bluebeard Challenge

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Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.Bluebeard illustration by Gustave Doré, circa 1862.

Lily Pepper is a project consultant with this National Gallery of Canada initiative . In summer 2014, the National Gallery is hosting a major exhibition on Gustave Doré, jointly organized with the Musée D’Orsay in Paris. In the mid-1800s, Doré worked in high-art forms like painting and sculpture, but was better known for his commercial and populist works, especially book illustrations. The illustrations he made for works like the Bible, Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven have shaped how generations of readers and artists envision these works. One... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Another beautiful winter weekend, folks. Head out sledding on some of the best hills, or strap on your skates for a bit of a glide. Or, stay cozy inside with any of these exciting activities… Kick off your weekend tonight with Tara Holloway at the Lunenburg Pub, playing her trusty guitar. Toronto indie rocker Brendan Canning stops by Zaphod’s on Friday, playing the early stage with The Gallop. Kitchen Party guarantees to be an awesome sweaty dance-a-thon, as always. The Tiny House Mansion Concert series is back, this time celebrating... | Continue reading article

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Umi Café: An energizer for the soul and for the stomach

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A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.

Umi (pronounced oo-me) means “mother” in Arabic and “life” in Egyptian, embodying the atmosphere of the Umi Café in downtown Ottawa. Both the warm and open café, though a bit run down, is clearly full of life and laughs on Friday nights, when the café hosts an “Open Mic” night. People from all walks of life can read their own poetry, sing an original song and many other endless possibilities. As a youth in the city, I often struggle to find entertainment besides going to the movies, and for anyone... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Ptarmigan by Agatha Rowland.Photo of Ptarmigan by Agatha Rowland.

Still recovering from New Year’s? It seems the city is – while there’s not a lot going on this weekend, there’s enough to keep you warm and cozy. Raw Sugar is having an indie music evening on Friday, with Toronto’s Ptarmigan stopping by along with Mara Nesrellah. Out at the Black Sheep, Kelly Sloan will be joining the Dusty Drifters for a bit of bluegrass on Friday. Animal Cash, the Will Hunter Band, and the Ginger Fox Band are all playing at Zaphod’s on Friday night. Saturday, Winchester Warm will take... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, Hip Hop Karaoke takes over Babylon. On Friday, head to the Black Sheep for The Weber Brothers, with opening guests Suns of Stone and Miss Polygamy. The Haig are celebrating their album release at Avant Garde, while the... | Continue reading article

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