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A Gallery of Portraits: Exhibition at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa

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How Many Roads Must a Woman Walk Down (detail) Freya Poirier. From the Festival X website.How Many Roads Must a Woman Walk Down (detail) Freya Poirier. From the Festival X website.

Post by Shewit Kalaty. As soon as you walk into the photography exhibit at the Council of the Arts of Ottawa (CAO), a row of portraits from four young emerging artists immediately grabs your attention. Rawaa Ayoub, Freya Poirier, Emma Rath and Maya Wilson, whose ages range from 13 to 17, took each other’s portraits – each displaying her own individuality and uniqueness. Curator Julie Hodgson explains her thoughts on exhibition on the CAO website. Peter Honeywell, Executive Director of the CAO, helped to guide the photographers through the installation process, asking... | Continue reading article

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Vanier (and the Internet) make a home for Zuffa Home

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Photo by Yasmin NissimPhoto by Yasmin Nissim

Vanier in Ottawa’s east end is often treated as the city’s poorer brother, at least when compared to the region’s more affluent west side. When two local entrepreneurs looked at Vanier, however, they saw an upcoming neighbourhood filled with business opportunities, as well as the perfect location for founding a new company. The result was Zuffa Home, a local online furniture store headquartered in east Ottawa that recently opened for business. “We know that there will be a lot of development in the next five years, so we wanted to... | Continue reading article

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Extreme Self: Art in the Radical First Person at Galerie SAW Gallery

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Shitted (1983). Gilbert & George. Image courtesy of Galerie SAW Gallery.Shitted (1983). Gilbert & George. Image courtesy of Galerie SAW Gallery.

Pop Quiz: What do cryogenically frozen heads made of raspberry gelato, video footage of a naked man crawling through broken glass, and veil-and-bikini-clad ribbon-twirler have in common? All are on view as a part of Galerie SAW Gallery’s exhibition, Extreme Self: Art in the Radical First Person, which opens tonight. The group show, comprised of ten artists working in self-portraiture, is the latest curatorial endeavor by Jason St-Laurent. “The works in this exhibition represent various human states: psychological, physical,” says St-Laurent. “There is a lot more than meets the eye.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.

It’s a little quieter this weekend as people scatter decorative gourds on the dining room table and bake up pumpkin pies, but we’ve still got some great options for you. Hoping to make that Thanksgiving dinner a little more fairly traded? Credible Edibles has the perfect workshop for you. And, staying with the season, learn all about how harvesting is actually done (scythes are so last century) and how you can harvest energy from those very crops. Lefty McRighty and the O-town Hoedown enter the last weekend of that music... | Continue reading article

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Your new hump-day committment: Pressed to host round two of Experimental Music on Wednesdays

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It you’re suffering from mid-week blues, worry not! You have options. Local musician and broadcaster Adam Saikaley has put together another season of experimental music at Pressed Cafe on Gladstone Avenue. Every Wednesday starting at 8pm, you can listen in on some musical experiments over pints of Kichesippi. Pressed makes for a nice intimate venue and its location at Bronson and Gladstone is making it a great addition to a lesser-traveled part of Centretown. With the experimental music starting tonight, we sent a few questions over to Adam to find out what you... | Continue reading article

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(Dis)Appearance at Spiral Gallery – Festival X

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The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.The Chicken Barn by Freeman Keats. From the Festival X website.

Post by Julia Bustos. Held at the Spiral Gallery for Festival X, (Dis)Appearance featured works by photographers Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, William (Bill) McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, and Richard Perron. The focus of the exhibition stemmed from a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” It seems only fitting that the group of photographers would have an affinity to Thoreau. Not only was the naturalist a huge champion of natural observation and personal experiences, he aspired to “live deep and suck out all... | Continue reading article

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Treepot indie filmmaker showcase returns – win tickets!

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Ottawa’s got a thriving filmmaker scene – which is why the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase gets better every year. Coming up on October 4, this fourth showcase is going above and beyond, featuring some of Ottawa’s best as well as some folks who once called Ottawa home. It all takes place down at the Bytowne, where for just $10 you can catch over ten short films and music videos, and win a few awesome prizes. We’re in the mood for prizes, too, so we’re giving away five pairs of tickets... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Balconies do Bieber

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This is pretty awesome. Ottawa ex-pats The Balconies partnered with Toronto’s Hands and Teeth to do a cover of the Biebs’ classic hit, Baby. Is it OK to like this song now that it has acquired a polite veneer of hipsterdom? Because it’s damn catchy, Balconies front-woman Jacquie Neville rocks the vocals, plus I love the harmonized rap interlude. The video was shot by Mitch Fillion and mixed and mastered by Reuben Ghos at the Verge Music Lab as part of the Mojito Sessions.  

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Weekly News Review: Study says Barrhaven is accident-prone, Casino speculation causes furor, OpenFile takes a temporary break and more!

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Photo by guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photo by guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

Attention Barrhaven residents! Do you find yourself accidentally injuring yourself at an alarming rate? Perhaps you’ve found yourself in the emergency room a little too often. If this sounds like you, a new study says that, among Barrhaven residents, you’re not alone. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study goes far beyond singling out Barrhaven as the most accident-prone neighbourhood. It’s packed with plenty of interesting information about the city’s various locales. Want to know about crime rates, civic engagement, food deserts and more? Look no further. The Citizen reports. OpenFile brings us word that the segregated bike... | Continue reading article

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