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Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.

The Jack Bush Retrospective at the NGC

On the cover of the May 3, 1947 issue of the Saturday Night weekly magazine, a poem by Harold Caverhill. The second stanza reads: I feel an echoing emptiness Through doorways roll in this hollow shell of yesterday Without a soul. Also on the cover was the poet’s inspiration, a Jack Bush artwork, Yesterday. The […]

Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.

Write On Ottawa: Songs of science in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons

Beyond the furthest point that you can see. What exists there? Can it be captured? Can it be measured? Can it be understood? What about the furthest point you can imagine? What exists beyond that horizon? These kinds of questions are turned over and over in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons. They are studied and considered […]

This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

Hounds around town!

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired […]

Photo from Giovanni's Ristorante Facebook page.

Foodie Friday: Super service and modern feel make Giovanni’s an Italian eatery worth visiting

“Service, service, service,” is what sets Giovanni’s Ristorante apart, says general manager and tonight’s Maitre D’, Fabio Vitagliano. It’s a motto that would explain the Italian eatery’s longevity on Preston Street – it’s been here for more than 30 years – but it’s only part of the fine dining experience. And make no mistake, dinner […]

From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer […]

Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Folk-pop charmer Jenn Grant takes 4th Stage for two nights

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jenn Grant when she ventures onto the stage at the National Art Centre, this Friday. Although she’s never lived in Ottawa herself, her mother lived in the area while her grandfather, Daniel J. MacDonald, served as the Minister of Veteran Affairs in Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s cabinet. “[My […]


Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, […]

Still from Rocks in My Pockets.

EU Film Festival must-see: Latvia’s Rocks in My Pockets

As the European Union film festival comes to a close, I highly recommend Thursday night’s animated feature, Rocks in My Pockets. The artist-director Signe Baumane says, “I sometimes call it ‘a funny film about depression’ but it is not always funny and not always about depression. It is a family’s history of mental breakdowns from […]

From left to right: Mikayla Shepertycki, Xander Sen and Adeline Campbell Prest

Three up-and-coming ballet stars + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the December 3 performance of the Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter the contest send an email to with the subject line “Nutcracker Contest” by 3 pm Thursday, November 27.  The winners will be picked by random draw and […]