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Write On Ottawa: Five talented young writers with bright literary futures

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Pot-Pourrie 2013

During the past year, the Write On Ottawa series has profiled some excellent writers from the National Capital Region. As we near the end of 2013, and reflect on the great wordsmiths in Ottawa-Gatineau, we decided to profile five young authors whose pen has already won them awards. This past fall the Ottawa Public Library released Pot-Pourri 2013, a collection of winning short stories and poems from their Awesome Authors contest.  (The deadline to apply for the next contest is February 9, 2014). Open to those between the ages of 9 to... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The urban hunter

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem is located in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Queen Street and Metcalfe. This may not be the typical place where you would expect to find a hunter armed with a bow-and-arrow taking aim at a deer, but that’s exactly the scene that’s depicted in this sculptural arrangement. The sculptural arrangement is located right across the street from the World Exchange Plaza, and is made up of two separate sculptures of a hunter, and a grazing deer, integrated into the surrounding landscaping.  It’s a very... | Continue reading article

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A few fragmented aspects of Ottawa’s Queer History

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Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.

Apt613 works hard to dispel the synonymy of Ottawa with bureaucratic dullness, and to show Ottawans that there’s more to our city than office buildings and faux-Irish pubs.  A key aspect of my culture shock when I moved here from Montréal was that Ottawa seemed bewilderingly, overwhelmingly heterosexual. I wondered why Ottawa had such little visible (to me) gay, lesbian, trans, and queer culture, and I knew there had to be more to the story. And, of course, there is.  What I found was that Ottawa’s queer history has been... | Continue reading article

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Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol comes to the NAC’s 4th stage

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John D. HustonJohn D. Huston

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without seeing a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lucky for local theatre fans, John D. Huston’s solo performance of this timeless story can be seen at the National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage on December 20 and 21. Huston (Charles Dickens) offers and loving and skillful reproduction of this famous tale.  Using nothing more than his voice and gestures, Dickens/Huston plays more than two dozen characters. You’ll be spellbound.  Moreover, as you can see by the image above, the talented actor bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Dickens.... | Continue reading article

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Lori Victor’s, How Would Mary Feel? at Wall Space Gallery

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All photos courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.All photos courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

The first image that came to mind when I heard about Lori Victor’s latest installation, How Would Mary Feel? was an icon of the Virgin Mary. ‘Tis the season. The work, to be displayed at Wall Space Gallery until Dec. 29, is essentially a wall of derogatory words that have been used to disdainfully describe women for centuries. It is intended to generate discussions regarding women’s rights. According to the Artist Statement, each word is cross-stitched by hand using cotton embroidery thread on traditional “Aida” fabric, and framed individually, with... | Continue reading article

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RED HANDED art show – A must-see collection by Ottawa artists

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Photo by Daniel MartelockPhoto by Daniel Martelock

If you want to become acquainted with Ottawa-area artists, visiting the Red Handed art show at Cyclelogik at 1111A Wellington St West is a great place to start. Until December 25,  some 40 artists from the national capital are displaying their works with several intriguing pieces for sale. The vivacious and talented Andrea Stokes, an artist herself, has been curating the show for the last eight years. “I organize this show every year as a love-in for emerging and established local artists.  I usually allow space for a few artists... | Continue reading article

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Another Emily Pearlman play, another imaginary world | Collapsible by Mi Casa Theatre

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All photos by Cory Thibert.All photos by Cory Thibert.

In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences?  In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. One thing saves this production from that: the children of the New Edinburgh Community and Arts (NECTAR) Centre Youth Drama Program. These 5 to 10 year olds act as Greek Chorus in the play, as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Townies invited to Wakefield’s 1st winter market – celebration of community & old world charm

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Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.

Inspired by the quaint winter markets still popular across Europe, Wakefielder Jackie Hansen proposed that her village launch one of their own. This Saturday, that community will welcome revelers from across the Outaouais and NCR to celebrate the season at the Wakefield Christmas Market. I got a chance to ask Jackie what’s in store and what it’s about. “We are so excited to start this new holiday tradition! I wanted to create an event that I’d want to go to.” Billed as family-friendly, the new market – just a 30-minute... | Continue reading article

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