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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and […]

Photo courtesy of the NAC

Dance show explores the wonder of music and art

Montreal-based Marie Chouinard is known around the world as an inventive and fiery performer/choreographer of contemporary dance. The New York Times has called her work “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness,” while the Globe and Mail has declared her shows to be a, “grand adventure for the viewer.” Having performed several times in Ottawa over the […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 © NGC

MIRIAD Island by Philippa Jones on exhibit at 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 […]