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SNAPSHOT – Still time needed for development

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.

It is rather rare, I am glad to say, that I have nothing good to say about a play.  Sometimes, however, it happens. SNAPSHOT, written by Karen Balcome and directed by Patrick Gauthier, unfolds roughly as follows:  After the death of his wife Leona, Dalton (Peter Froelich) has an unexpected visitor: his teenage granddaughter Charlie (Teddy Ivanova), who at her mother’s urging has come to help him clean house.  Thanks to a “school strike” (which one assumes is a teachers’ strike), she has plenty of time to separate out the... | Continue reading article

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Julie MacCormack: Capturing Neighbourhoods

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Festival X draws to a close this Sunday, leaving us photo junkies to find our fix elsewhere. Luckily, it’s never hard to find creative and interesting photography work in Ottawa – you just need to know where to look. And sometimes beautiful photographs turn up in the oddest of places. Like, for example, a local pizzeria. On Monday, Tennessy Willems will play host to a series by local documentary photographer Julie MacCormack. The photos will hang in the restaurant from October 1st through November 9th, enhancing, no doubt, the restaurant’s... | Continue reading article

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Taboo Eats: It’s like Master Chef Ottawa, except without the cussing English Man

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Photo courtesy of Mike.Geiger.ca from the Apt613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Mike.Geiger.ca from the Apt613 Flickr Group

This Saturday, the inaugural Taboo Eats will give 18 non-chefs the chance to prove their culinary might. Each of the participants will create a signature dish to present to the public, who will vote on the best pick. With names like ’Egg Roll Taco with Hoisin Glazed Duck Breast’ or ‘Drunken Mexican Fisherman in France’, the foods on offer promise to be original. This is in line with Organizer Donna Henhoeffer’s vision to give home cooks and non-chef food professionals a chance to get out from the shadow of chefs and share in the food-loving public’s attention. “Knowing... | Continue reading article

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Caleb Abbott quietly intervenes during Festival X

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Detail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down GalleryDetail of work by Caleb Abbott at Fall Down Gallery

We’ve been covering a lot of Festival X lately on Apartment613. The 10-day photography festival wraps up this Sunday, September 30, but if you haven’t had a chance to see any of the exhibitions yet, have no fear! Many of the projects are on-going, including Redeveloping the Core, a series of site-specific installations by Ottawa-based photographer Caleb Abbott. Abbott’s latest works, installed at various locations around Ottawa, look to how urbanization and development can affect small businesses. Printed on transparent vellum, the large-format photographs are hung in the windows at Fall Down Gallery, Collected... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, and a heckuva lot more. Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out... | Continue reading article

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Kingston Restaurant Takeover: A Tale of Two Cities

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This past Monday, Chef Clark Day of Kingston’s AquaTerra by Clark Restobistro gave us a real night on the Town (pun intended). He was visiting one of Elgin Street’s funkiest  bistros as part of the Kingston Restaurant Takeover, which brought some of Kingston’s finest culinarians to Ottawa to show off their skills. We were lucky enough to partake in a delicious six-course meal, sampling some of the fantastic fare on offer in Prince Edward Country and beyond. It’s not often that locavores from Ottawa get to try produce from what... | Continue reading article

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Terra² + The Art of the Paintogram at Cube Gallery for Festival X

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Marc Brzustowski - Bay of Islands.Marc Brzustowski - Bay of Islands.

Meet Mark Seabrook and Marc André Brzustowski — two Canadian artists featured in Cube Gallery’s latest exhibition, Terra². The show offers a unique juxtaposition of the personal styles of each artist, and provides viewers with an authentic and contemporary approach to Canadian art (click here for a virtual tour). Seabrook is an Ojibwe artist, poet, writer, and performer whose work explores his aboriginal history and cultural background. Inspired by the likes of artists such as Norval Morriseau and Jackson Pollock, Seabrook is interested in exploring traditional aboriginal painting with touches of... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week Take 2: The Souljazz Orchestra’s Conquering Lion

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Its a good week for music videos! Souljazz Orchestra – Ottawa’s favourite Soul-Jazz-Afro-Latin-Caribbean super group – has released the first real video from its new album Solidarity. The song, Conquering Lion, is sure to please long time fans of the group, with a great beat and lots of sax appeal (pun intended). Local producers Partus Films used VHS cameras to create what can best be described as an instagram in music video form, transforming Mercury Lounge into a 1970s soul club. Have a funky Wednesday!

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Ralph Bakshi: Past, Present and Future

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Take One by Yasmin Nissim Ralph Bakshi is a lot of things. He’s an award winning animator, a director, an artist; he’s the man behind Fritz the Cat, one of the most successful independent animated films ever made, along with countless other notorious features that have pushed boundaries and offended the conservative sensibilities of the unimaginative. Most importantly though, Ralph Bakshi is a self-professed stubborn old man who will never compromise what he has to say in favour of slick, big-budget production. Several of Bakshi’s works were screened last week during The... | Continue reading article

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