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Sakahàn: Connections through Indigenous Art

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For the past 2 months, the National Gallery of Canada has featured Sakahàn, an ambitious exhibition showcasing works from international Indigenous contemporary artists. Sakahàn, which means, “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin peoples, showcases over 80 artists from 16 countries with works and styles as diverse as their cultural backgrounds. The response from critics and museum-goers has been overwhelmingly positive thus far, so I went to the exhibit with high expectations, and with the hope of seeing provocative and unique pieces that would leave a lasting... | Continue reading article

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Review – Indie Koala Invasion: building a reel community

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Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.Photo courtesy of Treepot Media.

Film’s success as an art-form is often credited to its ability to engage people one-on-one.  Going out to the theatre might seem like a social event, but the moment those lights go down you become isolated and singular in the darkness: the real world vanishes and you’re pulled into the illuminated reality of the screen.  It’s just you and the film. That’s why Saturday night’s outdoor screening at Dundonald Park, Indie Koala Invasion, was such an utterly unique and refreshing experience.  Organized in collaboration between the Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media, Centretown Movies and IndieKoala, Invasion uses film to transform individuals into a... | Continue reading article

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Get your stompin’ shoes ready, Shred Kelly takes over Mavericks

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Photo by Kyle Hamilton.

I first discovered Shred Kelly  at last year’s Bluesfest. In fact, I had listed them as my Bluesfest 2012 discovery. Their sound – high energy with banjo at the forefront – as well as the older woman waving the Newfoundland Tricolour had me believing they were from out east. So I was surprised to learn they were from tiny Fernie, British Columbia. (It turns out the flag-waving fan was the mother of Newfoundland-born drummer Ian Page Shiner.) In anticipation of Shred Kelly’s next visit to Ottawa proper, I chatted with singer and keyboard... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: July 22, 2013

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab on Flickr.Photo courtesy of John MacNab on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Join the Bed-In: One Step closer to Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their infamous seven-day Bed-In for Peace in Amsterdam in 1969, world attention was gathered inside their presidential suite at the Hilton. The heat was high; excitement was immense; yet public access restricted to the edges of their bed, setting them apart from the heated media mass assembled around them. Vietnam War, World Peace, discrimination… Lennon and Ono protested and advocated for such global issues in their own secluded way. With tonights’ Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG)’s Bed-In event at La Petite Mort Gallery, the... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka 2013 brings films exploring Indigenous issues to the Capital/ Algonquin region

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"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada

Looking for films with a varied perspective? Asinabka Film and Arts Media might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring national and international films focusing on Indigenous issues and topics, Asinabka strives to inject the Capital/Algonquin region with a blast of something fresh. It’s the second year that Christopher Wong and Howard Adler have been organizing the event, so we got in touch with Howard via email to hear what’s happening at one of Ottawa’s newest festivals.  Apt613: Firstly, What does “Asinabka” mean, and why did it become the name... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for July 18, 2013

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Photo by • Eliane • on flickrPhoto by • Eliane • on flickr

Listen here or on iTunes. Catch Apartment613 Live every Thursday at 5pm on CHUO 89.1 FM. This week, Karen kicked things off with a chat with Gregg Clark of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Gregg recapped this year’s Fringe Fest, which he says was a huge success. He also gave us a sneak peak at what next year’s festival might look light. Next, Karen was joined by Sharif Virani and Michael Grigoriev of CreativeMornings, who took us through their newly announced CreativeMorning Ottawa’s Scholarship for the Inspired, which will be available to two students... | Continue reading article

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Best indie video rental stores in town

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Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.

Remember when you were a kid and going out to rent a movie was an experience you treasured?  Well, it can be again if you know where to look.  Right here in Ottawa you can find a number of video stores that will bring back that nostalgic sense of movie-watching-as-an-event that you just can’t get with the click of a mouse.  These aren’t the chain stores of renting nightmares past: each of these is a fixture of the community, held down by people who know what they’re doing and who do it well. 1. Glebe Video... | Continue reading article

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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard... | Continue reading article

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