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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 […]

Photo of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by  Katia Pershin

The soothing songs of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Sometimes you can find the most amazing people in your office building. As a federal government employee, I often interact with talented co-workers who engage in fascinating pursuits outside of the office.  People like Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, whose large talent and imagination is impressive. During the day, she works as a federal inspection officer who reviews and […]

Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

4 board game cafes & shops to help beat the winter blahs

With the holidays fast-approaching, and as exams and work slowly wind down, it’s easy to drift into winter hibernation.  A warm cup of hot chocolate and a Home Alone marathon are hard to resist this time of the year. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this holiday season, and are willing to venture […]

Tom Thomson, The West Wind, Winter, 1916–17, oil on canvas, 120.7 × 137.9 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of the Canadian Club of Toronto, 1926.

The West Wind by Tom Thomson at the NGC

Post by By Violette Stepaniuk. “The West Wind” by Tom Thomson is one of the most recognizable images in the history of Canadian art, and it is on display at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind exhibition. “Nothing new,” you might say. While it’s […]