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Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

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Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.

So, Ottawa, how are you spending your last long weekend of the summer? Catching the best sci-fi plays in town? Singing some Verdi? Creating a coffee map? Celebrating a crafty birthday? Some people are convinced that bacon goes with anything, and this show, featuring Roberta Bondar and The Yips, is proving that bacon and music make a great couple. Other music adventures this weekend include DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks doing a pop-up show at the H’burg Public House, and your favourite Ramones cover band taking to the stage at Zaphod’s. STILLNATIVE will... | Continue reading article

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Local Animator Competes at the OIAF

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Promotional image for Paper Man 2 courtesy of the OIAFPromotional image for Paper Man 2 courtesy of the OIAF

This year, the Ottawa International Animation Festival received a record-setting 2,377 entries. Animations were received from all across the globe, and only a select few would make the cut. When the dust settled, only 101 finalists remained. And one of them was Ottawa’s own David Borish, a recent graduate of the Glebe Collegiate Institute. This will be Borish’s second time competing at the OIAF. Last year, judges considered his stop-motion animation Paper Man. He didn’t win, but Borish says he was just glad to be considered. Seeing his film on... | Continue reading article

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#BustOutYOW → The Laser Musicbox

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. It’s perhaps fitting that my last post opened the “#BustOutYOW” project with an ambitious aim “to beam your content to the world” and this post picks up the challenge with a tangible laser-based opportunity. Christopher Smeenk, a researcher working between the University of Ottawa and National Research Council within the Joint Lab for Attosecond Science answered my call.... | Continue reading article

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Learning to love pork at the Tacolot

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Table sign for Aaron Wong Chef`s playground

A summer love affair with pork may have been sparked at the Tacolot in Hintonburg, and this is coming from a former long-time vegetarian. Before describing this potentially budding romance, however, some quick facts are in order. Starting in early-July and running until November 4, a new guest chef will offer a special taco creation every Sunday afternoon at Tacolot on Wellington Street West. The weekly charity event is called the Chef’s Playground and is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food bank and / or charity of the guest chef’s choice.... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Cooking, Restaurants

Weekly News Review: Locals show their pride, try a nouveau rental car on for size, OC Transpo expands double deckers and more!

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Ruano on flickr.Photo courtesy of Jessica Ruano on flickr.

This year’s pride parade came off without a hitch, and Capital Xtra is calling it one of the most diverse and inclusive local pride events in years. Supporters ranged from eight months to 85 years in age, with the Senior Pride Network showing their colours in full force. A new Ottawa business is positioning itself as a godsend for parents with small children. OpenFile brings you the story about Just Play Toy Rental, a local toy rental service that caters to parents with small children. Everyone knows kids love toys, but we think... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft Celebrates its first birthday, and you get the present!

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Just add candles! Photo courtesy Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBPhoto.Just add candles! Photo courtesy Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBPhoto.

Time flies when you’re having fun – particularly crafty fun! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Urban Craft kicked off Ottawa’s first ever monthly craft show, but it’s true. After welcoming over 6,000 people to their shows, and showcasing 150 small, independent, local businesses, they’ve got a lot to be thrilled about. And so they’re throwing a birthday craft show bash! This month’s Urban Craft will have presents for the first 25 people to drop by, local food vendors will have all-day tastings, and there will... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Crafts / DIY, Shopping

Go Forth and Multiply: Cara Tierney at the Carleton University Art Gallery

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Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.Detail. Shooting the Rapids (2011). Work by Cara Tierney.

Post by Katrina Bray. Go Forth and Multiply is the graduation exhibition of Cara Tierney, an MFA student at the University of Ottawa.  The show features 11 large digital prints of Tierney’s self-portraiture, in which she appears in one or many iterations.  Employing technical proficiency, attention to detail, and a keen compositional eye, she creates bold tableaus with – in many cases – a strong classical reference. The tableaus are posed – heavily constructed, giving an impression of being frozen in time. There is a sense that there is no... | Continue reading article

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terra20 set to launch in September

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Ottawa will soon be home to Canada’s largest eco-friendly department store, offering local consumers thousands of environmentally sustainable products. With more than 12,000 green products, among them eco-friendly housewares, cosmetics, toys and clothing, the store will contain the largest selection of environmentally responsible goods under one roof in North America. Set to occupy part of the former Ikea building at the Pinecrest Shopping Centre in Nepean, the new store will be called terra20, and will be the first outlet in what the owners hope will become a national green retail chain. The store will also offer an ecobar where customers can refill cleaning supplies into their own containers, thereby reducing... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: James Dean by Homebased

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 Check out the visuals for the second single off the Get Busy album from Homebased (Summer 2012). The song was produced by Kane B and the video was filmed and edited by GVTV. The song was recorded and engineered by NockNock at Fort Nocks Studio. Homebased consists of BetaVel (MC), TextStyle (MC), Kane B (Producer) and Nock Nock (Engineer).   This post originally appeared on HipHopCanada.

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