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Raymond Biesinger launches Black and White Illustrations at Wurm Gallery

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City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.

What does an illustrator do with over a decades’ worth of work? Raymond Biesinger has collected his into a 208-page book, Black and White Illustrations, which launches in Ottawa tonight at Invisible Cinema‘s Wurm Gallery. In addition to the book launch, 11 of Raymond’s screenprints will be on display at the gallery until December 12. The event is shaping up to be a good time, with a presentation talk and slide show given by the illustrator, as well as music by DJ Skid Vicious. And drinks. The self-taught artist has garnered... | Continue reading article

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Getting your schlock on: 24 hours at Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s home of stuff you won’t see anywhere else

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Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.

As part of their 80th birthday celebrations, the Mayfair Theatre ran a schlock cinema marathon last weekend – a 24 hour celebration of all that is sublimely bad in moviedom. These are films to be enjoyed, in our post-modern era, at a very high level.  Your faithful correspondent made it out alive and elated, but ever since strange and dream-like memories of the event are flashing back to me in a uniquely cinematic form… The following previews contain scenes not suitable for those of a nervous disposition, or an aversion to... | Continue reading article

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Mother Mother set to take the Bronson Centre back to The Sticks

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Photo courtesy of Matt BournePhoto courtesy of Matt Bourne

Mother Mother’s sound is distinctive—three voices, two female and one male, sing beautifully structured harmonies over rock beats and intricate instrumental parts. Once the vocals kick in, it would be difficult to confuse the west coast band with any other. They’ve been described as “art-pop,” a description that, while it can be useful in a pinch, is largely inadequate to convey the eclectic and shifting nature of the band’s sound. “It’s fine. It’s a label. It’s words,” shrugs Ryan Guldemond, Mother Mother frontman, writer and producer. “I’ve been describing [the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.

It’s the last full weekend of Support Local month, friends, and there’s plenty to pack in. Tonight is the next edition of Apartment613 Talks, our lecture series, and tonight will focus on entrepreneurship and creativity in the city as we chat with three of Ottawa’s creative business folk. Tomorrow night, it’s ArtsNest at Magpie – there will be tacos, beer, bands and sparkly goods on display. Saturday, we’ve got Idle Hands craft show and the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Sale (not to be confused with the Artisan craft sale at the... | Continue reading article

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The Ottawa NuJazz Festival is here to funk up your weekend

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Picture of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble taken from their websitePicture of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble taken from their website

There’s a new quantity on the Ottawa music festival scene, and it’s managed to steer clear of the crowded May to September festival corridor. The NuJazz Festival is a name that may sound familiar to Toronto expats, and that’s because it’s the local edition of a long-running funk fest that was born in the 416. Kicking off tonight, the festival will bring touring acts like the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to town for three of the booty-popping-est live shows this November. You can start by checking out the launch party tonight... | Continue reading article

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TONIGHT! The things we make and do – entrepreneurship and creativity in the city [Apartment613 Talks Round 2]

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The vibrancy of city life is highly contingent on the services available and the things we do to fill our time. When we think of the places and spaces we frequent, or when we think of the restaurants we enjoy, we are confronted with the immense role that entrepreneurs have in our quality of living. In our second Apartment613 Talks event we’re going to look at entrepreneurship from three different angles – as employment, as creativity and as critical to our standard of living. You will hear first-hand from locals... | Continue reading article

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The Hub Ottawa’s Grand Opening is tonight!

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Things came together pretty quickly for Hub Ottawa. So fast, in fact, that they forgot to actually celebrate their opening. This week, they are putting things right with a grand opening celebration tonight. The Mayor was at the Hub for a ribbon cutting this morning and they are opening their doors for an open house from 6-9pm. They will have some fun food, a cash bar and music by Rob Reid of World Famous Music. For anyone who hasn’t been, the Hub is pretty cool spot. They have assembled a... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: it’s the most wonderful Time(raiser) of the year

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Listen here or on iTunes. Or tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM every Wednesday at 9 p.m. So, an admission: whenever someone mentions Timeraiser, the annual art auction that took place this past weekend at the National Gallery of Canada, I immediately think of this horrifying guy. And then I end up mildly terrified. But! The good news is that none of the Timeraiser-related guests who descended upon our studios in the basement of the University of Ottawa for this episode of Apartment613 Live are in the business of harvesting human souls, as... | Continue reading article

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Live chat with Jim Watson: Today at noon!

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Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.

As part of Support Local month, we figured that it would be a great opportunity to talk to our city’s mayor about all things Ottawa. So today, we’re moderating #AskJim, the mayor’s monthly live chat session. Got a question about the city programs? Want to know more about our transit system developments? Wondering how the city is supporting arts and culture? And for small businesses – what kind of opportunities are we creating for new, young entrepreneurs? From 12-1pm today, you can tweet your questions to the mayor using the... | Continue reading article

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