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Shoot Back: Visual correspondence at Festival X

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Shoot Back. Shot back by Alejandro Bustos.Shoot Back. Shot back by Alejandro Bustos.

Imagine you have a pen pal that you never met, but instead of exchanging letters you only communicate via photographs sent through the mail. What images would you send? How would you respond? What interpretation would you give to the photos that you did receive? These intriguing questions lie at the heart of Shoot Back, a photographic exhibition at the Lee Matasi Gallery in the Byward Market. The project is a collaborative effort between students at the Ottawa School of Art and the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Earlier this year,... | Continue reading article

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Fallout at the Diefenbunker for Festival X

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Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.Kitchen, Level 200, The Diefenbunker, Ottawa (2010) by Leslie Hossack.

One of the scariest traits of the human race is our ability to make insane moments appear normal. This unsettling thought forms the backdrop to Fallout, a new photographic exhibit at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, by Ottawa artist Leslie Hossack, which tackles the paranoia and fear surrounding the threat of nuclear war during the Cold War. The exhibit, which runs until October 21 and is part of Festival X, Ottawa’s photographic festival, showcases pictures of the Diefenbunker – a 100,000 square foot, four-storey underground bunker built between 1959-61 to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s hidden math scene: Revealing the numbers behind the city’s art and culture

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Photos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickrPhotos courtesy of Chris Coughtrey on flickr

Given Apartment613′s focus on arts and culture, some fascinating parts of city life can get overlooked. I was thinking about this recently while reading a math-related novel. While I am no number whiz, I appreciate math’s inherent beauty, and strongly believe that mathematical ideas can be as captivating as a beautiful painting or catchy song. In fact, I came to realize that mathematical concepts manifest themselves in the city’s art and cultural life in some unexpected ways. To uncover Ottawa’s hidden math scene, I chatted with Prof. Brett Stevens from Carleton University,... | Continue reading article

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Red Apron does 100 mile meals

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plate of pork stewPork stew, local roots and vegetables plated

A lot of people are talking about 100 mile diets. Eating more local food seems like a natural way to support the local economy and reduce the amount of transportation it takes to get food onto our table. The Red Apron, a local staple in the budding foodie haven of Gladstone Avenue, is finding ways to make 100 mile food options a reality for their customers. The ladies behind the Red Apron, kindly offered me a few of their 100 mile meals last week to find more about how they... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Nuit Blanche a success, urban design in Gatineau and Ottawa

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poutine truck

The inaugural Nuit Blanche Ottawa was held without a hitch to the delight of co-curators Megan Smith and Lainie Towell. Metro Ottawa reports that 6,500 went through the doors of the Ottawa School of Art and many thousand more partook in the different events and installations in the Byward Market and Hintonburg. Some Ottawans thought the two zones were too far apart – I suggest for next creating a link from the Market to Hintonburg via Centretown and Chinatown. For year 2, we need an app. Let us know your favourite... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sound of Lions Storm Chasers

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There’s no denying it; summer is gone. Watching Sound of Lions’ video for their new single, Storm Chasers, is a great way to mourn. The video, produced by local multimedia company Studio Tree, combines a soulful and somewhat melancholy track with bright images of summer fun: green fields, fires by the beach and yellow sundresses. It set the mood perfectly to sit in the park and wait for the leaves to turn. Sounds of Lions has had a great year, playing at Bluesfest, Junofest and winning the Xpress’ reader’s poll for best band. Storm Chasers... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

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Ben in costume

We’re in the market tonight dressing people in classic Canadiana costumes and taking instagram photos of them. You know… because it’s Saturday… ART! If you joined us, thanks! Check out a sample of some of the fun photos we took below. You can find the entire set of photos we took over the course of the evening with the hashtag #Apt613NB (on twitter) or go to webstagram. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Hats off to the organizing team at Nuit Blanche Ottawa for an amazing night! Special thanks go out to the... | Continue reading article

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Shedding light on Architecture Week

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Architecture is like frozen music, the famous German poet Goethe once said. This delightful image seems apt for Ottawa’s Architecture Week, an annual event that allows local residents to contemplate the beauty in buildings and design. Organized by the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA), this year’s eclectic program runs from September 24-30 and consists of public lectures, a bicycle tour, a pub crawl, a special children’s event, a movie screening and an art exhibit of light installations. “This year we changed it up a bit,” says Richard Smith, the... | Continue reading article

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Jonathan Hobin to show new image from “In the Playroom” at Festival X

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan HobinPhoto courtesy of Jonathan Hobin

Jonathan Hobin has stunned me with two exhibits. His now famous In the Playroom series is a hauntingly funny critique of our modern media-scape – where children take the lead role in telling hard truths. More recently, he created a personal and intimate series of photos dealing with the death of his grandparents and his memories of their final days. He’s proven himself to be a versatile and accessible artist, confronting us with intelligent art photography that is a vehicle for his critical and piercing social commentary. Hobin will be participating... | Continue reading article

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