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Contemporary art in the Capital

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Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. Photo by Dylan Barnabe.

For many, contemporary art can be a source of perpetual confusion and bewilderment. Deviation from customary styles, materials, and conventions of traditional art frequently causes furrowed brows and quizzical looks. However, despite its elusive reputation, the world of contemporary art is very much alive and well in our city. The following is a list of six great local spaces – other than the National Gallery of Canada – in which to survey and appreciate art in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Cube Gallery 1285 Wellington Street, Ottawa Located in the core of... | Continue reading article

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So much theatre: The Fly with Stones party at the GCTC

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Poster of Stone in His Pockets courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Poster of Stone in His Pockets courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

One might expect that two theatres located within a twenty-minute walk from one another—and with a similar core audience demographic—would have some kind of frosty, dramatic rivalry. Not so, in the case of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Gladstone Theatre. These two theatres have somewhat of a shared history; before the GCTC moved into its current location, the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre at the corner of Holland and Wellington, it occupied the theatre that, after extensive renovations, became the Gladstone. By what we are to understand is happy coincidence,... | Continue reading article

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Guillermo Trejo: The revolution is called Atlantis

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A political action. Apolitical action. A poetical action. These represent just some of the interpretations of The revolution is called Atlantis, University of Ottawa MFA student Guillermo Trejo’s exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The statements, which sit right outside the main exhibit room, inform Trejo’s vision: the ambiguity of political propaganda. A little preface about my introduction to the exhibit. A man, gazing intently at one piece, comes up to me. He asks: “Do you understand this? Do you understand art?” It makes me think about critique style.... | Continue reading article

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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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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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