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To Prince Edward Island (1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm) by Alex Colville. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Look ahead at the National Gallery

Mark your calendars. The National Gallery of Canada recently revealed what art lovers can expect to see at the gallery in 2015, from Colville to Chagall to Monet. Here is a preview of what to expect during the year: Tracing this Canadian artist’s entire career, the Alex Colville exhibit will include nearly one hundred paintings, […]

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Q & A with Dan Mangan

Post by Curtis Perry. After a two-year hiatus, including fatherhood and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan recently released his 4th LP, Club Meds under the name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor). I was able to catch up with Dan over […]

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undercurrents: Un Cabaret Trendy-Trash

Le Cabaret Trendy-Trash is an interconnected series of pieces by the writers’ collective Les Poids Plume, presented in a well-rehearsed reading as a unified text by five of its members. The pieces explore what it means to be a francophone of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, or more simply, the Outaouais, because as we’re reminded, “Ottawa n’est […]

Panel 4 (of 6) by Allyson Glenn in her show, “The Human Animal”. All photos by John Olsthoorn.

Art alive and well in east end

No fewer than four Meet the Artist events were hosted at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans last Sunday afternoon, February 15, helping make access to the arts a lot easier. Each of these exhibitions is open for public viewing giving viewers plenty of time to get their fill of some excellent art from Ottawa […]

Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in Jerk It. Photo by Pat Bolduc.

undercurrents festival: Jerk It is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling

The concept of Jerk It: A Collection of Masturbation Stories (by Tony Adams, Madeleine Boyes-Manseau and Cory Thibert, of May Can Theatre) is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling: anonymously crowd-sourced personal stories of masturbation are read by five different performers; no sets or costumes, just unselfconscious readings of unselfconsciously written stories, a […]

All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.

Festibière brought Brewfest to Lansdowne

The 1st annual Ottawa Winter Brewfest, held last weekend happened on the unluckiest and luckiest days of the year: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The good people of Festibière de Gatineau crossed the mighty Outaouais to bring their magical event to Lansdowne. This was the first time this event was held in Ontario, but […]

All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Sabrina Fair has it all: Romance, fairytale transformations and the uber rich

Romance, fairytale transformations and a peek into the lives of the uber rich – this show has everything you need to leave the mid-winter blahs behind. Director Venetia Lawless brings Samuel Taylor’s, romantic comedy Sabrina Fair to the Ottawa Little Theatre stage. I am consistently impressed by the talent of Ottawa’s amateur theatre community and […]