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Asinabka 2013 brings films exploring Indigenous issues to the Capital/ Algonquin region

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"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada"Chaudiere Falls," Photo by William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada

Looking for films with a varied perspective? Asinabka Film and Arts Media might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring national and international films focusing on Indigenous issues and topics, Asinabka strives to inject the Capital/Algonquin region with a blast of something fresh. It’s the second year that Christopher Wong and Howard Adler have been organizing the event, so we got in touch with Howard via email to hear what’s happening at one of Ottawa’s newest festivals.  Apt613: Firstly, What does “Asinabka” mean, and why did it become the name... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for July 18, 2013

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Photo by • Eliane • on flickrPhoto by • Eliane • on flickr

Listen here or on iTunes. Catch Apartment613 Live every Thursday at 5pm on CHUO 89.1 FM. This week, Karen kicked things off with a chat with Gregg Clark of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Gregg recapped this year’s Fringe Fest, which he says was a huge success. He also gave us a sneak peak at what next year’s festival might look light. Next, Karen was joined by Sharif Virani and Michael Grigoriev of CreativeMornings, who took us through their newly announced CreativeMorning Ottawa’s Scholarship for the Inspired, which will be available to two students... | Continue reading article

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Best indie video rental stores in town

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Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.

Remember when you were a kid and going out to rent a movie was an experience you treasured?  Well, it can be again if you know where to look.  Right here in Ottawa you can find a number of video stores that will bring back that nostalgic sense of movie-watching-as-an-event that you just can’t get with the click of a mouse.  These aren’t the chain stores of renting nightmares past: each of these is a fixture of the community, held down by people who know what they’re doing and who do it well. 1. Glebe Video... | Continue reading article

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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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We’re sticking with our tradition of at least one festival per weekend, folks – we’ve got the Haiti en Fête festival happening down on Petrie Island all weekend long, with music and food and dancing guaranteed. If you can’t wait for the Centretown Movies outdoor film festival to start next week, head to Dundonald Park on Saturday for TreePot5: Indie Koala Invasion, showcasing some of the best indie films from a few local filmmakers. Timber Timbre will be playing tonight out at the Black Sheep, with special guests Fiver, while Loh El the... | Continue reading article

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This is not a review: My Wu-Tang, from Shaolin 1993 to Bluesfest 2013

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Photo by Andrew Carver on flickr.Photo by Andrew Carver on flickr.

As we stood in the Bluesfest rain, waiting for the Wu to show, I asked the group of teenage girls next to me: what’s your favourite Wu-Tang song? Blank stares. “Ummm, I dunno.” There we were, those who were infants when Enter the 36 Chambers dropped, mixed with those who held Wu-Tang as rap Gods. The dichotomy was not lost on me. Everyone who grew up listening to Wu-Tang talks different. Since ’93, the Wu-Tang diffused the phrases “nah I’m sayin?” and “nah I mean?” to every corner of the earth,... | Continue reading article

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Digital painting, graffiti, lasers and DJs: Night Light Masquerade brings it together at Wall Space Gallery

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Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

It’s hot out there, Ottawa. If you need a reason to escape the heat this weekend, head over to Wall Space Gallery for a night of dancing, DJing, lasers and live digital painting by one of our favourite local artists, Stefan Thompson. You may already be familiar with Thompson’s work if you frequent the Idle Hands Craft Sale – he also had a show awhile back at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Known for his mysterious, other-worldly bestial figures, Thompson is a part of the group exhibition, Night Light Masquerade, opening... | Continue reading article

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Angela Hewitt joins NAC Orchestra for two special Mozart piano concerts

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Photo of Angela Hewitt courtesy of the NACPhoto of Angela Hewitt courtesy of the NAC

The National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra is a delight to hear.  What is equally wonderful, however, are the many brilliant guest musicians that they perform with. The NAC Orchestra’s 2013 summer concert series continues this fine tradition, with four shows in July featuring the works of Mozart and such composers as Antonín Dvořák and Jean Sibelius. The performances scheduled for this coming Thursday and Friday are particularly special, as Ottawa-born pianist Angela Hewitt joins the NAC Orchestra for two piano concertos by Mozart (No. 22 in E-flat major and No. 24 in C minor).  Also on the... | Continue reading article

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Outdoor Salsa at City Hall provides free dance for beginners and experts alike

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Photo by Jared DavidsonPhoto by Jared Davidson

Last Wednesday, two local Latin dance studios teamed up to kick off a series of free events under the title Outdoor Salsa at City Hall. Every Wednesday this summer, Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa Force will be bringing a free evening of dance to the Rink of Dreams in front of City Hall. Each event consists of two parts: a beginner lesson from 6 until 7 and a night of social dancing from 7 until 11. The dancing is backed by live or DJed Latin music, and food courtesy... | Continue reading article

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