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Video of the week (take two): Interview with photographer Magida El-Kassis

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This year’s Support Local month has brought together several artists with a few curious venues – we’ve got photography in an office space! – and some traditional venues, too (like Shanghai and Pressed). Tonight we’ve got openings for both Julie Cruikshank’s work, which we featured yesterday, and for Magida El-Kassis. Magida’s show will be up in perhaps the most curious location of all – in a bar located in a jail. This is what Support Local is all about, though – bringing together Ottawa’s creative scene in quirky ways. Here... | Continue reading article

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Mitt Romney with Mascara: Political Femme looks at power and drag

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If you thought Margaret Sutherland’s “Emperor Haute Couture” portrait of a nude Stephen Harper stirred the waters, wait till you see the new art display at Shanghai Restaurant by Ottawa artist Julie Cruikshank. Ms. Cruikshank’s art series “Political Femme” features 20 paintings of white male politicians in drag.  She’s carefully chosen politicians, both Canadian and American, who in her eyes have a bad record on gay rights, women’s rights, or the environment, such as Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Rob Ford and yes, the Prime Minister as well, and portrays them... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: going back in time with Jian Ghomeshi

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Listen here or on iTunes. Or tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Hola, Apartment613 Live listeners! This week, we air a fantastic two-part interview we originally recorded during the Ottawa International Writers Festival with the multi-talented Jian Ghomeshi,  host of CBC Radio One arts and culture talk show Q and—more recently—author of the coming-of-age autobiography 1982. (And also a purveyor of fine granola, in case you didn’t know.) But if turning the microphone on one of Canada’s most notable radio personalities isn’t enough reason to... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Creative Mornings with Victoire Boutique

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We’re celebrating local business all month with our second annual Support Local Month. Last month’s Creative Mornings lecture with Katie and Regine from Victoire Boutique captured so much of our motivation for this project that we asked the team at Creative Morning if we could share the video here. Katie and Regine are amazing local business leaders and we have so much respect for what they do. If you’re interested in what it takes to succeed as a shop owner here in Ottawa, take a few minutes to let them... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Simons rumors, hybrid buses a bust, Food & Whine Show and more!

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According to Le Droit, Québec retail chain Simons came “à un cheveu” to move into the Rideau Centre. The owners of Rideau Centre, Cadillac Fairview, preferred Nordstrom over them. Simons is expanding beyond Québec and has recently opened a store at the West Edmonton Mall. While Simons still has hope of entering the Ottawa market, it’s also in talks with Promenade de l’Outaouais. The City of Ottawa thought it was being environmentally friendly when it purchased a fleet of hybrid buses. It turns out they city will be converting several hybrid... | Continue reading article

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Political Mother delivers on high expectations

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Expectation is a dangerous thing to bring to a dance show. Dance has a way of tapping into a deeper level where things are understood instinctively and emotionally, not rationally. But so much has been written about Hofesh Shechter and Political Mother, it would be impossible to come to the show without expectations. Shechter shot to stardom after a very short period of time, gaining both accolades and awards. His work has been described as daring, loud, angry, and unlike anything you have ever seen, and it is the thing... | Continue reading article

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Pigging out at Revelry House

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Written by Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to experience The Pig Out, a truly unique and intimate outdoor dining experience right here in Ottawa. The event was the brainchild of Stephanie and Chantal Albert, along with Kelly Brisson of local gastronomy blog The Gouda Life. Initially we were excited to hear that the event was part of a new underground dining concept called Revelry House (more on that in a minute). But our excitement went through the roof when they announced that Chef... | Continue reading article

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thirsty Review: A Poetic, Beautifully Performed Descent

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When I walked into the NAC’s main doors on Thursday night, I was greeted by a somewhat bizarre image: a row of men with long, fake beards posing for a picture, beers in hand. A glance through that night’s programme made sense of the strange tableau—ZZ Top was playing Southam Hall that night and these were their fans. While I personally harbour no unkindness towards those bearded old men who still spin guitars in celebration of rock, I wasn’t there to see them. Thursday night was the world premiere of... | Continue reading article

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Win a VIP night at Timeraiser

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Next Saturday, November 17, the National Gallery of Canada will play host to the 4th annual Timeraiser night in Ottawa. For those who don’t know the project, Timeraiser is an art auction where, rather than bidding with cash, you bid with volunteer hours. Corporate sponsors chip in to pay fair market value for a work of art, and then Timeraiser puts these pieces of work up for auction. There’s a long list of agencies where bidders can volunteer their time. If you win, you work the hours on that bid... | Continue reading article

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