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Streetscape Memory Bank: Frank C. Tyrell, an Ottawa 1930s photographer

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Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.

Last time, I asked who photographed Ottawa in 1938 and speculated that a) it might have been Eugene M. Finn of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, or b) it might have been members of the Civil Service Professional Photographers Association. Since then, I have uncovered information about another Motion Picture Bureau photographer who would have also been a candidate. His name was Frank Charles Tyrell. Not a lot of information is available for Tyrell, despite the fact that he is credited for many CPMPB and National Film Board photos... | Continue reading article

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The Jack Bush Retrospective at the NGC

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Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.

On the cover of the May 3, 1947 issue of the Saturday Night weekly magazine, a poem by Harold Caverhill. The second stanza reads: I feel an echoing emptiness Through doorways roll in this hollow shell of yesterday Without a soul. Also on the cover was the poet’s inspiration, a Jack Bush artwork, Yesterday. The oil on masonite painting, created in 1947, is one of more than 130 of Bush’s paintings, drawings and commercial illustrations on display at the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective exhibition of his work. Yesterday hangs... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Songs of science in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons

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Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.

Beyond the furthest point that you can see. What exists there? Can it be captured? Can it be measured? Can it be understood? What about the furthest point you can imagine? What exists beyond that horizon? These kinds of questions are turned over and over in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons. They are studied and considered like the geometric boxes in a crystal lattice. Those themes are just what some people might expect from a poetry collection—particularly a collection of highly structured, meditative poems, impelled by argument and a strong narrator.... | Continue reading article

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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Super service and modern feel make Giovanni’s an Italian eatery worth visiting

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Photo from Giovanni's Ristorante Facebook page.Photo from Giovanni's Ristorante Facebook page.

“Service, service, service,” is what sets Giovanni’s Ristorante apart, says general manager and tonight’s Maitre D’, Fabio Vitagliano. It’s a motto that would explain the Italian eatery’s longevity on Preston Street – it’s been here for more than 30 years – but it’s only part of the fine dining experience. And make no mistake, dinner at Giovanni’s is an experience. With the exception of pizza, I’m not one to dine out on Italian often. I find many Italian restaurants, especially those in Little Italy, either kitschy or old fashioned. Frankly,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Folk-pop charmer Jenn Grant takes 4th Stage for two nights

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Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jenn Grant when she ventures onto the stage at the National Art Centre, this Friday. Although she’s never lived in Ottawa herself, her mother lived in the area while her grandfather, Daniel J. MacDonald, served as the Minister of Veteran Affairs in Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s cabinet. “[My grandfather] was good friends with Jean Chretien and Trudeau,” says Grant. “I love playing in Ottawa. I still have family here, two uncles and a few cousins.” Grant has played in the area a few... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

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FigureworksFigureworks "The Only Chair Left" par Roy Whiddon

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, il saura vous inspirer. Paint Nite — Pour réveiller le peintre qui dort Voici une belle occasion de développer votre côté artistique et qui sait, qui pourrait même faire de vous l’un des plus grands... | Continue reading article

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EU Film Festival must-see: Latvia’s Rocks in My Pockets

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Still from Rocks in My Pockets.Still from Rocks in My Pockets.

As the European Union film festival comes to a close, I highly recommend Thursday night’s animated feature, Rocks in My Pockets. The artist-director Signe Baumane says, “I sometimes call it ‘a funny film about depression’ but it is not always funny and not always about depression. It is a family’s history of mental breakdowns from 1903 in Latvia until New York in 2014.” The animated film, narrated in Latvian with English subtitles, is beautiful and striking. Baumane uses papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand drawn animation in order for viewers to... | Continue reading article

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