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VERSe Ottawa celebrates the art of poetry with communal event, Poetry in the Park

VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual international poetry festival, wants to celebrate the art of poetry, music, and food by presenting Poetry in the Park. The festival will include an entire afternoon of bilingual arts performances along with a delicious lunch. The day of poetry will be held on Aug. 28 from 1pm to 5:30 pm at Strathcona Park in the Sandy Hill area. The event, including lunch, is free for anyone to attend.

Bucko Art Machine: Collaboration in isolation, complex care and transcending physical disability in a global pandemic

Before the pandemic, Bucko (Chris Binkowski) was a busker. He would perform in public spaces or at events, creating audio-visual performances powered by his wheelchair. He also does large-scale geometric paintings and has been active on a new project with other artists, under the name Bucko Art Machine. His latest work is a track on the Mood Ring Vol. 2 compilation

Interview: Mehdi Cayenne, an artist who defies categorization

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts Apartment613 is hosting on behalf of MASC, showcasing the artists they work with and their programming in our community. Singer-songwriter, poet, writer, actor, radio columnist: Mehdi Cayenne is a free spirit from the Francophonie, a quick-witted chameleon who writes over, under, and outside the box. Charismatic, […]

Video of the Week: “Give Hope” cine-poem

York Street Public School students were struggling with the news of racial violence coming out of the United States and here at home. The school partnered with MASC so that the students could explore the issues and their feelings through an artist-in-residence poetry program. The result is “Give Hope,” a collective poem.