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Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

Here we go again. Another January thaw to get our hopes up about the return of warm weather. But it’s just a ruse, Ottawa. Before you know it, you’ll be dealing with eye-watering windchill as everyone goes about their business in bundled-up, genderless masses. You know what’s not toying with you? This weekend roundup, of […]

Weekly News Review: Pink Slip Patty erects protest piñata, Gatineau comes alive with colour, a chopper buzzes Parliament and more!

If you’ve taken a trip down Centretown’s Florence Street lately, you might have been surprised to see an eight foot art installation lamenting the most recent round of public service job cuts. Erected by Shannon Lee Manion, aka Pink Slip Patty, the so-called pink slip piñata decries the government’s handling of job cuts by way […]

Ralph Bakshi: Past, Present and Future

Take One by Yasmin Nissim Ralph Bakshi is a lot of things. He’s an award winning animator, a director, an artist; he’s the man behind Fritz the Cat, one of the most successful independent animated films ever made, along with countless other notorious features that have pushed boundaries and offended the conservative sensibilities of the unimaginative. […]

Apartment613 at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

We’re in the market tonight dressing people in classic Canadiana costumes and taking instagram photos of them. You know… because it’s Saturday… ART! If you joined us, thanks! Check out a sample of some of the fun photos we took below. You can find the entire set of photos we took over the course of […]

Shedding light on Architecture Week

Architecture is like frozen music, the famous German poet Goethe once said. This delightful image seems apt for Ottawa’s Architecture Week, an annual event that allows local residents to contemplate the beauty in buildings and design. Organized by the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA), this year’s eclectic program runs from September 24-30 and consists […]

Festival X 2012: Previewing Ottawa’s biggest photography extravaganza

This Thursday marks the opening of Festival X,  a 10-day photography festival showcasing the work of contemporary image-makers at 34 different venues around the city. Now in its fifth year, Festival X looks to bolster an awareness of regional, Canadian and international photographers through exhibitions, interventions, public lectures and artist talks, roundtable discussions and the […]

Fantomatique is spine-chilling

On a cold winter morning, with a snowstorm blowing in the air, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in downtown Ottawa to watch a man being publicly hanged for murder. Many in the crowd believed he was innocent. The execution of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11, 1869 at the Carleton County Gaol, (today the […]

Guillermo Trejo: The revolution is called Atlantis

A political action. Apolitical action. A poetical action. These represent just some of the interpretations of The revolution is called Atlantis, University of Ottawa MFA student Guillermo Trejo’s exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). The statements, which sit right outside the main exhibit room, inform Trejo’s vision: the ambiguity of political propaganda. A little […]

The NAC Needs Your Design Skillz

Times are tough out there – and design work doesn’t come cheap. The NAC is asking you to do your part to design the cover of their program for the 2009 season. You can work in photography, paint, drawing, digital image or sculpture. You can submit up to five pieces of artwork and the winner […]