Arts

Ottawa comedy group launches web series IN THE FIRST year of its inception, the Ottawa Sketch Group has attracted significant buzz in the Ontario arts scene for their hilarious performances. Even though part of the team’s success can be credited to their knack for good jokes and comedic timing, the group was actually born out of …

Taking a closer look at what’s behind those pink ribbons AT THIS YEAR’S Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a documentary aired that changed how many people perceive the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness. Pink Ribbons, Inc. questions the motives behind every pink ribbon item we’ve ever worn, sparking public interest in anti-pink ribbon …

THE FASHION BLOG: A place where the style-minded go to get their fashion fix. Keeping up with the relentless revolving door of fashion, thousands of blogs litter the Internet, creating fashionable landfills that sparkle and scream haute couture. Despite the diversity of men’s and women’s style today, the latter has always garnered more attention from …

No, it shouldn’t go to some poor indie band every year TORONTO (CUP)—THERE WAS NO feeling of surprise and no feeling of upset on Sept. 19 when Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs won the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. No, there was a feeling of complacency—even though there were other albums that deserved it just as much, almost everyone who cared was gunning for this album, even …

Group of Seven works to be shown in London THE LARGEST COLLECTION of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomas’ works is set to open in London at Dulwich Picture Gallery this fall. The act of obtaining all 122 works for the exhibition has been compared to “asking the Louvre for the ‘Mona Lisa’,” according …

AN OTTAWA-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER is looking through a darker lens. Tony Fouhse photographs drug addicts at the intersection of Murray Street and King Edward Avenue in the ByWard Market. Over the past few years, Fouhse has helped crack addict Stephanie enter rehab after she approached him for his help. The photographer then went to Nova Scotia …

Dan Mangan Oh Fortune Arts & Crafts 5/5 “DON’T SPEAK UNTIL you’ve caught your breath,” sings Dan Mangan. Well, that could take a while after you listen to his latest album. After hearing Oh Fortune, my heart dropped and my lungs were filled with anticipation. There simply was no room for air, let alone words. Over the years, the …

Local painter’s exhibition debuts IT’S EASY TO call our society addicted to communication. We live in a wired age, only a text, tweet, or ping away from someone, but regardless of how connected we may be artificially, Ottawa-based painter Peter Shmelzer believes we are more isolated than ever. His new exhibition High Value in Hard Times, which is …

Social networks are changing our politics IN JUST A few short years, social media has exploded. Websites such as Facebook.com and Twitter.com get more users every day, and their popularity continues to grow around the world. Although most of us might not use social media for much more than posting pictures and creeping exes, it has arguably become a …

Local band unites politics and music WHAT STARTED OUT as just another tour for Hollerado turned into a chance to get Canadians more involved in politics and their community. While thinking of ideas for their upcoming tour, Manotick natives Dean Baxter, Jake Boyd, Nixon Boyd, and Menno Versteeg got to talking about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his proposed budget …

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