love your city

love your ottawa
August 13, 2010, 06:02
Filed under: trill

all year long we wait for sun.

ottawa is killiiiing it right now on the cultural tip.

we already had bluesfest & chamber music festival, both of which were crazy good, and upcoming still are the ottawa folk festival (aug 13-15) as well as the ottawa reggae festival (aug 20-22) so so so much great music, and that’s not even counting all the local shit going down.

not doing too bad in the visual arts department either. ottawa was chosen as the only canadian stop of the pop life art exhibit which is currently going on at the national art gallery ’til september 19. i highly recommend it, especially on hallucinogens. there is an enormous room that is painted entirely gold with rap music and 90s-era posters of rappers, women and lions. and there is a japanese room that has the kanye bear wearing one of pharrell’s chains and this video of kirsten dunst playing on loop. $15, til september 19.

urgh, can’t get it to embed/is oddly hard to find on the internet.
click the picture the watch the video!

in the lobby of the war museum you can witness this year’s winners of the world press photo contest. every year this exhibition brings me to tears and this year’s photos were no exception. everything from mexican drug cartel murders to a man getting stoned to death in somalia to bob burnquist skating in brazil. you can see all the pictures on their website, but seeing the actual photos up close is an experience in and of itself. it’s free and running until august 29.

also free and thought-provoking is the beautiful destruction exhibit going on in the city hall gallery, which shows aerial photography of the alberta tar sands (residual bitumen, above). and while you’re at it, you should probably also check the bodies in trouble photo exhibit at saw gallery, which has gems like this one – kandahar’s first female police overseer.

and in case your eyeballs can handle any more cool shit, there is the nightly mosaika show. yes, yes, i know. it’s a light show. on parliament hill. about canada’s history. but it’s actually so fucking cool and of course there are a couple of cheesy moments but for the most part it’s just terribly impressive. and it’s yet another reason occasion to smoke weed on our government’s front steps. oh, canada! here are 2 shots from that night.

also running through ’til the end of august is the casino’s baller fireworks spectacle/competition. there is nothing worse than hearing fireworks and not being able to see them, it drives me crazyyy. the schedule is as follows:
aug 14 – germany
aug 18 – china
aug 21 – grand finale
(portugal and the states have already happened)

and today, friday the 13th 2010, there is an art show at la petite mort gallery where local artists, including the goddess narmeen aka MEEN will be showcasing their talents. narmeen will also be selling some art to raise money for her native pakistan.

goodnight sun, we’ll see you again tomorrow.


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Ottawa has been a continual source of frustration over the years, but it seems that things have really been stepped up as of late, so good to see!

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