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Karsh-Masson Gallery

Hot Art: What Happens When Cassette Tapes Become Art?

Just one of the unique pieces in "Slow Dance." Photo credit: Karen Jordon, Acetate #1, 2009, cassette slip sheets, celluloid tape.

Ever felt nostalgia for the good old cassette tape? Karen Jord0n’s exhibit, “Slow Dance,” on at Karsh-Masson Gallery until April 8, draws attention to everything the cassette tape represented in the past — intimacy, music, personal touches — and what it represents today — outdated technology, plastic waste, and a symbol of how fast innovation moves. As you walk through this exhibit, you’ll see installations made of different pieces of discarded cassettes, and yet, eerily, you will hear nothing but silence.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for October 7 to 9

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. Photo credit: ©2010 Cirque du Soleil inc.

Friday, Oct.7
Two fantastical worlds collide at Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. On one hand you’ve got the incredible music of a pop legend, and on the other the bizarre, otherworldly acts of modern circus performers. When the two meet, it can only be magic. The show hits Scotiabank Place tonight and runs until Sunday.

Discover your connection to animals through Anna Williams’ sculptural mixed-media installation Dark Timber, on view at Karsh-Masson Gallery from today until Nov. 20. The young Canadian artist is quickly gaining notoriety for her skilled craftsmanship with metals, along with her cultural insights. Williams’ life-like creations make us think about what we’ve lost in our transition from nature to modern culture, and also about what we can learn from these creatures.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Take a drive to the oh-so-charming town of Perth for the annual Perth Autumn Studio Tour, which showcases a selection of contemporary fine arts and crafts. This year’s event features 20 artists in eight rural studios, and part of the fun is checking out the local scenery as you travel from place to place. Beautiful craftsmanship abounds with works that include jewellery, etchings, canoes, pottery, furniture, stone sculpture, wood carvings, and more.

On this weekend that’s all about family, your kids will love the kooky adventures of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon. This live production follows two fun-loving characters with out-of-this-world imaginations and tells their stories through music, theatre, dance, puppetry, and multimedia. (more…)

10 Things to Do for $10 or Less

Who says you have to break the bank to have fun? Not us, that’s for sure! Here are just a few activities you can do in Ottawa on the cheap.
By Misa Kobayashi

The ByWard Market. Photo credit: OTCA.

1) Outdoor markets: $0-$10
This city has an awesome selection of farmers’ markets from which to score baked goods, fresh produce, flowers, jewellery — you name it. Located in the heart of downtown, the historic ByWard Market is a must for its bustling shops and vendors. Another top pick is the Ottawa Farmers’ Market on Sundays in the Glebe neighbourhood. We love the many restaurants that set up shop in the outdoor food court. See www.byward-market.com or www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca.

2) Downtown art galleries: Free
Check out a contemporary art exhibit at the City Hall Gallery, Karsh-Masson Gallery, or Ottawa Art Gallery, all of which are located within walking distance of each other in the downtown core. Even better? All offer either free admission or pay-what-you-can. See the gallery listings for more info.

3) Splash pads: Free
Beat the heat on a hot day with your kiddies at one of the city’s splash pads. Our favourite is Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way), for its excellent picnic spots, sprinklers, mini water slide, and three different play structures. A list of splash pads can be found at www.ottawa.ca.

Buskerfest on Sparks Street.

4) International Busker Festival: Pay-what-you-can
This annual fest lights up Sparks Street Mall from July 28 to Aug. 1, when performers from around the world strut their stuff. Enjoy daily shows that captivate and delight with performances that are all about unusual — and often daring — talents. See www.sparksstreetmall.com.

5) Lunch at Di Rienzo: $5-$10
This authentic grocery and deli, located in Little Italy, is part corner store, part sandwich shop. Locals arrive in droves at lunchtime, so there’s often a line-up out the door. Choose your bread, your toppings, and your meat, and grab a seat at the park across the street, or take a stroll through the charming neighbourhood. 111 Beech St., 613-729-4037. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: Prairie Scene Edition (April 29 to May 1)

The biannual festival, Prairie Scene, kicked off on April 26 and runs until May 8. With it comes a variety of events and performances, from gallery shows to concerts, and everything in between, for a festival that spans 500 artists, 80 events, and 13 days. In honour of this very Canadian event, we’ve put together a “Prairie Scene edition” of the Weekend Roundup.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs in "Wonderland." Photo credit: David Cooper.

Friday, April 29
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet does a grown-up take on Wonderland as part of the festival, complete with an electro-acoustic soundscape and edgy elements that bring this surreal story to life. Your favourite bizarre characters will all be on hand (think the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and that mischievous white rabbit). Also playing Saturday.

Eat your lunch early and head to the Prairie Lunch Series to catch JP Hoe in action (show begins at noon). This singer-songwriter walks the line between indie rock and alt-country, and you’ll get a good dose of sweet, melodic tunes and clear vocals.

A Place in the Prairies looks at the concept of place in stories about the prairies, from writers who know know this area of Canada well. It’s an evening of conversation with award-winning writers that include David Carpenter, Dianne Warren, Alissa York, and Connie Gault. (more…)

Hot Art: Cool Crafts

"Constructions" runs Feb. 4 to March 20. Photo credit: Anne Lene Løvhaug, "Little Sister Happy," 2005.

“Constructions: Contemporary Norwegian Arts & Crafts” is a fascinating new exhibit that features 22 objects created by artists and craftspeople from Norway. This group show demonstrates the fusion between form and ideas and highlights the creative scene that is taking place in another part of the world. Feb. 4 to March 20 at Karsh-Masson Gallery.