WEEKENDER: Six things to do on the weekend of July 23 to 26

By AMY ALLEN AND MATT HARRISON

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Image by Georges Jacotey

Ways of Something
“When the camera reproduces a painting, it destroys the uniqueness of its image. As a result its meaning changes. Or, more exactly, its meaning multiplies, fragments into many meanings.” — John Berger, 1972, Ways of Seeing 

More than four decades later, Berger’s observations — taken from his iconic four-part BBC mini-series, Ways of Seeing — is being reexamined by Canadian and other international artists: 110 of them, to be exact. Culled together by Toronto-based artist Lorna Mills, her mammoth art project, Ways of Something, will present video, 3D renderings, animated gifs, live web cams, and digitally manipulated visuals in the context of the 21st century (hence the Lana Del Rey collage), along with Berger’s original narrative and voiceover, in an effort to ask the question: is Berger’s ground-breaking 20th century presentation still relevant in the 21st century? Find out this Thursday, July 23 at SAW Video from 6pm to 11pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit website.
SAW Video is at 67 Nicholas St. 

The Creation of the World and Other Business
We all know the story: God created Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit offered by Lucifer, only to be ejected from the Garden of Eden as punishment for their transgression. But how did things get to this point? 

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DAYTRIPPER: Caving in Vals-des-Monts

BY HATTIE KLOTZ

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 print edition of
Ottawa Magazine

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Monkey for a Day: Visit Arbraska Laflèche Park for aerial adventures — in Val-des-Monts

To Play
For a day of adventure close to town, head to Arbraska Laflèche Park, just north of Cantley in Val-des-Monts. Play in an aerial park that includes wobbly suspension bridges, lianas (vines), monkey bridges (rope bridges), swings, and long, long zip lines.

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What Lies Beneath! Visit Arbraska Laflèche Park for some spectacular spelunking

Had enough of swinging? Head underground to squeeze through tiny passages and glimpse majestic underground caves. This one’s not for claustrophobics!

To Rest
From Laflèche Park, head west for 20 minutes toward Wakefield to La Grange, a converted barn that offers four rustic, stylish bedrooms with access to a common kitchen, sitting room, large garden, and sun-filled yoga studio.

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The sun-filled yoga studio of La Grange — Wakefield

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La Grange’s converted barn — Wakefield

New this year: an organic vegetable garden that produces fresh-picked goodies for breakfast.

To Eat
Also in Wakefield, The Village House offers superb local, seasonal food. In summer, enjoy your dinner on a tiny terrace overlooking the Gatineau River. Favourites include honey-roasted beets, beef short ribs, and local Le Coprin mushrooms.

To Distract
If your muscles are sore or your nerves jangly after a day spent in the treetops and underground caves, head a short distance south (15 minutes) to Amerispa Cantley. A small, contemporary Nordic spa, the baths offer the perfect place to relax, enjoy a massage, or simply lounge in a hot tub surrounded by nature.

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THIS CITY: Putting words to Official Ottawa, by Tony Fouhse

This photoessay first appeared in the April 2013 issue of Ottawa Magazine.
Official Ottawa by Tony Fouhse is on view at the OAG Annex July 18 to Oct. 11. More details here.

Words by RON CORBETT

What you see is what you get.
Or is it? The political machinations meet the daily mundane when photographer Tony Fouhse turns his lens on the structures and subtext of our capital.
A view across the Ottawa River to Place du Portage. Photo by Tony Fouhse.

A view across the Ottawa River to Place du Portage. Photo by Tony Fouhse.

It is not so much that appearance can be deceiving. That explanation would be too simple for how award-winning photographer Tony Fouhse sees his hometown (plus, let’s remember, sometimes things are exactly as they appear). Fouhse’s perspective comes from working on the periphery, a spot from which he sees the entire arc of a story rather than the narrative points reporters tend to lead with and photographers file to their employers. From here, he can see what happens before the national news conference, before the limousine has a passenger, before the ambassador speaks.

Official Ottawa is about more than having an eye for contradictions, juxtapositions, or dichotomies. Were it merely this, there would be something disjointed in the images of Tony Fouhse, something of a Two Solitudes oeuvre rather than the sensation, time and again, of looking at one of his photos and feeling you are looking at — to borrow a phrase Hemingway used to describe an honest sentence — the true gen.

I think it helps that Ottawa is his hometown. Fouhse understands, as only a native-born can, that the prime minister’s limo has people inside who work for a living, knows that before a giant portrait of the Queen hung in the foyer of Foreign Affairs, there was something else.

He can also accept, at the end of a photo shoot with the Kazakhstan ambassador, an inexpensive pen with the portentous inscription Kazakhstan: Land of Interracial Peace and Harmony — accept it without a smirk or even without surprise that the gift is being offered by a sincere man. If you’re looking for hipster irony, you’ve come to the wrong place.

What follow are Tony Fouhse’s photos of Official Ottawa. The images are not another side of Ottawa. They are the true gen, captured by a photographer who stumbles upon such things with surprising frequency.

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THIS CITY: Ottawa’s first cryotherapy chamber offers help for hurt muscles

By Ashleigh VanHouten, who loves to venture into the sometimes-strange world of fitness and health experimentation. Read more about her forays at at milieumag.ca

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Ashleigh VanHouten loves health experiments — even when they involve sub-zero temperatures

This is not normal.

That was my first thought as I stepped into the full body cryotherapy chamber, or CryoCabin, at the Pro Physio & Sport Medicine Centre in Kanata yesterday.

My next thought: This is so cool! I am so cool for trying this! Health experiments are cool!

Cool, indeed. Like, -130 Celsius cool.

The cabin is the first of its kind in Ottawa, and involves standing (or dancing around, in my case) naked in a nitrogen gas cooled cabin for up to three minutes— long enough for the surface of the skin to reach zero degrees Celsius. Your body then withdraws the blood from your extremities to your vital organs, restoring oxygen and increasing the blood’s nutrients. Post­-treatment, the super-oxygen-enriched blood first flows to the areas most in need of repair, ostensibly healing sore or injured muscles.

The end result, from consistent use: reduced pain and inflammation, improved joint function and injury recovery, increased energy and stamina, improved immune response – even stress relief and weight loss (the process supposedly ramps up your metabolism, allowing you to burn up to 800 calories in the hours following your session).

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It’s getting colder …

The chambers were originally intended to treat certain medical conditions like arthritis, but athletes soon adopted the technology in hopes that subzero temperatures would help them to recover from strenuous workouts more rapidly. Think superstars like Lebron James and Christiano Renaldo, who I’m pretty sure are in better shape than I am, so maybe there’s something to it.

As for the actual experience: It was very cold. You may be inclined to act tough during the two-three minutes you’re being flash frozen, but I was shivering and breathing shallowly after a few seconds. It’s not painful, and not nearly as terrible as jumping into an ice bath, but, well, put it this way: imagine the coldest Ottawa day on record, quadruple it, and then imagine you’re wandering around outside naked.

Still, the feeling immediately after – invigorated, energized, refreshed – was real. As someone who works out a lot and usually suffers from sore, tight muscles, I can say that I felt less tight and sore than usual, and my friend who also tried it mentioned that she slept really well that night. I believe the effects become more pronounced when you use it regularly but I think it’s fair to say that sometimes the best way to recover and feel good is just to chill out.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do on the weekend of July 16 to 19

BY AMY ALLEN & MATT HARRISON

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Bedtime Stories
“Here goes nothing” — words a woman utters as she peaks under her husband’s jammies whilst in bed. Bedtime Stories, which opened this week at Ottawa Little Theatre, explores six separate tales revolving around the bed, a mattress — even a chaise longue. The comedy, by Norm Foster, plays nightly at 7:30 p.m. until August 1. For more info, including ticket prices, visit here.
Ottawa Little Theatre is at 400 King Edward Ave.

Let Us Entertain You
Still reeling from the War of 1812, the powers that be over in England wanted a new, more secure, supply route between Montreal and Toronto. In 1826, construction began on the Rideau Canal. Hundreds died building it, and Ottawa (known in those days as the rough and tumble Bytown) grew up around it.

This is just one part of the tapestry that makes up Ottawa’s rich history. Ottawa StoryTellers traces the capital’s evolution from the days of street brawls between the Irish and French Canadians to the more docile times of diplomacy and politics. Performances run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Bytown Museum as part of its Let Us Entertain You series. Each performance covers a different topic and runs for 10 minutes. Admission is free. More info, visit here.
The Bytown Museum is at 1 Canal Lane (beside the Chateau Laurier)

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He’s worked with renowned Canadian artist, Gerald Trottier; he spent time at Crawley Films as an animator (famous for the ‘75 academy-award winning doc, The Man Who Skied Down Everest); he worked on design for Expo ’70 in Osaka Japan; he founded his own group with fellow Canadians — Norman Takeuchi and Morris Danylewich; and he has subsequently won numerous accolades for his own work — Neville Smith returns to Ottawa for a showing of his art at La Petite Mort, which will launch the exhibit with a vernissage on Friday, July 17, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Smith will be in attendance — as will his striking illustrative work, which spans his career. Pieces will also be for sale. The exhibit is up until July 23. More info, visit here.
La Petite Mort is on 306 Cumberland St.

Behind Closed Doors FREE
Body of Evidence — not the unwatchable piece of 80’s celluloid that starred Madonna (remember the “hot wax and champagne scene”?). Rather (and thankfully) this is the title of Gallery 101’s summer art exhibit. Both, ironically, deal with criminality — Body of Evidence stole my innocence and ruined forever my respect for Willem Dafoe; Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence looks at the artist as a criminal. Specifically, Natascha Niederstrass, the artist behind the exhibit, wonders about the artists’ research process and their way to oscillate between the acceptable rules and limits of art without transgressing them. Er, what now? It’s a piece based on one of Marcel Duchamp’s work with added components that suggests that the late French artist was involved in the murder of the “Black Dahlia.” Intrigued? Check it out — the vernissage is this Saturday, July 18. The exhibit is on until August 15. More info, visit here.
Gallery 101 is at 51 B Young St.

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Rachel Sermanni, plays at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield on Saturday


Rachel Sermanni
Rachel grew up in a small town in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by music, her father taught her to play the penny whistle when she was young. She eventually graduated to the guitar, and, inspired by the Highlands’ magical, mountainous terrain, she also began to write her own songs.

Now, at the tender age of 23, Rachel Sermanni has two folk-noir albums to show for her years of hard work — Under Mountains, a dreamy release full of fairytale imagery, and Tied to the Moon, an earthier, grungier collection she wrote while she was living in Nova Scotia. Check out this video for “The Fog.”

Rachel performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10. More info, visit here.
The Black Sheep Inn is at 753 Riverside Dr.

Ice Cream Festival
Until well into the 1800s, ice cream was a treat enjoyed only by the very wealthy who could afford to keep food cold. But in the mid 19th century, a Swiss entrepreneur named Carlo Gatti came to London to sell ice cream on street corners for a penny — and the rest, as they say, is history.

During the Ice Cream Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, you can try your hand at making this tasty treat yourself. It runs from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. Stop by to get the scoop on old-fashioned ice cream making, learn about the development of milkshakes and the soda shop, see how farmers separate cream from milk, and much more. Festival is included with museum admission ($10; $8 for students and seniors; $7 for children aged three to 12; free for children under three).
The Museum is at 901 Prince of Wales Dr.

 

 

SCIENCE & TECH: Coming to a beach near you — sunscreen 2.0

BY JOSEPH MATHIEU

This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 print edition of
Ottawa Magazine

Exposed_pic_Beaceh-UV-device-On the first day, there was light, and it was good. Many days later came sunscreen, and it was safer. Now, with the UV Scan, we are enlightened.

The World Health Organization identifies ultraviolet rays as a human carcinogen — that is, an agent that causes cancer in humans. A new device designed in Ottawa will educate people on how to protect their skin from these rays.

Created by Zoe Doucette, a fourth-year student in Carleton University’s industrial design program, the device helps outdoor revellers better apply sunscreen by scanning their body as sunscreen is applied. A camera relays information to a monitor, which reveals what parts of the body are protected by sunscreen — and, more importantly, what parts are not. Areas protected from UV rays appear black on the monitor.

“In my research, I found that when people started to understand UV rays, they took more precautions with sunscreen,” says Doucette, who hopes to see the device at beaches and parks.

Doucette says her UV Scan was inspired by a 2014 video by American artist and filmmaker Thomas Leveritt called How the Sun Sees You, which shows people’s reactions when shown what their skin looks like in ultraviolet light. (Spoiler alert: it isn’t pretty.)

DAYTRIPPER: Biking (and other stuff) at Mont Ste. Marie

BY HATTIE KLOTZ

This article was originally published in the Summer print edition of
Ottawa Magazine

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MSM Velo biking at Mount Ste. Marie. Photo: Photolux Studio.com — Christian Lalonde

 

To Play
From the moment the spring mud dries up until the first snow flies, mountain bike enthusiasts can ride more than 25 kilometres of trails at Mont Ste. Marie. A one-hour drive from Ottawa, Mont Ste. Marie offers an ever-expanding network, from gently undulating to thrillingly steep. In short, it’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with nature on your bike.

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MSM Velo biking at Mount Ste. Marie. Photo: Photolux Studio.com — Christian Lalonde

Trail development is an ongoing endeavour by a dedicated group of bikers and local homeowners, so there’s always something new to experience. The folks behind Velo MSM estimate that about 2,000 people enjoyed the trails last summer season. (And several hundred more did so during the winter, setting out on their fat bikes in masks and mittens.) Mont Ste. Marie is now on the radars of local riders, so the days when you might have been alone on the trails are over. But there’s safety in numbers, and local enthusiasts are aiming to make this place the next mountain bike mecca.

The second annual Mountain Fest is planned for July 17 to 19 this year. In its inaugural year, the nascent festival attracted over 500 participants, keen to see what Mont Ste. Marie has to offer. The answer was plenty of dirt, lots of sweat, and mountains of fun.

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Plenty of ski chalets available in the off-season for rent — through Linda Faith at The Beggar’s Bench antique and gift shop in Lac Ste. Marie

To Rest
You can pitch a tent close to the ski lodge (and during Mountain Fest, there will even be access to hot showers). If you’re looking for a little more comfort, plenty of rentals in off-season ski accommodations are available through Linda Faith at The Beggar’s Bench antique and gift shop in Lac Ste. Marie.

To Eat
After a day spent toiling up — and screaming down — mountains on your bike, you will be more than a little hungry. Just a few minutes down the road from the bike trails is a traditional pub, Le Pub McVey’s. With stick-to-your-ribs burgers and plentiful chicken wings, you won’t have that empty feeling long.
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To Distract
For anyone not looking to risk their life (or at least their dental work) on a mountain bike, there are plenty of great places to hike near Mont Ste. Marie. Those bike trails work well for walkers too! When you’ve worked up a good sweat walking or jogging the bike trails, there’s a gorgeous lake at the bottom of the Cheval Blanc ski hill. Lac Fournier offers a sandy beach and peaceful swimming. Kids can spend hours catching frogs and snakes in the shallow water by the beach. And of course, the 18-hole golf course at Golf Mont Ste-Marie is just five minutes away by car.
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REASON TO LOVE: Because Blink Gallery proves local artists know no bounds

BY DAYANTI KARUNARATNE

This article was originally published in the Summer 2015 print edition of
Ottawa Magazine

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Artful assembly — A vernissage at Blink Gallery sees visitors mingling in the surrounding green space of Major’s Hill Park. Photo: Tom Evans

In the shadow of the National Gallery of Canada — at the edge of Major’s Hill Park, the city’s first park — sits a small stone building. Built in 1901 under the supervision of architect David Ewart of the Department of Public Works, Header House was used for potting plants in a greenhouse complex that was dismantled in 1937. Now it is home to an art gallery that pushes boundaries and continues to serve as a fertile meeting place for creative energy.

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Inside Blink Gallery — the small space hosts a diverse array of art shows. Photo: Tom Evans

Operated as a non-profit collective for the past 10 years, Blink Gallery has a unique agreement with the National Capital Commission.

The eight members of Blink host exhibits in the 320-square-foot building, which is not heated and is restricted to pedestrian access, “in exchange for animation,” explains vice-president Karina Kraenzle. (Also, Blink must close for Canada Day and is not allowed to put up any permanent external signs.)

The artists of Blink take animating that space, which would otherwise be empty, very seriously.

“What attracts artists to Blink is the idea of collaborating, of creating something that is bigger than themselves,” says Kraenzle, adding that Blink’s focus on experimental art allows for exhibitions that might be difficult to pull off at galleries that require detailed plans a year in advance.

In addition, the expansive green space of Major’s Hill Park allows for further exploration, such as performance art and music. As curious assemblages of metal and textile trickle out onto the manicured grass, tourists often stumble upon the space, as do locals who walk past the building on their way to work.

Blink Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary this year featuring the works of some 40 past presenting artists. In the following months — until cold weather forces the space to close in October — a series of residences will showcase the artistic depth and range that make Blink such a treasure.

WEEKENDER: Five things to do on the weekend of July 11 and 12

BY AMY ALLEN & MATT HARRISON

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Death on wheels — the sport of Roller Derby, on display this Saturday in front of City Hall. Photo: Terrence McNally, courtesy of Flickr

Derby Day at City Hall
When two deaths occurred at Madison Square Garden in New York City at a six-day roller derby competition, it marked an ominous start to a relatively new sport — one which would wax and wane in popularity for more than a century. Those deaths also demonstrated how demanding this sport can be, requiring speed, endurance, and sheer athleticism in order to compete — something both the Capital City Derby Dolls and Rideau Valley Roller Girls know all too well.

That athleticism will be on display this Saturday, July 11 when the two teams compete in a fun demonstration of the sport at City Hall. They, along with four other teams, will compete in a series of short games with a full-contact co-ed game concluding the day. It’s free, and will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Food trucks will be on-hand for snacking. More info, visit here.
Marion Dewar Plaza is at 110 Laurier Ave.

Spins & Needles 10th Anniversary
The glue gun’s hot, the pints are pulled, the needle is threaded — just as the other needle is about to drop — Spins & Needles is set to celebrate their 10th anniversary (geez, can it really be that long ago?) this Saturday, July 11.

If memory serves me correctly, I took my future wife to a pub on Sparks Street in the dead of winter in 2005 for what was a unique twist on “going out.” Melanie Yugo and Jason Pelletier, the initial creators, offered up a chance to hear eclectic beats and drink and craft; a sort of post-rave experience for burn-outs. Some sewed, some glued buttons, some cut shapes with scissors — I think I came home that night with fridge magnets. Whatever it was, it was fun.

Ten years on, and Spins & Needles is celebrating a milestone with a party at SAW Gallery, which includes: DJs Jason Skilz, Kurt Yates, Calkuta and Memetic will be spinning; there’ll be a special anniversary DIY project kit featuring one of Spins & Needles’ favourite DIY art/craft/design projects; selected local artists, designers, and makers will be hosting interactive graphic art stalls where you can drop by and participate in additional projects; plus more fun including illustrative sketches, zines, silkscreening, and linocut stamps. Entrance is $15. More for beer. Need to know more, visit here.
SAW Gallery is at 67 Nicholas St.

Wolfgang
Classical music gets a makeover with the Wolfgang Sessions, a collaboration between the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Mercury Lounge that aims to infuse the genre with a bit of youthful exuberance. Accompanied by DJs and with visuals by video projection artists, the orchestra performs pieces by innovative young composers.

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The NACO performs Missy Mazzoli’s Lies You Can Believe In on Saturday as part of the Wolfgang sessions.  Photo by Marylene Mey

On Saturday, July 11, catch this season’s third and final Wolfgang session, where the orchestra performs Lies You Can Believe In by Missy Mazzoli, whom the New York Times lauded as a “consistently inventive and surprising composer”, as well as Sarah Kirkland Snider’s wistful Daughter of the Waves, Tansy Davies’ Loure, Marie-Pierre Brasset’s Dyea, and Jocelyn Morlock’s Vespertine. The show takes place at Mercury Lounge. Tickets start at $10 and are available through the National Arts Centre.
Mercury Lounge is at 56 ByWard Market Square

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Halifax-born DJ and record producer Skratch Bastid hosts a BBQ this Saturday, July 11 at TD Place

Skratch Bastid’s BBQ
Beats and barbecue — they’re such simple things, but truly, what more do you need to pull off the perfect summer party? Halifax-born DJ and record producer Skratch Bastid grills up some goodness with Skratch Bastid’s BBQ, a massive open-air shindig that brings a bunch of DJs and EDM artists to the stage — including Green Lantern, Thugli, Poirier, Bear Witness, DJ Magnificent, Acro, and Iggy Smalls. The party gets started at TD Place on Saturday, July 11. Tickets start at $10. More info, visit here. Check out his latest mix:
TD Place is at 1015 Bank St.

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

“The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, ‘It was the best butter, you know” — Alice in Wonderland

Insanity. Sheer madness. And hats. Colourful, fanciful, outlandish, weird, and whacky. And tea. Lots of it. There should also be food and fun — the makings of a Mad Hatter’s tea party. Come out to this year’s Alice in Wonderland-themed party on Sunday, July 12 at Windsor Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All ages welcome, simply bring your favourite ‘hat’, a picnic blanket, and a penchant for silliness — tea, cups, and activities will be provided. It’s free. More info, visit here.
Windsor Park is just off of Riverdale and Belmont Avenues, east, near the Rideau River in Old Ottawa South

 

CAMERA: An Ottawa Magazine guide to surviving the city’s biggest EDM festival

Last week’s 6th annual Escapade Music Festival attracted about 28,000 people to the Rideau Carleton Raceway’s three stages of deep house, trance, and general chaotic romping. Ottawa Magazine’s David Kawai offers a primer on getting the most out of Escapade, posing for the camera, and other EDM fest basics.

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Photo by David Kawai

Dressing in pink shorts is a great idea, but if this isn’t your first Escapade, you can let everyone know it by coordinating with a fellow chiseled-abs sunglasses-wearing EDM enthusiast. However, no matter how much of a festival veteran you may think you are, a support crew (preferably in matching crocheted crop tops) to balance your shaky impromptu shoulder ride for the camera is advisable.

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Photo by David Kawai

Bring plenty of cash if you want to purchase an adult beverage. Bring more than you might think. If you’re new to big name music festivals, prepare to pay $11 for a tall boy — and they still put out tip baskets where you won’t miss them. The ATMs at the entrance served me well, but factor in the $4 service charge. None of this is surprising, people. Water is a hefty $4 for your first bottle, but sponsored free water refill stations are easy enough to find.

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Photo by David Kawai

If there was ever an event that was too easy to photograph, it’s an EDM festival. The only problem is when you try to make candid photos of people near or next to you, they gather and pose in a way that files them in the category of promotional or hobbiest happy snaps. It’s almost hard to complain about everyone’s willingness to be featured, until you find yourself in a screaming match with your subjects when the bass drops: CAN I SEE? WHO ARE YOU SHOOTING FOR? WHERE CAN I SEE THE PICTURES? DO YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE?!!!

In truth, it’s not so bad :)

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Photo by David Kawai

This is a place (possibly the only place) where your Doge tank top won’t be enough to help you stand out, so don’t forget to flex.

Photo by David Kawai

Photo by David Kawai

Due to the harsh nature of camera flashes and stage lasers, sunglasses at night (or under a dark trance tent) is not just a fashion accessory. It’s for your own safety.

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Photo by David Kawai

Faces need touchups after hours of dancing. Just another practical use for sunglasses.

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Photo by David Kawai

There’s a period between the initial afternoon kick and the evening headliner when you may question your ability to keep going. If you aren’t an experienced and disciplined power napper, my suggestion is to get off your phone, drink some water (or something stronger), move into the crowd, and try to lose track of time.

Photo by David Kawai

Photo by David Kawai

A view from the back can be just as immersive as a view from the front.

Photo by David Kawai

Photo by David Kawai

Stay looking your best and sneak in a few reps.

Photo by David Kawai

Photo by David Kawai

When red is worth more than gold.

Escapade Electronic Dance Music festival in Ottawa. July 27, 2015.

Photo by David Kawai

A view from the Heineken towers, a new addition to the festival courtesy of the title sponsor, looks over the main stage and a sick sunset on Saturday night.