Articles Tagged ‘Carleton University’

THE ARTFUL BLOGGER: How to pose nude while fully clothed — Carleton University Art Gallery’s latest exhibit

By Paul Gessell

"Wall Street" by Cara Tierney.

Cara Tierney seems to take the Bible, or at least one passage, to heart: Go Forth and Multiply.

That is exactly what this emerging artist has done. She has created a series of staged photographs in which she plays all the parts in the narrative. Sometimes Tierney poses alone. In other images, there are several versions of Tierney interacting with each other like a group of remarkably similar looking best friends.

The result is an intriguing exhibition at Carleton University Art Gallery titled Go Forth and Multiply.

Some of the photographs have a vaguely familiar look. That is because Tierney has recreated poses by such artists as Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli and Canada’s Edwin Holgate from the Group of Seven. The models in the originals were nude. Tierney tends to pose clothed, wearing a T-shirt that says Nude.

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WEEKENDER: Cool chemistry, plus Chinatown gets remixed, the Glebe gets glamorous, and more this Mother’s Day weekend

Shannon Kaya of TeoMae Designs will be on hand at Glamour in the Glebe.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this jewellery show will showcase pieces by more than 30 designers. Grab that last-minute gift for Mom (you’re welcome for the reminder), or just browse through all the different bling made by local artists for that unique piece to add to your wardrobe. Opening night on Friday will include a fashion show and refreshments. $6 on Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Free on Saturday, May 12. Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.,

No, not that kind of benefits. FWB is a silent auction and dance party aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. Bid on some great packages, including hotel stays, golf equipment, and spa treatments, to benefit the Jennie James Depression Research Fund, while sharing stories of depression. Then lighten the mood by dancing your socks off to DJs Zattar, Memetic, and Eric Roberts. $20. Friday, May 11, 8 p.m. Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington St. W.,

The final night of the “Jack’s Picks” series will showcase two movies from the National Film Board (Jack Horwitz, former NFB Executive Producer, picks his personal favourites from this internationally acclaimed agency). Teens will love the first one, following the rise of Ottawa-native Paul Anka to teenage stardom (tell them he’s the Justin Bieber of their parents’ day). The second film, which was banned in the U.S., takes a serious look at acid rain, its origins, and its consequences. $10 families, $8 individuals, $5 students and seniors. Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Crichton Cultural Community Centre, Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Rd.,

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INDUSTRY BUZZ: Diana Nemiroff’s enduring legacy garners GG award

By Paul Gessell

Diana Nemiroff, director at the Carleton University Art Gallery, has been awarded a Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts. Photo by Martin Lipman

One of Ottawa’s treasures, Diana Nemiroff, will be presented March 28 with the $25,000 Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award for her “enduring impact on the Canadian art landscape,” the Canada Council for the Arts has announced.

“This is a very big deal for me,” says Nemiroff.  “In my field this is the most important award that I could win. And winning a specifically Canadian award that is considered to be the pinnacle of recognition makes it especially meaningful to me.”

Nemiroff is currently the director of the Carleton University Art Gallery and previously worked 20 years at the National Gallery of Canada as a curator, mainly in contemporary art, becoming one of the most influential figures in the contemporary art scene.

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THE WEEKENDER: Creepy queers, Rocky Horror, haunted walks, and four more ways to enjoy Halloween weekend

The final movie has come and gone, but it’s still possible to get your Potter fix. While they won’t be flying around on Nimbus 2000s, Carleton University plays host to more than 100 muggles for the first-ever Canadian Quidditch Cup. The non-flight version of Quidditch, which still involves broomsticks, is a modified version of the sport that mixes rugby, dodge ball, and tag. Eight teams will battle it out to decide who gets to go to the Quidditch World Cup tournament in New York City in November. Come cheer for Carleton, ranked second behind McGill. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check it out on campus at the Ravens’ Road Field. Map of campus can be found here.

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HIDDEN OTTAWA: Voices of Venus, one great Red Wall, and eight more hideaways where underground scenes flourish

Ottawa Magazine’s October issue uncovers “hidden Ottawa” with a hole-in-the-wall handbook that embraces the city’s undercover ambience, celebrating 39 overlooked nooks, hipster hideaways, secret foodie sources, and other mysterious locales. Get your copy at Britton’s magazine store and other newsstand locations around town.

Expect plenty of brass, bass, and maybe even some Bossa nova, at Groovy's Roti Hut on Sunday nights. Photo by Angela Gordon.

Groovy jazz
While Groovy’s Roti Hut regularly serves up flavourful (and filling and affordable) Caribbean cuisine, there’s something else special on the menu on Sunday evenings: jazz standards. It gets going around 7 p.m., and it’s a jam night, so no promises about who will show up. One night seven middle-aged men took to the lowered stage, covering trombone, drums, guitar, upright bass, alto sax, vocals, and keys. Later on, some kids straight out of High School Musical straggled in, instruments in hand. Food is mostly in the $9-to-$14 range, with lots of Caribbean faves like goat and codfish, as well as vegetarian options. On Sunday nights, the music takes over. 292 McArthur Ave., 613-744-1551. – Dayanti Karunaratne

In character
Taverns teem with drama — tall tales, fights, broken hearts — so what could be more logical than Chamber Theatre mounting plays in the venerable Carleton Tavern? The sightlines aren’t great (an incentive to get there early), but it’s a dandy place to watch slice-of-life theatre while quaffing a few. Tavern regulars seem mildly bemused by the events and stick to one side of the tavern during the shows. Their conversation sometimes spills over into the performance side, adding reality to the show (or is it vice versa?). Michel Tremblay’s Marcel Pursued by the Hounds opens Nov. 23. 223 Armstrong St., – Patrick Langston

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Q&A: Ian Keteku, Parliamentary Poet Laureate candidate

Photography by Rémi Thériault

By Samantha Everts

Ian Keteku is a musician, a journalist, an award-winning slam poet, and a proud Ottawan. Sound like the makings of a future Parliamentary Poet Laureate? Verse Ottawa thinks so, and they’ve nominated him for the plum two-year gig. The prolific artist, who is also in four bands, releases his first solo LP, Lessons From Planet Earth: Re-evolution, this fall. 

Where do you consider home? My story is like that of a hermit crab: you get into these shells and leave them to find a new one. I was born and raised in Calgary, moved to Edmonton in 2007, and then moved to Ottawa for school. I’ve spent a lot of time in Ghana — I lived there for three years in the mid 1990s and have been back and forth for different contracts. I live in Vanier [now] and love it here.

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ARTFUL BLOGGER: On July 25, you, too, can hear the 1777 piano that was once ‘fit for a queen’

By Paul Gessell

John Hall, curator of the Canadian Piano Museum in Napanee, with the fortepiano. Photo by James Park.

Marie (“Let them eat cake”) had one. So did Russia’s Catherine the Great and England’s Queen Charlotte.

And now, thanks to Carleton University, Chamberfest fans can hear one – a 1777 Frederick Beck Square Fortepiano, that is.

The event takes place this Monday, July 25, and will begin with a 20-minute lecture-demonstration by Frédéric Lacroix, who studied with the renowned fortepianist Malcolm Bilson at Columbia University. That will be followed by a talk about early chamber music by Ruth Bell, a longtime Chamberfest supporter who received an honourary doctorate from Carleton in 1984 for her work in improving the status of women in Canada and beyond.

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DINNER DATE: The Science of Food at Le Cordon Bleu


Calling all foodies and science geeks: Carleton University is hosting a May 11 food event called The Four Courses of Chemistry, at the luxurious Le Cordon Bleu (453 Laurier Ave.). The four-course dinner will feature an examination of the chemistry of food – by way of molecules.

Dr. Malcolm Butler, dean of the faculty of science, will be on hand — along with graduate students — to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry.

Guests will be treated to a molecular gastronomy presentation before the meal and will also learn about the chemistry of wine and chocolate, as well as getting an update on current research projects in Carleton’s Food Science program. But the real treat is the four-course meal.

The demonstration and reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner featuring graduate student discussions at 7 p.m. Tickets are $99 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-866-287-7683. For more information, visit

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: October Design Calendar

Festivals, shows, tours, and talks for those craving big ideas, beautiful objects, and inspiration

Oct. 15 – Nov. 7

Window Shopping by Eryn O’Neill is based on the act of searching for inspiration by “window shopping” for source material, and features oil-on-canvas paintings of restaurants, stores, and other places around town you might find familiar. Dale Smith Gallery, 137 Beechwood Ave., 613-321-0101,

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The Weekender: Butterflies, birds, ballots, and four other things to do this weekend

Hey, if it’s still raining (and there seems to be a never-ending supply of the wet stuff on weekends) this is a great option for frazzled parents. Carleton University’s two display greenhouses are filled with exotic tropical butterflies during its annual butterfly show. Great way to combine fun and education! Get there early — it gets very busy. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Sat., Oct. 2 to Oct. 11. Nesbitt Biology Building, corner of University Drive and Raven Road, 613-520-3513.


Autumn Montage by Robert Moeller

Spread over two weekends, this studio tour lets you interact with artists and craftspeople in their creative environments. More than 22 artists display paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewellery, photography, furniture, and more. Check out Louis Rompré’s vibrant hand-dipped candle demonstrations, John Barkley’s stunning abstract oil paintings, and Robert Moeller’s nature-inspired creations (left). Oct. 2 and 3 and 9 to 11. A printable version of the route map is available on the website and copies of the brochures are available en route. Chelsea and Wakefield, 819-459-3233.

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