My short documentary, Modern-day Madonnaro, airs this week on CBC Ottawa. It has been an amazing experience working with executive producer, Adele, and editors, Emilie and Jessica, to create this piece on local street artist, François Pelletier. You can view the documentary online here or check out the full episode of Our Ottawa here. In the episode, you'll see my in-studio chat with Adrian Harewood about the piece (around the 28:00 minute mark.). Enjoy!
And thanks to Carleton University for the shout-out on the School of Journalism website.
This week I stopped by the Rideau Canal and asked people what they like about Ottawa. Surprisingly, nobody mentioned Ottawa's thriving arts and culture scene! So many people commented on how friendly (and bike-friendly) this city is. Check out the video to see some answers.
Tweet @kate__madeline and tell me what you like about living in Canada's capital!
A must-read for journalists, travellers and book lovers
“Hello, hello,” she said. “Amanda, you’re free.”
That line is enough to make your eyes well up and your skin shiver when you turn the page near the final chapter of the emotionally charged and intimately articulate memoir, A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.
Don’t worry—I didn’t spoil the ending. Chances are you’ve read Lindhout’s name in the headlines since news of her abduction broke in 2008. The Alberta native spent 460 days as a hostage in Somalia with friend and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan from August 2008 to January 2009.
Wish you could take a closer look at the photos from this story? Want to check out some of the images that didn't make it into the final piece? Take a look at the slideshow below.
"It's an important job for me. I think that's why I was here on earth, is to make these dreamcatchers and all these little trinkets that I make. They're gifts of energy." - Sandi Urquhart
Sandi Urquhart has been selling handmade dreamcatchers in the ByWard Market for nearly 20 years. Click here to watch the audio slideshow.
“Cinq, six, sept, huit,” counts one of the dancers.
Step and step, hand over hand, repeat and turn to the front.
Propeller Dance Company’s professional dancers are practicing the sequence across the floor as I enter the small, black studio space on the second floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.
I remember many lazy childhood Saturday mornings watching cartoons, eating Cheerios and doodling in my favourite colouring books. Day dreaming, without a care in the world, I would colour meticulously inside the lines, bringing life to Disney characters, flower gardens and superheroes.
I was an artsy kid who grew up to be an artsy adult. So, when I saw articles pop up about the adult colouring book phenomenon, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one. My mum surprised me with a copy of Balance: Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1 and I was so excited to give it a try.
"Even after 15 years it's still magical to actually come in here and weld two pieces of steel together." - Anna Frlan
'Life on the Rock' celebrated at opening reception
Crystal Beshara, local artist and owner of The Studio Café, unveiled her solo show, 'Life on the Rock' this week. Soon after the pieces come off the walls, though, this unique gallery-coffee shop hybrid in Hintonburg will close its doors.
On Oct. 2, the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrated the premier of The Life and Art of Alma Duncan. The exhibit is the first-ever retrospective of the Canadian artist’s body of work, with more than 80 pieces spanning over 55 years of her life.
On Sept. 20, the third annual Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau brought art instillations, multimedia presentations and creative imaginations together for one night of local art appreciation.
Click here to see the highlights in a photo story.
The Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden has been working for over five years with Ottawa Urban Arts to create colourful murals to showcase the passions of both the garden and graffiti communities. A new 20-metre mural, marked by a ribbon cutting in early September, is the latest symbol of artistic collaboration within the community – but it won’t be there for long.
The mural features friendly animals relaxing and enjoying a beautiful day in a blossoming garden. The sky is a clear blue and the sun is shining with a smile over the rich, brown soil.
From the sculptures near Parliament Hill to the street art in the Glebe, there is so much art to see in Ottawa. There are many opportunities to see art simply by walking around, but one landmark in particular stands out: the Maman spider sculpture.
Created by Louise Bourgeois in 1999 in memory of her mother, and acquisitioned by the city in 2005, Maman has become a symbol of artistic excellence in the capital. Though spiders are usually perceived as terrifying creatures, Bourgeois saw them as intelligent and kind, like her mother.