As the leaves began to slip into their autumnal shades in September of 1988, Ottawa’s artists won a years-long battle to secure their city a municipal art gallery of its very own. Built with the hopes of showcasing the unique energy and voices of the local artistic scene, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has, in the two decades since its founding, upheld its advocacy and celebration of municipal talent with an ever-changing roster of exhibits. An ongoing lineup of interactive programs and events cultivates a community of art lovers and sparks cultural discussions. Meanwhile, kids' art camps bolster the creativity of local youngsters and the egos of any cryogenically defrosted Monets in attendance. The OAG also houses the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, a compendium of upward of 1,600 homegrown masterpieces from the modern period featuring celebrated artists including Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt, and Paul-Émile Borduas.
The artisans at Framing & Art Centre love a challenge. With years of experience in the field and a workshop updated with efficient framing machinery, they take on any framing project with confidence. Hockey jerseys and ticket stubs find homes in custom shadowboxes, and paintings and photographs retain their brightness with the help of acid-free matting and UV-resistant glazes. For those unsure of what style frame they want, Framing & Art Centre's artisans are happy to offer suggestions and collaborate on the final design.
DNA 11 is the leading producer of DNA portraits, a truly personalized form of art based on each patron's unique genetic makeup. The process begins with you choosing your style, color, or additional options for your custom work of art. Additional options such as a duplicate DNA mini portrait ($99), a high-resolution digital download ($50), or the addition of your signature ($50) cost extra. After checkout, you'll wait a few days for a DNA-collection kit and instructions to arrive at your address so you can provide a small genetic sample (painlessly taken with a sterilized cheek swab included in the conveniently mailed kit). When you ship the DNA sample back in a pre-addressed envelope from the kit, an authentic DNA image will be generated in a genetic lab. After the DNA is captured for a perfect, raw digital image, the sample is destroyed.
When the founders of Adirondack River Outfitters first took their raft to the shores of Moose River, they didn't know it was widely renowned as one of the wildest, most intense waterway in the region. The spirited New Yorkers were just looking for adventure, fun, and a means to explore their homeland's natural beauty. After falling in love with the river's tumultuous rapids and scenic surrounding wilderness, the trailblazers began honing their rafting skills with regular trips, eventually bringing their friends and family along for the ride.
More than three decades later, the group of adventurous guides continues to lead tours down Moose River. The guides, however, have since expanded their inventory of trips to include three other major New York rivers, each characterized by unique classes of rapids and magnificent rural backdrops. A cheerful bunch, the guides always end trips with a homemade barbecue, along with thrilling stories, good-hearted jokes, and impressive recitations of the first 34 digits of pi.
Draped in a black cloak, a figure holds a lantern to light the way along a weathered stone wall. As the tour group follows, the cloaked leader recounts a story, perhaps a tale about Canada?s last working gallows, or perhaps about the riots that once overtook the streets.
Though Haunted Walk?s guides are well known for their theatrical flair, the tales they tell are not so well known. As they lead walking tours of Kingston, Ottawa, and Toronto, the guides unveil fascinating yet rarely told tales of each city?s dark side. Narrations may include ghost stories backed by eye-witness accounts or the underpinnings of a nefarious political plot. Haunted Walk doesn't limit it tours to just the dark side ? they also offer Steampunk time-travel tours, which transport participants on a wacky adventure through the hidden secrets of Ottawa's past. Private tours are also available.
January 11, 2015 will mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald?Canada?s first prime minister. Theatrical walking tours allow both students and adults to learn about Sir John?s achievements by walking in his footsteps. On these tours?named the Best of 2012 by Vacay.ca?professional actors and musicians from the SALON Acting Company dress in period costumes to regale guests with Sir John?s triumphs and scandals. The tours visit the hotel where Mackenzie King spoke to the dead, the Market Square where the first Canada Day was celebrated in 1867, and the home of Sir John?s arch nemesis.
But the celebration of Sir John isn't limited to tours alone. SirJohnA2015 was founded to throw him a party, and like all great parties, its more than a year long. The cross-Canada celebration highlights Sir John?s life and achievements while weaving in entertainment to engage Canadians and recognize the life and legacy of Canada?s first Prime Minister.