A weekend of Art (and beer) in Ottawa


Ah, September. It’s that magical time of year where the air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn, and no-one wants to admit the summer is ending. Denial is more than just a river, folks. One thing I do like about Ottawa in September is the number of festivals that are jammed into those last warm days, which turn into evenings that prompt a familiar nostaliga about ‘sweather weather’.

Next weekend in #Ottcity is a big one. Aside from the first rendition of the rebranded City Folk music festival, there are a series of art-based happenings that should not be missed. Specifically, I’m talking about Chinatown Remixed during the day, and Nuit Blanche at night.

Taking place Saturday September 19, these two art festivals promise to liven the city’s landscape for a day. No longer, are we trembling in the wake of Montreal’s shadow! Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but there is something to be said for revisiting familiar, sometimes ordinary places which have been revitalized by art. That these transformations are temporary is part of the appeal.

Chinatown Remixed

Despite being on the same day, these two art events work in conjunction. Chinatown Remixed, is hosting aCT remixedvernissage (aka a sidewalk party) from 2 to 8 PM near the arch on Somerset W. with art installations, an activity, or a performance at each station. The initial art hunt encourages attendees to go from place to place while filling out a passport, and performances (including local bluegrass talent the Noisy Locomotive) concentrated in the Shanghai Restaurant parking lot after 5 PM. The great thing about this festival is that it’s family-friendly, with a variety of activities suited for explorers of all ages. Also, I’ve heard that obtaining stamps in the festival passport will enter you in a prize to win two Porter airlines tickets anywhere the airline flies.

The Art of Brewing

beer trivaShown here is Beaus Kissmeyer Nordic Ale at a Beer Trivia at Raw Sugar Cafe.

CT Remixed will be tapping into local brewing talents, Beau’s and Whitewater Brewery. While Beau’s haven’t revealed which of their many beers will be on tap, one can count on the Lug Tread lagered ale. The clear and crisp taste suits a variety of palets, and it imparts flavour without any bitterness. This easy drinking beer is sure to please, but the beer nerd in me is hoping to see a sneak preview of some of their Oktoberfest beers, brewed to serve at the annual festival at their brewery in Vankleek Hill. Some of these are created specifically for the event only and only seen once or twice a year, and provide an excellent incentive to make the trip for Oktoberfest.

Whitewater brewery will probably be slinging their Famer’s Daughter blonde ale, and the Whistling Paddler english-style ale. The former is a fun if generic beer, but the later sets itself apart through mild hops and a choclate hued barley flavour. Whitewater also offers a stout that I’ve enjoyed in the past, but I would be surprised to see them offer than on tap.







Nuit Blanche

A big name in the art scene, Nuit Blanche has been curating a buzz since it’s inauguration in Ottawa three years ago. Beginning at dusk and theoretically going until dawn, this year’s festival offers a concentrated version, with more installations in the Byward Market. Stepping away from last year’s model, there won’t be much to see in Westboro/Hintonburg, but I think that’s a good step forward for the festival. Events such as Nuit Blanche require a high amount of foot traffic to organically take over the streets, and this will be better accomplished by placing more people in one area. However, there are some interesting looking pieces in our sister city, Gatineau. Don’t panic, there’s a free shuttle bus.

Deadly Sins

One of my favourite memories from a previous Nuit Blanche was visiting St. Brigid’s Center for the Arts, a building which used to host a Catholic Church but has since been taken over for more worldly pursuits. In this building during Nuit Blanche, I was able to buy AND drink a bottle of beer in a (former) church while checking out the exposition. It was fantastic. While the festival itself is alcohol free, there are plenty of watering holes around the market where you can quench your thirst in between exploring the art. Brothers Beer Bistro offers an impressive selection, and their knowledgeable staff are great for questions.
Wherever you find yourself this coming Saturday, take a moment to appreciate the art in everyday life. Ottawa’s artistic community is stepping up, and I hope to see lot of people out for the fun. If there are any expositions you’re looking forward to at either event, feel free to share in the comments!

Limited Edition Hand Printed Poster by Artist Kristina Corre

Introducing our special edition Chinatown Remixed Phoenix by artist Kristina Corre of goodthingsottawa. Visit our Bling Booth Saturday September 19th 2pm – 8pm in the parking lot of the Shanghai Restaurant & snag your very own hand printed poster!

CHINATOWN REMIXED presents: Seventh annual art festival on Somerset Street West. Sat. Sept. 19th 2-8pm

2015 festival is free to attend and features concerts, kid friendly workshops, curated exhibition spaces and yarn bombing. 

Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival
Saturday September 19th, 2015, Exhibitions on display until October 19th, 2015

Chinatown Remixed presents its seventh annual arts festival in Ottawa’s Chinatown. This month-long, free art festival kicks off with a vernissage day on Saturday September 19th from 2-8pm at various locations on Somerset Street West, between Bay and Bell Streets. Chinatown Remixed features visual art, sculpture and performances presented in unconventional spaces such as restaurants, hair salons, grocery stores and alleyways. The festival aims to celebrate Chinatown, one of Ottawa’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, by bringing together local artistic talent to small businesses. Highly anticipated exhibits include: artwork by Amy Thompson at Pygmalion Spa, Tim Hunt at Raw Sugar Café, a group show by Studio La Mouche at Shanghai Restaurant, sketches of Ottawa Alleyways by Colin White and performances by Scary Bear Soundtrack and Smiley OM YOGA.


 The day-long vernissage is Saturday September 19th from 2pm to 5pm along Somerset Street West with an after-party from 5pm to 8pm in the parking lot of Shanghai Restaurant. Day and evening programming includes visual and performance art, live music, food vendors and free child-friendly workshops. Highlights include a local brewery market in Chinatown where Beau’s Brewery and Whitewater Brewery will be pouring craft beer.

We’re very proud to have Porter Airlines back as our jade sponsor. Pick up one of the Chinatown Remixed Passports or visit our website for a printable copy ( Collect stamps in your passport by exploring the neighbourhood for a chance to WIN 2 FREE TICKETS anywhere PORTER AIRLINES flies.

Collect stamps by exploring Chinatown through the eyes of over 30 local artists, including: Rachelle Belange, Amy Thompson, Daniel MartelockEmil Majeta and Sarah Doll at Clear Sky Vape Shop. Play Giant Jenga at Monopolatte and stroll down Somerset Street West. Curated art will be installed at  businesses such as: Kowloon Market, Raw Sugar Café, The Daily Grind Café, Possible Worlds and many others.

“We’re really looking forward to Remixed!” say Melanie Yugo and Jason Pelletier who co-run Spins & Needles and now Possible Worlds, a new art space and studio that has opened up in the neighbourhood. “It’s a wonderful showcase of local creativity and brings so many diverse people to Chinatown. We are happy to be participating in the Festival for the first time and share the love of art with our neighbours.”

About the Chinatown Remixed Collective

The Chinatown Remixed Collective is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit art collective working in collaboration with independent Somerset Street businesses.  Our mission is to strengthen ties between art and business, nurturing Ottawa’s visual and performance artists and vitalizing Chinatown’s entrepreneurial community. For more information, contact, or visit



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Chinatown Remixed kicks off with a bang. Sat. Sept. 19th. 2-8pm

Join us Saturday, September 19th 2pm – 8pm for Ottawa’s one-of-a-kind FREE Art Festival on Somerset Street West. CHINATOWN REMIXED.

Featuring LOCAL ART, PERFORMANCE, FOOD, COMMUNITY & CULTURE in Ottawa’s multicultural village, CHINATOWN.

Enjoy a pint in Chinatown with Beau’s Brewery and Whitewater Brewery in Shanghai Restaurants parking lot.

The Chinatown Remixed Collective are proud to have PORTER AIRLINES as our return sponsor.





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Call for Artist Submissions 2015

The CHINATOWN REMIXED COLLECTIVE would like to invite all emerging and established artists to participate in CHINATOWN REMIXED. This will be Chinatown Remixed’s seventh year showcasing art in non-traditional spaces such as: grocery stores, restaurants, cafés, alleyways and hair salons.

This project is organized by the Chinatown Remixed Collective, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit art collective working in collaboration with independent businesses located on Somerset Street West. Our mission is to nurture the arts community in Ottawa.

Artwork selected through this Call for Submissions will be displayed from September 19th until October 19th 2015.

The grand opening of the exhibits, including vernissages and an artist walking tour, will take place on Saturday, September 19th 2pm – 11pm, 2015 at select locations on Somerset Street West.

Artists are invited to submit original artwork to be included in the Chinatown Remixed festival. Submissions are encouraged for programming on September 19th, as well as for display in Somerset West businesses during the festival.

Acceptable mediums include: video, painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture, music, and performance.

Artists may include up to (4) pieces of artwork within a single submission if they are meant to be displayed together. An artist can submit multiple proposals if the contents are different, for instance a performance piece for September 19th followed by a painting for display in a businesses.

Not able to apply this year, but want to be involved? Why not be a VOLUNTEER! If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact:

 Proposal Submission Instructions

If you would like to participate, please send an email with the following information to:

Deadline for Submissions is: MIDNIGHT Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


CONTACT INFO (e-mail; phone number; mailing address; & website)





 ARTIST’S STATEMENT (Max 200 words describing the proposed work)


SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ARTWORK (title; dimensions; & medium of artwork)


 PHOTOS OF YOUR ARTWORK (jpeg – Max resolution 550 – 1024; 4 photos maximum)




Submitted proposals should include MAX 200 words describing the proposed work, including visual support in the form of 3-4 jpegs of your current work. If your proposal is to create a brand new piece of work (one that is different from your previous works), please include visual support, i.e. a sketch or mock up of the proposed work and a rough idea of how it would fit in a Remixed space. Former participants of Chinatown Remixed exhibits should NOT submit images of past works. Plagiarism of text or visual support materials will be considered inadmissible.

Artists who are successful will be contacted no later than August 1th 2015.