Arts & Culture

A veggie box you can’t eat (but can listen to!)

You’ve likely heard of Community Supported Agriculture: buy a subscription from a farmer and receive boxes of edibles throughout the season. That premise extends to the art community with a new initiative called CSArt Ottawa, a group of individuals who are curating art by Ottawa-based creatives.

Subscription money is pooled and shared among the artists in order to create original works for patrons. An upfront $400 season subscription gets you a package of two live shows, an original painting, a piece of ceramic art, and a book of poetry. Benefactors get the added kick of supporting emerging art, along with insider details and exclusive party invitations.

The CSArt Ottawa launch party is on Saturday,Sept. 17 at Bar Robo. Everyone’s welcome. The first offering for subscribers will be from powerhouse pop act The PepTides on Oct. 22

The PepTides are a capital gem melding theatrical eras and themes with a B-52 look, a B-movie poster aesthetic, and an A-plus stage presence. They just released a new EP that reprises some early works when the band was just painter-cum-musician Claude Marquis and a few collaborators. Now you’ll hear the soul-shaking heartbreak anthem “Don’t Believe in Love” with all the extravagant amped-up effects of the live show, including stunning group harmonies, funk rhythms, and well-woven instrumentation from each of the nine members.