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.
(Image of the Peptides: Andre Gagne)
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 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.