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In conjunction with the 2017 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations in Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is thrilled to present Art is Art, an exhibition highlighting the synergy between visual art and music, showcasing the visual art practices of prominent Canadian recording artists. Commissioned by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), JUNO Award winners have created works of visual art that celebrate the creative connection between these two disciplinary fields. The works will be unveiled for the first time at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex. Featuring a diversity of national talent, the works will also be a part of the building blocks of the JUNO Awards’ permanent collection, and will appear as a part of the JUNO Awards each year further travelling to other galleries and cultural institutions within Canada.

Artists featured in the Art is Art will include influential Canadian Jann Arden, Leonard Cohen, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Hugh Dillon (Headstones), Marc Jordan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Lights, Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash), Sarah McLachlan, Dylan Phillips (Half Moon Run), Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and LeE HARVey OsMOND), Josh Winstead (Metric) and Royal Wood.

“The Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the JUNO Awards to produce this exhibition which exemplifies the fact that many artists work across disciplines and excel not just in music but in the visual arts as well.”

- Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO

Also on view at the OAG Annex will be a stunning retrospective photography exhibition showcasing 40 plus years of Canadian music and the JUNO Awards. A selection of photos from the JUNO Awards’ 40th Anniversary book, Music from Far and Wide, as well as never before seen photos taken by Canada’s foremost rock and roll photographers including Barry Roden, Bruce Cole, Grant Martin, George PimentalPimentel, and Alex Urosevic, along with photographers from iPhoto Inc..

The exhibition Art is Art, organized by the OAG and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)/The JUNO Awards, will be on view from March 10 to April 16, 2017, at the OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.

The opening reception will take place on Friday March 31 2017, 5 PM at the OAG Annex (City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa).

The OAG Annex is open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.

Dropbox link to Art is Art images:


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