Aaron Hemens

Features Writer & Photographer

Aaron Hemens is a freelance multimedia journalist and recent graduate from Carleton University’s journalism program. Outside of writing for Ottawa Life Magazine, Aaron is a experienced and dedicated photographer, having worked as the photo assistant and summer photo editor at The Charlatan, Carleton’s independent student-newspaper. You can check out his photos on his Instagram: @aaron.hemens
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Ottawa Art Gallery hosts silent art auction in new building space for first time

Ottawa Art Gallery hosts silent art auction in new building space for first time

All photos by Aaron Hemens Artists, art enthusiasts and collectors from across the National Capital region mingled and occasionally placed bids at the 20th annual “LE PARTY” silent art auction, which was hosted at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)’s new expanded building space for the [...]

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Victoria Rose’s rise to the top of Ottawa Idol

 Victoria Rose’s rise to the top of Ottawa Idol

Photo provided by: Eldon J. Fox Victoria Rose never pictured herself winning Ottawa Idol. So when she was crowned as the champion of this year’s competition on Sept. 9, you can only imagine how she reacted to the news. “I was pretty speechless. The final three was tough, and we all come [...]

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Cadence Weapon is back, and he’s feeling better than he ever was before

Cadence Weapon is back, and he’s feeling better than he ever was before

Photo credit: Mark Sommerfeld You would think that after spending the entire month of August in Europe on the road, travelling and performing in cities such as London, Glasgow and Berlin in the sweltering heat, that Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon would be ready to hang the mic up and call it a year. [...]

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Ottawa SlutWalk continues fight against sexual assault and victim blaming

Ottawa SlutWalk continues fight against sexual assault and victim blaming

In an effort to put an end to issues such as rape culture, sexual violence and victim-blaming, hundreds rallied at the Human Rights Monument on Sunday, Sept. 9 before marching through the streets of Centretown for the seventh annual Ottawa SlutWalk. This year’s event was organized by the Purple [...]

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Ottawa’s biggest and most colourful Capital Pride Parade to date

Ottawa’s biggest and most colourful Capital Pride Parade to date

Photos by Aaron Hemens The streets of Centretown were flooded with a wide variety of colourful scenes and individuals on Sunday, Aug. 26, as thousands of people from all walks of life came together to celebrate the 2018 Capital Pride parade, the finale to the weeklong festival of Pride celebrations. [...]

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Capital Pride’s Biggest Celebration Yet

Capital Pride’s Biggest Celebration Yet

All photos by Aaron Hemens This year’s Capital Pride festival is shaping up to be the biggest one to date, with the week-long celebration pumping out an event everyday up until the Capital Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 26. Starting on Sunday, Aug. 19, sixteen signature events organized by [...]

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Magnificent and Mesmerizing: Ottawa International Buskerfest

Magnificent and Mesmerizing: Ottawa International Buskerfest

Photo credits: Aaron Hemens From August 2-6, Sparks Street was home to a number of comedic and sometimes death-defying street acts from more than 25 street performers from around the globe for the 27th annual Ottawa International Buskerfest. For nearly 10 hours each day, street performers—hailing [...]

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