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Photo from Dynamite Motel's Facebook page

Marvest: Spend a night in the intimate wing of Ottawa’s Dynamite Motel

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands. Singer-songwriter, Dynamite Motel (a trickily-woven anagram for Mindy Amelotte) is something of a veteran on the Ottawa music scene. With […]

Lucinda Williams plays CityFolk on Sunday, Sept 20 at 5:30.

CityFolk Festival: What’s New and Our 6 Picks

With just over two decades in the saddle, this year’s rendition of Ottawa’s Folk Fest will showcase two significant changes. The first is a location leap from the grassy banks of Hog’s Back Falls to the now-buzzing and more central locale of Landsdowne Park. This is not the first time the fest has changed locations. […]

From The Dead Lands, a Maori action movie that is kicking off the festival

Asinabka Festival showcases Indigenous films from around the world

August 19th to the 23rd will see the 4th Asinabka Festival come to life here in Ottawa. We caught up with Festival co-director, Howard Adler to get the scoop on what’s going down for this year’s edition. Apt613: While I’m sure that some (perhaps many) of our readers are familiar with Asinabka Festival, for those […]

Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.

Polaris Prize Nominees: B.A. Johnston at Irene’s on Friday

This piece is part of a mini-series covering some of the artists nominated for the Polaris Prize, who are playing shows in Ottawa. Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston, the tenaciously-touring troubadour has become a cornerstone of the Canadian music scene in that when he tours this vast nation, he really covers all of it. His live shows […]

Tanya Tagaq.

Take 5 for the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

Despite the abundance of genres, the various styles and wide-ranging traditions, jazz essentially is about improvisation, collaboration, and the ongoing quest for exploration. It’s about creating musical moments bound in the precarious nature of time. Or, to say it another way, it’s about sonically interpreting the precariousness of time by collaborating in the construction of […]

Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.

Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on […]

Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

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