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Bluesfest: The electronic sounds of Frayd

Even though he’s only 17 years old, Ottawa-based DJ and electronic music producer Frayd is already making quite a name for himself. Having grown up in a musical family, his precocious talent started to manifest itself in the fall of 2013, when he began making electronic music in his bedroom under the name Chil Pollins. He […]

Photo of Riishi Von Rex and Michel Delage by Alyosha Derry

Bluesfest: The soulful voice of Riishi Von Rex

Over the past six years, singer-songwriter Riishi Von Rex has been tearing up the Ottawa music scene with her soulful voice and impressive guitar licks. Having played both as a solo artist and with several backing musicians, she teamed up with drummer Michel Delage in 2012 to form the current incarnation of the group, which […]

Buck N' Nice. Photo from their Facebook page.

Bluesfest: Buck N’ Nice to debut new tracks

After sharing the stage with fellow local hip hop duo Flight Distance this past Wednesday, Buck N’ Nice are looking to make their upcoming Saturday set something special. With the promise of new music from as-yet unreleased album EMAG, alongside the strength of their stage show, that seems pretty likely—there’s very little in the way […]

Photo of Musk Ox courtesy of the band

Bluesfest: The dazzling chamber sound of Musk Ox

When Musk Ox released their latest album Woodfall last year, it quickly became the most popular Ottawa record on Bandcamp, as well as being the #3 Bandcamp album in Canada. Listening to the beautiful compositions of this chamber-folk trio, which combine classical guitar (Nathanaël Larochette), cello (Raphael Weinroth-Browne) and violin (Evan Runge), it’s easy to see why […]

The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

Bluesfest: A summer evening with the superb Hilotrons

Since forming in 2001, the Hilotrons have become one of Ottawa’s most innovative musical groups. They have also gained a reputation for being involved in numerous interesting projects: among other things, their music has been performed at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, they released a special double-sided album that can only be played on a Fisher […]

Bluesfest: The avant-garde soundscapes of Fet.Nat

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUjppJnLlvU[/youtube] Fet.Nat “WTF Jumpin’ Bean” Pop Montreal 2014 / Parlabande – Published on Oct 13, 2014 (courtesy of YouTube) If Ottawa audiences want to hear some interesting musical experiments taking place in our region, then they need look no further than across the bridge to Quebec. Since 2010, the Hull-based collective Fet.Nat has been concocting strange […]

Photo takes from the New Swear's album cover for Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever

Bluesfest: New Swears garage punk

Ottawa’s full-throttle party band New Swears don’t really care what people think of them. As they sing in their song “Main Stream”:     And some band already did that /     we don’t really give a shit /     We’re just having way too much fun /     to care about the […]

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