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Jazzfest: Chris Botti review

Chris Botti and his line-up of world-class musicians and special guests completely seduced the crowd on Sunday night’s Main Stage performance in the gorgeous setting of Confederation Park. Botti displayed his mastery of utilizing the trumpet as a tool to add unique shapes to multiple genres of music. His amazing skills of playing and adaptation […]

Jazzfest: Victor Nesrallah review

It didn’t take long for a mass of people to gather around the Rideau Centre stage to see Ottawa’s long-time performer, Victor Nesrallah and his band on Saturday afternoon. He was joined by an accomplished trio of Craig Wallace (double bass), Mike Bellavy (drums), and Keith Snider (violin), where they played an hour long set […]

Jazzfest: Groenland

Five years ago in Montreal, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque started a project that would soon become Groenland. Halde describes the six-person group including her, Lévesque, Gabrielle Girard-Charest, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, Simon Gosselin and Jonathan Charette, as an indie pop orchestra. “It was my first original project and I kind of wanted it to be big,” […]

Jazzfest: Perhaps the banjo is the coolest instrument

I am a sucker for people who coin cool words.  Whether it’s comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness“, or the brilliant “plutoed,” I appreciate the creation of a new moniker. So I had to smile when I came across “Djangobilly”, which is how the members of the Cossette Combo (aka the Sick Sick Sicks) describe their irresistible […]

Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the […]

Jazzfest: Eating lunch with melody, harmony and swing

Sometimes in life special surprises are free.  In the case of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Jazz at Noon and Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz series both offer free shows every day until June 30.  These lunchtime soirées are not only a great way to have a break from work, they will also allow audiences to see some of the best musical […]

Jazzfest: The dreamily eerie sound of Timber Timbre

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1blYADLvg2Q[/youtube] Canadian music group Timber Timbre must have a really good sense of humour.  After the band was first formed in the mid-2000s, they developed a reputation as a spooky ensemble that produced dark and creepy music.  But instead of taking this potential putdown to heart, the group had some fun and named their fourth record Creep […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

For those of you sweltering out there today, we’ve got good news – while we can’t control the weather, we can suggest oh-so-cool things for you to do this weekend. And if all of these activities sound like too much work in this heat, just park yourself at Feverfest or the Jazz Festival all weekend […]

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