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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Blondie

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Deborah Harry of Blondie performs on the Claridge stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.Deborah Harry of Blondie performs on the Claridge stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.

For me, Blondie was the Madonna of the seventies…a sort of wild child Marilyn Monroe sporting a bad ass attitude, which was as present on stage as it was in her vocals. The band was formed by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in 1974, changing their name from “Angel and the Snake” to “Blondie” the following year. Her music has taken us on a ride of punk, pop, rock, reggae, disco, and even rap, of which “Rapture” (Auto American – 1980) has been attributed as being the first... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Procol Harum

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Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.

British progressive/symphonic rock band, Procol Harum, was formed in 1967 by multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Gary Brooker, and his friend and lyricist, Keith Reid, who has remained as Brooker’s collaborator to this day. Their first release of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” in the same year, was a number one hit on a global scale. The combination of Brooker’s melancholy vocals, baroque style organ, and mystical lyrics would set the tone for the band’s unique sound. Their music was often backed by symphony orchestras to create a full symphonic sound. Over the years, the... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Day 5 – Styx, Don Felder, Foreigner

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One of our younger generation enjoying the music of Foreigner. All photos by Terry Steeves.One of our younger generation enjoying the music of Foreigner. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Day five of Bluesfest brought a night of classic powerhouse rock to both the Bell main stage and the River stage with a return to the music of my youth. On May 16th, the combined forces of Styx, Don Felder, and Foreigner, launched their massive U.S. Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014, with an off-the-beaten-path stop right here in Ottawa. For me, to finally see and hear these bands for the first time brought me back to an era of music that I lived and breathed, with songs that were so... | Continue reading article

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Support Local is coming back: Call for submissions

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Every year, we at Apartment613 team up with artists, businesses, musicians, restaurants and other creative folk from around the city to bring you Support Local, a month-long series of collaborative events showcasing all that’s great about our city. In years past, Support Local has brought you collaborative events like the Plaid Parade bike parade, Benchworks art show at Magpie, Victoire’s Rock ‘n’ Roll pizza party, and oh-so-much-more. And this year, Support Local is back with a vengeance! We’ve moved Support Local to October this year (crossing our fingers for better... | Continue reading article

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Goddo release concert DVD and perform live at Bluesfest tomorrow

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Photo by Terry Steeves.Photo by Terry Steeves.

For those already familiar with Canadian hard rockers, Goddo, you’ll remember them blazing onto the scene in 1975, with their crazy, in-your-face brand of high decibel rock, and their larger than life stage presence. Performances soaked in hard and steady head banging beats, luscious power chord delights, topped off with a set of searing vocals that deliver a wealth of hot and heavy lyrics. They weren’t called the pretty bad boys for nothing…living their life on the road with the same no-holds-barred intensity that they unleashed on the stage. This... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Vintage Trouble

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Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Day 3 of Bluesfest brought plenty of sun, and the grounds of LeBreton Flats began to fill up early in the afternoon. I could already see traces of Gaga fever present as I ran across the odd pink and blue beehive clad females, anticipating what I knew would be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest act this year. But I wasn’t here for Ms. Gaga. I decided to take full advantage of catching an act that has been stirring up some fuss in the last couple years… I... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Matt Andersen and The Mellotones

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Matt Andersen. All photos by Terry Steeves.Matt Andersen. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Imagine if you will, a booming soulful voice somewhere between that of Joe Cocker and the warm tone of Jeff Healey. And then try to imagine that voice being backed up by a 9-piece band of amazing proportions, complete with a full horn section, and some great vocal harmonies. Matt Andersen’s songs are soulful tales of the hard working blue collar life growing up in the small town of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. He combines his musical influences of blues, soul, and folk to create a passionate vibe to his lyrics.... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Harper and the Midwest Kind

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No sooner had I entered through the gates at Bluesfest, I was snagged by the sweet sounds of some rich grooving’ blues coming from the Claridge stage. The man fronting the 3-piece band was playing the harp like nobody’s business, backed by a band busy churning out some fiery blues. And then he opened his mouth to sing, and I was immediately hooked…I wasn’t going anywhere for awhile. The man in question, was Peter D. Harper, with his band, the Midwest Kind, all hailing from the Michigan area. But the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Free summer picnics with Harvest Noir

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the farmers are hauling crates of their newly harvested produce to outdoor markets across the city. For Harvest Noir, that can only mean one thing – BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) because it’s time to picnic. A two-part free summer picnic will take place on July 12 and August 23, giving Ottawans the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore some of the finer open-air venues this city has to offer. Picnickers of all ages will be scouring... | Continue reading article

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