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Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

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Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals on a day punctuated by superstitious possibilities… This week on the show we’ve got Patrick Gauthier: Curator of the upcoming Undercurrents independent-theatre festival.  We talk a bit about what the 2015 program has to offer... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

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Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta last fall, has been steadily building a following, helped along by the radio play of the ever –so-catchy “Bungalow.” Helman has two shows coming up at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this Saturday. Early in... | Continue reading article

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The gorgeous jazz sounds of Elizabeth Shepherd

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Photo of Elizabeth Shepherd courtesy of Pinwheel MusicPhoto of Elizabeth Shepherd courtesy of Pinwheel Music

Montreal-based musician Elizabeth Shepherd is a delight to listen to. With a gorgeous jazz sound that combines several other influences, her music is a truly inventive audio blend.  Local music lovers can see her musical talent first-hand this Friday when she performs at the Dominion-Chalmers Church (355 Cooper St.) at 7:30 pm as part of Ottawa’s Winter Jazz Festival. (If you’re not familiar with her work surf over to this YouTube page). With an impressive discography that includes five albums and one release of remixes, it is no surprise that her latest recent The Signal... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Live Music Scene: The Bourbon Room

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View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. Many restaurants and bars have been responding to the demand by making modifications to provide space, with some going to lengths of including full sound and lighting. This series of articles seeks to highlight the... | Continue reading article

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Valentine’s Day in Ottawa

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Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.

Booze will be flowing, burlesque will be performed and of course – love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day in Ottawa. Young or old, newcomer or life-long Ottawan, even if you’re single there’s an event in the city right for you on the most romantic day of the year. Let’s break it down! Sweetheart Cocktail for Arts The Sweetheart Cocktail for the Arts event actually takes place on the 12th, but it is a perfect warm-up for the weekend ahead. The Ottawa Arts Council has been throwing a... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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Hilotrons drop new album February 24

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Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. If you’re looking for an upbeat, electro-punk meets funk fusion album with built-in underlying smart commentary, you can’t do better than To Trip with Terpischore, Hilotrons’ newest release. After ten years of making music and serious moves in the Canadian music scene, the band disbanded only to reform again under the virtuoso fingertips of Mike Dubue, lead vocalist and keyboarding guru. “It was our first album out of the gates” – an eight track LP-side-A-like... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 février 2015 :: LIVE Session au Château Cyr avec IKENNA! On célèbre la multiplication des nouveautés musicales!

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Photo : Kristina CorrePhoto : Kristina Corre

Basement 819 est aux aguets et respire calmement devant le feu roulant artistique qui se déroule sous son oeil de lynx. Avez-vous consulté le Weekend Roundup? On vous y encourage fortement! Notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau, instigateur du projet Le Château Cyr à Vanier, nous a offert l’un des meilleurs LIVE Session de sa carrière (!). Fiers de cette collaboration, nous sommes enchantés de vous présenter Ikenna “Open Secret” Onyegbula. Basement 819 | LIVE Session Ikenna by Basement819 on Mixcloud SLAM Le Château! (Et l’anti (?) Saint-Valentin) Une autre soirée Chapeau... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend long at the Shaw centre Sexapalooza is happening. Indulge your dirtiest desires and take in the novelty of this annual convention for sex seminars, shopping and workshops. Adult film star Tori Black will make an... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: I like the second feature better by The Jerry Gross Organization

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From Left: Bill Guerrero, Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood of The Jerry Gross Organization. Photo courtesy of the band.From Left: Bill Guerrero, Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood of The Jerry Gross Organization. Photo courtesy of the band.

The Jerry Gross Organization are a new trio based in Ottawa. But you might recognize the band members’ names from various past projects. Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood have been writing music and playing together since they were teenagers. They were introduced to Bill Guerrero (The Band Whose Name is a Symbol) when he recorded their previous band, The City Above, for a feature on his radio show (Crimes Against Music on CKCU FM). They have been making music together since mid-2013 and are set to release their debut album,... | Continue reading article

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