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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015! + Dine Alone Records prize pack

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.

I know it’s still summer but…. Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi! Better start practicing your German toasts to health and wellness, because everyone’s favourite Vankleek Hill field party will soon be here. Mark your 2015 cat calendar for Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3: Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. Oh and tickets went on sale at 10AM August 6 for $27 a day or $39.50 for the weekend – I’ll just wait for you here while you go get those. Welcome back. Look, I could talk about Oktoberfest all... | Continue reading article

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Music for your next road trip

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Photo courtesy of the band.Photo courtesy of the band.

Union Duke’s album Cash and Carry is the perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip.  Greeted by a banjo twang in the first track’s opening bars you can’t help but be overcome by that hopeful feeling you get turning the key in the ignition on a sunny summer’s day and pulling on to the road headed who-knows-where. Consisting mostly of high-energy bluegrass inspired tunes but balanced nicely with some more sombre, bittersweet songs like “Leaving My Girl”, the album is definitely best listened to while rolling down the highway. Probably... | Continue reading article

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Flying Hórses release album at #ARB2015

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Photo from flyinghorses.ca.Photo from flyinghorses.ca.

On a sunny summer’s day last month, in a tiny café in the Glebe, I met up with Jade Bergeron of Flying Hórses. When I sat down with Jade last year, she was just planning her trip to Iceland to record her part of the group’s debut album, Tölt. Now she and Raphael Weinroth-Browne are preparing for their album release at this year’s Arboretum Festival, after which Jade will be returning to Iceland to live and make music. Jade had been dreaming of Iceland for as long as she could remember.... | Continue reading article

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Spectacle aquatique multimédia gratuit à Gatineau

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Ottavienne, je l’avoue, il n’est pas souvent que je fais la touriste de l’autre côté de la rive. Pourquoi? Bref, c’est un concours de circonstances, j’imagine. Cela dit, vendredi dernier, je suis sortie en date avec mon chum pour la première fois depuis la naissance de notre petit Léandre, et voilà que notre choix de divertissement s’arrêta sur le spectacle aquatique multimédia AGWÀTÀ, présenté à la tombée du jour, du 24 juillet au 2 août. Un délice expérientiel : le fruit de la créativité d’artistes et de collaborateurs locaux. AGWÀTÀ : 15... | Continue reading article

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Local makers of sounds transcend genres on So Sorry Records

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Detail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi TheriaultDetail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi Theriault

How do we speak about musical style without hyphens, dashes and slashes? If too many words are needed to describe a style, would none be better? So Sorry Records encourages us to think about this and just listen. The artists of this Ottawa-centric label provide a space where words should only describe impressions, not categorize music. So Sorry Records is a local imprint of the New York, Rotterdam and Ottawa label Pop Drone Records.  Though Pop Drone explores “off centre music”, the artists of the label featured on So Sorry... | Continue reading article

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The Jesse Green Band sizzled at Irene’s

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From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Local artists, The Jesse Greene Band, shook up a packed house at Irene’s Pub on Friday night, with their highly charged brand of rockin’ powerhouse blues. Now changed from a 5-piece down to a 4-piece, Jesse Greene tells me about the new band configuration: “At first, I had gotten used to playing with another guitarist, but now I’m not phrasing things around a second player and taking a rhythm in that balance. Having a guest at the show made me realize that while it’s nice to have a second guitarist... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 23, 2015

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Detail of Nicky Jean's new album StairsDetail of Nicky Jean's new album Stairs

We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter.  Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!    

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Pistol George Warren stop in Ottawa tonight!

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Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

Pistol George Warren, a nine-piece band from Sudbury who describe themselves as a “retro-pop party-on-a-stage” are bringing their infectious energy to Ottawa tonight for a show at the Rainbow Bistro. The band recently released an album, Oceapur9, a fun blend of country, rock, pop, and a little bit of everything else, that will definitely get you in a summer groove. You can stream the album online here. The band was originally made up of six guys when they put out their full-length album, Back to Northern Country, in 2011. When... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: 7 things that stood out

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Kanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le DroitKanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le Droit

It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans were at the gates as early as 9:30 in the morning, ready to camp out in the blazing heat for the much-anticipated show twelve hours later. On an exceptionally hot and humid day Simple Plan... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The Tea Party take us on a magic carpet ride

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Jeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry SteevesJeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry Steeves

The combination of the setting sun amidst the ambient sounds of Middle Eastern music cast a spell over the growing audience that quickly assembled in front of the Canadian stage on this final night of Bluesfest. Canadian headliners, The Tea Party, would take us on a magic carpet ride through their vast repertoire, dating all the way back to their debut, self-titled album of 1991. Their signature sound is derived from influences of psychedelic and Middle Eastern flavours, using a multitude of old world stringed and percussive instruments, but also... | Continue reading article

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