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Basement 819 du 1er octobre 2014 :: C’est le Beau’s Oktoberfest! Party Chapeau au Château Cyr. La Nouvelle Scène investit dans l’intimité de la musique. Dévoilement des nominations pour les prix GAMIQ. Voyez Fontarabie, c’est gratuit!

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Basement 819 vous en passe un papier, la fin de semaine sera chargée. Voici les musts de notre 35e édition! Beau’s Oktoberfest 2014 C’est à Vankleek Hill, à moins d’une heure d’Ottawa qu’aura lieu l’édition 2014 du Beau’s Oktoberfest. Le plan du site est fabuleux, une quarantaine de microbrasseries seront représentées sur place + une série de bands de la m-u-e-r-t-e (The Rural Alberta Advantage entre autres qui vient de sortir un album Mended With Gold qui fait jaser de bonheur). Écoutez Éric qui démontre un enthousiasme sans borne pour... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Your brain on improv: IMOOFEST 2014

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Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.

As a teenager and wannabe punk-rocker, I was always hearing my musician friends talking about ‘jamming.’ They were going to jam, they wanted to jam, they were in the process of ‘jamming.’ A music lover but non-musician myself, this was a very elusive activity to me and one I still don’t completely understand. Jamming is not just a thing of aspiring high school rock stars. The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa / Outaouias (IMOO) is a group influenced by jazz, classical, folk, and rock genres and committed to the exploration of... | Continue reading article

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Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

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Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in which they board the stage – through the crowd. It’s as if to say, we are one with you, and we’re doing this thing together. Before even a note was played, the audience was already... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

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Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or abiding by every style rule, she proves that modesty and a strong sense of self can be chic, too. Though the singer first shot to stardom as a result of her entirely unique sound comprised... | Continue reading article

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An overview of Folk Fest 2014

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Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the Hill stage, located on the north side. There was also a delightful trolling gypsy vaudeville act offering free wedding ceremonies, complete with musical accompaniment of accordion, bass drum, and violin. Also at this end was... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Fest debuts this weekend

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Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.

It isn’t all Christina Aguilera and Cher singing “Show Me How You Burlesque” in sequined costumes. It’s a form of art. Well, maybe it’s a little about the sequins and singing as Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Festival debuts this weekend with an exceptionally diverse roster of performers. “There’s a hint of what you see in movies actually in the real thing,” said James Demjan, festival co-founder. But movies like Burlesque (2010) and even further back to Moulin Rouge (2001) are a driving force behind reducing the stigma surrounding the sultry... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 17 septembre 2014 :: Éric se fait historique. Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau. Grandiloquent Festival international de films d’animation à Ottawa. Chic pique-nique Harvest Noir.

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Basement 819 trippe fort sur le cinéma cette semaine. Éric est toujours aussi thématique, il se fraye un chemin vers le passé d’Ottawa pour explorer le mythique Capitol Theatre construit en 1920 sur la rue Bank au coin de la rue Queen. À l’époque, ce cinéma pouvait accueillir rien de moins que 2430 spectateurs. Il a été démolli en 1970, un vestige perdu nous direz-vous. L’endroit était même considéré comme l’un des plus beaux “movie palace” en Amérique du Nord. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream sont passés par là… LE... | Continue reading article

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