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New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

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At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the Daily Grind and a number of adjacent businesses, leaving several people homeless. In December, Raw Sugar, which took on many of the show bookings displaced by the closure of Mugshots, shuttered its doors for the... | Continue reading article

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Seven fun facts about #NACPresents

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Some of the artists featured in the NAC Presents series: Pierre Kwenders (photo from his Facebook page), Safia Nolin (photo from her Bandcamp page), and Tanya Tagaq (photo from her website).Some of the artists featured in the NAC Presents series: Pierre Kwenders (photo from his Facebook page), Safia Nolin (photo from her Bandcamp page), and Tanya Tagaq (photo from her website).

The NAC is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its “NAC Presents” concert series this Saturday with a shindig in the NAC lobby.  The party will feature music by The Lionyls, Mehdi Cayenne, U.S. Girls, and headliners A Tribe Called Red.  For the past five years, the concert series has brought many of Canada’s best up-and-coming artists and many of its most established stars to Ottawa. The series is produced by Simone Deneau, the NAC’s Producer of Variety and Community Programming.  Before the party on Saturday, Simone shared with us some of her... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with A Tribe Called Red’s Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau

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A Tribe Called Red. Photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography. ATCR will be headlining the #NACPresents 5 year anniversary party this Saturday night.A Tribe Called Red. Photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography. ATCR will be headlining the #NACPresents 5 year anniversary party this Saturday night.

The NAC Presents concert series is hosting its 5th anniversary party this Saturday, January 9 in the NAC foyer. Live music at the party will feature U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls, and will be headlined by hometown “powwow-step” superstars A Tribe Called Red. Apt613 spoke with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau this week to talk about the year that was for ATCR, and what 2016 will bring. Apt613: It’s a brand new year, so I’ll start by asking, what did A Tribe Called Red get up to in 2015?... | Continue reading article

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Night Lovell finds success online and returns for hometown love

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Photo of Night Lovell from his Facebook pagePhoto of Night Lovell from his Facebook page

There is a hidden gem tucked away in Ottawa’s underground music scene that goes by the name Night Lovell. The eighteen year old psychedelic rapper remains a mystery to most of Canada but is becoming a household name here in his hometown. Although he has been rapidly gaining popularity in major Canadian cities like Montreal and Toronto after having performed at several nightclubs, he originally gained his following on Soundcloud and YouTube. Due to his creative take on the popular genre of music commonly known as cloud rap, he has... | Continue reading article

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wotts’ new album anything but a b-side

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

The band known as wotts is unique in the Ottawa hip hop scene. Their mix of beatboxing, understated guitar and synth work allows their recordings to stand out in a city that is slowly developing a more ubiquitous sound. They released their first EP, a, in December 2014, shortly after forming as a side project by several of the members of Antiks. November saw the release of their follow up EP, appropriately titled b. With this second album, wotts is beginning to differentiate themselves from their roots and make their... | Continue reading article

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Welcome the new year with the magic of Oz

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Photo by Keith PattisonPhoto by Keith Pattison

In the spirit of this holiday season let me begin with some well deserved applause. I want to tell Broadway Across Canada that their latest musical is awesome, and that any past bad blood between us is water under the bridge. You see, this past spring I attended the fiasco that was Dirty Dancing. This performance was so bad — it’s possibly among the worst shows I have ever seen in Ottawa — I grumbled to myself that I would never see another Broadway Across Canada production again. But then I learned that... | Continue reading article

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2 de 2 : Survol des meilleurs albums canadiens 2015 selon Basement 819

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Chaque année une pléiade d’albums fait son apparition sur les tablettes des disquaires qui survivent encore, ou plus communément dans votre magasin de musique en ligne. Parmi ce lot, certaines œuvres sonores réussissent à se démarquer. Bien que nous soyons conscients qu’il existe plusieurs listes de ce genre qui tapisse vos murs virtuels, nous souhaitions participer à cet excitant exercice. C’est donc sans aucune prétention que nous vous présentons de ce pas la liste des meilleurs albums de 2015 qui a marqué l’essor de plusieurs nouveaux artistes sur la scène... | Continue reading article

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1 de 2 : Gros plan sur les meilleurs albums locaux 2015 selon Basement 819

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De semaine en semaine, le portrait culturel de la région Ottawa-Gatineau dépasse notre capacité à en dévoiler toute sa richesse. En constante évolution depuis plusieurs années, l’industrie de notre musique produite localement bat son plein ; des trésors résident chez nous et nous nous ravissons de les voir sortir de l’ombre. Répandons cette bonne nouvelle! Flying Hórses – Tölt Sonore et enchanteur, Flying Hórses séduit par sa façon de faire vibrer le violoncelle gracieusement agencé au piano et au synthétiseur. Quand s’en mêle la trompette c’est toute une église –... | Continue reading article

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Wooden Sky gets into the giving spirit

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Wooden Sky. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Wooden Sky. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Last night The Wooden Sky rolled in from Toronto to play one ferociously good show at the NAC 4th stage. The good news is they’re playing again tonight and there may still be some tickets available. Dubbed The Wooden Sky Holiday Show there was plenty of holiday spirit without any of the old familiar carols. This is “holiday” in the sense of charity, goodwill and just generally looking out for one another. No bells jingling or chestnuts roasting anywhere. For the past five years The Wooden Sky has made a... | Continue reading article

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Ian Fletcher Thornley delivers killer show at Mavericks

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The set list. All photos by Terry Steeves.The set list. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“I could tell it was going to be killer before we even got into the room and jammed.” And killer it was, as the three musicians, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Dave McMillan, and Glenn Milchem, delivered musical magic in an explosive cocktail of guitar, bass, and drums onstage at Mavericks Friday night. The generous set list was comprised of nearly every track from Ian Fletcher Thornley’s first solo album, Secrets (Anthem Records/Warner Music Canada), released Oct. 30th this year. The album steps away from the bigger, wonderfully bombastic sounds of his... | Continue reading article

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