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Basement 819 du 16 juillet :: Le tour du monde en trois événements! La programmation du Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi nous sourit. Des concerts? Éric en fabrique!

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Basement 819 cette semaine vous convie à trois événements d’envergure internationale. L’instant d’un moment, vous croirez que vous vivez le plus beau voyage de votre vie! Trois occasions en OR pour titiller vos papilles gustatives et sortir l’aventurier qui vit en vous. Des prestations d’arts martiaux, des shawarmas réinventés, la culture créole ET la découverte de l’île Pétrie à Orléans. Tout ça et bien plus encore. Oh que oui. Festival Haïti en Fête Festival libanais d’Ottawa Festival d’été japonais Natsu Matsuri Programmation du bout du monde :: Festival de musique... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got beer, too, with the Hastings County Craft Beer Festival, and another edition of the craft beer sessions down at the Hintonburg Public House. In non-food related events, tonight at House of Targ you can catch I... | 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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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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Basement 819 du 9 juillet :: F is for Fake à la Galerie Saw, 10e anniversaire de l’Avant-Garde Bar tout en concerts. Le Bluesfest tire à sa fin! Quand faut y aller…

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Basement 819 célèbre l’apogée de l’été avec une myriade d’événements à exploiter. L’histoire se répète, on vous gave de culture régionale. Notre sélection de la semaine :: Exposition F is for Fake Notre coup de coeur de la semaine va à la Galerie Saw qui présente tout l’été des projections de films gratuites. C’est dehors! C’est gratuit! Cette série d’événements cinématographiques est présentée dans le cadre de l’exposition F is for Fake : l’art, le cinéma et le faux. Cette expo se penche sur les notions du faux et du... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

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Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend. The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while local DJ favourites Atherton, Memetic and Zattar will be spinning a few dance parties. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the final day of Bluesfest! Avant Garde Bar is throwing... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Cold Capital and Journey hit the stage

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From left to right: Jason Cote (drums), Nick Hertzberg (guitar/keys/vocals), 
Andrew Erlandson (bass/vocals), and Matt Muir (guitar), of Ottawa's Cold Capital. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left to right: Jason Cote (drums), Nick Hertzberg (guitar/keys/vocals), Andrew Erlandson (bass/vocals), and Matt Muir (guitar), of Ottawa's Cold Capital. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest is an outdoor music event like no other. Over the span of 20 years, it has grown from a one stage – three day Blues event, to one that now has multiple stages with ten days of local, national, and international acts incorporating a wide range of musical tastes from around the world. It is recognized as the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada, and the second largest in North America, attracting hundreds of thousands every year. You may ask why it is still called “Bluesfest”, even though there... | Continue reading article

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