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Nonprofit Band plays for greater good at House of Targ

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Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

If you were skeptical when reading my preview piece about a rock ‘n roll band sans electric guitar, you’re not alone. Although majorly intrigued, I definitely had a few reservations when learning about Nonprofit Band. Lead singer Michael Greilsammer explained that they originally planned to include the electric guitar in the album but, after the musician cancelled at the last minute, he felt this was a sign. He proposed the idea to fellow band members – Uriel Sverdin on drums and Ohad Eilam on bass – that they go forward with... | Continue reading article

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Alex Silas celebrates launch of Roots at Ritual Saturday night

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Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.

Earlier this year, Ottawa’s hip hop hippie, Alex Silas, put out his first full length album, Roots. And the much awaited launch party is finally happening this Saturday at Ritual. A culmination of many years of growth, this album is a belle of a blossom. Alex began rapping at the age of 15, as a way of expressing himself. He spent most of his high school life staying up all night writing songs – all of which were garbage – but it was a start of something so much more.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 12 novembre 2014 :: Lypsinch au Babylon. Houblon à volonté près de chez vous. Spectacle multi-multimédia à la galerie Wall Space

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Photo : Wall Space GalleryPhoto : Wall Space Gallery

Basement 819 propose cette semaine des événements hors du commun pour satisfaire ceux qui ont besoin de s’aérer l’esprit et de s’activer les stimulis endormis. Consultez également nos suggestions à travers le Weekend Roundup. Nous y avons glissé des activités qui s’adressent aux amateurs de concerts tous azimuts. Tangled Dreamers | Un spectacle nommé délire à la galerie Wall Space Il s’agit d’un événement-bénéfice pour amasser des fonds pour le Théâtre Third Wall du côté d’Ottawa. Pour l’occasion, on aura la chance d’assister à la performance du multi-talentueux collectif de... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

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Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis. To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in... | Continue reading article

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WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa

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AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.

WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa. No, unfortunately it doesn’t celebrate the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, but it does bring together some of Canada’s (untapped) talent in a celebration of creativity — specifically the musical and photographic kind. Ming Wu is the prolific and omnipresent concert photographer who has been snapping away at whatever interesting cultural events Ottawa has hosted since 2008. He also serves as one of the main driving forces behind the weekend-long WuFest. Along with The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Showbox, CHUO 89.1 FM, and... | Continue reading article

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Nonprofit Band brings reinvented rock ‘n roll to Ottawa

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All images from thenonprofitband.com.All images from thenonprofitband.com.

Allow me to introduce you to Nonprofit Band, the musical group who have reinvented rock ‘n roll music. How could they have possibly done this? Easy. There’s no electric guitar to be found in their work. Instead, they employ a violin, plugged into an amplifier, and utilize pedal effects to add different textures to the music. Nonprofit Band, founded by international violinist Michael Greilsammer, has gone beyond the sonic to redefine rock ‘n roll music. Whereas this genre generally summons the idea of the prototypical ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n... | Continue reading article

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Concours :: Dans le tapis avec Lisa Leblanc! — Une paire de billets à gagner!

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Crédits photo : BonsoundCrédits photo : Bonsound

Le 4 novembre dernier Lisa Leblanc a lancé un mini-disque qui casse la baraque Highway, Heartaches And Time Well Wasted (Bonsound). 80 000 albums vendus plus tard pour son premier disque (2012), Lisa Leblanc revient en très grande forme.  Cette suite s’inscrit dans l’exploration d’un nouveau monde musical; elle nous offre ses premières chansons an anglais. Pas subtiles dutout, les unes après les autres, on retrouve l’authenticité crue de Lisa à travers des pièces aux allures très western, voire folk trash par moment – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown. Lisa nous fait... | Continue reading article

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Win tickets to see Jennifer Castle and the Acorn on November 14

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Photo by Jaime Barash, courtesy of ideefixerecords.com.Photo by Jaime Barash, courtesy of ideefixerecords.com.

This is going to be a great show. We’ve long understood that we can trust Arboretum. They take things seriously, and when they ask you to show up, it’s probably going to be worth it. We played some Jennifer Castle on Apartment613 Live (our weekly show on CHUO) last week and it was awesome. She’s a smart song-writer, with a perfectly warming tone for these chilly November nights. As if that wasn’t enough, she’ll be joined by The Acorn. Rolf Klausener promises us some new music after a three-year hiatus... | Continue reading article

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Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever

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

The folks at the NAC might be kicking themselves for having booked Tanya Tagaq into the small Fourth Stage instead of one of their larger rooms: the show was booked before she won the Polaris Prize, reignited the debate in Canada over the seal hunt, and changed the way many Canadians think about Inuit musical traditions. Tanya Tagaq grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She is 37 years old and has been performing for over 13 years, collaborating with Bjork, the Kronos Quartet, and others. However, it was only this... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 novembre 2014 :: 25 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin > Les prémisses de la guerre froide à Ottawa? Suggestion théâtre “Deux” de Mani Soleymanlou au CNA! + Concerts et nouveautés musicales!

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Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.Crédits photo: Padraic Ryan Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.

Basement 819 proposera dorénavant une série de chroniques historiques afin de vous faire revivre d’importants moments de l’histoire de la grande région d’Ottawa et Gatineau. Cette semaine, nous commémorons les 25 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin. Éric s’est penché sur l’histoire d’Igor Gouzenko, ancien fonctionnaire à l’ambassade soviétique d’Ottawa entre 1943 et 1945.  Aujourd’hui appelé l’Affaire Gouzenko, cet événement aurait contribué à déclencher la guerre froide, une rivalité terrifiante entre deux visions du monde qui a duré presque 50 ans! Le musée canadien de la guerre froide... | Continue reading article

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