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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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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

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Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans. This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our... | Continue reading article

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Buck 65 opens up on beats, big synth, books and baseball

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The different 'sides' to Rich Terfry.The different 'sides' to Rich Terfry.

Among Rich Terfry’s numerous monikers: Buck 65, Stinkin’ Rich, DJ Critical, “Diamond” isn’t one of them. That one might be fitting, though. He’s got so many sides to him, and shines something magical – especially in his music video, Super Pretty Naughty. The wave of Terfry’s latest album, Neverlove in which he went deep like Carter in 1993, washed him to Australia. The tide’s now brought him back. He’s playing the NAC on November 22nd, and so we set up a Q-and-A to get some insight into Rich’s rich creative... | Continue reading article

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Hilotrons pay tribute to veterans on centennial anniversary of WWI

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The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

To honour those who fought in — and suffered through — WWI, Ottawa-based band Hilotrons are performing live renditions of some of Ennio Morricone’s compositions alongside a screening of the 1928 Canadian silent film Carry On, Sergeant! Mike Dubue, the band’s vocalist among other roles, clarifies why this film is unlike most war-era pictures, and gives some insight into the reasoning of a creative mind. Apt613: Other than being a Canadian band from Ottawa (an obviously patriotic city), why were you so drawn to this project initially? Mike Dubue: Truth... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 29 octobre 2014 :: Claude Munson en vedette. Karaoké d’Halloween et costume de poulet.

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Séance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy AlamboSéance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 s’enrichit chaque mois d’une prestation d’un artiste qu’on veut voir briller sous tous les feux de toutes les rampes du monde. Claude Munson fait partie de ceux-là. Nous avons eu la chance de vivre l’enregistrement de deux nouvelles chansons au Château Cyr et de surcroît, d’obtenir une entrevue avec l’intime mais pas personnel dutout Claude Munson. On a tout un package à vous offrir : une entrevue, un article et une vidéo. Nous vous invitons à parsemer allègrement vos univers sociaux de ces reflets d’un artiste talentueux. Il... | Continue reading article

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Claude Munson & The Silence Came After

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Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014

Nous vous présentons une autre édition des chroniques “Les talents pas tellement cachés” initiées par notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau. Une deuxième session d’enregistrement filmée pour @Basement 819. Samedi dernier, l’été des indiens s’est transformé en fièvre magnétique sous l’effet du Château Cyr. Notre congestion nasale des temps froids a tout été débouchée grâce aux vibrations de la voix haute et rassurante de Claude Munson. Ce fut une autre édition hautement réussie des enregistrements instrumentalisés dans cette pièce communicative et débouchonnée du studio-maison situé dans Vanier. C’est même là que nous... | Continue reading article

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Mounties return to Ottawa + prize pack giveaway

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Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.

What do you get when three of the most prominent and creative Canadian musicians band together and form a supergroup? You get Mounties, the exciting project created by Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays, and Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric and Limblifter. The group’s debut album, Thrash Rock Legacy was released this past March, and was immediately showered with praise that resulted in a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and the group being named SIRIUS XM Emerging Artist of the Year at the SIRIUS XM Independent... | Continue reading article

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The Rotters Club celebrates re-issue of Rot n’ Role at Nee’wollah

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Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.

This Hallowe’en, some of the elder statesmen of Ottawa’s punk and alternative music communities will gather to celebrate the legacy of a short-lived music venue with a big influence on local music. Nee’wollah (read it backwards if you’re confused), takes place October 31st at Zaphod’s, revisits acts associated with the Rotters Club, and celebrates the reissue of the Rot n’ Role  compilation album. With only 500 copies in the original 1979 pressing, the album became a collector’s item for Ottawa music cognoscenti. Nee’wollah attendees will get to see comedian Mike... | Continue reading article

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