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Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight into the ever-changing music industry. John Criswick, owner of the Merc, approached Balladelli last year to ask her if she would take the lead to create a music conference in Ottawa. Building off of the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

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Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising eyebrows amongst veteran bands like Billy Talent & Fucked Up. They headlined an Ontario Scene event with Big Dick & Bond Girls on May 7 at House of TARG. Check them out below: This exclusive... | Continue reading article

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The spirit moved that Sunday

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Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This past Sunday, Ken Whiteley lead his gospel train into town and invited us all on board. Whatever beliefs listeners brought in with them, by the end there was no denying the power of this music.  For years Whiteley has hosted gospel matinees at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, featuring a rotating cast of guest musicians joining together for an old-timey hymn sing. Thanks to Ontario Scene we got to experience the magic of these gospel shows here in Ottawa at the NAC’s 4th stage. This particular afternoon featured Whiteley and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Zoo Legacy for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

Just before the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Shawn, from Ottawa Showbox, had the opportunity to sit down with our own Zoo Legacy. The indie rock/hip hop hybrid opened for Shad on May 2 at the Bronson Centre. Check them out below: Ottawa Showbox, Ringbill Records and Apt613 present this exclusive Ontario Scene interview filmed at House of Targ.

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Ron Sexsmith captivates NAC crowd

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Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian recording artist and multi-Juno Award winner, Ron Sexsmith, along with his supreme 4-piece band gave a captivating performance in front of a near sold out crowd inside the marvellously warm acoustics of Ottawa’s NAC Theatre this past Saturday night as part of Ontario Scene. The show marked the final stop on this leg of the tour, which swept across Ontario this past week, and will resume next month throughout the U.S. The tour is a two-fold celebration, first, to commemorate the newest release of his 14th album, Carousel One... | Continue reading article

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Listen to Megan Jerome’s groovy Together Ensemble: Concert this Thursday

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Megan Jerome. Photo by Adria MayMegan Jerome. Photo by Adria May

I walked into the Elmdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon. Megan Jerome’s voice filled the space as she belted out covers by Bill Bailey, TLC, Michael Jackson, and Hozier. Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice. No stranger to the stage, Megan formally trained in classical and jazz piano at Carleton University. Her self-produced albums have topped CBC and community radio station charts across Canada earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Performing Sundays throughout May at the Elmdale is one of her latest gigs, where she has souped... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Nightshades for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

As we near the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Matías Muñoz of Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to sit down with our very own Nightshades at House of Targ. The three-piece garage band have garnered a lot of attention in Ottawa and are set to open up for Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD, and Lady Girl on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (Tonight!) at Ritual. Check them out below: Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased here. This event is included in the 5/$99... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Children’s Festival offers magical joy

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Video of Les Parfaits Inconnus courtesy of YouTube My daughter’s eyes sparkled — her mouth open in disbelief — as she witnessed the remarkable acrobatic routine that was taking place on stage. With five chairs stacked like a game of Jenga beneath him, the performer used his impressive strength to balance himself like an Olympic gymnast.  Adults and children alike were gobsmacked by the amazing display of skill by the Quebec circus arts ensemble Les Parfaits Inconnus, which combine music, acrobatics, juggling and comedy to produce one mightily impressive show. Welcome to... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 5, 2014

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Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Hey kids! May has arrived in all its glory.  The perfect opportunity to open up some windows, let the fresh air in and tune in to find out what’s going on in Ottawa (and with a mere few months of good weather you’d better believe it’s a lot!) This week Live contributor Ania Szneps sat down with Saw Video director Penny McCann to get an idea about their ambitious Cultural Engineering project: how it got started and what they’re hoping it will contribute to the Arts Court redevelopment as we... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic designers; Daniel Moisan of Animal Haus, Pascal Huot & Isaac Vallentin of LOG Creative Bureau, and Ben van Duyvendyk. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, taking place in... | Continue reading article

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