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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Folk-pop charmer Jenn Grant takes 4th Stage for two nights

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

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jenn Grant when she ventures onto the stage at the National Art Centre, this Friday. Although she’s never lived in Ottawa herself, her mother lived in the area while her grandfather, Daniel J. MacDonald, served as the Minister of Veteran Affairs in Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s cabinet. “[My grandfather] was good friends with Jean Chretien and Trudeau,” says Grant. “I love playing in Ottawa. I still have family here, two uncles and a few cousins.” Grant has played in the area a few... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

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FigureworksFigureworks "The Only Chair Left" par Roy Whiddon

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, il saura vous inspirer. Paint Nite — Pour réveiller le peintre qui dort Voici une belle occasion de développer votre côté artistique et qui sait, qui pourrait même faire de vous l’un des plus grands... | Continue reading article

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Leslie Rohonczy releases Down From The Ether

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The Leslie Rohonczy Band (from left to right): Al Wilmore (keys/vocals), Chris Houle (drums/percussion),
Leslie Rohonczy (lead vocals/percussion), Steven Rae (bass/vocals), and Scott Walsh (guitar/vocals).The Leslie Rohonczy Band (from left to right): Al Wilmore (keys/vocals), Chris Houle (drums/percussion), Leslie Rohonczy (lead vocals/percussion), Steven Rae (bass/vocals), and Scott Walsh (guitar/vocals).

Ottawa singer/songwriter and recording artist, Leslie Rohonczy, along with her powerhouse band, put on an outstanding show at Greenfield’s Pub on Sunday night. She gave us a taste of her first CD, Sister Seven (Nov. 2012), as well as brand new material from her newest release, Down From The Ether (Oct. 2014). Leslie’s individuality, independence, emotion, and creativity are present in everything from her songwriting and lyrical composition skills, right down to co-producing and designing her own artwork for her CDs. Flavours of her music range from rock, R&B, pop,... | Continue reading article

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Electronic duo Snowday bring new show to Mugshots + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

Ottawa will be welcoming back some of its own talent as Snowday brings their new music to Mugshots this Saturday. The electronic act is made up of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner. The duo’s debut album, As We Travel, is a collection of meditative, instrumental tracks that was released today (November 25). Their chilled out sound has earned them comparisons to electronic artists such as Bonobo and Tycho. Snowday’s singles “Walk Along These Rocks With Me” and “The Seventh String” are both available to hear on their SoundCloud page. Looking... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA presents Show me the Money: How to Fund Your Record + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.

Ottawa’s musicians are like those in any other cities: they struggle to promote and develop their craft while staying true to their sound. Becoming a rock star isn’t easy, nor cheap and the first person to tell you would be Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. Known for her Rock Star grant writing specialty, Everts has helped some of Ottawa’s best local talent find money for everything from recording an album to going on a European tour. And now she’s partnered up with the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA) for... | Continue reading article

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Gordon Lightfoot plays for packed crowd at Southam Hall

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Gordon Lightfoot performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Gordon Lightfoot performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Upon the mention of the name Lightfoot, words like troubadour, singer/songwriter genius, and Canadian folk music legend come to mind…to name a few. But more, he has the ability to write songs that stick like glue. Completely memorable songs that have woven their way through our lives, with each one reminding us of a certain time, a certain moment, heartache, love, laughter, friends, family, and childhood memories. His ability to write songs with such staying power stemmed from the music he was heavily influenced by growing up. These were songs... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.

Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa. Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two Six {Ate}. Beginning this weekend, and continuing on through next week, you can enjoy some delicious drinks paired with inventive eats at some of the best venues in the city – all in honour of... | Continue reading article

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Galleon: Setting sail again after 30 years

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It was an era that existed sometime after the Beatles and before video killed the radio star. One that had flash pots, fog machines, strobe lights, tight pants, plenty of hair, guitars turned up to eleven, bone-rattling bass, drum solo madness, and the proverbial rock god lead singer. I’m talking about the big, bold, and brazen days of 70’s and early 80’s rock bands, and the Ottawa scene oozed with them. In and around the capital, loud and proud bands blazed the stages and filled up many a venue with... | Continue reading article

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Montreal’s Das Blankout play the Mercury Lounge on Thursday

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Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, National spoken word artist and youth educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Three-piece Montreal rock band, Das Blankout, stops in Ottawa this Wednesday as part of their Quebec-Ontario Invasion tour. In anticipation of their show, Apt613 spoke with Matt Burghardt, lead singer and guitarist, about their recent album release, Everything Diamonds. Much to the effect of what its name reflects, Burghardt shares the inspiration behind their debut recording. “The songs were about our perspective on life. We look at life the same... | Continue reading article

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