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Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique performed live by DJ FOOD, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot

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Photo from Spectrasonic.com.Photo from Spectrasonic.com.

There’s something Beastie in the city of Ottawa. The Adam Saikaley Trio lit up The Manx with a live rendition of Ill Communication at the Arboretum Festival, and now, on September 20th at Ritual, U.K.’s DJ Food, alongside DJ Cheeba and Dj Moneyshot will be throwing down a version of Paul’s Boutique, including all, yes all! of the over 150 samples used on the ’89 classic. Hailing from London, and a pillar on Ninja Tune (the record-label home of Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, Bonobo, and Kid Koala – to rattle... | Continue reading article

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Joss Stone takes Folk Fest on a soulful ride

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Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“This is really gonna happen!” came an excited voice behind me, from a sea of people all there in anticipation of one of Ottawa Folk Fest’s biggest acts to take the stage. At 8pm on Sunday night, Joss Stone came out to greet the crowd, dressed in a full length summery dress, looking every bit a Guinevere goddess in her bare feet. She flashed a warm smile, seemed genuinely overwhelmed at the welcoming reception and playfully threw her mane of hair back in a bout of laughter. Then the first... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

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Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl a pop indie band that everyone should check out. But as much as I enjoyed the show and the awesome food (running the gamut from gourmet poutine to cracked corn to Indian cuisine) I really... | Continue reading article

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Blues Traveler play Folk Fest on opening night

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John Popper of Blues Traveler. All photos by Terry Steeves.John Popper of Blues Traveler. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Under a threatening September sky, a large crowd began flocking around the Ravenlaw Stage on this first night of Ottawa’s Folkfest in anticipation of a band who, by the 1990‘s, had seriously shaken up the music scene. Blues Traveler, originally a quartet made up of Brendan Hill on drums, Bobby Sheehan on bass, Chan Kinchla on guitar, and the harmonica/vocal stylings of John Popper, experimented with fusions of blues, blues-rock, folk rock, country, cajun, R&B and funk in a genre-hopping array of catchy hooks and infectious rhythms. Their stage shows... | Continue reading article

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Stompa your heart out: Serena Ryder warms the crowd at Folk Fest

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Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.

There was definitely no lack of participation as the crowd clappa-ed their hands and stompa-ed their feet to Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Fest on Thursday night. Ryder, whose set followed an unforgettable performance by New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, unleashed her hit single “Stompa” to kick off her concert. I was expecting her to save the triple platinum song for her encore, but then I realized just how crucial it was for her to play it right off the bat. It’s the way the lineup... | Continue reading article

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Portland’s Black Prairie a “must-see” at Folk Fest tonight

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Photo from blackprairie.com.Photo from blackprairie.com.

It’s impossible to put this eclectic 6-piece band from Portland, Oregon into a genre slot – their music is that diverse. From the first time I heard them, I was delighted by their originality and creativity, and immediately check marked this band as one to see at this year’s Ottawa Folkfest. Black Prairie began as a side project by bassist, Nate Query and dobro/banjo/guitarist, Chris Funk of indie folk rock band, The Decemberists, who also hail from Portland, Oregon. They were later joined by pianist/accordionist, Jenny Conlee, also from The... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 10 septembre 2014 :: High Waters au Ottawa Folk Fest. Big Balade en pleine forme avec Éric. On part à la dérive en théâtre avec “Dix minutes pour…”.

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Tirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy AlamboTirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 cette semaine rugit de chez Rugit. Nous avons vécu une expérience d’enregistrement live dans le studio secret du Château Cyr. Fantastique aventure avec les membres du groupe High Waters. Ils nous ont joué des chansons inédites à paraître en 2015. Voici de quoi vous mettre sous la dent pour en savoir davantage sur ce band formidable : Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters Big Balade confie tous ses secrets à Éric Big Balade, c’est un groupe de la région qui vient d’être récompensé de quatre prix lors de... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long. If you’re in the... | Continue reading article

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Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

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From left to right:  Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.From left to right: Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.

Ottawa’s hottest up and coming alternative rock band Mosely hits the stage this weekend for another round of Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot. Mosely has been making their mark in Ottawa for the last several years and their new single ‘Friends’ is a rock ballad that further solidifies the bands staying power. Mosely shares the stage at Ritual tonight with other local talent Crossing Jane, Hello Hello, White Collar Students and Weston Super Mare Band. Together for several years now, the band has been playing local bars and clubs picking... | Continue reading article

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Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters

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Derek Connelly (à droite) et Troy Huizinga (à gauche)
Crédit : Katy AlamboDerek Connelly (à droite) et Troy Huizinga (à gauche) Crédit : Katy Alambo

Si c’est bien vrai que nos âmes peuvent s’envoler au son de la musique, je crois que le mien s’est carrément évaporé mardi soir dernier. J’ai eu la chance de vivre une expérience d’enregistrement live avec High Waters dans un château! Ça tombe vraiment bien puisque vous pourrez vivre une aventure similaire dans un endroit tout aussi inspirant : ils seront au Ottawa Folk Fest ce vendredi en prestation gratos! High Waters c’est un band qui a été formé à Ottawa en 2009 sous le nom Life in 2D. Leur musique... | Continue reading article

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