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Lily Frost’s Motherless Child EP tour comes to Ottawa

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Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Toronto’s Lily Frost returned to Ottawa Friday night at the wonderfully unique and bohemian Raw Sugar Café, located in the heart of Chinatown. It was nice to catch her in this intimate setting, in complete contrast to the last time I saw her perform, which was on the Black Sheep stage at Bluesfest in 2013. She engaged the enrapt audience with a selection of pieces from several of her past albums, along with all six songs from her current EP, Motherless Child, which was released just last month. A second... | Continue reading article

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Big Wreck rocks the Capital

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Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa’s Algonquin Commons Theatre was the site of Big Wreck’s electrifying performance Tuesday night. Built in 2012, the theatre offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting, amazing acoustics, and a seating capacity of 700. A block of the seating near the stage area was removed for the show, which allowed a portion of the audience to stand, and created an intimate setting between the crowd and performers. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and in fact, was the perfect sized venue for this event. Big Wreck has come a long... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 15 octobre :: Y a de quoi sortir de son cocon en fin de semaine :: Cinéma. Théâtre. Littérature. Concerts.

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American Descent -- OIFFAmerican Descent -- OIFF

Basement 819 cette semaine insiste sur deux événements très prestigieux. Lisez bien ce qui suit. Cinéma :: Festival international de films d’Ottawa (16-19 octobre) Nous n’avons pu nous retenir de vous inciter à nouveau à scruter la programmation du Festival international de films d’Ottawa. Un court-métrage inusité sera présenté le samedi 18 octobre à 19h, A Mile in These Hooves. Le synopsis : Tom et Mark entreprennent la mission de briser le record du monde de la plus longue distance parcourue dans un costume à deux-personnes (un peu à la... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Seventh String by Snowday

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Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.

Though Snowday is about to release their debut album, As We Travel, on November 25, this “chillout electronic duo” have been making beautiful music together for over eight years. Bonded by a mutual love of underground hip-hop and inspired by the sounds of Brian Eno and Steve Reich, these friends (Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner) will be bringing their laid back sounds to Ottawa this weekend. “The Seventh String” is the first single from their forthcoming album and one of six videos produced in a series of live recordings called... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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Merchandise and Lower take the CITY SLANG questionnaire for Ottawa Implosion

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Lower. Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal.Lower. Photo by Linn Heidi Stokkedal.

Post submitted by Travis Boisvenue of CHUO 89.1 fm’s City Slang. Tampa Bay, Florida’s Merchandise and Copenhagen, Denmark’s Lower will be at the House of Targ with Ottawa’s Boyhood this Thursday for the opening night of the Ottawa Implosion weekend. The three-day fesival is bringing in acts from around the globe, including Italy’s Father Murphy and fellow Danish artists, Iceage. The CITY SLANG crew put together a special CITY SLANG questionnaire specifically for bands playing the Ottawa Implosion. The CITY SLANG questionnaire is our radio show’s standardized list of questions,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local heads to Almonte

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Support Local is all about building community. Whether it’s a record swap featuring local artists or small batches of goods presented at a local jewellery shop, Support Local’s creative, collaborative events are all set on making things together. This year, we at Apartment613 decided to take Support Local a bit beyond the usual locales, and bring it out to Almonte for a day of supporting and celebrating the wider collaborations that exist across the region. Patio parties and pop-up shops are just a couple of the things we’ve got planned... | Continue reading article

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Brew Bus Lounge Sessions debuted Saturday night

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The view of the Brew Bus Lounge Sessions stage and grounds. All photos by Terry Steeves.The view of the Brew Bus Lounge Sessions stage and grounds. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Dan Hopkins and Dan Beardsley, creators of the Brew Bus Lounge and this year’s aVibe Music and Arts Festival, put on the first of their Brew Bus Lounge Sessions this past Saturday. A scaled down version of their festival, which incorporated a variety of artisans and healthier-choice food concessions, these sessions focus on live music in a more intimate setting, and a chance to sample some of our local, craft brews. I was eager to check it out. I arrived at the scene of a quaint home, with a path... | Continue reading article

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