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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 23 juillet :: FAU MARDI samedi au Mugshots. Le Festival Kafé Karamel prend possession du coeur du Vieux-Hull. Sauvez les cèdres du Liban! (Pour vrai!)

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Basement 819  a débroussaillé le terrain pour vous encore cette semaine. Non seulement cette région regorge d’activités culturelles stimulantes mais derrière celles-ci se cachent des personnalités créatives et proactives. Vous connaissez les soirées FAU MARDI? Derrière le concept s’activent plusieurs têtes pour nous permettre de vivre des soirées inusitées. Parmi ces têtes, nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Marc-André Bourg, l’un des membres du collectif. Personnalité engagée dans l’environnement culturel de la région, il a 308 projets en branle. Un événement aura lieu au Mugshots ce samedi 26 juillet... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Goddo

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Drummer, Doug Inglis and bassist/lead vocalist, Greg Godovitz of Goddo. All photos by Terry Steeves.Drummer, Doug Inglis and bassist/lead vocalist, Greg Godovitz of Goddo. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa braced themselves for the return of the pretty bad boys of hard rock on the River stage on July 13. This would be the last show I would see at Bluesfest this year, and what a way to go out…with high decibel power chord rock…just the way I like it! Goddo is a Canadian 3-piece hard rock band originating from Scarborough, Ontario that formed in 1975. Greg Godovitz (bass/lead vocals), Gino Scarpelli (guitar), and Doug Inglis (drums) unleashed a brand of powerhouse arena rock featuring heavy riffing guitar and... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Moist

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David Usher, lead vocalist of Moist. Photo by Terry Steeves.David Usher, lead vocalist of Moist. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Moist is a Canadian alternative rock band that formed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1992. They released their first album, Silver (1994), which was noted for its hits, “Silver”, “Believe Me” and their very signature song, “Push”. They released two more albums, Creature (1996), Mercedes 5 and Dime (1999) and a compilation DVD, Machine Punch-Through: The Singles Collection (2001) before entering a hiatus period that lasted 12 years. During this period, lead vocalist/songwriter, David Usher, set out on a successful solo career, with 7 albums to his credit. In May of... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: The Red Rails

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The Red Rails perform inside the Barney Danson Theatre. All photos by Terry Steeves.The Red Rails perform inside the Barney Danson Theatre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This would be my first and only show inside the comfortable Barney Danson Theatre at the Canadian War Museum. I caught local act, The Red Rails, an enormously textured rock band who have been stirring up quite a fuss in the last year. They are made up of three incredibly gifted musicians: Kim Vincent (guitar/lead vocals), Chris Slaney (bass/bkg vox), and Steve Brogno (drums). In the short time they’ve been together, they have so far put out a debut self-titled EP of 6 in-your-face tracks, and their newly released CD,... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Reviews: Little Freddie King and Dr. Hook ft. Ray Sawyer

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Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terry Steeves.Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Picks on the 12th day of July had me delved into some authentic Delta blues and some down home and gritty, countrified rock. Each of the men fronting their band, both in their seventies, grew up in the deep south, less than 200 miles from each other. They would each bring their stories to tell, some song favorites, and their gentle spirits. Little Freddie King “One thing about the blues…you got to play ‘em a long time. The longer you play em, the better they get.“ – Little Freddie King... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Third Eye Blind

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Singer/songwriter and frontman for Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins. All photos by Terry Steeves. Singer/songwriter and frontman for Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins. All photos by Terry Steeves.

A band that entered the 90’s with their refreshing and very rhythmic alternative rock took us on a journey back into half our lives ago, including lead singer/songwriter/guitarist, Stephan Jenkins, who turns 50 later this year. San Francisco band, Third Eye Blind, started as the songwriting duo between Stephan Jenkins (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), and Kevin Cadogan (lead guitar) back in the early 1990’s. They brought in musicians, Arion Salazar (bass), and Brad Hargreaves (drums) to put together a full band and record their first album, self-titled Third Eye Blind,... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

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From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves. From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves.

Canada’s beloved Barenaked Ladies took the stage with a lengthy performance that lasted nearly an hour and a half. They are known for their comedic stage show antics, made-up-on-the-spot songs, medley covers, 4-part acoustic routines, great harmonies, and very catchy original material, making this band always a must-see. Tonight they played for an enormous crowd, which stretched nearly the entire length of the main Bluesfest grounds, who tremendously enjoyed everything this band of four delivered. The Barenaked Ladies was born from the duo songwriting efforts of schoolmates, Ed Robertson and... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves. Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Slash – the name itself brings to mind his heavy-riffing style merged with iconic classical arpeggios, and the mega hits of Guns & Roses which catapulted him into fame. And then there’s his signature stage look…full of mystique…the expressionless face hidden behind those dark, curly locks, donning that ominous black leather top hat. I had no idea what to expect from Myles Kennedy and the members of Slash’s band, which carry their own name, The Conspirators. Would they match up to the muscle of a guitar giant like Slash? Were... | Continue reading article

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