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Wooden Sky gets into the giving spirit

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Wooden Sky. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Wooden Sky. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Last night The Wooden Sky rolled in from Toronto to play one ferociously good show at the NAC 4th stage. The good news is they’re playing again tonight and there may still be some tickets available. Dubbed The Wooden Sky Holiday Show there was plenty of holiday spirit without any of the old familiar carols. This is “holiday” in the sense of charity, goodwill and just generally looking out for one another. No bells jingling or chestnuts roasting anywhere. For the past five years The Wooden Sky has made a... | Continue reading article

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Ian Fletcher Thornley delivers killer show at Mavericks

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The set list. All photos by Terry Steeves.The set list. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“I could tell it was going to be killer before we even got into the room and jammed.” And killer it was, as the three musicians, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Dave McMillan, and Glenn Milchem, delivered musical magic in an explosive cocktail of guitar, bass, and drums onstage at Mavericks Friday night. The generous set list was comprised of nearly every track from Ian Fletcher Thornley’s first solo album, Secrets (Anthem Records/Warner Music Canada), released Oct. 30th this year. The album steps away from the bigger, wonderfully bombastic sounds of his... | Continue reading article

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New electronic music from Ottawa’s Frayd (+ free download)

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Photo from Frayd's Facebook page.Photo from Frayd's Facebook page.

Ottawa-based electronic musician Frayd released his debut album Mountain online last week, and you can listen and download it for free on Soundcloud. “Frayd” is the stage name chosen by 17 year-old Gabe Roberge, a senior at Canterbury High School. The album ranges from slow, dreamy, ambient tracks to up-tempo dance songs that would make a great soundtrack for any party. “Leave Here Now” was the first single released ahead of the album, and it’s the slowest song of them all, but Roberge said it’s a good starter for someone to... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with veteran storyteller Kim Kilpatrick

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

Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, actor Emily Pearlman and harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim will be performing A Winter Tale: the Journey of the Blind Harper at the NAC Fourth Stage. It’s about a famous Irish musician whose music is still performed today. Kilpatrick is a veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes her one-woman show Flying in the Dark, as well as The Odyssey and The Iliad. She has performed in Ottawa, Wakefield, Perth, Peterborough, Montreal, Toronto and St. Mary’s. Pearlman has toured across Canada with shows like Countries Shaped Like Stars and We... | Continue reading article

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Royal Wood brings his orchestral manoeuvers to the NAC in 2016

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood continues his steady climb of ongoing success as one of Canada’s well-respected songwriters. His contemporary classic songs, encompassing flavours of folk and pop, are ripe with completely memorable melodies, and personal life-reflecting lyrics that speak to the hearts of us all. Now with 2 EP’s, 6 full-length studio albums, and a list of songwriter awards and Juno nominations under his belt, Wood is set to release his newest record, Ghost Light (MapleMusic Recordings), on April 22, 2016, with a cross-Canada tour that includes a stop... | Continue reading article

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Mirror Maze, innovative pop music from a one-person Ottawa band

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Mika Posen with Scott McCannell (bass) and Katie Hurdon (vocals). All photos by Wassim Farah.Mika Posen with Scott McCannell (bass) and Katie Hurdon (vocals). All photos by Wassim Farah.

Post by Veronica Lloyd If you’re from Ottawa, you probably know what it’s like to have to advocate for your city. People often disregard our music scene, comparing it to Montreal and Toronto’s. Nonetheless, events showcasing local talented musicians happen here every day. We may not be the 6, but the 613 is going to be hit with something completely new and exciting this weekend. Violinist, signer-songwriter and former Timber Timbre band member Mika Posen will be performing at House of Common this Saturday, highlighting the launch of her new... | Continue reading article

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours Playlist

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not is more than fake butter – it’s also the name of the most awesome, dance-til-you-sweat album cover nights in the 613. Since 2013, the live series has brought together Ottawa musicians of all stripes to pay tribute to The Strokes’ Is This It, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Fleetwood Mac’s gold-dust rock classic Rumours is up next for two nights at St. Alban’s on December 3 and 4 – a very appropriate venue to pay thanks to the goddess that is Stevie Nicks. This... | Continue reading article

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Great Lake Swimmers bring nature to Bronson Centre

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Photo from Great Lake Swimmers' website.Photo from Great Lake Swimmers' website.

Great Lake Swimmers have long been known for their woodsy, melodious sound. With beautiful, cresting harmonies and natural instrumentation, their music calls to mind the rolling hills and rocky landscapes of the Canadian wilderness. Their new album, A Forest of Arms, released earlier this year, continues that tradition. And while it is identifiably a Great Lake Swimmers album, it brings some new things to the band’s sound. For the most part, the album is upbeat and rhythmically focused, a bit of a departure for a band that has focused on... | Continue reading article

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The Elwins bring catchy tunes (and clean fingernails) to Targ

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The Elwins. Photo courtesy of Take Aim Media.The Elwins. Photo courtesy of Take Aim Media.

It’s been a great year for Toronto’s The Elwins. After releasing their sophomore album, Play For Keeps, in February, the band made numerous appearances at major summer festivals such as the Wolfe Island Music Festival and Sonic Boom, had a hit single on Canadian alternative radio, were featured in a Fido commercial, and followed it all up by releasing a fantastic video for their song “Show Me How to Move.” The band is currently on a cross-Canada tour, with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina Halifax, and Ottawa’s own House of... | Continue reading article

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Matthew Good brings Chaotic Neutral to NAC

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From left to right, Blake Manning (drums), Stu Cameron (guitar), Matthew Good (vocals/guitar), and Bones Hillman (bass).  All photos by Terry SteevesFrom left to right, Blake Manning (drums), Stu Cameron (guitar), Matthew Good (vocals/guitar), and Bones Hillman (bass). All photos by Terry Steeves

NAC’s imperial Southam Hall was turned into a full-fledged rock stadium on Thursday night, with nearly sold-out performances by Matthew Good, and fellow Canadian supporting artist Scott Helman. Toronto’s fast-rising phenom, Scott Helman, captivated the audience earlier in the evening with a brief, but highly entertaining set, which featured his spirited pop/rock originals from his debut album, Augusta (Oct. 2014). Suited up with his acoustic guitar in hand, he was joined by guitarist, Callum Maudsley, and John Psihogios on drums, both enormously talented musicians in their own right. The dynamic trio... | Continue reading article

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