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Ian Kelly pleased the crowd at the Shenkman last Friday

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Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

On Friday March 28th The Shenkman Arts Centre showcased the wonderful musical talent of Ian Kelly. I confess that going into the show I had no idea who Kelly was. This is rather a sad state of affairs on my part, given that Kelly not only has quite the following in French Canada, his sophomore album Speak Your Mind has been certified gold. With music and lyrics that remind me of a mix of the Counting Crows and Blue Rodeo, Ian Kelly was a very pleasant surprise from the moment... | Continue reading article

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The Broadway genius of Kander and Ebb arrives in Ottawa (+ ticket giveaway)

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Image taken from NAC web siteImage taken from NAC web site

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, show of All That Jazz at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by 3 pm Tuesday, April 1, with the subject line “All That Jazz Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the 3 pm deadline. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote some of the most memorable songs in Broadway history.  Their brilliant body of work includes such classic musicals as Chicago, the Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. This fantastic repertoire... | Continue reading article

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The Zolas kick things off at Mavericks this Wednesday

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Photo by Kristen Berlie.Photo by Kristen Berlie.

If you’re not already familiar with the music of Vancouver-based band The Zolas, this Wednesday at Maverick’s is the perfect chance to get introduced. Having never seen them in concert, I’m eager to see how the technicality and energy of their most recent album, Ancient Mars, translates to a live performance. The band’s core duo Zachary Gray (guitar/vocals) and Tom Dobrzanski (piano) are engaged song-writers whose piano/guitar based music is elevated to a level of beyond-pop with intricate instrumentation, surprising chord progressions and syncopated rhythms.  Every time I listen to... | Continue reading article

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See the musical stars of tomorrow today at Canterbury High School concert

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Photo from 2013 Canterbury music recital taken from NAC web sitePhoto from 2013 Canterbury music recital taken from NAC web site

The National Capital Region is blessed with talented young artists.  From aspiring writers to charitable dancers to young ballerinas who have already appeared on a professional stage, our region is filled with many future stars. Among this group of capable artists are musicians, whose impressive skills will be on full display this Wednesday, April 2, when Grade 11 students from Canterbury High School play at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. “The thing to see is the range of talent that young people have … [and] to be able to see so many genres in one... | Continue reading article

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Tonight! Calvin Love brings his bedroom punk to Club Saw

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Photo by Zachary Ayotte.Photo by Zachary Ayotte.

Calvin Love finished his Love On Top tour last night in Montreal, and celebrates by playing alongside Theaternia at Club Saw tonight. Calvin Love’s bedroom punk, electronic sound is remnant of the music that came during post punk in the 70’s, and his songs like Cool have a smooth electronic sound backed up by plucky bass notes, music sure to move a crowd. For Caleb Abbott of Theaternia, Club Saw seems like the perfect place for the two electro bands to combine their music. “The first time I played Club Saw was... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Andrew W.K. talks pizza and bodily fluids | Catch his solo show at Mavericks this Thursday

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Andrew W.K. Photo provided by Spectrasonic.Andrew W.K. Photo provided by Spectrasonic.

I knew well in advance I was going to talk food with Andrew W.K. during our interview. He’s known for two things: being the King of Partying and loving Pizza. The rock musician is known for his fast paced singles like Party Hard and She is Beautiful, and his concerts are typically a blur of dancing, head banging and of course, partying. We immediately launch into food. “Are you bringing the Pizza Guitar?” I ask. The pizza guitar, was given to W.K. by the Japanese company ESP. “The pizza guitar!” W.K.... | Continue reading article

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The Cooper Brothers celebrate 40th anniversary with a little help from their friends

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Juno 2014 nominee, Amanda Rheaume seen here performing "Our Love Deserves Better" with The Cooper Brothers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Juno 2014 nominee, Amanda Rheaume seen here performing "Our Love Deserves Better" with The Cooper Brothers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The Cooper Brothers, along with a little help from their vast array of musician friends, gave a monumental performance in front of a sold out crowd at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre this past Friday night. It was a celebration of their music, that has stood the test of time, since their first release, Finally, in 1974 under the Polydor label. “Ottawa was very Country back then.” Brian Cooper explains, “and CFRA was our only music station. Growing up, we were inspired by the music of the Beatles, the Hollies, the Eagles, etc…bands... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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Nicolas Patterson :: Un nom qui te susurre à l’oreille

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Par : Cindy Savard Cette semaine on a découvert un nom nouveau, un son simili folk doux à la « Singer Songwriter ». Nicolas Patterson, un nom qui glisse bien en bouche et qui émerge d’un passé punk et métal rock. Accessible, sa musique laisse présager qu’il atteindra direct au cœur les oreilles d’un large public. En solo à la guitare acoustique, on apprécie sa candeur et sa volonté à s’afficher en tant que francophone. Bien qu’il ait grandi et baigné dans un environnement familial et musical  anglophone, il compose... | Continue reading article

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