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Hilotrons drop new album February 24

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Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. If you’re looking for an upbeat, electro-punk meets funk fusion album with built-in underlying smart commentary, you can’t do better than To Trip with Terpischore, Hilotrons’ newest release. After ten years of making music and serious moves in the Canadian music scene, the band disbanded only to reform again under the virtuoso fingertips of Mike Dubue, lead vocalist and keyboarding guru. “It was our first album out of the gates” – an eight track LP-side-A-like... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 février 2015 :: LIVE Session au Château Cyr avec IKENNA! On célèbre la multiplication des nouveautés musicales!

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Photo : Kristina CorrePhoto : Kristina Corre

Basement 819 est aux aguets et respire calmement devant le feu roulant artistique qui se déroule sous son oeil de lynx. Avez-vous consulté le Weekend Roundup? On vous y encourage fortement! Notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau, instigateur du projet Le Château Cyr à Vanier, nous a offert l’un des meilleurs LIVE Session de sa carrière (!). Fiers de cette collaboration, nous sommes enchantés de vous présenter Ikenna “Open Secret” Onyegbula. Basement 819 | LIVE Session Ikenna by Basement819 on Mixcloud SLAM Le Château! (Et l’anti (?) Saint-Valentin) Une autre soirée Chapeau... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend long at the Shaw centre Sexapalooza is happening. Indulge your dirtiest desires and take in the novelty of this annual convention for sex seminars, shopping and workshops. Adult film star Tori Black will make an... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: I like the second feature better by The Jerry Gross Organization

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From Left: Bill Guerrero, Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood of The Jerry Gross Organization. Photo courtesy of the band.From Left: Bill Guerrero, Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood of The Jerry Gross Organization. Photo courtesy of the band.

The Jerry Gross Organization are a new trio based in Ottawa. But you might recognize the band members’ names from various past projects. Steve Fouchard and Ross Henwood have been writing music and playing together since they were teenagers. They were introduced to Bill Guerrero (The Band Whose Name is a Symbol) when he recorded their previous band, The City Above, for a feature on his radio show (Crimes Against Music on CKCU FM). They have been making music together since mid-2013 and are set to release their debut album,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 3, 2015

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Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.

Hey Kids! This week on Apt613 Live we chat with Erin Hearty about Lansdowne’s recently opened Farmers Market and the importance of giving farmers a year-round space to connect with the people who love their food! Plus lots of music from some of the folks you can catch performing on stages across the city as part of the Megaphono Showcase Festival running February 3rd-5th. It’s been cold here in the city: warm up with Apt613! Thanks for listening! You can catch Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday at... | Continue reading article

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Ash & Bloom: An expression of life through music

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James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna, aka Ash & Bloom, give 
a house concert performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna, aka Ash & Bloom, give a house concert performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“If they’re not songs that you wish you’d written, then you’re not being honest enough with yourself.” (Matt McKenna) Four years ago, two aspiring singer/songwriters from Hamilton, Ontario, Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal, found they had something when they combined the force of their talents together. They met while furthering their studies in music at Redeemer College University in Ancaster. Both schooled in piano in their younger years, each were later drawn to the lure of the guitar. Combined with their flair for vocal harmonies, these two decided to embark... | Continue reading article

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Megaphono: Putting Ottawa musicians on the North American musical map + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Steve Adamyk Band Facebook page.Photo from Steve Adamyk Band Facebook page.

Jon Bartlett is a man of many hats – musician, music label founder and all-around Ottawa cheerleader. It’s not surprising his latest venture – Megaphono – was created to put Ottawa and its musicians on the North American music map. “I’ve been living in Ottawa for 15 years now, never have I seen so much good music output.” Last year alone, Ottawa musicians put out something like 180 albums according to Ottawa Showbox. “Yet,” says Bartlett, “we’re still an island.  I wouldn’t assume that anyone in the music business in Montreal or... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 28 janvier 2015 :: Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B. Chronique historique : le canal Rideau. Entrevue avec Raphaël Potvin du groupe Caravane. MEGAPHONO : un festival de musique bilingue!

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Philippe B sera en concert à la Quatrième salle du CNA le vendredi 30 janvierPhilippe B sera en concert à la Quatrième salle du CNA le vendredi 30 janvier

Basement 819 a ratissé large cette semaine. Le calendrier culturel déborde d’événements et de prestations francophones! On revit les Mille et une Nuits! Écoutez notre podcast pour tout tout savoir! Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B Nous avons appris la semaine dernière que Philippe B était en nomination aux prix Juno dans la catégorie Album francophone de l’année. Il avait remporté le Félix de l’Auteur ou compositeur de l’année au Gala de l’ADISQ en 2014. Artiste résolu, après les succès pour Variations Fantômes et Ornithologie la nuit, il s’adonne, entre autres,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 27, 2015

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Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.

As you may already know, all week long Apartment 613 is presenting “The Future of Ottawa” series: a week-long collection of guest-written posts aimed at promoting discussion around Ottawa’s development and its future as a growing city. In a similar spirit, this week on Apt613 Live you can catch my discussion with Chris Osler, Trevor Haché and Suneeta Millington: three organizers behind this Thursday’s FREE screening of The Human Scale over at the Bytowne. We chatted about their personal take on what can make Ottawa neighbourhoods great going forward and... | Continue reading article

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