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Basement 819 :: Chinatown Remixed : c’est de la bombe! Tac-O-The Town, Agenda musical, Éric présente les victorieux.

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Basement 819, bien plus qu’une émission de radio (oh que oui!). Toute la semaine, on scrute l’actualité culturelle pour vous, on sélectionne des moments de musique, de cinéma, d’arts visuels et des événements à saveur loufoque. Fidèles au poste, nous sommes dans votre radio chaque mercredi de 20h à 21h sur les ondes de CHUO 89.1 FM. Nous publions toutes les semaines un bref résumé de notre contenu afin de vous inciter à écouter notre podcast (!) et maximiser vos chances d’accéder à l’information. La région a soif de culture;... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals. If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and... | Continue reading article

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Amos reaches out to fans to fund new album

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Music by Amos the Transparent suspends you in time as you’re transported to a nostalgic moment in your life, thinking about the lover that got away or the regret of a path not taken. It is music that evokes the imperfection of the choices that we make and has you singing along with all your heart. You would say the music belonged to a favourite movie soundtrack about real people, with all their quirks and dramas. It is their ability to connect through disarming music and lyrics that has launched... | Continue reading article

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Autograph: Reformed and revamped

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Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to their music. But first…a brief history… Before Autograph was even a band, it was a man by the name of Steve Plunkett, a singer/guitarist/songwriter who had written songs he wanted to develop and record as... | Continue reading article

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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest Part 4: The Wicked Mercy, Spencer Scharf and The Cardboard Crowns

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Photo courtesy of The Cardboard Crowns.Photo courtesy of The Cardboard Crowns.

Today is the final instalment of our  2014 Folk Fest locals’ showcase. There’s been great excitement around the local bands playing this year’s fest. If you’ve missed the first few posts, you can read them here, here and here. Our final three bands and artists encompass a broad musical spectrum from southern dirty blues, to expert string-picking, to ska. The Wicked Mercy Genre: dirty blues The Wicked Mercy’s been around for only a couple of years although its members have been playing music for decades. Initially formed after many jam... | Continue reading article

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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest 2014 lineup Part 3: Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly

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In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. We’ve already showcased a few great bands in Parts 1 and 2, today we’re excited to share that Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly will be taking part in the festivities. Jill Zmud Genre: folk singer-songwriter New mom Jill Zmud will be returning to the Ottawa Folk Fest this year, following the release of her second album Small Matters in Life and Death. The album weaves together pieces of Jill’s own life with... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 mai :: Secret Broadcast, Musique émergente à La Quatrième Salle du CNA, Ottawa Folk Festival, Chinatown en délire, Cinéma portugais

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Basement 819 continue d’enchanter vos vies avec ses recommandations culturelles Gatineau/Ottawa. Secret Broadcast Avec la sortie de leur album Filthy Souls, Secret Broadcast (Toronto) serait arrivé en trombe pour sauver le rock n’ roll! (selon les dires aperçus sur le site de CBC Music). On y croit. Ils seront au Zaphod ce vendredi 9 mai. Ils ont assuré les premières parties de Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The stills. Ils ont réussi à se frayer un chemin à travers le Top 40 sur les radios au Canada. Chanteur, guitariste et compositeur,... | Continue reading article

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