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Venetian Carnival set to take over the NAC in stylish fundraiser for local choir

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Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

For more than 850 years, the Carnival of Venice has offered revellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in glamour.  With beautiful costumes and masks, this annual celebration is famous the world over. While this year’s festivities in Italy are scheduled from February 15 to March 4, residents of Ottawa-Gatineau can get a head start on their European friends thanks to  a special event this coming Saturday at the National Arts Centre. As a fundraiser for an upcoming European tour, the Ottawa Bach Choir will be hosting the Venetian Carnival.   The enchanted evening begins... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s open mic/open jam experience: The Rainbow

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The Three Amigos band grace the stage with some blistering Blues. All photos by Terry Steeves.The Three Amigos band grace the stage with some blistering Blues. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The open mic/open jam experience is a way for musicians to strut their stuff onstage solo or in a group effort with other artists.  It’s a way to network with fellow musicians, make new friends, and gain some exposure and stage experience.  It’s sometimes even how bands are formed and talent is discovered.  Or, you may want to simply kick back and be entertained by the wealth of local talent that exists in this city.  The age-old experience of coming together to share in a collective musical release has been... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Wakefield winter warm up giveaway!

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Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.

Need a winter getaway this weekend? Read on to find out how you can escape to Wakefield for a show and overnight stay! First, though, a bit of music closer to home. If you missed Josef Mieto a few weeks back, you can catch his folky sounds tonight at Maxwells, where he’ll be joined by James Leclaire and Ray Harris. Also tonight, you’ll find DJ Nu-Mark at Babylon as part of his 7″ of Pleasure tour – his night of all 45 vinyls will feature a big lineup of other... | Continue reading article

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End of an era: Timekode at the Eri is no more

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Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.

To the surprise of many, it was announced on Monday that last month’s Timekode will be the last one to be held at Eri Cafe on Somerset St. W. From the Timekode Facebook group: “Some unexpected circumstances beyond our control have led to the somewhat shocking revelation that December 2013’s jam was the final TIMEKODE ever at the Eri Café. We can hardly believe it either. After 8 years, nearly 100 straight jams, an ocean of sweat, and tens of thousands of soles moved to music that you’d never hear anywhere else,... | Continue reading article

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Wicked Grin head to Memphis 2014!

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Wicked Grin, from left to right: Murray Kingsley, Liam Melville and Leigh-Anne Stanton. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wicked Grin, from left to right: Murray Kingsley, Liam Melville and Leigh-Anne Stanton. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa’s own Blues band, Wicked Grin, winners of the Ottawa Blues Society Road To Memphis Competition in 2013, will be representing our city in the International Blues Challenge 2014, being held in Memphis, Tennessee from January 21-25. The IBC, now in its 30th year, is the world’s largest gathering of Blues musicians, competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. Organized by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations, the annual competition is a search for the best Blues band, and the best solo/duo Blues act. Last year, 125 bands, and... | Continue reading article

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The Strumbellas play Zaphod’s Saturday night

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Photo by Heather Pollock.Photo by Heather Pollock.

The Strumbellas embark this weekend on their official Ontario/U.S. tour for their latest release. The group is in town Saturday night for a late show at Zaphod’s. “One of our bandmates used to live in Ottawa, so he shows us the ropes when we visit,” says singer/songwriter Simon Ward. “We’ve played the Tulip Festival and Cafe Dekcuf. This will probably be about my fifth time being in your city.” The six-piece band released its sophomore album, We Still Move On Dance Floors in October, to rave reiews. The release builds... | Continue reading article

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Classic Canadian hockey story to be reborn with music at two special NAC shows

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Image taken from The Hockey Sweater by Roch CarrierImage taken from The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier is an iconic piece of Canadian literature.  Based on a real-life experience while Carrier was growing up in Quebec in the 1940s, this wonderful short story tells the tale of a boy who is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and their superstar Maurice Richard. Needing a replacement sweater of his beloved Habs, the boy’s mother orders a new jersey via Eaton’s mail catalogue.  To his horror, however, there is a mistake with the order and the boy receives a shirt of the hated Toronto Maple... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Another beautiful winter weekend, folks. Head out sledding on some of the best hills, or strap on your skates for a bit of a glide. Or, stay cozy inside with any of these exciting activities… Kick off your weekend tonight with Tara Holloway at the Lunenburg Pub, playing her trusty guitar. Toronto indie rocker Brendan Canning stops by Zaphod’s on Friday, playing the early stage with The Gallop. Kitchen Party guarantees to be an awesome sweaty dance-a-thon, as always. The Tiny House Mansion Concert series is back, this time celebrating... | Continue reading article

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Umi Café: An energizer for the soul and for the stomach

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A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.

Umi (pronounced oo-me) means “mother” in Arabic and “life” in Egyptian, embodying the atmosphere of the Umi Café in downtown Ottawa. Both the warm and open café, though a bit run down, is clearly full of life and laughs on Friday nights, when the café hosts an “Open Mic” night. People from all walks of life can read their own poetry, sing an original song and many other endless possibilities. As a youth in the city, I often struggle to find entertainment besides going to the movies, and for anyone... | Continue reading article

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