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Chris Botti at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, photo by the author.

Jazzfest: Chris Botti review

Chris Botti and his line-up of world-class musicians and special guests completely seduced the crowd on Sunday night’s Main Stage performance in the gorgeous setting of Confederation Park. Botti displayed his mastery of utilizing the trumpet as a tool to add unique shapes to multiple genres of music. His amazing skills of playing and adaptation […]

Victor Nesrallah at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Jazzfest: Victor Nesrallah review

It didn’t take long for a mass of people to gather around the Rideau Centre stage to see Ottawa’s long-time performer, Victor Nesrallah and his band on Saturday afternoon. He was joined by an accomplished trio of Craig Wallace (double bass), Mike Bellavy (drums), and Keith Snider (violin), where they played an hour long set […]

Photo courtesy of Groenland

Jazzfest: Groenland

Five years ago in Montreal, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque started a project that would soon become Groenland. Halde describes the six-person group including her, Lévesque, Gabrielle Girard-Charest, Ariane Gruet-Pelchat, Simon Gosselin and Jonathan Charette, as an indie pop orchestra. “It was my first original project and I kind of wanted it to be big,” […]

Photo of The Cossette Combo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazzfest: Perhaps the banjo is the coolest instrument

I am a sucker for people who coin cool words.  Whether it’s comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness“, or the brilliant “plutoed,” I appreciate the creation of a new moniker. So I had to smile when I came across “Djangobilly”, which is how the members of the Cossette Combo (aka the Sick Sick Sicks) describe their irresistible […]

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the […]

Photo of Doug Martin Quartet courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival

Jazzfest: Eating lunch with melody, harmony and swing

Sometimes in life special surprises are free.  In the case of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Jazz at Noon and Rendez-Vous Rideau Jazz series both offer free shows every day until June 30.  These lunchtime soirées are not only a great way to have a break from work, they will also allow audiences to see some of the best musical […]

Jazzfest: The dreamily eerie sound of Timber Timbre

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1blYADLvg2Q[/youtube] Canadian music group Timber Timbre must have a really good sense of humour.  After the band was first formed in the mid-2000s, they developed a reputation as a spooky ensemble that produced dark and creepy music.  But instead of taking this potential putdown to heart, the group had some fun and named their fourth record Creep […]

Ottawa's Nightshades will be playing Ottawa Explosion Weekend on Thursday June 19 at Mugshots.

Apt613 Live for June 16, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live contributor Jean McLernon sits down to chat with Island Park Distribution co-owner Martin Conley-Wood to find out what makes them unique.  Plus we’re the fly-on-the-wall for a conversation between Jared Davidson and BIA chair Heather Garrod as they discuss this year’s Glowfair. Music as always throughout the program: we’re giving […]

Detail of the Ottawa Explosion poster, from the OXW Facebook page

Five lesser-known picks for Ottawa Explosion Weekend

Unless your knowledge of punk, garage, and associated genres is truly encyclopedic, Ottawa Explosion Weekend can be a pretty overwhelming prospect. The annual music festival has been growing steadily since its inception, and this year, the “weekend” runs from this Tuesday to the following Monday, and features over eighty bands from Ottawa and around the […]

Image from the NAC website

Modern Cabaret Revival with Small Stages Canada

Twinkling lights adorned the small stage area, designating the space a dance zone, as 2-person tables in the audience quickly filled up with 3 and 4 people, and attendees dutifully waited in line for their coveted drink tickets. As more and more people filed in and the excited murmurs grew louder, I scanned the room […]

Photo by Jehu Jacob Mahautiere

Observing music through photographs

What does music look like?  For local photographer Jehu Jacob Mahautiere this question is at the forefront of his artistic work. “I was a DJ in Montreal, that is where my passion for art comes from,” says Mahautiere, who moved to Ottawa about a decade ago. His time spinning records in night clubs and dance […]

Kiesza, one of the Glowfair headliners.  Photo by Tibarazzi, from Kiesza's Facebook page

Bank Street gets its glow on at Glowfair

Glowfair, now in its second year, proves to step it up a notch with even more emphasis on music, arts, light, and plenty of activities, including 16 musical acts, and 9 themed street blocks. On June 19th and 20th, nine-themed blocks from Slater to James streets will be closed off for 2 magical days and […]

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