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Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle au Studio du CNA du 15 au 18 octobre

Basement 819 du 8 octobre 2014 :: Entrevue avec l’artiste Laura Jean. Festival international du film d’Ottawa (OIFF). Théâtre — Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle. L’Acronyme improvise en direct.

Basement 819 vous présente cette semaine un beau tableau de culture à consommer dans les prochains jours. Voici notre sélection de contenu de la 36e édition de l’émission. Entrevue :: Laura Jean, artiste multi disciplinaire! En plus d’être une excellente musicienne folk à la voix mélancolique et séduisante, Laura Jean s’est entre autres fait connaître […]

Montreal's Maica Mia play Pressed on Saturday Night. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and with that marks the season where the outdoor activities wind down and the indoor activities rev up. There’s plenty of Thanksgiving themed fun all over the city, and whether you’ve got kids or you’re still one yourself, make sure you get out and enjoy all the fall festivities. Saturday […]

Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.

Beau’s Oktoberfest: Beer + Food + Music = Success for local charities

Vankleek Hill, a small beautiful community an hour east of Ottawa, was the place to be this past weekend as 14,000 attendees experienced Beau’s Brewery 6th annual Oktoberfest. For those unfamiliar with this German-inspired, beer-soaked celebration, it dates back to October 12, 1810, when the German Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. They threw one […]

Party Chapeau!

Basement 819 du 1er octobre 2014 :: C’est le Beau’s Oktoberfest! Party Chapeau au Château Cyr. La Nouvelle Scène investit dans l’intimité de la musique. Dévoilement des nominations pour les prix GAMIQ. Voyez Fontarabie, c’est gratuit!

Basement 819 vous en passe un papier, la fin de semaine sera chargée. Voici les musts de notre 35e édition! Beau’s Oktoberfest 2014 C’est à Vankleek Hill, à moins d’une heure d’Ottawa qu’aura lieu l’édition 2014 du Beau’s Oktoberfest. Le plan du site est fabuleux, une quarantaine de microbrasseries seront représentées sur place + une […]

Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from

Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long […]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from

Your brain on improv: IMOOFEST 2014

As a teenager and wannabe punk-rocker, I was always hearing my musician friends talking about ‘jamming.’ They were going to jam, they wanted to jam, they were in the process of ‘jamming.’ A music lover but non-musician myself, this was a very elusive activity to me and one I still don’t completely understand. Jamming is […]

Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in […]

Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music […]

Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or […]

Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

An overview of Folk Fest 2014

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the […]

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Basement 819 du 17 septembre 2014 :: Éric se fait historique. Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau. Grandiloquent Festival international de films d’animation à Ottawa. Chic pique-nique Harvest Noir.

Basement 819 trippe fort sur le cinéma cette semaine. Éric est toujours aussi thématique, il se fraye un chemin vers le passé d’Ottawa pour explorer le mythique Capitol Theatre construit en 1920 sur la rue Bank au coin de la rue Queen. À l’époque, ce cinéma pouvait accueillir rien de moins que 2430 spectateurs. Il […]

Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Joss Stone takes Folk Fest on a soulful ride

“This is really gonna happen!” came an excited voice behind me, from a sea of people all there in anticipation of one of Ottawa Folk Fest’s biggest acts to take the stage. At 8pm on Sunday night, Joss Stone came out to greet the crowd, dressed in a full length summery dress, looking every bit […]