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From demos to Demonstrations: Q&A with The Goodluck Assembly

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The Goodluck Assembly, formed by brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos, are set to release their sophomore album Demonstrations in May 2013.   This record is fresh, both to the band and the fans, and so rather than planning a release far in advance, they are ready to get the music out there. Which means, in true DIY indie spirit, the album will be out in May one way or another. “We have a record, we want to play it and we want people to hear it, so we’re going to give... | Continue reading article

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Homebased release new album, Get Busy

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Cover art credit to Dom LaporteCover art credit to Dom Laporte

Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of those names is unfamiliar to you, it’s likely the last one. Stranger still, Homebased has been active and forceful in Ottawa since at least 2009. The trio chalks up their absence from the central discourse... | Continue reading article

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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in his honour, to mark the anniversary of his death. Atherton, Circa Beatz and So Nice will be there, kicking it nineties style with backwards caps pretty much everywhere. The thing is called Party & Bullshit... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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Photo courtesy of me.Photo courtesy of me.

There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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Bluebird North: Where writers sing and tell

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Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.

It is more than a concert, different than a reading and a shade to the left of a songwriting circle.  Tonight’s Bluebird North musical showcase features four singer-songwriters, each taking on a storytelling role.  As in past years, the artists play songs and then share their personal history with each piece.  As host Amanda Rheaume says, “the song is the most important element in a Bluebird concert…the inspiration and the story behind it.”  I connected with Rheaume to discover what other elements go into creating a noteworthy night. As the show’s... | Continue reading article

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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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Photo courtesy of J&B's websitePhoto courtesy of J&B's website

The Soundcloud embed isn’t working, so here’s the direct link. It’s 10 minutes long. A couple weeks back, Cafe Alt hosted the second edition of the aptly named Cafe Alt Concert Series. It was a resounding success, in no little part due to the gentlemen you are about to meet. James and Blackburn is a band named after two streets. And while you should listen to their music, you should also listen to this interview. It’s zany, everybody. Zany. The next edition of the Cafe Alt Concert Series takes place... | Continue reading article

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Learning Spanish is possible at any age

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Instructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro DuqueInstructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro Duque

With waggling hands and adorable smiles the gathered toddlers begin to sing in Spanish: “Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace música,” they chant, “my body, my body makes music.” Following the body gestures of the group instructor, the eager toddlers proceed to clap their hands and stomp their feet as they recite the rest of the song.  “My hands go ‘clap-clap-clap,’ my feet go, ‘stomp-stomp-stomp,’ my voice says, ‘la-la-la’, and my body goes ‘cha-cha-cha.” The last part is eagerly performed by cute little arms swinging back in forth in a toddler... | Continue reading article

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BADBADNOTGOOD bound to Ritual

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Over the past 18 months, the music world has opened up for Toronto based trio BADBADNOTGOOD and they’ve spread themselves into it. Their jazzified hip-hop is bold and bodacious, and is getting loads of attention. A Youtube video featuring the band alongside Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator has gotten nearly 1 million views. They backed Grammy winning Frank Ocean at last year’s Coachella Festival, and have laid down tracks for hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah. Having released two “studio” albums, and two live albums for free on their website, the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.

Hey, hey Ottawa – another exciting weekend ahead! Not only is there a birthday party for a dance party, but we’re giving away tickets to a dance show this weekend. Read on to find out more! Indie/folk band Joe Pug is up from Chicago to share some of their tunes, and Serena Ryder is also stopping by to play at Mavericks. Dessy Di Lauro is having a cd release party for her latest ragtime-urban album tonight at Mercury Lounge. That’s also where StillNative is having their album release party on Friday, the same... | Continue reading article

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Video: Michael Greilsammer at Daily Grind

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From his show on Saturday Feb 16th. The house was packed, and Greilsammer delivered some haunting violin playing, singing in French, Hebrew and English alongside his wife Shimrit. These guys can sing. They’re leaving Ottawa on the 28th, but for now we have their talent to enjoy. Also, this video begins with an impromptu cover of Money, by Pink Floyd. Which is cool if you like music, I guess. @mgreilsammer michaelgreilsammer.com Update: Michael will be playing his final Ottawa show (at least for now) at a Purim Party at the Glebe Shul on... | Continue reading article

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