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Dwellers on the threshold: Celebrating experimental sounds in Ottawa

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Digital generative illustrations by Paul Hockett.Digital generative illustrations by Paul Hockett.

Excoriating and exhilarating highs; deep, sympathetically-vibrating lows; glitches, hums and fuzz; reverberations, reverberations, reverberations; unconventional song structures, complex time-signatures, drones, repetitive beats, looping beats, mathematical beats, lazy beats, 808 snare, snare, snare; circuit-bending, mind-melding, distortions in the space-time continuum; analogue electronics, laptops, tapes, guitar, cello, saxophone, weirding module, squeeze-box; beer, beer, smoked meat sandwich.* * Some hastily formed impressions from the last two weeks at Experimental Music Wednesdays at Pressed Cafe. It’s a good time to be in Ottawa if you want to turn an ear to something interesting.  Really... | Continue reading article

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Modulo: Documenting Ottawa’s connection to modular synthesizers

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A few days ago, local film maker Travis Boisvenue released a teaser for his latest collaborative project, Modulo. Produced by Ryan Paul Gibson, the short documentary focuses on the people of Ottawa who dig modular synthesizers in a major way, as well as the brains behind Muff Wiggler - an online forum that provides a space for discussion about all things synth. I learned about the project from Travis on Wednesday during Experimental Music night at Pressed Cafe. I will admit, the world of experimental and noise music is relatively new for me,... | Continue reading article

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for October 17, 2012

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Listen here or on iTunes. This week on Apt613 Live, Karen and Ryan are our guides for an hour of creativity, boxing, and food. First up, Katie Frappier joins us to discuss her upcoming Creative Mornings talk. Frappier is one of the co-owners of Victoire, and she will speak to a crowd of enthusiastic breakfast-goers at The Hub this Friday the 19th with Regine Paquette, the shop’s other owner. For more info, check out the Eventbrite. Speaking of Creative Mornings, Sharif Virani, the man behind the Ottawa chapter of the breakfast/lecture series, is in-studio to... | Continue reading article

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Live music in Westboro: House concerts an undiscovered Ottawa gem

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Nancy Beaudette plays to a group of attentive house concert guests at Westboro House Concerts. Photo by D'Arcy Grant.Nancy Beaudette plays to a group of attentive house concert guests at Westboro House Concerts. Photo by D'Arcy Grant.

When most of us think of concerts in Ottawa, we think of events like Bluesfest with their huge stages, loud sound systems, and high profile acts. Or perhaps of venues like the Bronson Centre or the NAC, where we pay for our tickets and hope for good seats. Of course these experiences have their merits, representing an invaluable part of Ottawa’s live music scene. But there are also those who are looking for something a little bit different. Maybe you don’t want to be part of a crowd of hundreds... | Continue reading article

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A love letter to your hometown: Ottawa rapper Peter Joynt’s cd release party

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Gloria Song is an Ottawa-based writer and research lawyer, as well as the frontwoman for her own band Scary Bear Soundtrack The works of Peter Joynt, the Ottawa-based rapper known as the Joynt, often read like an unusual love letter to his hometown. His track “Capcity”, where he proclaims himself Ottawa’s biggest fan, is so full of so much hometown enthusiasm that it was picked up by the Ottawa Senators, and a special Sens version of the song has been played at every hockey game last season. The Joynt is... | Continue reading article

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Interview with Herd Magazine founder Steph Vicente

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A new entry to Ottawa’s indie media-scape is launching this weekend – combining discussion of Arts and Culture with compelling design to create something that should be pretty unique. The big reveal for Herd Magazine – billing itself as “freely distributed literature covering local arts&culture on a quarterly basis” will be this Friday night at Fall Down Gallery on Bank Street. They’ve invited Amos the Transparent and will have food from LUNCH, Auntie Loo’s Treats, and the Gouda Life on hand. All the details are on the Herd website here.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric FieldsPhoto by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric Fields

Not only do we want you out and about this weekend, Ottawa, but we’re going to give a few of you just the incentive to get out of the house – we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the John Carroll & the Epic Proportions show out at the Black Sheep this Saturday. Read on to find out how you can win! The city is hopping with parties this weekend. Herd Magazine launches at Fall Down Friday night, with Amos the Transparent dropping by for a show. Saturday it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.

It’s a little quieter this weekend as people scatter decorative gourds on the dining room table and bake up pumpkin pies, but we’ve still got some great options for you. Hoping to make that Thanksgiving dinner a little more fairly traded? Credible Edibles has the perfect workshop for you. And, staying with the season, learn all about how harvesting is actually done (scythes are so last century) and how you can harvest energy from those very crops. Lefty McRighty and the O-town Hoedown enter the last weekend of that music... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Balconies do Bieber

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This is pretty awesome. Ottawa ex-pats The Balconies partnered with Toronto’s Hands and Teeth to do a cover of the Biebs’ classic hit, Baby. Is it OK to like this song now that it has acquired a polite veneer of hipsterdom? Because it’s damn catchy, Balconies front-woman Jacquie Neville rocks the vocals, plus I love the harmonized rap interlude. The video was shot by Mitch Fillion and mixed and mastered by Reuben Ghos at the Verge Music Lab as part of the Mojito Sessions.  

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