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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website,

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of […]

Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The Rainbow celebrates 30 years!

There is something about performing on the Rainbow stage. As a fledgling singer over 20 years ago, I remember the acute sense of nervousness I felt walking onto it, standing as green as could be, high above the crowd, looking out past the packed dance floor below me, the bar area beyond, the balcony area […]

From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer […]

Jenn Grant. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Folk-pop charmer Jenn Grant takes 4th Stage for two nights

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jenn Grant when she ventures onto the stage at the National Art Centre, this Friday. Although she’s never lived in Ottawa herself, her mother lived in the area while her grandfather, Daniel J. MacDonald, served as the Minister of Veteran Affairs in Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s cabinet. “[My […]


Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, […]

The Leslie Rohonczy Band (from left to right): Al Wilmore (keys/vocals), Chris Houle (drums/percussion),
Leslie Rohonczy (lead vocals/percussion), Steven Rae (bass/vocals), and Scott Walsh (guitar/vocals).

Leslie Rohonczy releases Down From The Ether

Ottawa singer/songwriter and recording artist, Leslie Rohonczy, along with her powerhouse band, put on an outstanding show at Greenfield’s Pub on Sunday night. She gave us a taste of her first CD, Sister Seven (Nov. 2012), as well as brand new material from her newest release, Down From The Ether (Oct. 2014). Leslie’s individuality, independence, […]

Gordon Lightfoot performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Gordon Lightfoot plays for packed crowd at Southam Hall

Upon the mention of the name Lightfoot, words like troubadour, singer/songwriter genius, and Canadian folk music legend come to mind…to name a few. But more, he has the ability to write songs that stick like glue. Completely memorable songs that have woven their way through our lives, with each one reminding us of a certain […]

Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa. Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two […]

Galleon: Setting sail again after 30 years

It was an era that existed sometime after the Beatles and before video killed the radio star. One that had flash pots, fog machines, strobe lights, tight pants, plenty of hair, guitars turned up to eleven, bone-rattling bass, drum solo madness, and the proverbial rock god lead singer. I’m talking about the big, bold, and […]

Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.

Montreal’s Das Blankout play the Mercury Lounge on Thursday

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, National spoken word artist and youth educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Three-piece Montreal rock band, Das Blankout, stops in Ottawa this Wednesday as part of their Quebec-Ontario Invasion tour. In anticipation of their show, Apt613 spoke with Matt Burghardt, lead singer and guitarist, about their recent […]

Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Nonprofit Band plays for greater good at House of Targ

If you were skeptical when reading my preview piece about a rock ‘n roll band sans electric guitar, you’re not alone. Although majorly intrigued, I definitely had a few reservations when learning about Nonprofit Band. Lead singer Michael Greilsammer explained that they originally planned to include the electric guitar in the album but, after the musician […]

Photo : Wall Space Gallery

Basement 819 du 12 novembre 2014 :: Lypsinch au Babylon. Houblon à volonté près de chez vous. Spectacle multi-multimédia à la galerie Wall Space

Basement 819 propose cette semaine des événements hors du commun pour satisfaire ceux qui ont besoin de s’aérer l’esprit et de s’activer les stimulis endormis. Consultez également nos suggestions à travers le Weekend Roundup. Nous y avons glissé des activités qui s’adressent aux amateurs de concerts tous azimuts. Tangled Dreamers | Un spectacle nommé délire […]