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Basia Bulat and Daniel Lanois. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Lanois with NACO, an incredible evening of sonic exploration

This past Thursday Ottawa ears were treated to an inspiring show of sonic exploration when Daniel Lanois and Basia Bulat joined forces with the NAC orchestra under the baton of David Martin. The exclusive concert jointly produced by Ontario Scene, the NAC orchestra and NAC Presents filled Southam Hall with fans eager to hear what […]

From left to right: Jeff Logan (guitar), Cody Allen (vocals/acoustic guitar),
Steve Foley (drums), and Rob Toth (bass) perform on the Irene's stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Cody Allen ignites Irene’s Pub last Saturday

North Bay native, Cody Allen definitely set the room ablaze on Saturday night, as he unleashed his latest effort, IGNITE to a packed house at Irene’s Pub. With the help of his accomplished band members, Jeff Logan (electric guitar), Rob Toth (bass), and producer, Steve Foley (drums), Allen offered up a set of well over […]

Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated […]

Matthew Barber. Photo by Matt Barnes, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Soulful songs for a Saturday night

With so many Ontario Scene events this past Saturday, it must have been a tough choice for someone looking for an evening out, but for those who placed their bets on Matthew Barber and Jadea Kelly’s show the rewards were sweet. Not only did we get to hear these two songwriters on the same bill, […]

Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre

So music meets up with quantum mechanics in a bar . . .

What is the relationship between music and quantum mechanics?  I have no idea but am eager to find out in Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, a special concert this Sunday by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the National Arts Centre. A collaboration between Edwin Outwater, the music director of the K-W Symphony, and the University […]

Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Irene’s: 30 years in the Glebe

Thirty years ago in 1985, a woman by the name of Irene Corey opened the doors to her modest-sized pub in the then up-and-coming neighbourhood on Bank Street called The Glebe. Originally called, “Cap’n Pinky’s”, it bore the charm of a cozy, rustic Maritime seaboard local, which rapidly became home to a regular clientele in […]

Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also […]

Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.

Apt613 Live for April 28, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live! Contributor Eric Murphy was on the scene at last week’s Ottawa Zine-Off. We’ve got his conversations with some of the zinesters to find out what makes ‘em tick and what the community is all about here in Ottawa. Coming up this Friday May 1st at Maxwell Bistro you can catch […]

Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Ottawa’s female-led bands form the Next Wave

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Between the four female-led musical acts to be featured in Ontario Scene’s Next Wave: Ottawa Music Spotlight, there are Pizza Sharks, Ouija rockers, legal discussions with a […]

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Ottawa Creatives: Kwende Memetic Kefentse

Kwende Memetic Kefentse grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, surrounded by people who were serious about music. Young and curious, he emulated them and began collecting music himself. Once his collection had grown to a substantial size, he began playing his music for people at parties. It was then that Kwende realized playing music […]

Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis […]

Photo by Stephanie Ra?ek.

Pocket Writer embraces chaos in his debut album

In his debut album, Dented Little Scars, Ottawa’s Pocket Writer takes listeners on a whimsical trip through his insights about life around him, mixing folk melodies, storytelling lyrics, and mellow instrumentals. The album is hosted online for anyone to stream. Pocket Writer is a pseudonym used by Jakub Ra?ek, who was born in Slovakia and […]