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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Hornettes

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The Hornettes must be doing something right because they’ve accomplished the rare feat this year of playing both Jazz Fest and now, Bluesfest. If you’re in the mood for classic Motown era tunes, The Hornettes will fill your fix. The band consist of two female leads and a five-piece backing. They were lauded as a favourite new band of 2012 at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield where they filmed their video for “Out of My Mind”, which you can find below. Guitarist  Jeff deValk answered our questions. How would you describe your... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Steve Adamyk Band

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Photo of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew CarverPhoto of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew Carver

Our own Sacha K.W. did a more in-depth interview with Steve Adamyk – lead singer of the Steve Adamyk Band – a couple of months ago right before the band’s Ottawa Explosion performance. He talks about their latest album Third, released this past February on Dirtnap Records, the sounds of punk and possibly touring Japan this winter. For those that don’t know the Steve Adamyk Band, here’s a bit of a primer. How would you describe your sound? A louder version of the skinny-tie bands of the early 80′s. Catchy power-pop, with a punk... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Dynamite Motel

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Photo courtesy of Dynamite Motel.Photo courtesy of Dynamite Motel.

Mindy Amelotte is Dynamite Motel. What’s in a name? Well, if you look hard enough you discover Dynamite Motel is an anamagram for Mindy Amelotte. She is a true DIY-er composing, writing and producing all her own music while currently managing herself. While a relative newbie to the Ottawa music scene, Mindy has been playing the guitar and piano for over 10 years. How would you describe your sound? I describe my sound as Jazz, Soul, Blues, R&B for each song evokes 1 or 2 of  those styles. I feel I have an... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: FEVERS

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Ever since Passion Is Dead came out, FEVERS has been a bit of an indie music darling in Ottawa. They were of the mind to give their first album for free and are doing the same with the first single off their new album, Dance Cry Dance. We spoke with them last year when they were young pups, playing Bluesfest for the first time. They since played Tulip Festival, Capital Pride, JUNOfest, and the Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent in the NCR and have big plans for 2013-2014. Bassist Jim Hopkins spoke to us about the... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Musettes

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Photo courtesy of the Musettes.Photo courtesy of the Musettes.

These girls are good. While this is their first time playing Bluesfest, The Musettes won the 2010 Galaxie Rising Stars Award and secured a spot playing at the Ottawa Folk Festival that same year. Their sound is akin to another all female folk band, The Good Lovelies. The trio has a unique style, as all three girls have distinct songwriting capabilities, and take turns singing lead vocals and frequently trade instruments on stage. All three can work the ukelele, mandolin and guitar which makes for a fun mix. We caught up with... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: NDMA

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Photo courtesy of NDMA.Photo courtesy of NDMA.

Nilton De Menezes aka NDMA is a name that’s been on my must-watch list for over a year now. It’s definitely not his fault that I haven’t seen him perform in person yet. The man has been everywhere, with NXNE, Bluesfest and Arboretum being the big shows for him this summer, but he’s played all over town several times over. So, blame it on me…and my new daddy responsibilities. Maybe I’ll try to make it up to Nilton by going to check him out with son in tow. NDMA was born... | Continue reading article

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Remember Camera Obscura? They are playing Bluesfest.

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I used to love Camera Obscura, but it seems like they fell off the face of the earth a bit in recent years. Desire Lines is their first album in four years and it’s got me excited about them again and about their upcoming performance at Bluesfest. I took the opportunity to send them a few questions and find out what they’ve been up to and what we can expect from the show here in Ottawa (and their new album). We heard back from Carey Lander. Apt613: Why a four year hiatus? What... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Tara Holloway

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Photo courtesy of Tara Holloway.Photo courtesy of Tara Holloway.

Imagine this: It’s +35 C outside, all you want to do is cool down and enjoy some music. You might want to head over to the Barney Danson Theatre this Saturday to listen to the sweet sounds of Tara Holloway. She will be performing with other female artists in the finals of the the third annual ‘She’s the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by Ottawa’s boom 99.7. The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. If your Saturday is booked, not to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double header, and a local tourist-like take photography exhibit of our city. And, as a bonus, a few extra showings of Sappho…in 9 Fragments, one of the Fringe’s hit shows (read our review here). If you... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Jordan McIntosh

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Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.

There’s a bit of a country flavour to this year’s Bluesfest with Dixie Chicks, Zac Brown Band and others. You can clearly see where Jordan McIntosh takes his influence. Heck, by the looks of his photo above, he could play a young Johnny Cash (if they were to do another movie on the man in black). McIntosh is still in high school, but could be considered a veteran of the stage. He’s been singing from a young age. Wanting to imitate his older sister, who was also a singer, Jordan... | Continue reading article

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