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Basement 819 du 11 février 2015 :: Festival undercurrents – Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates. Théâtre – Le projet bocal au CNA. La Maison de la Commune sort de l’ombre!

Basement 819 s’en est donné à coeur joie cette semaine. En plus de nos suggestions publiées dans le Weekend Roundup, nous vous présentons trois entrevues pour bien démontrer le caractère grouillant de la scène culturelle de la région. Un départ en force avec une première capsule pour souligner le festival undercurrents qui s’activera du 12 […]

Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz […]

Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals […]

Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta […]

Photo of Elizabeth Shepherd courtesy of Pinwheel Music

The gorgeous jazz sounds of Elizabeth Shepherd

Montreal-based musician Elizabeth Shepherd is a delight to listen to. With a gorgeous jazz sound that combines several other influences, her music is a truly inventive audio blend.  Local music lovers can see her musical talent first-hand this Friday when she performs at the Dominion-Chalmers Church (355 Cooper St.) at 7:30 pm as part of Ottawa’s Winter […]

Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.

Valentine’s Day in Ottawa

Booze will be flowing, burlesque will be performed and of course – love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day in Ottawa. Young or old, newcomer or life-long Ottawan, even if you’re single there’s an event in the city right for you on the most romantic day of the year. Let’s break it down! […]

Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is […]

Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".

Hilotrons drop new album February 24

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. If you’re looking for an upbeat, electro-punk meets funk fusion album with built-in underlying smart commentary, you can’t do better than To Trip with Terpischore, Hilotrons’ newest release. After ten years of making music and serious moves in the Canadian […]

Photo : Kristina Corre

Basement 819 du 4 février 2015 :: LIVE Session au Château Cyr avec IKENNA! On célèbre la multiplication des nouveautés musicales!

Basement 819 est aux aguets et respire calmement devant le feu roulant artistique qui se déroule sous son oeil de lynx. Avez-vous consulté le Weekend Roundup? On vous y encourage fortement! Notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau, instigateur du projet Le Château Cyr à Vanier, nous a offert l’un des meilleurs LIVE Session de sa carrière (!). […]

Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend […]

James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna, aka Ash & Bloom, give 
a house concert performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ash & Bloom: An expression of life through music

“If they’re not songs that you wish you’d written, then you’re not being honest enough with yourself.” (Matt McKenna) Four years ago, two aspiring singer/songwriters from Hamilton, Ontario, Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal, found they had something when they combined the force of their talents together. They met while furthering their studies in music at […]

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