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Black Widow Promotions: Fourteen years of cacophony, and still going strong

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Photo courtesy of Soilwork.Photo courtesy of Soilwork.

For 14 years, Black Widow Promotions (BWP) has been doing its part to make our nation’s capital a noisier place.  Founded in 1999, BWP is Ottawa’s largest and longest-running heavy metal promoter. BWP was founded by Pete Kasper, who was inspired by a lack of face-melting riffs in our fair city. As I’m sure many Ottawan music fans can understand, Kasper became frustrated when his favourite touring bands would skip Ottawa, opting to stick to shows in Toronto and Montreal instead. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands. “After... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Night Danger from Roberta Bondar

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Local noise rockers Roberta Bondar released the official video for Night Danger yesterday. Featuring Lidija Rozitis, Alex Maltby, Tyler Ivan Goodman and Gary Franks, the video is a collaborative project between Travis Boisvenue (from Modulo) and Arturo Brisindi, who performed the visual manipulation using a modular video synthesizer. The video made its début on Sunday at Pressed, which went well, according to Boisvenue. “I’ve watched the video about 100 times now, so it’s hard for me to really ‘see’ it anymore,” he wrote in an email yesterday. “It was nice to finally... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Bright Road.Photo courtesy The Bright Road.

Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album at Cafe Dekcuf Friday night, and there will be lots of jazzy goodness with Molly Johnson at the NAC. The Flaps take over the GluePot Pub for their cd release party – The Hilotrons and... | Continue reading article

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From demos to Demonstrations: Q&A with The Goodluck Assembly

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The Goodluck Assembly, formed by brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos, are set to release their sophomore album Demonstrations in May 2013.   This record is fresh, both to the band and the fans, and so rather than planning a release far in advance, they are ready to get the music out there. Which means, in true DIY indie spirit, the album will be out in May one way or another. “We have a record, we want to play it and we want people to hear it, so we’re going to give... | Continue reading article

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Homebased release new album, Get Busy

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Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of those names is unfamiliar to you, it’s likely the last one. Stranger still, Homebased has been active and forceful in Ottawa since at least 2009. The trio chalks up their absence from the central discourse... | Continue reading article

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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in his honour, to mark the anniversary of his death. Atherton, Circa Beatz and So Nice will be there, kicking it nineties style with backwards caps pretty much everywhere. The thing is called Party & Bullshit... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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Bluebird North: Where writers sing and tell

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Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.

It is more than a concert, different than a reading and a shade to the left of a songwriting circle.  Tonight’s Bluebird North musical showcase features four singer-songwriters, each taking on a storytelling role.  As in past years, the artists play songs and then share their personal history with each piece.  As host Amanda Rheaume says, “the song is the most important element in a Bluebird concert…the inspiration and the story behind it.”  I connected with Rheaume to discover what other elements go into creating a noteworthy night. As the show’s... | Continue reading article

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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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The Soundcloud embed isn’t working, so here’s the direct link. It’s 10 minutes long. A couple weeks back, Cafe Alt hosted the second edition of the aptly named Cafe Alt Concert Series. It was a resounding success, in no little part due to the gentlemen you are about to meet. James and Blackburn is a band named after two streets. And while you should listen to their music, you should also listen to this interview. It’s zany, everybody. Zany. The next edition of the Cafe Alt Concert Series takes place... | Continue reading article

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