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Video of the week: Up In My Head with Lesley Marshall

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Editor’s note: Lesley’s video was recently featured on Weird Canada, a site that connects and promotes creative musicians and artists across Canada. Post by Keltie Duncan. Paralleling the move from CD to vinyl with digital download, Ottawa artist and filmmaker Lesley Marshall brings us a VHS transfer, with digital download, of her multi-camera, multi-format recording of an August 16, 2012 Holy Cobras show at Babylon Nightclub. The authentic, gritty, tactile “home movie” quality of VHS taps into feelings of nostalgia and good-times-gone-by: a fitting tribute to these relocated Ottawa favourites. Like seeing... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do this long weekend

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Kicking things off, we’ve got Chinatown Remixed all day Saturday. From jellyfish in cafe windows to a main stage o’ fun, you’ll want to be wandering Somerset Street from dawn til dusk. Don’t fret too much if you can’t make it – the exhibits will continue on for the next month. Tonight, Shannon Rose and the Thorns are out at the Black Sheep, with Whitebrow stopping by to play some tunes from their new album. Saturday night, it’s the Ottawa Rock Lottery – your chance to see Ottawa’s best musicians... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Rock Lottery marks five years of relatively unplanned musical collaboration

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Last year's Iron Bitch Face courtesy of Ottawa Rock Lottery.Last year's Iron Bitch Face courtesy of Ottawa Rock Lottery.

What is your musical fantasy? Does it involve copious amounts of liquid chocolate and a select Barenaked Ladies album? Or do you simply long to walk in the footsteps of a certain Liverpool quartet at the crossing at Abbey Road? (I could watch that webcam all day!) Or maybe you’re more the adventurous sort. Maybe you want to see what happens when numerous Ottawa bands swap members, create team of local supergroups, and put on a show. Well, that last fantasy will become a reality this weekend when the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Music blogs

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Photo by Active Steve courtesy of FlickrPhoto by Active Steve courtesy of Flickr

Recently we profiled two local photographers who chronicle Ottawa’s music scene.  In this week’s column, we expand our focus to include the numerous other music bloggers from the National Capital Region. Music Writers Most local bloggers probably don’t consider themselves to be journalists or writers in the strict sense of the word.  However, given that many music-related blogs contain interviews, previews of upcoming shows, reviews of new releases, insightful analysis and interesting bits of information, it is fair to say that many area bloggers are producing work that is comparable to... | Continue reading article

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The Goodluck Assembly versus Hurricane Sandy. Listen to their new EP to decide who won

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Band photo courtesy of The Goodluck AssemblyBand photo courtesy of The Goodluck Assembly

For many bands, recording an album requires the discipline to tune out distractions and focus on the music.  Local group The Goodluck Assembly, however, had to deal with this challenge in the extreme this past October, when they faced Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive  storms to ever hit the United States, head-on. “It looked like the zombie apocalypse had come,” recalls Mike Libbos, as he describes the band’s experience recording the EP Demonstrations in New York City. The band had completed about 75 per cent of the five-song album  and were starting their third... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Bluff by Little Stella

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A nice tune and cute video by Ottawa’s Little Stella, a Folk/Rock/Pop/Electronic group with hints of country. What started as a high school act in Manotick (what’s in the water over there, some kind of nuclear waste that turns all their kids into musicians?) The song is from their 2012 self-titled EP.

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Four Cellos put on a magnetic show

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Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.

It’s not very often that a church is packed on a Tuesday morning, but that was the case this past week at St. Andrew’s Church in the Glebe. It was a full house as audience members came to see four notable cellists (Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Tétreault) perform both classical and modern pieces. Before the show, as the audience waited in line to find their seats, I couldn’t help but notice I was one of the few to represent my own age demographic. While the time slot for... | Continue reading article

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Steve Adamyk on his band’s latest record, plans for 2013, and his punk music infuences

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

Steve Adamyk is the front-man for the Steve Adamyk Band, one of the best bands going in Ottawa right now.  Their latest album Third was released this past February on Dirtnap Records.  Steve was nice enough to talk with me on Facebook about the group’s upcoming tour, the first punk bands he ever listened to, and more.  Below is a transcript of our discussion edited for length. Apartment613: What’s coming up in 2013 that you’re excited about? Steve Adamyk:  We’ve got a west-coast tour coming up in May, for starters, that we’re... | Continue reading article

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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Song of the Week: One Sweet Day by Common Citizens

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Photo courtesy of Common Citizens on facebookPhoto courtesy of Common Citizens on facebook

The perfect pre-weekend state of relaxation does not come by itself: you have to work at it. A sunny day, glass of wine and of course a great song. One Sweet Day by local electronic act Common Citizens hits just the right note to get you ready for whatever you have planned on Friday night. The duo – comprised of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner – remix Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” featuring Boyz II Men beyond recognition, creating a smooth track that will wind you down without putting you... | Continue reading article

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