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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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Photo courtesy of J&B's websitePhoto courtesy of J&B's website

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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Learning Spanish is possible at any age

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Instructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro DuqueInstructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro Duque

With waggling hands and adorable smiles the gathered toddlers begin to sing in Spanish: “Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace música,” they chant, “my body, my body makes music.” Following the body gestures of the group instructor, the eager toddlers proceed to clap their hands and stomp their feet as they recite the rest of the song.  “My hands go ‘clap-clap-clap,’ my feet go, ‘stomp-stomp-stomp,’ my voice says, ‘la-la-la’, and my body goes ‘cha-cha-cha.” The last part is eagerly performed by cute little arms swinging back in forth in a toddler... | Continue reading article

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BADBADNOTGOOD bound to Ritual

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Over the past 18 months, the music world has opened up for Toronto based trio BADBADNOTGOOD and they’ve spread themselves into it. Their jazzified hip-hop is bold and bodacious, and is getting loads of attention. A Youtube video featuring the band alongside Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator has gotten nearly 1 million views. They backed Grammy winning Frank Ocean at last year’s Coachella Festival, and have laid down tracks for hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah. Having released two “studio” albums, and two live albums for free on their website, the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.

Hey, hey Ottawa – another exciting weekend ahead! Not only is there a birthday party for a dance party, but we’re giving away tickets to a dance show this weekend. Read on to find out more! Indie/folk band Joe Pug is up from Chicago to share some of their tunes, and Serena Ryder is also stopping by to play at Mavericks. Dessy Di Lauro is having a cd release party for her latest ragtime-urban album tonight at Mercury Lounge. That’s also where StillNative is having their album release party on Friday, the same... | Continue reading article

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Video: Michael Greilsammer at Daily Grind

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From his show on Saturday Feb 16th. The house was packed, and Greilsammer delivered some haunting violin playing, singing in French, Hebrew and English alongside his wife Shimrit. These guys can sing. They’re leaving Ottawa on the 28th, but for now we have their talent to enjoy. Also, this video begins with an impromptu cover of Money, by Pink Floyd. Which is cool if you like music, I guess. @mgreilsammer michaelgreilsammer.com Update: Michael will be playing his final Ottawa show (at least for now) at a Purim Party at the Glebe Shul on... | Continue reading article

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Yuri Bakker live at Cafe Alt

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Mr. Yuri Bakker, the man from Rotterdam and Uncle Sam, lays down his signature electro sound in this video from Valentines Day. He is releasing two free EPs by the end of the month, both of which sound heavenly. We’ll keep you up to date on that front. Yuri can be found at yuribakker.com, or @YuriBakker. The Cafe Alt Concert Series runs until March 22, and its next show is March 15th featuring John McKiel and Scattered Clouds. #cafealtseries Video courtesy of Joelle Guédon.

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Long Weekend Videos: The Elwins in a Garage

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In this video, me and the Elwins tour one of the underground parking garages at the university of Ottawa. Things get pretty serious, and I end up getting some real heartfelt sentiments out of them. But I guess Valentines Day does that to you, right? This is all part of the Cafe Alt Concert Series. The next show is on March 15th, and it features Scattered Clouds! Scattered Clouds?!  WOOO! @theelwins #cafealtseries

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Apres Snow: Vanier gets its 1960s groove back

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Photo Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMIPhoto Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMI

This post originally appeared on Vanier Now.  The jukeboxes may have been removed from Fontenelle years ago, but this Saturday (February 16), 1960s French pop is back. From the well-known to the obscure, Vanier-born DJ Mimi la Twisteuse is bringing her vinyl collection of French yé yé to Après-Snow at Fontenelle, an evening component of Vanier’s Winter Carnival. Having hosted the always packed monthly Franco-dance party Zoï Zoï in the mid 2000s at The Boat in Toronto, and now the co-host of Montreal’s weekly radio show MondoPQ, dedicated to French pop, rock and soul of... | Continue reading article

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Why hasn’t Ottawa heard of Michael Greilsammer?

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I went into my interview with Michael Greilsammer knowing nothing. I came out in absolute confusion. First of all, why hadn’t I heard of this guy? He’s famous in Israel; he’s won that country’s version of the Oscar (called the Ophir, if I recall correctly), and he makes some pretty exceptional music (for more evidence, see this little treat). Honestly, I was bewildered. And it really doesn’t seem like he’s all that well known outside of his home country, which is absolutely astounding. This guy has played with people like... | Continue reading article

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The Chamber Players unveil Rush Hour Concerts: Classical music on the go!

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Emcee Julie Nesrallah flips the last page of her prepared notes. Everyone gathered in St.  Andrew’s Church on Kent lets out an audible breath of relief. We empathize with the poor CBC Radio 2 host, who seems to be a little short of breath herself. It seems there’s simply too much to say about the Chamber  Players of Canada. Let’s set the scene a bit. It’s a snowy night in Ottawa. The streets are slick and empty, most weather-fearing folks having opted to stay in and skip the awfulness. And... | Continue reading article

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