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Digital painting, graffiti, lasers and DJs: Night Light Masquerade brings it together at Wall Space Gallery

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Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

It’s hot out there, Ottawa. If you need a reason to escape the heat this weekend, head over to Wall Space Gallery for a night of dancing, DJing, lasers and live digital painting by one of our favourite local artists, Stefan Thompson. You may already be familiar with Thompson’s work if you frequent the Idle Hands Craft Sale – he also had a show awhile back at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Known for his mysterious, other-worldly bestial figures, Thompson is a part of the group exhibition, Night Light Masquerade, opening... | Continue reading article

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Angela Hewitt joins NAC Orchestra for two special Mozart piano concerts

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Photo of Angela Hewitt courtesy of the NACPhoto of Angela Hewitt courtesy of the NAC

The National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra is a delight to hear.  What is equally wonderful, however, are the many brilliant guest musicians that they perform with. The NAC Orchestra’s 2013 summer concert series continues this fine tradition, with four shows in July featuring the works of Mozart and such composers as Antonín Dvořák and Jean Sibelius. The performances scheduled for this coming Thursday and Friday are particularly special, as Ottawa-born pianist Angela Hewitt joins the NAC Orchestra for two piano concertos by Mozart (No. 22 in E-flat major and No. 24 in C minor).  Also on the... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Three Little Birds

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Photo by Ayoub Ben SessiPhoto by Ayoub Ben Sessi

Three Little Birds have made headlines in the past for the politically driven messages in their music. You’ll get a chance to take in their eclectic mixed-bag of musical influences, which range from country to reggae, when they take the stage at the Rideau Centre on Sunday at noon. Thanks to Three Little Birds for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. How would you describe your sound? We pull upon a wide range of musical styles - everything from Balkan styled harmonies within reggae beats to country-flavoured melodies... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

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Photo by Jesse A. WolfePhoto by Jesse A. Wolfe

When John Carroll takes the stage at Bluesfest on Sunday, he’ll be a long way from his roots as a street busker. Now a seasoned veteran, playing gigs for the CBC and holding down a long-term residence at the Laff in the Byward Market, John Carroll and his Epic Proportion offer a study in real blues. If you want to take a break from the big name acts this weekend, these guys would be a good bet. Read our mini interview with John below to get a feel for how... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Wicked Mercy

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The Wicked Mercy bill themselves as apocalyptic blues and, if their heavy, lick-laden sound is any indication, it’s an apt descriptor. Led by Case Bronson (an assumed name based on local lore?), the band will take the stage at Bluesfest today at 2pm. But first, they were kind enough to answer some questions for us. How would you describe your sound? We’d describe our sound as gritty rock n’roll soaked in blues and whiskey and mixed with whatever feels good.  Some tunes have Spanish melodies, psychdelic, prog-rock and funk elements. How long... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.

So Bjork is stopping by for a visit, if you haven’t heard – her first time in the country in 11 years. If she’s not your cup of tea, perhaps an actual cup of tea is? Bad jokes aside, this weekend has a few hidden activity gems. Roller Derby Saved My Soul, a light, fun theatre production, is playing one night only at Arts Court (we’ve got a ticket giveaway below!). Cyclists can get out for a 20km scavenger hunt and bike rally with a few friends, competing for some great... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Medhi Cayenne Club

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Photo by Marie Andree Blais.Photo by Marie Andree Blais.

Those that live on the Gatineau side of the river and like to dance party probably already know about Mehdi Cayenne Club. There’s a party groove to their sound but there’s also sentiment in their prose. This is how they describe themselves, in French, on their site: Punky Funk POW-WOW. Pour rêver, danser et réfléchir. MCC, c’est le calme et puis la tempête: un papillon qui s’enfuit de la prison dans sa tête. To dream, dance and think. Mehdi Cayenne Club is calm and stormy: a butterfly leaving the prison in its head.... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Roberta Bondar

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Roussel.Photo courtesy of Kathy Roussel.

We’ve featured Roberta Bondar a few times on Apt613. Last March, contributor Lily Peper wrote: “The group shows that you can play weird, noisy music without being dour or self-important. Their shows are energetic and fun, and show an appreciation for theatricality.” The band has been touring more and more – played last year’s Arboretum Fest (and are back this year). This is their first Bluesfest appearance…and their playing the biggest stage there is! How would you describe your sound? We aim to maneuver whoever is listening into a trance,... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Miss Polygamy

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

Miss Polygamy is not a Ms at all but a quintet of long hair, bearded guys that love dirty rock. These guys are ready to rock your socks off on Sunday. How would you describe your sound? Contemporary with a throwback sound. Influences from Yukon Blonde, Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Grizzly Bear, Sheepdogs, and more. We describe our genre as a mix of psychedelic-indie-dirt/blues. How long have you been playing music, and how has your sound evolved over that time? Since 2010 we became what Miss... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Loon Choir

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Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.

This is two years in a row at Bluesfest for Loon Choir. The boys and girls from Loon Choir have certainly not been sitting on their laurels. For all their hard work, the band has received a lot of support from CBC Radio 3. It was in the running for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for Canada’s Best New Artist last year. On a sillier note – they made the Top 10 list for “Most Canadian Band Name”. Congrats all around! So what’s changed in a year? Synth player Brad Sheffield explains… What’s... | Continue reading article

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