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Video of the Week: Sound of Lions Storm Chasers

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There’s no denying it; summer is gone. Watching Sound of Lions’ video for their new single, Storm Chasers, is a great way to mourn. The video, produced by local multimedia company Studio Tree, combines a soulful and somewhat melancholy track with bright images of summer fun: green fields, fires by the beach and yellow sundresses. It set the mood perfectly to sit in the park and wait for the leaves to turn. Sounds of Lions has had a great year, playing at Bluesfest, Junofest and winning the Xpress’ reader’s poll for best band. Storm Chasers... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT: A Photo Essay

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Photo by Anwarrior.Photo by Anwarrior.

House of PainT, Ottawa’s best urban culture festival under a bridge, wrapped up on Sunday. It was my first time checking out this annual party that pays homage to the legalization of graffiti on the walls of the underpass in 2003. True to its promise, the festival attracted an eclectic crew of artists, slam poets, turntablists, artisans, dancers and MCs. I was pleasantly surprised at how inclusive the festival felt. On both Saturday and Sunday, I saw people of all genders, ages and ethnicities. There were families with small kids and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Nuit Blanche is here!Nuit Blanche is here!

Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses. First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the... | Continue reading article

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr group

This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM - the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you might find his sentiment and thanks to be both motivating and comforting. The full letter is posted below and available on the ARBORETUM website here. We look forward to hearing about your ARBORETUM experience in the... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Festival Foliage – Branching into Catriona Sturton

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Photo courtesy of Arboretum's websitePhoto courtesy of Arboretum's website

Catriona Sturton is a musician who seriously and ambitiously digs into her craft. Formerly a member of the band Plumtree, she’s also collaborated with many well-known acts such as Al Tuck, Sloan, Blue Rodeo, and Joel Plaskett. She’s studied musical styles and instruments from both Mali and Japan and has spent time under the harmonica-tutelage of the Cuban-Canadian musical wizard, Carlos de Junco. Always laudable is the artist working hard to progress their expression. This local talent plays Arboretum on Saturday morning. Apt613: As you know, Arboretum is a festival celebrating... | Continue reading article

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HipHopCanada and CapCityHipHop drop Parliament Takeover mixtape

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Album art courtesy of HipHopCanada.Album art courtesy of HipHopCanada.

Just in time for one of the year’s coolest local hip hop events, HipHopCanada and CapCityHipHop have teamed up to present the Parliament Takeover Volume 1 mixtape. It’s packed with music by local talent and it’s free, so hip hop heads will want to download it stat. Here’s what HipHopCanada has to say about the mixtape: “DJ TDot hosts the first of a series of tapes that will be showcasing talent from Ottawa and surrounding regions. The tape features tracks by Belly, Flight Distance, Billz, Harvey Stripes, Cashtro Crosby, Dynamic,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, art, music and more. Highlights? Catch hip hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes at House of Paint Sunday and see the graffiti wall created the day before, and take in Cadence Weapon while chowing down on some delicious vittles... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Festival Foliage – Branching into Pregnancy Scares

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Pregnancy Scares, an Ottawa-bred act, is an aural torrent of strepitous calamities. Part blast, part roar, with a tinkle surf-shuffle, their tunes rumble with an infectious energy. While engaged in numerous other projects, members of the band use this project as a form to unleash the beasts. The band is releasing a 7-inch this fall/winter, and they’ve scheduled a show on November 9th at the Dominion to celebrate the occasion. I (Alessandro) caught up with one member, Emmanuel Sayer, to get a quick peek into the inner workings of Pregnancy... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT: Exploring the Urban Environment

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For years, the Dunbar Bridge underpass beneath Bronson Avenue was a neglected corner of the city filled with gravel, litter, dirt and weeds. Thanks to the grassroots work of local organizers, however, this once forgotten space between Brewer Park and Carleton University has now blossomed into the main site of the annual House of PainT festival, Ottawa’s largest gathering of urban art and culture. “The festival originated from the City of Ottawa’s decision (in 2003) to legalise the first graffiti wall under the Dunbar Bridge,” explains Rob Reid, media director... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Festival Foliage – Branching into Sandro Perri

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One of the many fine acts to grace Arboretum Festival’s debut lineup, Sandro Perri is difficult to pin down musically. Experimental and meandering, his style is at once melodic and mysterious. He began his career as a dance music producer, experimenting with blending beats and steel guitar, but soon reinvented his sound for the live stage.  Over his career, he has produced for the likes of Owen Pallett, Stephen Malkmus and Bonjay. His latest album, Impossible Spaces, was longlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize. Roving reporter Alessandro Marcon tracked him... | Continue reading article

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