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Dilla 10: Continuing J Dilla’s legacy

James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla, died on February 10, 2006. That day, the hip hop industry lost one of its most influential figures: a lyricist and producer, a man whose albums were lauded by many, whose collaborations produced new and compelling sounds, and whose friends remember him as a […]

Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – JOHNNY VEGAS, page 4

Kristopher Waddell is our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny […]

Frazey Ford: A soul-fueled journey at the NAC

Vancouver native Frazey Ford’s sold out performance this past Thursday night at NAC’s Fourth Stage showcased some of the best sound quality experiences ever captured in that room. She boarded the stage to an already exuberantly welcoming crowd, accompanied by a team of 5 musicians which included opener/special guest Phil Cook who added some sweet tones on […]

Video of the Week: No Fly List’s Stained Glass

Last month, Ottawa’s own Rock/Power Pop/Alternative band No Fly List released a music video for “Stained Glass”, their first single off their 7 song EP, Both Sides – A. Not only is this their first ever music video, it is filmed in 360 degrees! The 360 degree video allows you to move smoothly through the […]

Rae Spoon on self-care, mentorship, and touring while trans

Rae Spoon’s new album, Armour, comes out today.  Their cross-Canada tour in support of it will be coming to Ottawa on Friday, February 26th.  We chatted with them by phone about the album, the tour, and Ottawa. Rae Spoon has released 8 albums, two books, and an autobiographical documentary, and their work often reflects intensely personal […]

Quoi faire ce weekend: What to totally not do in Ottawa this weekend

You’re staying in this weekend? Okay, cool. No, I mean it, I’m checking out. It’s more frigid than Stephen Harper’s heart. There’s nothing that could beat rewatching Friends or cycling between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in a continuous boredom feedback loop. Zero. Zip. Nada. It’s not like six of the city’s most flavourful restaurants are […]

#ottmusik: The art of an Ottawa playlist

Post by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing A perfect playlist takes thought. Making sure each song moves to the next seamlessly, finding a kind of momentum and build, or giving space to let songs breathe. For those of us who live music, who listen to music every day, non-stop, who co-opt sound systems at house parties or who preferred […]

HIGHS to bring danceable alt-pop to Targ

Gracing the stage at House of Targ on February 25th is HIGHS, a Toronto-native alternative pop band whose debut album Dazzle Camouflage is set for release on April 8th via Indica Records. In this interview, lead singer Doug Haynes talks cross-country touring, World War I, dancing naked and his favourite things about Ottawa. Apt613: It […]

Jim Bryson on new music, new collaborators, and the midlife struggle

Alison Larabie Chase is a freelance writer and editor who blogs about food at This Dessert Life when she’s not ruminating about grammar and spelling at Stittsville native Jim Bryson is a fixture of the Ottawa area music scene, playing annual sold-out Christmas shows at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield and frequently appearing on […]

Video of the Week: Diaspora Poem by Nasra Adem and Brandon Wint

We don’t usually get all lovey dovey for Valentine’s Day around here. But this poem came to our attention recently and it seemed appropriate to share it with you today. Though the authors have moved on to Edmonton, these two were raised in Ottawa and were active members of our creative community. Brandon Wint describes […]