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Picturesque beach scene at l'Outaouais en Fête. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Summer festival fever

The first day of Summer has arrived, and with it, a vast array of art, cultural, sport, and music events for all ages in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With the weather having fully co-operated over the weekend, there was no shortage of things to take in for the eyes and ears. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival […]

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NDMA has your summer tunes covered

No need to continue scouring the internet for summer tunes, Ottawa-based singer, rapper and producer, NDMA has just released his latest EP, Panache, this past June 17th. As we dive deeper into the season, the EP will likely be your go-to-playlist as it celebrates both hip-hop and electronic music. Mastered by prolific mixer, Phil Shaw […]

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Kathleen Edwards to Step Back from Music (After Tonight)

After fifteen years of music, Kathleen Edwards has decided she’s done, at least for now. Tonight’s Jazz Festival performance is the artist’s final planned show. Whether or not this means she’s quitting music permanently is not clear, but Edwards is clear that she is stepping back from music for a sizeable portion of time. Since […]

Jazz Fest opens this weekend: interview + highlights

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″][/youtube] The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival starts this weekend! We’re big fans of the festival and we’ve made it something of an annual tradition to check in with Petr Cancura, programming manager for the festival, to see what he’s pulled together for Ottawa Jazz fans. (If you’re interested, see 2011, 2012, 2013). We’ll […]

Les Mosquitos

Basement 819 du 18 juin :: Les Mosquitos en studio! Lunch Beat dans le Vieux-Hull et c’est parti pour le Ottawa Fringe Festival. On confirme, l’été c’est fait pour jouer!

L’équipe de Basement 819 vous recommande un échantillon d’activités parmi la fulgurante brochette d’événements en cours en ce moment. Les Mosquitos en studio! Basés à Aylmer, mignonne petite ville de la région, Les Mosquitos sont venus exprimer leurs passions intérieures à l’émission. Connus pour leur puissance sur scène, leur pouvoir attractif et leur beat reggae-beachy, […]


Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a […]

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The Musettes release EP with performance at St. Luke’s

The Musettes take the stage at St. Luke’s Church this Saturday for their album release party. The triad of smoking hot redheads is releasing their first EP Wanderlust, and the show promises to be a good one for Ottawa’s folk fans. The group is comprised of Meg LaGrandeur, Rachel Harrison and Lora Bidner, with occasional […]

The Shai Maestro Trio. All photos courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Jazzfest celebrates Israeli musicians

This year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has what can only be described as a monster of a lineup. Featuring musical legends Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and Earth Wind and Fire, it is sure to start Ottawa’s festival season on a high note. But there’s much, much more to the festival than the headliners. The magic […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″][/youtube] Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the […]

Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Souljazz Orchestra to test drive new material at Glow Fair

Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is leading a strong set of local acts heading into Glow Fair, the Bank Street BIA’s new street festival, this Friday. Self-described as “Canada’s hardest-working combo”, The Souljazz Orchestra is hoping the neon, glow-in-the-dark festival will serve as a tune up ahead of their big euro tour launching next week. “It’s been […]

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my […]

One of the many volunteers of Ottawa's finest, providing security during Ringside For Youth XX. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ringside for Youth XX: A fundraising success story

This is the story of how members of a community got together to help a financially strapped youth centre. That was 20 years ago, and the centre was the Ottawa Police Youth Centre, located in the Debra St./Dynes Ave. area…a neighbourhood which at one time, was plagued with crime. The PYC opened in 1992, inside […]