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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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It’s fight night weekend! Well, at least down in Little Italy, where Beaver Boxing will be holding their club show. If you’re in for something that involves fewer punches, head to Irene’s for Shannon Rose and the Thorns – not only will they be playing, they’ll be recording footage for their latest music video. Pull out that mega-watt smile and party your way to stardom! Raw Sugar has a few great events happening, too, with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday night, and James Farr and Gabriel Minnikin on... | Continue reading article

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Your new favourite band: Montreal’s SUUNS

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Photo by Joseph Yarmush.Photo by Joseph Yarmush.

I won't lie. Being a blogger sometimes has its perks...like getting an early copy of an album. And I've had SUUNS' latest record Images du futur on repeat at my house for the last two months. These four guys, out of Montreal, have managed to create something fresh - with songs running the gamut from rocking wa-wa filled Mirror Mirror to dancey tunes that remind us a bit of Radiohead with the bleeps and bloops replaced by scowling guitars on Power of Ten. Apt613 caught up with singer Ben Shemie in between tour stops.

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Spring is coming – we promise. While the weather might seem otherwise, this leafy green event out at Kichesippi Brewery will prove to you that fresh produce isn’t too far away. At the very least, the food and music and beer will distract you from a snowy reality. Tonight at Babylon, it’s Raw Hip Hop with Blakdenim, hosted by VCX, Precice Kenny Creole and Diamond. Some of you, though, might just want to camp out in Wakefield this weekend – with Jenn Grant tonight, Harlan Pepper tomorrow, and New Country Rehab on... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Sucks hardcore. Party at the Legion!

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Sometimes, the first step is just admitting you have a problem. This is the principle behind the Ottawa Sucks, a punk and hardcore fest taking place this weekend. By starting from the premise that, yeah, Ottawa isn’t necessarily the coolest place in the world, Ottawa Sucks hopes to bring great bands to the city, build community, and lend recognition to the excellent music that does exist here. Jo, who is organizing the fest, is or has been a member of local bands Germ Attak, Blue Cross, and Iron Dogs. He explained that the... | Continue reading article

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14.5 rapid-fire Qs with B.A. Johnston

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Photo courtesy of Mammoth Cave Recordings.Photo courtesy of Mammoth Cave Recordings.

Stranger to neither sailor suits nor snot rockets, the perpetual troubadour tornado that is B.A. Johnston once again blows through Ottawa on April 12th. The truculent gale, teeming with both guttural growls and Casio-keyboard jingles, shall unleash its mighty strength on Irene’s alongside Flying Fortress and Mnemonics. B.A. is somewhat fresh off the wave of his newest release “Hi Dudes!”, which was produced by Paul Linklater (Dave Bidini, The Pinecones) and Stephen Macleod (Windom Earle), and is his first full length release on Mammoth Cave Recording Co. Apt613 caught up with Johnston... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Boyhood gets into trouble with Thailand

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Ottawa-based band Boyhood released a new video this week and we have so many questions! Bullets? Balaclavas? Misdoings at the City Centre? The band – AKA Caylie Runciman (guitar/vox/keys), Callum Runciman (drums/vox), Luke Martin (bass) and Alex Stakovic (guitar) – took to the back alleys and dingy corridors of Ottawa to film a curious narrative to accompany the track Thailand, from their soon-to-be released self-titled LP. The video was produced by Travis Boisvenue (who we know already from past projects Modulo and Roberta Bondar’s Night Danger video). When asked where the... | Continue reading article

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Is Nature Nocturne getting you closer to nature?

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bird visualPhoto by Camille Zara Ansar from Ottawa Velo Vogue

Dr. Adam Oliver Brown is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa with an interest in Science Communication.  Last week I went for a trip to the museum to reconnect with nature and was met by a raucous crowd of hundreds of party-goers sipping on cocktails and dancing to the loud beats of a DJ.  This was the third of a now monthly installment of Nature Nocturne, a social evening at the Nature Museum bringing in a new crowd of visitors to reconnect with Nature while they... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great show yesterday. Also tonight, it’s the Winners Circle Edition of the weekly Battle of the Bands at the Lunenburg Pub – the best of the best face off against each other. Tomorrow night, you’re going to have to... | Continue reading article

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Roberta Bondar at Cafe Alt: “We saw them when…”

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Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.

Appreciators of the pioneering lady spaceman Roberta Bondar may be disappointed that she hasn’t, in fact, embarked upon a second career in music. The Roberta Bondar that played, along with opening acts Wtchs and Couples, to a packed house at Café Alt on Friday night is instead a group of four Ottawa musicians who play what they describe as “steamy noise rock.” The show was to celebrate the release of their new EP Hiss, released on cassette by local label Bruised Tongue. Roberta Bondar’s music is dense and rhythmic, full of... | Continue reading article

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Luca’s revenge: Nothing says success like a party

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They say that the best revenge is massive success – and nothing says success like a party. It has been just over a month since Ottawa filmmaker Luca Fiore had his Gatineau apartment turned upside down by thieves who stole close to $5000 of filming equipment. This Wednesday at Mercury Lounge, Fiore and his friends invite you to celebrate a night of music, film and successful fundraising; proving that all it takes is a little help from your friends after life throws you a nasty curveball. The fundraising campaign –... | Continue reading article

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