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Marvest: Apt613 presents the MATT dorgan PROJECT

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands.  CityFolk asked several local cultural producers, including Apt613, to curate shows at Marvest.   Matt Dorgan’s love for the saxophone […]

Stella Bell-Murray’s Nine of Nines & the West End Well music series

Stella Bell-Murray’s music has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. While starting out as a folk pop singer-songwriter on the acoustic guitar in the early 2000s, she’s now the experimental artist behind the music project Nine of Nines, incorporating vintage synth pads, loop pedals, electronic beats, a Yamaha Silent guitar plugged through multi-effects pedals, […]

Cityfolk presents #Marvest2015: A local music harvest

Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival team are stepping it up a notch this year not only with the move to the massive and centally located Lansdowne Park, but also with the addition of an exciting off-shoot series of performances called Marvest. Marvest, as the name implies, is a musical harvest of world-class talent plucked from our very […]

Nimkii (Thunder) Experimental Indigenous Music: DJ Mad Eskimo

On Saturday night, the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival will be showcasing experimental musicians from a variety of Aboriginal backgrounds, including Melody McKiver, Yuma Hester, Madeskimo and Rise Ashen + Cynthia Pitsiulak.  If you’re an avid fan of experimental music, it’s hard to miss the strong presence of a number of Aboriginal artists who […]

Apt613 Live for August 18, 2015

We interview and play music by Allison Brown, folk/country singer who is cruising through Ottawa this weekend. She’ll be at Avant Garde bar on Thursday, August 20 and Pressed on the 21st. We also briefly talk about #ARB2015 and some of their featured events. And, we feature Tudor Robins in Back Cover Blur. Have a […]

BRAIDS to bring open, honest show to #ARB2015

Montreal-based art pop band BRAIDS will be headlining Arboretum Festival this Friday night, playing songs from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris, which was released in April. Apartment613 talked with drummer Austin Tufts ahead of the festival, and he said the show they’re bringing to Ottawa has been some of the most fun […]

5 reasons you won’t want to miss #ARB2015!

Arboretum Festival kicks off this Wednesday and promises to be an intimate music festival, bringing together new and emerging artists from around the region as well as critically acclaimed Canadian artists, all here in Ottawa. The festival will be taking place at two locations: St. Alban’s Anglican Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Albert […]

Life & history of Fab Four commemorated at Beatlefest

Fanatics, fans, collectors, and music lovers came out this past Sunday to celebrate the history and musical legacy of the Beatles on a gorgeous stretch of land known as Brylee Farm, located just outside Thurso, Quebec. The one-day inaugural event, entitled, Beatlefest At The Brylee, featured a well-rounded tribute to the Fab Four, which included […]

Elsa Jayne brings her new synth pop sound to Ottawa

It’s been over seven years since Elsa Jayne’s first, eponymous album. A collection of folk-rock tunes backed by strong songwriting, 2008’s Elsa Jayne was a snapshot of a young songwriter still trying to pin down her sound. Now, in 2015, she’s released a brand new album titled Heart, an EP of five synth pop songs. […]

Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), […]

Music for your next road trip

Union Duke’s album Cash and Carry is the perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip.  Greeted by a banjo twang in the first track’s opening bars you can’t help but be overcome by that hopeful feeling you get turning the key in the ignition on a sunny summer’s day and pulling on to the road […]

Flying Hórses release album at #ARB2015

On a sunny summer’s day last month, in a tiny cafe? in the Glebe, I met up with Jade Bergeron of Flying Hórses. When I sat down with Jade last year, she was just planning her trip to Iceland to record her part of the group’s debut album, To?lt. Now she and Raphael Weinroth-Browne are preparing […]

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