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Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Joss Stone takes Folk Fest on a soulful ride

“This is really gonna happen!” came an excited voice behind me, from a sea of people all there in anticipation of one of Ottawa Folk Fest’s biggest acts to take the stage. At 8pm on Sunday night, Joss Stone came out to greet the crowd, dressed in a full length summery dress, looking every bit […]

Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl […]

John Popper of Blues Traveler. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Blues Traveler play Folk Fest on opening night

Under a threatening September sky, a large crowd began flocking around the Ravenlaw Stage on this first night of Ottawa’s Folkfest in anticipation of a band who, by the 1990‘s, had seriously shaken up the music scene. Blues Traveler, originally a quartet made up of Brendan Hill on drums, Bobby Sheehan on bass, Chan Kinchla […]

Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.

Stompa your heart out: Serena Ryder warms the crowd at Folk Fest

There was definitely no lack of participation as the crowd clappa-ed their hands and stompa-ed their feet to Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Fest on Thursday night. Ryder, whose set followed an unforgettable performance by New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, unleashed her hit single “Stompa” to kick off her concert. I […]

Tirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 du 10 septembre 2014 :: High Waters au Ottawa Folk Fest. Big Balade en pleine forme avec Éric. On part à la dérive en théâtre avec “Dix minutes pour…”.

Basement 819 cette semaine rugit de chez Rugit. Nous avons vécu une expérience d’enregistrement live dans le studio secret du Château Cyr. Fantastique aventure avec les membres du groupe High Waters. Ils nous ont joué des chansons inédites à paraître en 2015. Voici de quoi vous mettre sous la dent pour en savoir davantage sur […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″][/vimeo] You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse […]

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Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

Ottawa’s hottest up and coming alternative rock band Mosely hits the stage this weekend for another round of Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot. Mosely has been making their mark in Ottawa for the last several years and their new single ‘Friends’ is a rock ballad that further solidifies the bands staying power. Mosely shares the […]

Derek Connelly (à droite) et Troy Huizinga (à gauche)
Crédit : Katy Alambo

Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters

Si c’est bien vrai que nos âmes peuvent s’envoler au son de la musique, je crois que le mien s’est carrément évaporé mardi soir dernier. J’ai eu la chance de vivre une expérience d’enregistrement live avec High Waters dans un château! Ça tombe vraiment bien puisque vous pourrez vivre une aventure similaire dans un endroit […]

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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

Seasick Steve, aka Steven Gene Wold, is an American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter whose songs and stories tell of many of his exploits of life on the streets – a life he chose at the young age of 13 to escape the perils of violence at home. They are tales of survival, spun into mud-soaked Mississippi blues, […]

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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge […]

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Basement 819 du 3 septembre 2014 :: Sortez vos kits festifs pour le FOÉ et le House of PainT! Éric se fait hip pour le HoP. Prestation LIVE The Noisy Locomotive.

Basement 819 s’arrache les cheveux de bonheur devant l’amas d’événements en fin de semaine. Le Festival de l’Outaouais émergent se tiendra du 4 au 7 septembre. Au menu, une programmation culturelle qui a établi ses bases à plusieurs endroits de la ville, dont à la charmante et originale galerie AXENÉO7 située derrière les Terrasses de […]


Basement 819 du 27 août 2014 :: Charabia LIVE en studio. Écoutez ce qui vit! Un goût de métal avec The Chariots of the Gods.

Basement 819 a célébré ses 30 premières émissions en extra grand. Une prestation live et un band métal. Et même une entrevue avec le Monsieur le Maire Jim Watson dans le cadre de la conférence de presse de lancement de la reconstruction de La Nouvelle Scène (qui en passant, devrait, si tout va bien, ouvrir […]