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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

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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, boogie, and bluegrass elements. A simple man, who despite the past hardships of homelessness, starvation, imprisonment and his rolling stone years of freight train hopping from town to town, has always seen music as his... | Continue reading article

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

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Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.

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 where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | Continue reading article

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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.

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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 la Chaudière dans l’ancienne filature. Si vous ne connaissez pas encore cet endroit magique, sautez sur l’occasion de le visiter en participant aux événements suivants auxquels notre radio préférée, CHUO 89.1 FM est associée. Jeudi... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012′s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students! There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening... | Continue reading article

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

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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 ses portes au public en septembre 2015). Roland Locqueville chante Charabia Charabia, si vous connaissez pas encore, allez visiter leur bandcamp (où vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement le premier extrait de l’album-à-venir Fleurs d’asphalte. Style d’inspiration... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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TGIM? Showcase Mondays returns to Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Does one ever look forward to a Monday? With legendary night club, Zaphod Beeblebrox, reviving their Showcase Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t have to seem so bleak. Showcase Mondays was a former staple at Zaphod’s until health problems forced owner, Eugene Haslam, to cease the event. A few years later the show is re-launching, though staying true to its original format. This time around, however, it will be hosted by folk duo, Archy & Mehitabel. Eric St-Cyr of Archy & Mehitabel, as well as the Communications Representative for... | Continue reading article

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The Visit play two shows before heading to Prague

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Photo by Shankari Euteneier.Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

If one were to try to classify the genre of music The Visit plays, they would have a difficult time. With a chamber element and hints of a classical crossover, The Visit just doesn’t fall into any of the boxes. Their music is better described in adjectives – archaic, yet futuristic, at the same time; cinematic; transcendent. Their music is also best described in themes, of which there are a lot about birth, death, and life – like a visit – where you are continuously passing through doorways. Ultimately, how... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

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Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did the band form? Nick Nofun Scrubar Beej eh Sammy J Scorpion We, Puppets of the illuminati, formed in a Starbuck$ wash closet…… That’s how we formed. Next question. Sandro: Which member of the band: a) skates the... | Continue reading article

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Review: Skid Row plays first Canadian tour date in Ottawa

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Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.

Last Sunday night in Ottawa was home to a night of pure hard rockin’ bliss with what was truly one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2014 for me. After nearly 28 years of a career that has seen its share of peaks and valleys, Skid Row proved tonight that they are better than ever. With the release of their newly released EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion – Chapter Two”, they are currently on a massive world tour, with Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge... | Continue reading article

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