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Local loyalty and spontaneity behind Kitchen Party’s success

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The 10th consecutive Kitchen Party coming up on April 13th represents a veritable decathalon of dance parties. It is also a moment to reflect on the musical milestone achieved by Jose Palacios and Pawel Skorupski (aka DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks).  What does KP 10 hold in store for the incumbents and newcomers? If it is anything like its predecessors, I strongly advise you to get in kitchen and listen. “Music-wise it is amazing that we can play whatever we want, anything that we like”, Pawel explains, “I can’t really tell... | Continue reading article

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Best Music Video by a Local Artist

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What makes a great music video? An awesome song helps for sure, but the best videos makes full use of both mediums by combining a catchy tune with eye-popping cinematography. The combination of Juno fever with a bout of crappy spring weather last weekend put us in the mood to go searching on YouTube for the best of what the local music scene has to offer. We also asked the Ottawa twitterati to help us out. The result was our five picks for the best videos to have come out of Ottawa.... | Continue reading article

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Loon Choir’s Fractured Moon Streets

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Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.

The folks behind Ottawa’s Loon Choir have been hard at work for the past months completing their second record, Fire Poems. The album’s due for release in May but Apt613′s got an exclusive sneak peak and is sharing a new track a week for the next weeks. This week’s song is Fractured Moon Streets. You can download their song Last Names & Backgrounds and check out other tunes here.

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Reinventing the blues with MonkeyJunk

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Photo courtesy of MonkeyJunk.Photo courtesy of MonkeyJunk.

It’s about time MonkeyJunk got a Juno nomination. The Ottawa trio have nine Maple Blues Awards, a Canadian Independent Music Award, were only the second Canadian artist to win a Blues Music Award, and placed third at the International Blues Challenge in 2009 — all in four years. Titles aside, frontman Steve Marriner, lead guitarist Tony D (last name Diteodoro) and drummer Matt Sobb don’t call themselves a blues band. “We don’t play strictly blues, rock-and-roll or funk,” says Marriner, who sings and plays guitar, keyboards and harmonica. “We play... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ming Wu on Flickr.

Hey, Ottawa: those extra strains of music you’re suddenly hearing? That haunting melody and those catchy beats? They’re the result of the latest national event to stop by our city. The Junos are in town, bringing along Deadmau5, City and Colour, Feist,  Austra, Socalled and yup, a few hockey greats too (our money is on the rockers). Needless to say, these musical visitors are dominating our venues for Friday and Saturday – check out the full list of shows, and get your fill of Canadian music all weekend long. You’ll... | Continue reading article

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Download A Tribe Called Red’s First Album NOW!

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Electronic music seems to be on the cutting edge of musical innovation these days. The flexibility of the medium encourages experimentation which, I’m sure we can all agree, has resulted in some of the most interesting albums of the last few years and even, dare I hyperbolize, of all time. The cream of this new generation of DJs and producers are doing incredible things that, if they aren’t dramatically changing the industry as we know it, they darn well should be. It is a genre that more consistently creates that... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 exclusive: Loon Choir presents Fire Poems

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Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.

The folks behind Ottawa’s Loon Choir have been hard at work for the past months completing their second record, Fire Poems. The album’s due for release in May but Apt613′s got an exclusive sneak peak and will be sharing one new track a week for the next weeks. We’re excited to be partnering with the 7-piece band to present songs from their new album. Below, you can livestream Bison and Saint Lawrence Edifice and download Last Names & Backgrounds. Check out Apt613 every Sunday for a new track!

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Goodbye Nostalgica, the life and death of a café

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It was during the unreasonably warm spring of 1995 that Café Nostalgica opened its doors and fittingly, it is during the intemperate spring of 2012 that it will close for the last time. The move comes after a referendum in 2011 which planed to demolish the original Café Nostalgica to make way for a transformed Café Nostalgica accompanied with a new Grad House. The new café, which will emerge from the rubble on January 2013, will try to recreate the welcoming ambience of the original eatery, but “sometimes the walls... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Happy World Water Day, Ottawa! Pour yourself a celebratory glass of the stuff and head over to enjoy all things H2O down at Raw Sugar tonight. Music wise, things will be busy over at Babylon on Friday night. The Nearly Naked Truth fundraiser for Planned Parenthood kicks off the evening, featuring Rockalily Burlesque and DJ Bad Guy. Later that night, the decks will be passed to a plethora of local DJs from Ottawa’s best dance parties to raise a few funds for CHUO. While The Pelts take to the Rainbow,... | Continue reading article

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The Cowards Return from Tour, Prepare to Play CHUO Benefit

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The Cowards, a local mix of punk, rock, blues, and grunge, will be playing at Avant Garde on March 24th as part of the CHUO funding drive this month. I sat down with most of the band (Kyle Sheehan, Sean Mackinley, Pat Kuhn, and Vanessa Cote… Bassist Andrew Barr was sick), to talk about their first tour, plans for upcoming releases, and their recent fame. How did the band start? Kyle: We started in early 2009. We’d been writing songs together for a few years but could never find decent... | Continue reading article

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