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Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

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Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going to court in your longjohns. Guns, the frontwoman of Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack, will be leaving at the end of the month to spend two years in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, practicing human rights law... | Continue reading article

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The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

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Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a Dinosaur Jr. or a Black Keys vibe: loud guitar licks with a funky backbeat. After a Bluesfest performance last summer, the band settled down to record their second full length album. Due out in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The new year is well underway, and if you resolved to have more fun, you’re in luck. We’re kicking things off tonight with the Unreasonable Variety Show at Pressed, featuring comedians and musicians. Or, if dueling future rock stars is more your style, head to the weekly battle of the bands down at the Lunenburg Pub. Friday night is the second edition of the Freshly Chopped Supper Club at Grounded – this time, they’re channeling Detroit and serving up a menu of soul food and music. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan will be at... | Continue reading article

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The Chamber Players of Canada prepare for holiday cheer bringing

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As I watched the Chamber Players of Canada rehearse for Saturday’s Christmas concert, I felt myself overcome by something like holiday spirit. Granted, some of my good cheer may have seeped into me, osmosis-like, from the frankly gigantic Christmas tree that towered to my left. But I think that the vast majority of it was due to the combination of string instruments with snowy weather. Something about the holidays just screams out for musical accompaniment. And so it’s fitting that the Chamber Players of Canada are kicking off their fourth... | Continue reading article

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Indie-rock your way into the holiday with Amos the Transparent

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This Friday Amos the Transparent will take the stage at Mavericks for the Indie Rock Holiday party with a special End Of The World twist. To find out a bit more about their plans for an indie rock holiday, we sent a few questions of to Jon Chandler from Amos the Transparent. Apartment613: What are your plans for the holidays? What does an Indie-Rock Holiday look like? I don’t have too much planned this year, really. I’m fortunate enough to say that most of my family is local so I’m... | Continue reading article

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Stop listening to lame holiday music. Download Jim Bryson’s instant holiday album.

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For anyone who has Josh Groban’s holiday album on repeat this season, we’re here for you. Local (and national) favourite Jim Bryson has released an instant holiday album that you can download from his Bandcamp. The proceeds of the album go to the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa and Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s “You Know Who I Am” Foundation. It’s a great album for a great cause. Get it online for 8 bucks. Also of note, the artwork for the album was done by our designer for Support Local... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke. It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold out for Saturday (some Sunday tickets are left), but there are more. Poorfolk, Terrible Liars and Male Nurse are teaming up for their 5th annual Christmas Rock Party, and Zoo Legacy will have DJ Atherton... | Continue reading article

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4in1 music sessions packs its bags and moves inside for the winter season

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The Love Machine at '4in1'. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.The Love Machine at '4in1'. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

Matias is a music blogger at Ottawa Showbox as well as one of the organizers of the ’4in1′ Acoustic Sessions.  Earlier this year, it was decided that a series of acoustic sessions was needed in order to give a platform to artists in Ottawa’s blossoming music scene. No, the purpose was not to make money or promise fame and fortune to participants. The object is to give musicians an outlet to try out some new things, play some new (and old) material, and bring more people into this growing community of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right? Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down,... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hollerado’s “Pick Me Up”

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The indie rocking Hollerado released yesterday what may be their oddest video yet. And for the band that once filmed themselves racing ostriches, that may be quite an accomplishment. As I look through Hollerado’s extensive library of music videos, it immediately becomes clear that this is a band that values the visual medium. Each of their productions is unique and compelling: you’ll find no formulaic band-rocks-out-under-bright-lights videos here. “Pick Me Up” is fever dream of puppetry, catchy tunes and balloons—so many balloons. It’s a bit hard to parse, but the video seems to... | Continue reading article

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