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Last day to support Jill Zmud’s “Small matters of life and death”

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If you’re a fan of local singer/songwriter Jill Zmud‘s work, you’ve got until the end of the day to jump in and support her indiegogo campaign. Her new record is a bit of an homage to an uncle she met for the first time through his recordings. It’s a fascinating story and we caught up with Jill to quickly give us the run-down of her project and the campaign. You can find all the details online here. Apt613: Can you tell us a bit more about your Uncle Eddie? Jill:... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Souljazz before winter came. Photo by Alexandre Mattar.Souljazz before winter came. Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Mid-March means the explosion of green – if not with melting snow, then at least in a pint glass. St. Paddy’s is still a few days away, but there are festivities all weekend long: Irish food, music and of course parties – including a burlesque brunch. For you theatre buffs: Down at Arts Court, Jerk It will get down into some hilarious and touching masturbation stories. Improv gets a sea-bound twist with Much Ado about Feckin’ Pirates, starting this weekend down at the Gladstone. There’s fun for the whole family... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 26 février 2014 :: Des Zartistes! Rae Spoon, The Jerry Cans, Joanie Michaud, Harfang, Bonnie Doon

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Via le Facebook du groupe "Harfang"Via le Facebook du groupe "Harfang"

Mercredi 26 février, BASEMENT 819  a diffusé et célébré sa première chronique ornithologique grâce à l’ami Éric. On vous raconte… D’abord le récapitulatif du weekend: Cindy et Mariette se sont fatiguées à embrasser la tornade à la Art Battle 99, mais félicitations au jeune Richard Morissette pour sa brillante victoire ! Rae Spoon, chanteur transgenre et onirique nous a accordé une belle entrevue et nous nous ferons une joie d’entendre sa musique le 28 février au RAW SUGAR CAFE. Il nous a raconté son goût pour la musique de Beyonce,... | Continue reading article

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Rae Spoon :: Un concert qu’on mange à la petite cuillère

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Par Mariette Delevallée Transgenre, transunivers, transparence… tant de mots à la frontière, pour ce chanteur à la voix claire et au costume ouaté. Ne pensez pas que l’emploi du masculin polarise ici l’auteur, le faisant basculer du côté mâle. Rae Spoon est ce chanteur à qui l’usage du français m’oblige de désobéir parce que le pronom « they » n’a pas son pareil. Faute de neutralité dans mes accords, mon masculin rimera avec neutralité, sinon avec masculinité. Rae Spoon est ce compositeur qui joue avec les frontières, les rendant floues... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold. There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, bringing the sounds of the north to Ottawa. Get some rock with Danko Jones, Say Yes, and The Red Rails down at Mavericks, and a mix of punk and indie math rock with Bonnie Doon, Notta Comet and... | Continue reading article

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Bringing it Nunavut style: The Jerry Cans bring the music of the north to Ottawa at Zaphod’s

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

One of the biggest bands out of Nunavut, The Jerry Cans, will be hitting the stage at Zaphod’s on Friday. This beloved Iqaluit-based band features a mix of genres that they describe as “Inuktitut country swing, throat singing, reggae and blues”. It might sound a bit random, but it fits in perfectly with the diverse tastes of Nunavummiut (the residents of Nunavut), where musical entertainment at community feasts often feature square dancers and fiddlers which seamlessly transition into traditional throat singing and then a few rock covers. It’s no surprise... | Continue reading article

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Flying Hórses, an experimental band with a circus feel, plays Blacksheep this Saturday

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Photo by Shankari Euteneier.Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

Jáde Bergeron has been a musician since she was old enough to hold an instrument; it was only natural that she started creating her own music as her passion continued to grow. The idea for the musical project that became Flying Hórses came to Jáde a couple of years before its fruition. Uncertain whether she wanted Flying Hórses to be a solo piano project, Jáde asked her friend Raphael Weinroth, a remarkable cellist who also plays in the band Musk Ox, to accompany her on this charming musical journey. Raphael’s... | Continue reading article

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David Usher gives one last brilliant solo show

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David Usher. Photo provided by the Shenkman Arts Centre.David Usher. Photo provided by the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Fresh off a tour with the recently reunited Moist and looking forward to a stint in the studio with the band to finish up their first album since 1999, David Usher played what may be his last solo show for some time to a packed audience at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Friday. A familiar favourite, Ottawa can usually count on at least one show a year from David Usher, if past records are any indication. Like other shows at Shenkman, the audience was a surprising but fun demographic mix,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 19 février 2014 :: Mois de l’histoire des Noirs : Speaking Black Hockey, Art Battle 99, Kandle, Jeremy Fischer, Cinéma: Here Comes The Devils!

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Yeah! C’était la sixième édition de BASEMENT 819! Cette semaine, les arts visuels envahissent l’actualité culturelle! Ah! Et on vous propose aussi une fête de nouilles…! – Dans le cadre du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, nous avons présenté David Deliska, slamer torontois. Il performera à l’Auditorium Alumni ce samedi 22 février dans le cadre de l’événement Speaking Black Hockey. Parce que l’histoire du hockey n’appartient pas qu’aux Blancs! – À Basement 819, on aime vraiment beaucoup l’art du Spoken Words, on vous présente un amalgame de slam, musique et... | Continue reading article

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