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Basement 819: 4 bands, 4 salutations au soleil

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Lancement de la programmation de Scène 1425 Fallait être là samedi soir dernier. Le lancement de la programmation hiver-printemps de Scène 1425 Gatineau a généré tout un flot d’émotions musicales dans la salle Jean Despréz. Pour souligner l’événement, deux bands surprises ont fait trembler les planches. Jason Bajada a introduit le spectacle avec chaleur. La transition vers le français est définitivement une excellente décision. Le résultat des mes bêtises est un album à propager à tout vent. Musique séductrice. Folk, pop, parfois un peu même country, Bajada maîtrise sa musique.... | Continue reading article

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Your guide to the best wintery songs by Ottawa musicians

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This post comes to us from artist consultant Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. The snowy weather is upon us and artists all around this fair city use it to their advantage for beautiful visuals in their videos, even when they shoot outdoors in sub-zero temperatures dressed in beach wear only! Some artists altogether threaten to leave for warmer weather and others achieve bone-chilling quality in their vocals. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in for my winter-themed list of videos by great local bands doing more than building snowmen. White Wires: Let’s... | Continue reading article

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MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

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If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking events throughout the province. On December 12th at Hub Ottawa, they are bringing together a panel of musicians, labels and industry folk to discuss the all important question: “How can I make a living making... | Continue reading article

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Dog Day’s Fade Out makes for great moodie classic rock

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Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

I recently had the pleasure of discovering some new music from a Canadian band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dog Day‘s been around for almost a decade but I’m discovering them for the first time through the release of their latest album Fade Out. I am never really sure what to expect when listening to new music, but I will say that I enjoyed listening to Fade Out from start to finish. Some of the songs on the album have this throwback vibe to the days of The Guess Who and Neil Young. The album... | Continue reading article

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Meredith Luce & The Mandates perform music from Creatures

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Meredith Luce’s latest album, Creatures, has taken two years to complete. Luce has been focused on other things. She got married last year and bought a 100-year-old farmhouse on a one-acre lot in Kemptville. Then a horseback riding accident left her with some time on her hands. “I had an opportunity to record at Gallery Studio with Dean Watson while recuperating from a concussion,” she explains. “The album is primarily made up of songs I just never had a chance to put on a record before.” The busy 25-year-old musician, graphic designer and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week? How about video of the year!

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When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip hop classics like DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow, woven in with afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection. House of PainT is... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Music, Visual art

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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From university romance to charitable work: The lovely story of the Stairwell Carollers

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Photo of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly MassiePhoto of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly Massie

If you listen to the moving songs of the Stairwell Carollers Choir, you may feel your heart glow a little brighter.  There is a good reason for this –  the local group, which has been singing for more than 35 years, was literally founded on love. Back in 1975, Holly Massie was a theatre student at the University of Ottawa.  In the same student residence where she lived, she met music undergraduate Pierre Massie, who is today her husband. From this campus connection a romance was born, as well as the founding of... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Music, Sights & Sounds

Capital Chamber Choir promises evening filled with beautiful music

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The National Capital Region is teeming with musical talent.  This is particularly true for choral music, as our region is blessed with numerous troupes who perform beautiful repertoires. One exciting group is the Capital Chamber Choir, a 24-person ensemble formed four years ago that focuses primarily on Canadian choral music, including the works of contemporary Ottawa-based composers.  The group will be performing this coming Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin). “We have evolved quite a bit since 2009,” says Cait Hurcomb, general manager of the Capital Chamber... | Continue reading article

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Trevor Finlay: Live and unplugged

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

From the first time I met guitarist/singer/songwriter Trevor Finlay and watched him perform on the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest stage last summer, I was hooked. From his searing blues solos to some serious chicken-plucking frenziness, Trevor has developed a unique style since the start of his musical journey at just nine years of age. I caught our Ottawa native this past Friday night at the Byward Market’s landmark venue, The Rainbow Bistro, who recently celebrated their 29th year in business. Trevor answered the call of Nashville a few years ago, where... | Continue reading article

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