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Dave Gunning: Stories and songs from a man with big shoes to fill

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Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.

“It was rock and roll to me. He might as well have been the King. Now I could walk a thousand miles, and it would be like I stood still. Spend my whole life trying, and I’ll never fill those shoes.” Words penned by Dave Gunning, from his song, “Big Shoes” (We’re All Leaving, 2009), about Canadian iconic folk musician, Stan Rogers. It was during a 1981 concert, a double bill with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron, that would heavily inspire eight year old Dave Gunning, and set him... | Continue reading article

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The dream of the 90s is alive in HERVANA

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

Though each of us begins In Utero, when it comes to rock, seldom do we see any musicians with a uterus getting much public attention – let alone a four piece collective. This is exactly what makes all-female Nirvana cover band, HERVANA, so fascinating. Well, that and their stage names (Skirt Cobain, Miss Novoselic, Dave Grrrl and Pap Smear). Four grunge-loving, Torontonian feminists converged this past year, after a rather enticing tweet prompted them to assume the challenge. Each were musicians anyway, just busy, and hadn’t really thought to form a... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Les-tulipes-tardent-à-sortir-mais-on-ne-perd-pas-espoir.

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The Franklin ElectricThe Franklin Electric

Basement 819, une 13e édition qui porte chance. Scène 1425 nous a dévoilé sa programmation d’automne 2014 en primeur! Philippe Gaudreault, responsable de Scène 1425 Gatineau nous a présenté la programmation d’automne! Yeah! Nous avons particulièrement hâte de vivre la performance The Franklin Electric. Bon, le spectacle est prévu seulement le 13 décembre prochain à la Salle Jean-Despréz, on sera patients. Ah! À noter que Elliot Maginot, un artiste de talent de la scène émergente sera en première partie. Une nouveauté folk à découvrir, c’est sûr! Pour tous les détails... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you: Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday while raising some money for charity. Down at Zaphod’s, Tribe Royal, Archy & Mehitabel and Mack Hills will be bringing a bit of folky pop to the stage. There’s also a new Fine Folks Forum happening,... | Continue reading article

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Tear it up with the Planet Smashers this Friday

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The Planet Smashers. Photo from their webpage, planetsmashers.bandpage.com.The Planet Smashers. Photo from their webpage, planetsmashers.bandpage.com.

The Planet Smashers celebrate their second decade playing together with a tour for the music off their newest album Mixed Signals. Even twenty years later, the Smashers maintain their upbeat and body-moving ska sound. “This new Planet Smashers opus remains a damn good third wave ska product and ideal summer soundtrack” The Hour is noted as saying on the bands website. Their plucky bass and punk-like undertones satisfy almost any listener, and still draw in the old school skankers. While most bands have to think of ways to get their... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Concerts avec un grand R, actualité et art animalier!

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Cette semaine (encore), une série de découvertes et d’événements à partager absolument. Ok. Notez ces événements. Alex Nevsky revient au Cabaret La Basoche avec son luxuriant dernier album Himalaya mon amour ce vendredi 18 avril. D’abord influencé par le rap et le hip hop francophone, il s’est tourné vers la pop-rock et ça lui va très bien. Depuis la Chine et la Thaïlande, sa trajectoire créative lui a indiqué une voie à suivre qui impliquait de parcourir le monde. Himalaya mon amour est né de ces inspirants périples. Célébrons. Les... | Continue reading article

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Classic Albums Live have a new fan after stunning performance

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Photo from Classic Albums Live website.Photo from Classic Albums Live website.

I have to admit that I was skeptical going into this show, as I am not really an Eagles fan. They’re fine, don’t get me wrong, but the idea of listening to Classic Albums Live cover them wasn’t high on my list of things to do on a Friday night. I seemed to be alone in that opinion, however, as this performance was sold out weeks before the show. Apparently people knew something I did not. But I was about to learn. The first song, of course, was Hotel California.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, Matthew Byrne has you covered at the NAC. Friday at Zaphod’s will find Ambrosia Famine, Arms of the Girl, and GingerFox putting on a rocky-pop show. House legend Jason Hodges can be found at Mercury... | Continue reading article

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The Benefit of the Free Man play Pressed this Thursday

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The Benefit of the Free Man. Photo by Amber Edgar of Citizen A.The Benefit of the Free Man. Photo by Amber Edgar of Citizen A.

The Benefit of the Free Man stops in this Thursday to Pressed Cafe during their two week long tour to eastern Canada. The band plays Kingston tonight, and finishes up in Halifax April 26th. This is the first tour for the band, which will be playing a mixture of their first self-titled EP The Benefit of the Free Man as well as some new music that they have put together since their EP’s creation last year. Frontman Lee Piazza describes their music as “Chamber Folk”, a distinction he immediately pokes... | Continue reading article

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