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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Joshua Earth

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Photo courtesy of Joshua Earth.Photo courtesy of Joshua Earth.

Tuesday is a quiet day at Bluesfest, but there’s a special event taking place at Casino Lac-Leamy as part of the Bluesfest activities at the Marina Bar of the casino. Versatile artist Joshua Earth is playing the Marina Bar. This talented musician has been at it for over two decades now and has a sound all to his own. Discover Joshua Earth and his musical journey below. How would you describe your sound? My sound I would say is a blend of cultures. So a world music sound. Influences include... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Iconoclast

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Despite its name, Iconoclast is at its heart a classic hard rock band, complete with wailing guitars and pounding rhythms. Although the group has been around the Ottawa music scene since 2004, it was only last year that they released their first full length album, Are We Dying. In fact, 2012 was a great year for the five-member band, as they were nominated for Best Alternative Rock Band at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and performed at a showcase during Toronto’s Indie Week. We hit up Iconoclast’s frontman Marc Bourgon with our Bluesfest questionnaire in... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Fenton Brothers

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If you know Uncle Bob at FabGear 64, you know that there’s the occasional ruckus at the shop as it’s often used as a practice spot for the Fenton Brothers. Out of all the bands we’re featuring for this year’s Bluesfest, this is without a doubt the band’s that’s been playing the longest. It may also be the one that rocks the hardest. How would you describe your sound?  A hard working blue collar worker in a bar one day with Duane Almond and Rory Gallagher says:  ”Man, you guys... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Goodluck Assembly

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From left to right: Mike Libbos, Jamie Kronick, Bruce Libbos, Matthew Mowbray
Photo credit: Rémi ThériaultFrom left to right: Mike Libbos, Jamie Kronick, Bruce Libbos, Matthew Mowbray Photo credit: Rémi Thériault

Brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos are the leaders of  The Goodluck Assembly.  Apt613 spoke with them in late March, on the heals of their CD release. In the interview, Bruce mentions how Demonstrations is – in his opinion –  the first release of theirs where he as a vocalist or songwriter didn’t really wear his influences on his sleeve. The band is evolving and the boys are excited for their Bluesfest performance. Mike Libbos answered our questions. How would you describe your sound? That is a tricky one. Sort of an energized,... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Hearts&Mines

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Music to heal the soul – that’s pretty much how Hearts&Mines began.  Lead singer Matt Luloff is an Afghanistan veteran. He started to create music as a way to cope with the atrocious war memories. A first album came out in 2011 and in 2012, their EP “Panic” came out. That year, Hearts and Mines were runners-up in the LiVE 88.5 ‘Big Money Shot’ contest, which gave them $40,000 towards music development. They also had the opportunity to work with legendary producer Terry Brown (Rush) on their track “Enough of This”, which was featured on... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Her Harbour

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Photo by Jamie Kronick.Photo by Jamie Kronick.

I’m beginning to think Gabrielle Giguere isn’t a summe person. Her profile photo and her album under the Her Harbour moniker (Winter’s Ghosts) all speak to a colder time of year. It may be fitting that her lush, folky sounds will be heard at the Barney Danson Theatre as opposed to one of the outdoor stages. This is a show I personally don’t want to miss. Here’s my chat with Her Harbour. How would you describe your sound? Dark and textural, indie-folk, vocal & lyric driven, choir arrangements, a blend... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Hornettes

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The Hornettes must be doing something right because they’ve accomplished the rare feat this year of playing both Jazz Fest and now, Bluesfest. If you’re in the mood for classic Motown era tunes, The Hornettes will fill your fix. The band consist of two female leads and a five-piece backing. They were lauded as a favourite new band of 2012 at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield where they filmed their video for “Out of My Mind”, which you can find below. Guitarist  Jeff deValk answered our questions. How would you describe your... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Steve Adamyk Band

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Our own Sacha K.W. did a more in-depth interview with Steve Adamyk – lead singer of the Steve Adamyk Band – a couple of months ago right before the band’s Ottawa Explosion performance. He talks about their latest album Third, released this past February on Dirtnap Records, the sounds of punk and possibly touring Japan this winter. For those that don’t know the Steve Adamyk Band, here’s a bit of a primer. How would you describe your sound? A louder version of the skinny-tie bands of the early 80′s. Catchy power-pop, with a punk... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Dynamite Motel

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Mindy Amelotte is Dynamite Motel. What’s in a name? Well, if you look hard enough you discover Dynamite Motel is an anamagram for Mindy Amelotte. She is a true DIY-er composing, writing and producing all her own music while currently managing herself. While a relative newbie to the Ottawa music scene, Mindy has been playing the guitar and piano for over 10 years. How would you describe your sound? I describe my sound as Jazz, Soul, Blues, R&B for each song evokes 1 or 2 of  those styles. I feel I have an... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: FEVERS

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Ever since Passion Is Dead came out, FEVERS has been a bit of an indie music darling in Ottawa. They were of the mind to give their first album for free and are doing the same with the first single off their new album, Dance Cry Dance. We spoke with them last year when they were young pups, playing Bluesfest for the first time. They since played Tulip Festival, Capital Pride, JUNOfest, and the Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent in the NCR and have big plans for 2013-2014. Bassist Jim Hopkins spoke to us about the... | Continue reading article

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