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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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An interview with Wes Marskell of The Darcys

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Photo provided by the band.Photo provided by the band.

Fans of Arts & Crafts records will want to catch the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival on February 2, when Toronto’s The Darcys team up with Montreal’s Pawa Up First at the University of Ottawa’s Academic Hall. Let’s make sure we give them a warm welcome Ottawa, because both of these bands will be traveling long distances on treacherous winter roads to bring you some sweet sweet sounds. I recently had the chance to connect with Wes Marskell from The Darcys by phone, and we had a great chat that covered... | Continue reading article

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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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