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New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the […]

Seven fun facts about #NACPresents

The NAC is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its “NAC Presents” concert series this Saturday with a shindig in the NAC lobby.  The party will feature music by The Lionyls, Mehdi Cayenne, U.S. Girls, and headliners A Tribe Called Red.  For the past five years, the concert series has brought many of Canada’s best up-and-coming artists and […]

Q&A with A Tribe Called Red’s Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau

The NAC Presents concert series is hosting its 5th anniversary party this Saturday, January 9 in the NAC foyer. Live music at the party will feature U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls, and will be headlined by hometown “powwow-step” superstars A Tribe Called Red. Apt613 spoke with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau this week to […]

wotts’ new album anything but a b-side

The band known as wotts is unique in the Ottawa hip hop scene. Their mix of beatboxing, understated guitar and synth work allows their recordings to stand out in a city that is slowly developing a more ubiquitous sound. They released their first EP, a, in December 2014, shortly after forming as a side project […]

Welcome the new year with the magic of Oz

In the spirit of this holiday season let me begin with some well deserved applause. I want to tell Broadway Across Canada that their latest musical is awesome, and that any past bad blood between us is water under the bridge. You see, this past spring I attended the fiasco that was Dirty Dancing. This performance […]

2 de 2 : Survol des meilleurs albums canadiens 2015 selon Basement 819

Chaque année une pléiade d’albums fait son apparition sur les tablettes des disquaires qui survivent encore, ou plus communément dans votre magasin de musique en ligne. Parmi ce lot, certaines œuvres sonores réussissent à se démarquer. Bien que nous soyons conscients qu’il existe plusieurs listes de ce genre qui tapisse vos murs virtuels, nous souhaitions […]

1 de 2 : Gros plan sur les meilleurs albums locaux 2015 selon Basement 819

De semaine en semaine, le portrait culturel de la région Ottawa-Gatineau dépasse notre capacité à en dévoiler toute sa richesse. En constante évolution depuis plusieurs années, l’industrie de notre musique produite localement bat son plein ; des trésors résident chez nous et nous nous ravissons de les voir sortir de l’ombre. Répandons cette bonne nouvelle! […]

Wooden Sky gets into the giving spirit

Last night The Wooden Sky rolled in from Toronto to play one ferociously good show at the NAC 4th stage. The good news is they’re playing again tonight and there may still be some tickets available. Dubbed The Wooden Sky Holiday Show there was plenty of holiday spirit without any of the old familiar carols. […]

Ian Fletcher Thornley delivers killer show at Mavericks

“I could tell it was going to be killer before we even got into the room and jammed.” And killer it was, as the three musicians, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Dave McMillan, and Glenn Milchem, delivered musical magic in an explosive cocktail of guitar, bass, and drums onstage at Mavericks Friday night. The generous set list […]

Q&A with veteran storyteller Kim Kilpatrick

Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, actor Emily Pearlman and harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim will be performing A Winter Tale: the Journey of the Blind Harper at the NAC Fourth Stage. It’s about a famous Irish musician whose music is still performed today. Kilpatrick is a veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes her one-woman show Flying in the Dark, […]

Royal Wood brings his orchestral manoeuvers to the NAC in 2016

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood continues his steady climb of ongoing success as one of Canada’s well-respected songwriters. His contemporary classic songs, encompassing flavours of folk and pop, are ripe with completely memorable melodies, and personal life-reflecting lyrics that speak to the hearts of us all. Now with 2 EP’s, 6 full-length studio albums, and […]