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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and […]

L'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 du 7 janvier 2015 :: Artistes à surveiller en 2015! Arts visuels EXIT / SOUND. On fait une incursion légale dans la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 se réjouit d’un temps des Fêtes fort fructueux. Non seulement nous avons repris des forces mais nous avons la tête bien prête à jouer dans la culture locale! Voici donc un premier résumé d’émission pour cette année 2015 qui s’annonce festive et prospère. Gardez l’oeil ouvert! Voici notre sélection d’artistes à surveiller Éric-flair-de-lynx […]

Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

Welcome to 2015, readers! The new year kicked off with a bang, and hopefully you were all able to relax and enjoy a break before getting back to work. January may be a time when most things slow down, but this city doesn’t believe in slow weekends and has plenty of music and indoor activities […]

Photo of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by  Katia Pershin

The soothing songs of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Sometimes you can find the most amazing people in your office building. As a federal government employee, I often interact with talented co-workers who engage in fascinating pursuits outside of the office.  People like Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, whose large talent and imagination is impressive. During the day, she works as a federal inspection officer who reviews and […]

VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, […]

Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.

Those Gulls soar into House of Targ tonight!

Ottawa’s Those Gulls soar into House of Targ this Thursday to belt out tunes at their Forevermore album-release party. Sharing the bill with the band are Kings Quest and Saint Clare. Gulls members Andrew Grosvenor and Peter Zachar took some time with us to share thoughts on the album, home-recording, and Katy Perry. Your very-soon-to-be-released […]

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Précieux nectar de 2014 :: le top des meilleurs albums selon Basement 819

Alors que Basement 819  s’apprête à célébrer sa première année d’existence (woo-hoo!), au même moment, l’année 2014 tire sa révérence… Quel destin fatal elles ont hérité toutes ces belles années! Pour en souligner ses meilleurs moments et faire ressortir le précieux nectar qui l’a marquée, on vous propose de revenir sur les albums qui sont […]

Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing […]

Wreaths of Parkdale. Photo by justinvl on the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Apt613 Live for Dec. 10, 2014

Hey kids! This week on Apt613 Live we’re bringing you an interview that speaks to the spirit of the season. Steve Beauchesne is a co-founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company: an Ottawa favourite whose ever-evolving flavours can be found on-shelves and on-tap at LCBOs and bars around Ontario. Yet Beau’s is more than just a […]

Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

[youtube][/youtube] It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, […]