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Introducing your local Folk Fest 2014 lineup Part 3: Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly

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In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. We’ve already showcased a few great bands in Parts 1 and 2, today we’re excited to share that Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly will be taking part in the festivities. Jill Zmud Genre: folk singer-songwriter New mom Jill Zmud will be returning to the Ottawa Folk Fest this year, following the release of her second album Small Matters in Life and Death. The album weaves together pieces of Jill’s own life with... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 mai :: Secret Broadcast, Musique émergente à La Quatrième Salle du CNA, Ottawa Folk Festival, Chinatown en délire, Cinéma portugais

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Basement 819 continue d’enchanter vos vies avec ses recommandations culturelles Gatineau/Ottawa. Secret Broadcast Avec la sortie de leur album Filthy Souls, Secret Broadcast (Toronto) serait arrivé en trombe pour sauver le rock n’ roll! (selon les dires aperçus sur le site de CBC Music). On y croit. Ils seront au Zaphod ce vendredi 9 mai. Ils ont assuré les premières parties de Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The stills. Ils ont réussi à se frayer un chemin à travers le Top 40 sur les radios au Canada. Chanteur, guitariste et compositeur,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest lineup Part 2: Pony Girl, The Noisy Locomotive and High Waters

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Photo courtesy of the Noisy Locomotive.Photo courtesy of the Noisy Locomotive.

In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. From singer-songwriter, to ska and folk infused electronica, this batch is diverse and talented. Part 2 features bands with sounds old and new: Pony Girl, The Noisy Locomotive and High Waters. Read Part 1 here. The Noisy Locomotive Genre: old’ timey bluegrass The Noisy Locomotive may have been created under the influence of a midsummer moon and a lot of fresh air, but their music’s really made for sweaty barn parties.... | Continue reading article

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Neko Case barrels through Ottawa’s Bronson Centre + ticket and vinyl giveaway!

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Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.

On Saturday, May 10, American crooner Neko Case returns to the Bronson Centre to perform alongside openers The Dodos. Her stop in the nation’s capital is part of a large tour promoting her latest album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. For those familiar with the red-haired maven, there’s little I need to do or say to convince you to attend this weekend’s show. You already know the gravitational pull of Neko and no doubt wish to be nearer... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local 2014 Folk Fest lineup Part 1: Craig Cardiff, The Strain and Lora Bidner

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From left to right: Craic Cardiff, Lora Bidner and Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain.From left to right: Craic Cardiff, Lora Bidner and Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain.

In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is excited to be announcing  the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. From singer-songwriter, to ska and folk infused electronica, this batch is diverse and talented. We begin today by featuring Craig Cardiff, The Strain and Lora Bidner. Craig Cardiff Genre: folk Craig Cardiff is a perfect fit for the Folk Fest – the Juno-nominated artist sings of heartbreak and love, and has a deep soulful voice to truly make us live in the moment. The Ottawa-based singer-songwriter... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014.
All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014. All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party in the abyss of love. The performance can be likened to a cabaret show complete with shiny costumes, funky neon hair, fun props and new characters for every song. It reminds one very much of... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

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Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth season. The NAC Presents series features all Canadian artists, but aims to strike a balance between established artists, who in previous years have included Rufus Wainwright, Ian Tyson, and Ron Sexsmith, and emerging musicians. The... | Continue reading article

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Dan’s Jam at Sonny’s Bar & Grill

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Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Here we are on the fourth instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out Open Mic Scene. Welcome to Sonny’s Bar & Grill…a comfortable, moderately sized west end family restaurant/bar on Baxter Rd., right behind the massive IKEA store. It features a great breakfast, lunch/dinner menu, and is a live music venue on the weekends. Many... | Continue reading article

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