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Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in […]

Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music […]

Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or […]

Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

An overview of Folk Fest 2014

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the […]

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Basement 819 du 17 septembre 2014 :: Éric se fait historique. Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau. Grandiloquent Festival international de films d’animation à Ottawa. Chic pique-nique Harvest Noir.

Basement 819 trippe fort sur le cinéma cette semaine. Éric est toujours aussi thématique, il se fraye un chemin vers le passé d’Ottawa pour explorer le mythique Capitol Theatre construit en 1920 sur la rue Bank au coin de la rue Queen. À l’époque, ce cinéma pouvait accueillir rien de moins que 2430 spectateurs. Il […]

Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Joss Stone takes Folk Fest on a soulful ride

“This is really gonna happen!” came an excited voice behind me, from a sea of people all there in anticipation of one of Ottawa Folk Fest’s biggest acts to take the stage. At 8pm on Sunday night, Joss Stone came out to greet the crowd, dressed in a full length summery dress, looking every bit […]

Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl […]

John Popper of Blues Traveler. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Blues Traveler play Folk Fest on opening night

Under a threatening September sky, a large crowd began flocking around the Ravenlaw Stage on this first night of Ottawa’s Folkfest in anticipation of a band who, by the 1990‘s, had seriously shaken up the music scene. Blues Traveler, originally a quartet made up of Brendan Hill on drums, Bobby Sheehan on bass, Chan Kinchla […]

Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.

Stompa your heart out: Serena Ryder warms the crowd at Folk Fest

There was definitely no lack of participation as the crowd clappa-ed their hands and stompa-ed their feet to Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Fest on Thursday night. Ryder, whose set followed an unforgettable performance by New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, unleashed her hit single “Stompa” to kick off her concert. I […]

Tirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 du 10 septembre 2014 :: High Waters au Ottawa Folk Fest. Big Balade en pleine forme avec Éric. On part à la dérive en théâtre avec “Dix minutes pour…”.

Basement 819 cette semaine rugit de chez Rugit. Nous avons vécu une expérience d’enregistrement live dans le studio secret du Château Cyr. Fantastique aventure avec les membres du groupe High Waters. Ils nous ont joué des chansons inédites à paraître en 2015. Voici de quoi vous mettre sous la dent pour en savoir davantage sur […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″][/vimeo] You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse […]

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Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

Ottawa’s hottest up and coming alternative rock band Mosely hits the stage this weekend for another round of Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot. Mosely has been making their mark in Ottawa for the last several years and their new single ‘Friends’ is a rock ballad that further solidifies the bands staying power. Mosely shares the […]