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Pianist Alain Lefèvre gives a compelling performance of laureate Walter Boudreau's,
"Asylum Waltz", conducted by Boudreau himself. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Highlights from the GG Performing Arts Awards

Artes nos tenent et inspirant is the latin phrase emblazoned on the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award emblem which means, “the arts engage and inspire us”. It is the same wording inscribed on the medals given to each of the publically elected awardees each year since the GGPAA’s inception in 1992, an event set in […]

Photo of Rodney DeCroo courtesy of FritzMedia

Turning a painful past into a beautiful present

Sometimes in our lives there comes a moment when we snap.  When something deep inside us explodes, forcing us to stop what we are doing and . . . well, that’s the significance of that moment, because we’re not really sure what comes next. For Vancouver singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo, that moment came five years ago […]

Photo of David Currie and orchestra musicians courtesy of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

A standing ovation for Ottawa’s largest orchestra

Let’s start with some musical trivia: What is the oldest and largest musical ensemble in the Ottawa-Gatineau region?  The National Arts Centre Orchestra you say?  Sorry, try again. How about one of the numerous choral groups in the city, or an organisation like Opera Lyra, which has been performing for more than three decades?  No […]

Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.

Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on […]

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using […]

Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

Photo of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by Borja

Jen & John bring their beautiful duets to Raw Sugar Cafe

Sometimes the best artistic collaborations arise from love.  In the case of married couple-cum-musical partners John Antoniuk and Jen Lane this is clearly the case. While both have successful solo careers, the Saskatoon-based duo released last year Jen & John, a seven-song album comprised of five originals and two covers.  With rich vocal harmonies, soothing melodies and […]

Colin Mack

Ottawa composer Colin Mack debuts violin concerto

Colin Mack has an impressive musical resume.  In addition to composing numerous chamber music works, he has also written — among other things  — a symphonic poem for orchestra, film scores for two short documentaries, and a choral anthem. What the Ottawa-born composer had never done until recently, however, was create a concerto. This will change on Friday when […]

Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.

An engaging evening of orchestral enchantment

A drum kit, a collection of guitars and amps, bass, keyboards, and a series of mics on stands, stood in a tight formation in the center of the NAC’S Theatre stage. Naturally, one would have thought such a set-up was to be manned by several band members, but instead, a man and woman emerged from […]

Photo of Lindsay Ferguson by David Irvine

Musical chameleon Lindsay Ferguson releases album

A month ago I was not familiar with Lindsay Ferguson.  Flash forward to today, and numerous times happily bebopping to her music, and I can say that I am officially a fan. Born in Bermuda to Canadian parents, the talented singer-songwriter writes melodic and catchy tunes.  Drawing from folk, pop, acoustic rock and other influences, […]

Photo of Tasman Jude courtesy of FritzMedia

Alberta’s reggae winds blow into the Mercury Lounge

“Life is a lot like jazz . . . it’s best when you improvise.”  – George Gershwin Musical legend George Gershwin would probably love the story behind Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude.  Two years ago on a January night, friends Caleb Hart and Al Peterson jumped onto a stage for an open mic night and improvised three […]

Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to […]

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Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight […]

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