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House of PainT: Exploring the Urban Environment

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For years, the Dunbar Bridge underpass beneath Bronson Avenue was a neglected corner of the city filled with gravel, litter, dirt and weeds. Thanks to the grassroots work of local organizers, however, this once forgotten space between Brewer Park and Carleton University has now blossomed into the main site of the annual House of PainT festival, Ottawa’s largest gathering of urban art and culture. “The festival originated from the City of Ottawa’s decision (in 2003) to legalise the first graffiti wall under the Dunbar Bridge,” explains Rob Reid, media director... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Festival Foliage – Branching into Sandro Perri

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Photo courtesy of Sandro Perri's WebsitePhoto courtesy of Sandro Perri's Website

One of the many fine acts to grace Arboretum Festival’s debut lineup, Sandro Perri is difficult to pin down musically. Experimental and meandering, his style is at once melodic and mysterious. He began his career as a dance music producer, experimenting with blending beats and steel guitar, but soon reinvented his sound for the live stage.  Over his career, he has produced for the likes of Owen Pallett, Stephen Malkmus and Bonjay. His latest album, Impossible Spaces, was longlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize. Roving reporter Alessandro Marcon tracked him... | Continue reading article

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Where the Wild Things Are: Patrick Watson Hits Folk Fest

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Co-authored with Chris Cline, photo by Yasmin Nissim Patrick Watson is a benevolent mad scientist. All you’ll need is one listen to his cathartic cabaret melodies and you’ll be convinced of this fact. Sunday night’s Folk Fest attendees certainly were. Watson was in Ottawa with his band in support of their new album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard. A peek at the stage setup, which included a grand piano, various percussive instruments and a saw, gave hints that this wouldn’t be a pared down show for the road. And for the... | Continue reading article

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Holly McNarland: Music and Motherhood

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Photo courtesy of Vanessa HeinsPhoto courtesy of Vanessa Heins

Holly McNarland has had one heck of a career. In 1998 she won the Juno for Best New Solo Artist and has since worked with the likes of Matthew Good and The Tea Party. Once best known for her hit song “Numb,” McNarland recently took a break from the recording industry to focus on her family life. But now, after a four year hiatus, Holly McNarland is back and coming to Ottawa. This Saturday September 15th, McNarland will play Mavericks, one of only three stops on her tour supporting her... | Continue reading article

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DAY 3 of the Ottawa Folk Festival: Damp, but happy campers

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Yukon Blonde was a definite high pointYukon Blonde was a definite high point

It was Saturday morning and only a few hours away from the beginning of day three of the Ottawa Folk Festival. Rain began to pound on my windowpane. There had been lightening flashes on and off for hours and the thunder roared. Yet my hardcore festival-going friends and I were ready to take in Saturday’s great line-up. One friend joyously proclaimed that she was headed to Soakfest. If the massive hoards of people at Woodstock could brave the rain in 1969, so could we. Although perhaps less pivotal for music... | Continue reading article

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Hooded Fang Takes a Bite out of Folk Fest

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Photo from the band's website: www.hoodedfang.comPhoto from the band's website: www.hoodedfang.com

Someone forgot to tell Hooded Fang that Saturday night was one of the coldest, wettest days this summer. As the frigid wind cut through the air, the band warmed the crowd at the Ottawa Folk Festival with one sunny, reverb-drenched tune after another. Hooded Fang has undergone major sonic renovations since forming in 2007. Their debut EP and album (aptly named EP and Album respectively) tread familiar, but immediately likeable, indie pop territory. But their 2011 release, Tosta Mista, was a different beast entirely. By this time, the band had... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on the first day of Ottawa FolkFest

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Ben Harper's got the blues at the Ottawa FolkFestPhoto courtesy of Phil Castro.

Ottawa Folk Festival kicked off its much anticipated 2012 lineup Thursday evening at the capital’s Hog’s Back Park. The four day festival features some of the most well-known folk and indie artists, local food vendors and artisans. There’s definitely more than music to see and do, but there are some things all too common at some other music festivals that you can’t expect to experience at folk fest. You won’t see too many drunk or rowdy people, but you will see lots of kids and even some babies. You won’t... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra’s La Bohème

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Let’s go to the opera. But, you say, we don’t have any opera in Ottawa. Yes, in fact, we do—it’s just been a while. After a season’s hiatus made necessary by a series of financial upsets, Opera Lyra Ottawa has their sights set on a dramatic comeback.  To this end, they’ve hired a new General Director, John Peter “Jeep” Jefferies, whose specialty is turning around opera companies with failing fortunes, and Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson has chosen an opera that will appeal to seasoned opera fans as well as provide... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for September 5, 2012

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Listen here or on iTunes. This week, Trevor and Jared join forces to bring you a show chock-full of goodness. First up is an interview with Ian Campeau, who has recently been making headlines with his campaign to change the name of the Nepean Redskins. His stance against the team’s name has been churning up no little amount of controversy, and Campeau recently received the support of the Assembly of First Nations. Next, Zoo Legacy stopped by the studio to perform a rockin’ live set, featuring songs from their recently... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Julie Doiron's website.Photo courtesy Julie Doiron's website.

Folk Fest is on, people! We’ll be down there all weekend, so if you see us roaming around tweeting and doing interviews, stop by and say hi. Or you can  head to the Agricultural Museum and learn about chicken care, or head towards the airport to play a giant game of pinball. Regardless, it’s going to be an awesome weekend. If you’re one of those people who is always tapping your toes to something, you should be at Pressed tomorrow for Tropikalo for Ottawa’s afrilatincaribbean dance party. Keeping with a latin theme, jazz singer Caridad... | Continue reading article

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