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Dogwood | Chloé Perrault & Ellorie McKnight

Basement 819 du 13 août 2014 :: Prestation live de Chloé Perrault de la formation Dogwood! Vivez l’art sur la rue Principale à Aylmer. Le Festival Arboretum s’active sur les deux côtés de la rive!

L’équipe de Basement 819 s’élargit avec notre maintenant plus-si-nouveau-que-ça collaborateur Jo Chapeau. En juin dernier, il est venu nous présenter les dessous de la riche scène culturelle de la région. Nous l’avons adopté et imploré de revenir parmi nous! Il enrichira dorénavant l’émission avec des invités en prestation live et ce, chaque semaine. On est […]

Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

The rain isn’t sticking around for long, so there’s no excuse for missing a mini maker faire, a little treasures sale, a big wild challenge, or any of the other-sized events going on around town. There are myriad ways to tickle your funny bone this weekend, with My Summer Crush Improv heading into their three weeks […]

Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.

Review: The Powergoats album release party rocks Zaphod’s

As a musician immersed in the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of not only connecting, networking, and sharing the stage with fellow colleagues in the field, but to now have the opportunity of bringing their passions, pursuits, and performances to the public forefront as a music writer. During […]

Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.

Video of the Week: Ruleta by Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is simply badass. Her music is dark and energetic. Often described as experimental pop – she creates a sound that blends afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic beats, chanting traditions of her indigenous ancestry and analog synths. I’m taken in by her ethereal vocals and outspoken on-stage banter. She will make you dance while urging […]

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this […]

Her harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au Temporaire

Basement 819 du 30 juillet :: SOUND/TRACKS à l’Église St-Alban. Tout savoir sur les soirées OPEN MIC. Souljazz Orchestra dans notre mire. Ottawa, capitale bilingue ou quoi?!

Basement 819 découvre chaque semaine un peu plus d’excitation culturelle dans la région. Voici quelques morceaux tirés de notre dernière émission pour vous mettre la guimauve à la bouche. SOUND/TRACKS, un événement innovant présenté par SAW Video et Media Art Centre. Ils ont eu la belle idée de réunir des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques […]

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday […]


Basement 819 du 23 juillet :: FAU MARDI samedi au Mugshots. Le Festival Kafé Karamel prend possession du coeur du Vieux-Hull. Sauvez les cèdres du Liban! (Pour vrai!)

Basement 819  a débroussaillé le terrain pour vous encore cette semaine. Non seulement cette région regorge d’activités culturelles stimulantes mais derrière celles-ci se cachent des personnalités créatives et proactives. Vous connaissez les soirées FAU MARDI? Derrière le concept s’activent plusieurs têtes pour nous permettre de vivre des soirées inusitées. Parmi ces têtes, nous avons eu […]

Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a […]

Drummer, Doug Inglis and bassist/lead vocalist, Greg Godovitz of Goddo. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Goddo

Ottawa braced themselves for the return of the pretty bad boys of hard rock on the River stage on July 13. This would be the last show I would see at Bluesfest this year, and what a way to go out…with high decibel power chord rock…just the way I like it! Goddo is a Canadian […]

David Usher, lead vocalist of Moist. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Moist

Moist is a Canadian alternative rock band that formed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1992. They released their first album, Silver (1994), which was noted for its hits, “Silver”, “Believe Me” and their very signature song, “Push”. They released two more albums, Creature (1996), Mercedes 5 and Dime (1999) and a compilation DVD, Machine Punch-Through: The […]

The Red Rails perform inside the Barney Danson Theatre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: The Red Rails

This would be my first and only show inside the comfortable Barney Danson Theatre at the Canadian War Museum. I caught local act, The Red Rails, an enormously textured rock band who have been stirring up quite a fuss in the last year. They are made up of three incredibly gifted musicians: Kim Vincent (guitar/lead […]

Singer/songwriter and frontman for Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Third Eye Blind

A band that entered the 90’s with their refreshing and very rhythmic alternative rock took us on a journey back into half our lives ago, including lead singer/songwriter/guitarist, Stephan Jenkins, who turns 50 later this year. San Francisco band, Third Eye Blind, started as the songwriting duo between Stephan Jenkins (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), and […]

From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

Canada’s beloved Barenaked Ladies took the stage with a lengthy performance that lasted nearly an hour and a half. They are known for their comedic stage show antics, made-up-on-the-spot songs, medley covers, 4-part acoustic routines, great harmonies, and very catchy original material, making this band always a must-see. Tonight they played for an enormous crowd, […]