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Bluesfest: Deep Purple, commanders of classic rock

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Ian Paice of Deep Purple. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ian Paice of Deep Purple. All photos by Terry Steeves.

It’s as much output that can be produced by a set of drums, bass, guitar, and a Hammond organ, by musicians that are masters of their instruments. It’s a wall of sound consisting of music from genres of heavy and progressive rock, with the use of blues, classical, and other scales. Add to this a singular, hair-raising voice, whose challenging vocal melodies are just as grandiose, and I’ve just described Deep Purple, who gave a commanding performance in front of a massive crowd at Ottawa Bluesfest last night. After 47... | Continue reading article

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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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Hayden, Mozart and Kid Koala at Chamberfest 2015

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The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival aka Chamberfest starts July 23 and runs for fifteen days. We spoke with the festival’s Director of Marketing and Communications James Whittall about this year’s festival. Apt613: Describe Chamberfest in a couple sentences. James Whittall: World’s largest chamber music festival: sentence number one. And a very important sentence too. Also one of the most innovative music festivals in the country. Can you tell us about this year’s theme? It’s been themed as “Regenerations” and the idea behind that is the music programmed into this... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: CHVRCHES surprised fans with brand new music

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Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. All photos by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Bluesfest.Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. All photos by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Bluesfest.

When CHVRCHES began their set at Bluesfest on July 15th, it was that perfect time of day when the sun is finally starting to go down and you know that by the time the show’s over, night will have crept in. There’s definitely a special excitement that comes from watching one of your favourite bands perform live for the very first time, but you also have to hope that they can live up to all your wild expectations. I should start off this review with the disclaimer that CHVRCHES are... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Canned Heat delivers rockin’ boogie blues

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Canned Heat perform at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.Canned Heat perform at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The rain definitely did not deter folks from coming out on Friday night to see rock ‘n roll blues legends, Canned Heat. The scene was a colourful array of rain slickers and umbrellas which covered the area in front of Ottawa Bluesfest’s Monster Stage, and nearly all the way up the grassy slope. In their 50-year career, Canned Heat haven’t slowed down their schedule and have continued to spread their brand of rockin’ boogie blues on stages across the world. Their rich musical heritage includes their earliest and unforgettable performances... | Continue reading article

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Introducing The Jenn Hayward Show

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Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.

It could be that comedy clubs aren’t really your scene, or perhaps you’re just looking for new comedic venues to explore. Whatever your inclination may be,  The Jenn Hayward Show is worth bringing to your attention. On July 5, local comic Jenn Hayward launched her official YouTube channel,  The Jenn Hayward Show,  a production which she describes as “a way to promote Ottawa culture with a comedic twist.” Hayward began doing stand-up comedy in Ottawa about five years ago. She loves the storytelling aspect of comedy and the way comedy... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The electronic sounds of Frayd

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Even though he’s only 17 years old, Ottawa-based DJ and electronic music producer Frayd is already making quite a name for himself. Having grown up in a musical family, his precocious talent started to manifest itself in the fall of 2013, when he began making electronic music in his bedroom under the name Chil Pollins. He then changed his stage name to Frayd in 2014 and subsequently released three EPs under that moniker.  (Check out his Soundcloud page to listen to some samples of his tracks). The teenage artist now brings... | Continue reading article

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#WALK Together, it’s that simple

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Image from the #WALK Facebook event pageImage from the #WALK Facebook event page

If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about. “#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The Yips summon rave ghosts to Lebreton Flats

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The cover of the Yips' EP, Air Loom, from their Facebook pageThe cover of the Yips' EP, Air Loom, from their Facebook page

The Yips have been a prominent part of Ottawa’s music scene since they got together, in 2012. Since then, they’ve put out two EPs on their own, and a split with Organ Eyes.  The band plans on releasing their first full-length album by the end of 2015. Local band the Yips are playing Bluesfest for the first time this evening. Asked by email what playing Bluesfest means to them, they replied “It means we’re one step closer to a duet with Weird Al! Honestly though it is an honour [and an] awesome... | Continue reading article

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#FoodieFriday: Coffee and curios at CC’s Corner in Richmond

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Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Cameron Kallos says that the two strangest things he has ever sold at CC’s Corner was a 1940′s portable electroshock therapy kit…and a 20 oz single decaf shot Americano. If this combination, coffee and curios, sounds strange to you, you’ll have to make your way out to Richmond to see just how well it works. Husband and wife duo Cameron and Savannah Kallos have created something fun and unique in rural Ottawa. CC’s Corner is a small antique store within a coffee shop, and while they tend to not carry... | Continue reading article

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