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Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

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

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 a pop indie band that everyone should check out. But as much as I enjoyed the show and the awesome food (running the gamut from gourmet poutine to cracked corn to Indian cuisine) I really... | Continue reading article

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Blues Traveler play Folk Fest on opening night

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

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 on guitar, and the harmonica/vocal stylings of John Popper, experimented with fusions of blues, blues-rock, folk rock, country, cajun, R&B and funk in a genre-hopping array of catchy hooks and infectious rhythms. Their stage shows... | Continue reading article

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Rollicking satire kicks off the season at The Gladstone

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

I knew we were in for a fun evening when the audience laughed within the first minute of The School for Wives. They kept laughing throughout the rest of the play. Understandable when you consider the quality of the script, the direction, and the acting. Moliere wrote The School for Wives the year he married a much younger woman – 1662. He was satirizing the limited education and restricted prospects of well-to-do young women. It’s interesting to speculate how his marriage influenced his play. This production’s script is a translation... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir, Ottawa’s stealth sustainability party is back September 27

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Photos by Steve Gerecke, Ottawa Velo Vogue and Jean Lapointe. After three years of celebrating local food and farms in secret locations, Harvest Noir - Ottawa’s homegrown version of the Dîner en Blanc - still has a few surprises. Importantly for an outdoor event that hasn’t always been lucky in the weather department, it also booked a rain date. Over a hot bowl of soup and a beer, I got the lowdown on what to expect from Harvest Noir 2014 from its co-founder, Greg Searle. Harvest Noir is a self-described stealth sustainability... | Continue reading article

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

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Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.

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 was expecting her to save the triple platinum song for her encore, but then I realized just how crucial it was for her to play it right off the bat. It’s the way the lineup... | Continue reading article

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Portland’s Black Prairie a “must-see” at Folk Fest tonight

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Photo from blackprairie.com.Photo from blackprairie.com.

It’s impossible to put this eclectic 6-piece band from Portland, Oregon into a genre slot – their music is that diverse. From the first time I heard them, I was delighted by their originality and creativity, and immediately check marked this band as one to see at this year’s Ottawa Folkfest. Black Prairie began as a side project by bassist, Nate Query and dobro/banjo/guitarist, Chris Funk of indie folk rock band, The Decemberists, who also hail from Portland, Oregon. They were later joined by pianist/accordionist, Jenny Conlee, also from The... | Continue reading article

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A Baker’s Dozen: The 2014-15 season at The Gladstone Theatre

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The nine theatre companies which are sharing The Gladstone Theatre are offering a wide variety of plays for the 2014-15 season – everything from gentle family fare to head-banging punk rock.  Lots of traditional theatrical classics, too, from Moliere to Tennessee Williams to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Well, the latter IS a tradition, or shall we say a cult? Here’s what’s in store at The Gladstone this season… The season kicks off in mid-September with a new translation of Moliere’s well-loved comedy, The School for Wives, directed by John... | Continue reading article

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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…”.

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

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 ce band formidable : Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters Big Balade confie tous ses secrets à Éric Big Balade, c’est un groupe de la région qui vient d’être récompensé de quatre prix lors de... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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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 line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long. If you’re in the... | Continue reading article

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Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

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From left to right:  Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.From left to right: Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.

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 stage at Ritual tonight with other local talent Crossing Jane, Hello Hello, White Collar Students and Weston Super Mare Band. Together for several years now, the band has been playing local bars and clubs picking... | Continue reading article

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