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Bluesfest Review: Matt Andersen and The Mellotones

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Matt Andersen. All photos by Terry Steeves.Matt Andersen. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Imagine if you will, a booming soulful voice somewhere between that of Joe Cocker and the warm tone of Jeff Healey. And then try to imagine that voice being backed up by a 9-piece band of amazing proportions, complete with a full horn section, and some great vocal harmonies. Matt Andersen’s songs are soulful tales of the hard working blue collar life growing up in the small town of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. He combines his musical influences of blues, soul, and folk to create a passionate vibe to his lyrics.... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Free summer picnics with Harvest Noir

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the farmers are hauling crates of their newly harvested produce to outdoor markets across the city. For Harvest Noir, that can only mean one thing – BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) because it’s time to picnic. A two-part free summer picnic will take place on July 12 and August 23, giving Ottawans the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore some of the finer open-air venues this city has to offer. Picnickers of all ages will be scouring... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 9 juillet :: F is for Fake à la Galerie Saw, 10e anniversaire de l’Avant-Garde Bar tout en concerts. Le Bluesfest tire à sa fin! Quand faut y aller…

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Basement 819 célèbre l’apogée de l’été avec une myriade d’événements à exploiter. L’histoire se répète, on vous gave de culture régionale. Notre sélection de la semaine :: Exposition F is for Fake Notre coup de coeur de la semaine va à la Galerie Saw qui présente tout l’été des projections de films gratuites. C’est dehors! C’est gratuit! Cette série d’événements cinématographiques est présentée dans le cadre de l’exposition F is for Fake : l’art, le cinéma et le faux. Cette expo se penche sur les notions du faux et du... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

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Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend. The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while local DJ favourites Atherton, Memetic and Zattar will be spinning a few dance parties. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the final day of Bluesfest! Avant Garde Bar is throwing... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Cold Capital and Journey hit the stage

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From left to right: Jason Cote (drums), Nick Hertzberg (guitar/keys/vocals), 
Andrew Erlandson (bass/vocals), and Matt Muir (guitar), of Ottawa's Cold Capital. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left to right: Jason Cote (drums), Nick Hertzberg (guitar/keys/vocals), Andrew Erlandson (bass/vocals), and Matt Muir (guitar), of Ottawa's Cold Capital. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest is an outdoor music event like no other. Over the span of 20 years, it has grown from a one stage – three day Blues event, to one that now has multiple stages with ten days of local, national, and international acts incorporating a wide range of musical tastes from around the world. It is recognized as the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada, and the second largest in North America, attracting hundreds of thousands every year. You may ask why it is still called “Bluesfest”, even though there... | Continue reading article

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Kalle Mattson today at the Ottawa Bluesfest

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Kalle Mattson is having a great year and we thought it would be good to check in with him quickly before his Bluesfest performance. He plays the Clariage Homes Stage today at 2pm. You are our hometown hopeful on the Polaris list this year. What went through your mind when they announced it? How do you think this type of program can help your career? I knew there was a chance that the record would be nominated, but I really had no idea if it legitimately had a shot or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

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Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival. If... | Continue reading article

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Jésus les filles et Crabe vont rocker la Casbah!

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Oyé! Olé! Jesus les filles présentera leur tout dernier album ce vendredi soir au très intime et déluré Temporaire. Pour ceux qui ont envie de se dégourdir l’esprit, c’est certainement une occasion à saisir. Vos yeux deviendront grands à l’écoute active de leur deuxième album Le grain d’or. Ils performeront en compagnie de leurs amis art-punkers Crabe qui eux aussi, profiteront du moment pour présenter à la région leur dernier opus-à-grands-vents Anti-vague. Les cinq membres de Jésus les filles ont roulé leur bosse assez intensément dans les dernières années. Leur dossier de presse cumule des... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 2 juillet :: Le Bluesfest est arrivé! Tournée de lancement d’albums pour Jésus les filles et Crabe. Expo à La Petite Mort Gallery – Shoot me, please

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Basement 819 fait des choix pour mieux vous servir. Nous avons décidé cette semaine de faire la promotion de toutes nos recommandations via nos plateformes Facebook et Twitter @Basement819. Toujours, on pense à votre bonheur et cette semaine, on risque de courir à gauche et probablement à droite aussi pour alimenter vos ardeurs culturelles. Sans vouloir être subliminal, l’idée derrière est de vous encourager à nous écouter et à vous coller à nous quotidiennement! Nous sommes très attachants et divertissants (surtout). Voici notre podcast de cette semaine. Il est joufflu... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Reimagining the cosmos

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What do you feel when you look up at the heavens?  For many people – if not most – contemplating the vastness of the cosmos is a deeply humbling experience. The universe is so large, and our planet Earth in comparison so small, we can be forgiven for thinking that humanity is mere dust on an infinite cosmic broom. But is this feeling of insignificance justified?  In his fascinating book Vanishing Stars: Unravelling the appropriation of art by science, Ottawa-based photographer Sanjeev Sivarulrasa offers a radical new way of thinking... | Continue reading article

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