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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: FEVERS

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Ever since Passion Is Dead came out, FEVERS has been a bit of an indie music darling in Ottawa. They were of the mind to give their first album for free and are doing the same with the first single off their new album, Dance Cry Dance. We spoke with them last year when they were young pups, playing Bluesfest for the first time. They since played Tulip Festival, Capital Pride, JUNOfest, and the Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent in the NCR and have big plans for 2013-2014. Bassist Jim Hopkins spoke to us about the... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Musettes

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Photo courtesy of the Musettes.Photo courtesy of the Musettes.

These girls are good. While this is their first time playing Bluesfest, The Musettes won the 2010 Galaxie Rising Stars Award and secured a spot playing at the Ottawa Folk Festival that same year. Their sound is akin to another all female folk band, The Good Lovelies. The trio has a unique style, as all three girls have distinct songwriting capabilities, and take turns singing lead vocals and frequently trade instruments on stage. All three can work the ukelele, mandolin and guitar which makes for a fun mix. We caught up with... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: NDMA

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Photo courtesy of NDMA.Photo courtesy of NDMA.

Nilton De Menezes aka NDMA is a name that’s been on my must-watch list for over a year now. It’s definitely not his fault that I haven’t seen him perform in person yet. The man has been everywhere, with NXNE, Bluesfest and Arboretum being the big shows for him this summer, but he’s played all over town several times over. So, blame it on me…and my new daddy responsibilities. Maybe I’ll try to make it up to Nilton by going to check him out with son in tow. NDMA was born... | Continue reading article

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Remember Camera Obscura? They are playing Bluesfest.

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I used to love Camera Obscura, but it seems like they fell off the face of the earth a bit in recent years. Desire Lines is their first album in four years and it’s got me excited about them again and about their upcoming performance at Bluesfest. I took the opportunity to send them a few questions and find out what they’ve been up to and what we can expect from the show here in Ottawa (and their new album). We heard back from Carey Lander. Apt613: Why a four year hiatus? What... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Tara Holloway

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Photo courtesy of Tara Holloway.Photo courtesy of Tara Holloway.

Imagine this: It’s +35 C outside, all you want to do is cool down and enjoy some music. You might want to head over to the Barney Danson Theatre this Saturday to listen to the sweet sounds of Tara Holloway. She will be performing with other female artists in the finals of the the third annual ‘She’s the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by Ottawa’s boom 99.7. The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. If your Saturday is booked, not to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double header, and a local tourist-like take photography exhibit of our city. And, as a bonus, a few extra showings of Sappho…in 9 Fragments, one of the Fringe’s hit shows (read our review here). If you... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Jordan McIntosh

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Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.

There’s a bit of a country flavour to this year’s Bluesfest with Dixie Chicks, Zac Brown Band and others. You can clearly see where Jordan McIntosh takes his influence. Heck, by the looks of his photo above, he could play a young Johnny Cash (if they were to do another movie on the man in black). McIntosh is still in high school, but could be considered a veteran of the stage. He’s been singing from a young age. Wanting to imitate his older sister, who was also a singer, Jordan... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Kelly Sloan

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Sloan.Photo courtesy of Kelly Sloan.

Kelly Sloan‘s a country girl at heart. She was born in the Ottawa Valley and still plays most of her shows there. Proof of this is her series of recent past gigs: Almonte, Perth, Calabogie, Ashton… so it will be a special treat to have Kelly at Bluesfest, even if it’s off-site at the Rideau Centre. She (re)discovered her singing voice living on the East Coast and has since been performing all over Ontario. She has two albums under her name, Always Changes (2008) and Kelly Sloan (2010), on which she brought musicians like... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest, here we come!

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Björk. Photo by Danny Clinch.Björk. Photo by Danny Clinch.

I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of festival season. That means that the biggest festival of them all is knocking at our door: Bluesfest. In spite of last year’s electro success with the young’uns, Bluesfest bosses have decided to tone down the electro-vibe and give us a more balanced line-up for 2013. What does this mean? Well, there’s still lots to get excited about in my opinion, although I’m a bit more excited about mid-level bands than the big headliners. (Also, this must be the first year ever... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Camp Radio

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Photo by Kenneth Locke.Photo by Kenneth Locke.

Maybe Chris Page should have been born in Halifax, because when I listen to Camp Radio, it makes me think of old the East Coast. Camp Radio’s got that 90s Halifax sound to it. The band, made up of Chris Page, producer extraordinaire Dave Draves and are drummer Scott Terry able to play with the young kids at Ottawa Explosion Weekend and are equally comfortable with the more folksy artists comprising the Kelp Records stable. Their last album – Campa Socialista – dates from September 2011. It’s pretty awesome. Sound... | Continue reading article

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