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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Jack Pine and the Fire

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Photo courtesy of Jack Pine and the Fire.Photo courtesy of Jack Pine and the Fire.

Ottawa’s Gareth Auden-Hole is a talented guy – and not just in his day job as an audio engineer and music producer. With Jack Pine and the Fire, Gareth and his bandmates bring a roots-based, catchy country feel with just a bit of rock thrown in. Since their first release in 2011, the band has been causing crowds to kick up their heels all over the city and beyond. They’ll be bringing their sound to the Bluesfest stage on July 11. We had Gareth answer a few questions about the... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Autumns Cannon

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Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.

With a first record release under their belts, the rockers of Autumns Cannon are coming home to Ottawa. Since winning Live 88.5′s Big Money Shot music competition back in 2010, the band has polished their sound and are ready to rock it on the big stage. While they’re a relatively young group (they formed back in 2009), they’re all clearly lifelong musicians who are psyched to be playing before The Tragically Hip this Thursday night. How would you describe your sound? We’re a roots-rock band heavily influenced by the great... | Continue reading article

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City Hall brings on free summer fun at Marion Dewar Plaza

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Summer in Ottawa usually rings a few familiar bells – Bluesfest, Jazz Fest, Fringe Festival, Canada Day and all of those great ticket-bearing events in-between. But what about the events that don’t drain our hard earned paychecks and still leave us with a fulfillment that can only come from a great time out in the sun? This summer, City Hall will be packed to the brim with free weekly events at Marion Dewar Plaza and running until the end of August. Feeling active? An outdoor boot camp with the YMCA... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Joshua Earth

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Photo courtesy of Joshua Earth.Photo courtesy of Joshua Earth.

Tuesday is a quiet day at Bluesfest, but there’s a special event taking place at Casino Lac-Leamy as part of the Bluesfest activities at the Marina Bar of the casino. Versatile artist Joshua Earth is playing the Marina Bar. This talented musician has been at it for over two decades now and has a sound all to his own. Discover Joshua Earth and his musical journey below. How would you describe your sound? My sound I would say is a blend of cultures. So a world music sound. Influences include... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Iconoclast

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Despite its name, Iconoclast is at its heart a classic hard rock band, complete with wailing guitars and pounding rhythms. Although the group has been around the Ottawa music scene since 2004, it was only last year that they released their first full length album, Are We Dying. In fact, 2012 was a great year for the five-member band, as they were nominated for Best Alternative Rock Band at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and performed at a showcase during Toronto’s Indie Week. We hit up Iconoclast’s frontman Marc Bourgon with our Bluesfest questionnaire in... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Fenton Brothers

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If you know Uncle Bob at FabGear 64, you know that there’s the occasional ruckus at the shop as it’s often used as a practice spot for the Fenton Brothers. Out of all the bands we’re featuring for this year’s Bluesfest, this is without a doubt the band’s that’s been playing the longest. It may also be the one that rocks the hardest. How would you describe your sound?  A hard working blue collar worker in a bar one day with Duane Almond and Rory Gallagher says:  ”Man, you guys... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Goodluck Assembly

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From left to right: Mike Libbos, Jamie Kronick, Bruce Libbos, Matthew Mowbray
Photo credit: Rémi ThériaultFrom left to right: Mike Libbos, Jamie Kronick, Bruce Libbos, Matthew Mowbray Photo credit: Rémi Thériault

Brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos are the leaders of  The Goodluck Assembly.  Apt613 spoke with them in late March, on the heals of their CD release. In the interview, Bruce mentions how Demonstrations is – in his opinion –  the first release of theirs where he as a vocalist or songwriter didn’t really wear his influences on his sleeve. The band is evolving and the boys are excited for their Bluesfest performance. Mike Libbos answered our questions. How would you describe your sound? That is a tricky one. Sort of an energized,... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Hearts&Mines

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Music to heal the soul – that’s pretty much how Hearts&Mines began.  Lead singer Matt Luloff is an Afghanistan veteran. He started to create music as a way to cope with the atrocious war memories. A first album came out in 2011 and in 2012, their EP “Panic” came out. That year, Hearts and Mines were runners-up in the LiVE 88.5 ‘Big Money Shot’ contest, which gave them $40,000 towards music development. They also had the opportunity to work with legendary producer Terry Brown (Rush) on their track “Enough of This”, which was featured on... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Her Harbour

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Photo by Jamie Kronick.Photo by Jamie Kronick.

I’m beginning to think Gabrielle Giguere isn’t a summe person. Her profile photo and her album under the Her Harbour moniker (Winter’s Ghosts) all speak to a colder time of year. It may be fitting that her lush, folky sounds will be heard at the Barney Danson Theatre as opposed to one of the outdoor stages. This is a show I personally don’t want to miss. Here’s my chat with Her Harbour. How would you describe your sound? Dark and textural, indie-folk, vocal & lyric driven, choir arrangements, a blend... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Hornettes

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The Hornettes must be doing something right because they’ve accomplished the rare feat this year of playing both Jazz Fest and now, Bluesfest. If you’re in the mood for classic Motown era tunes, The Hornettes will fill your fix. The band consist of two female leads and a five-piece backing. They were lauded as a favourite new band of 2012 at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield where they filmed their video for “Out of My Mind”, which you can find below. Guitarist  Jeff deValk answered our questions. How would you describe your... | Continue reading article

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