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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest Part 4: The Wicked Mercy, Spencer Scharf and The Cardboard Crowns

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Photo courtesy of The Cardboard Crowns.Photo courtesy of The Cardboard Crowns.

Today is the final instalment of our  2014 Folk Fest locals’ showcase. There’s been great excitement around the local bands playing this year’s fest. If you’ve missed the first few posts, you can read them here, here and here. Our final three bands and artists encompass a broad musical spectrum from southern dirty blues, to expert string-picking, to ska. The Wicked Mercy Genre: dirty blues The Wicked Mercy’s been around for only a couple of years although its members have been playing music for decades. Initially formed after many jam... | Continue reading article

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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest 2014 lineup Part 3: Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly

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In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. We’ve already showcased a few great bands in Parts 1 and 2, today we’re excited to share that Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly will be taking part in the festivities. Jill Zmud Genre: folk singer-songwriter New mom Jill Zmud will be returning to the Ottawa Folk Fest this year, following the release of her second album Small Matters in Life and Death. The album weaves together pieces of Jill’s own life with... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 mai :: Secret Broadcast, Musique émergente à La Quatrième Salle du CNA, Ottawa Folk Festival, Chinatown en délire, Cinéma portugais

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Basement 819 continue d’enchanter vos vies avec ses recommandations culturelles Gatineau/Ottawa. Secret Broadcast Avec la sortie de leur album Filthy Souls, Secret Broadcast (Toronto) serait arrivé en trombe pour sauver le rock n’ roll! (selon les dires aperçus sur le site de CBC Music). On y croit. Ils seront au Zaphod ce vendredi 9 mai. Ils ont assuré les premières parties de Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The stills. Ils ont réussi à se frayer un chemin à travers le Top 40 sur les radios au Canada. Chanteur, guitariste et compositeur,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local Folk Fest lineup Part 2: Pony Girl, The Noisy Locomotive and High Waters

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Photo courtesy of the Noisy Locomotive.Photo courtesy of the Noisy Locomotive.

In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. From singer-songwriter, to ska and folk infused electronica, this batch is diverse and talented. Part 2 features bands with sounds old and new: Pony Girl, The Noisy Locomotive and High Waters. Read Part 1 here. The Noisy Locomotive Genre: old’ timey bluegrass The Noisy Locomotive may have been created under the influence of a midsummer moon and a lot of fresh air, but their music’s really made for sweaty barn parties.... | Continue reading article

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Neko Case barrels through Ottawa’s Bronson Centre + ticket and vinyl giveaway!

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Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.Neko Case, Photo by Emily Shur.

On Saturday, May 10, American crooner Neko Case returns to the Bronson Centre to perform alongside openers The Dodos. Her stop in the nation’s capital is part of a large tour promoting her latest album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. For those familiar with the red-haired maven, there’s little I need to do or say to convince you to attend this weekend’s show. You already know the gravitational pull of Neko and no doubt wish to be nearer... | Continue reading article

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Introducing your local 2014 Folk Fest lineup Part 1: Craig Cardiff, The Strain and Lora Bidner

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From left to right: Craic Cardiff, Lora Bidner and Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain.From left to right: Craic Cardiff, Lora Bidner and Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain.

In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is excited to be announcing  the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. From singer-songwriter, to ska and folk infused electronica, this batch is diverse and talented. We begin today by featuring Craig Cardiff, The Strain and Lora Bidner. Craig Cardiff Genre: folk Craig Cardiff is a perfect fit for the Folk Fest – the Juno-nominated artist sings of heartbreak and love, and has a deep soulful voice to truly make us live in the moment. The Ottawa-based singer-songwriter... | Continue reading article

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