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Tall Trees: up-and-coming young musicians

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Tall Trees recently released their first EP, launched their new website, and have been generating some  positive buzz. Despite their musical achievements, the band has yet to graduate from high school—all of the members are 17 years of age. Tall Trees have a killer sound, a great stage presence, and are as hard-working as any contemporary local band. The act consists of three Canterbury High students: Jad Hammoud, Peter Klaassen and Josh Wynnyk. All trained musicians, they demonstrate an enormous amount of skill on their chosen instruments. Hammoud’s vocals, reminiscent... | Continue reading article

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“Gather Wish,” the debut EP from local band High Waters, is neither obvious nor shy

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Album Art Courtesy of High WatersAlbum Art Courtesy of High Waters

Do they even make records like this anymore? The debut release of Ottawa-based High Waters (previously incarnated as Life in 2D) embodies the band’s proud defiance of “static genres.” This music falls confidently between rocks – part indie, part classic, part experimental. If you’re desperate for comparisons before taking a listen, think Coldplay meets Hawksley Workman (sorry, High Waters). A concept album through and through, Gather Wish calls for a top to bottom listen to truly appreciate the musicality and sonic storytelling on offer. This EP is an entertaining ride that mixes strong musicianship with... | Continue reading article

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Local shorts under the stars at Centretown Movies

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Treepot media has hosted a few evenings highlighting local shorts, one at the Bytowne last March and one at the Mayfair in Septermber. The events featured short films and music videos – work from the local community that Treepot is part of. “It started as a way to get our stuff on the big screen” says Jith Paul, owner of Treepot Media. If you’ve never heard of Treepot, you might still know their work. They have done work with local favourites the Sound of Lions and they are involved in... | Continue reading article

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Indie Coffee Passport: Book passage to a caffeine buzz

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Coffee drinkers listen up: If you want to avoid a Starbucks rut while discovering independent java hot spots, then this article is for you. This past spring, a dozen coffee shops in Ottawa launched the indie coffee passport with the express purpose of supporting independent stores. For $14, you can purchase a passport online or at participating locations and in return have a free coffee, tea or espresso-based beverage (up to $4.50 menu price) at each of the 12 locales. The promotion runs until November 30. Apartment 613 was curious about how the program... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is quickly becoming a beer-fanatic’s wonderland, with new breweries like Broadhead and Ashton Brew Pub bubbling up everywhere to compliment Ottawa’s many beer festivals. The latest addition to this city’s craft beer craze is the National Capital Craft Beer Week, which kicks off this Friday at D’Arcy McGee’s. The kickoff party runs from 6-9 and admission is free. In addition to the obligatory craft beer, the party will feature music from Andre and the J-Tones, and so the funk will most certainly be brought. The festival continues through the 18th with plenty of... | Continue reading article

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New Ottawa-based music mag is aiming to bring an online magazine to your mailbox

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See the publication at http://www.damnmag.com/sample/See the publication at http://www.damnmag.com/sample/

Ottawa native Emily Kennedy is looking to add a little something different to her yet-to-be launched online music magazine. She wants to combine the best parts of online (fast publication, low cost, fun Internet community) with the best parts of getting mail. For every new issue of her new music publication Damn Magazine, you’ll get a little something in your real-life mailbox alerting you to the new issue. However it’s more than novelty that’s pushing Emily to launch her own publication. She’s hoping to embrace the political side of music and... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

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Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable figure in Ottawa’s visual art scene, Garner is one of the men behind Five Cents Tattoo, a parlour located off Parkdale that emphasizes the art in the creative act of tattooing. The venue doubles as... | Continue reading article

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Mayfair Theatre Orleans Edition

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Starting – NOW – Apt613 is going to run a bi-weekly city-wide photo scavenger hunt that will feature curiously familiar scenes from all over town. Ordinary life can be pretty complex stuff, so much so that sometimes it’s easy to blur the line between interesting and ordinary. With this new series we hope to feature some of the obvious yet subtle urban and natural wonders we are privy to here Ottawa, and we’re going to have some interactive fun while doing it! Every second Saturday we’re going to run a... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Cabaal’s Out of Body

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Cabaal is an Ottawa-based musician who you may not have heard of yet, but who will soon be making a bigger splash on the music scene. As a participant in the 2012 Red Bull Music Academy, Cabaal will be travelling to New York City this September to participate in what sounds like the ultimate band camp where he will get to take advantage of the wisdom and advice of some pretty fancy people. Previous lecturers in the marathon session of lectures, workshops and general creativity include the likes of Peaches, A-Trak and Erykah... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.

This city loves to burst at the seams with activities during the summer. We flock to our favourites (like movies outside!) and try to fit in new adventures (not-your-grandma’s-classical music festival, anyone?). And this weekend will be no exception! In classic events, Urban Art Show is back for another year down at Minto Park, where they’ll have photography, painting, fabric, jewelry, and even furniture design from some of Ottawa’s best artists. This year, they’re offering Best in Show prize of a gallery exhibit at La Petite Mort. Other art events abound... | Continue reading article

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