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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Wicked Mercy

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The Wicked Mercy bill themselves as apocalyptic blues and, if their heavy, lick-laden sound is any indication, it’s an apt descriptor. Led by Case Bronson (an assumed name based on local lore?), the band will take the stage at Bluesfest today at 2pm. But first, they were kind enough to answer some questions for us. How would you describe your sound? We’d describe our sound as gritty rock n’roll soaked in blues and whiskey and mixed with whatever feels good.  Some tunes have Spanish melodies, psychdelic, prog-rock and funk elements. How long... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + giveaway!

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

So Bjork is stopping by for a visit, if you haven’t heard – her first time in the country in 11 years. If she’s not your cup of tea, perhaps an actual cup of tea is? Bad jokes aside, this weekend has a few hidden activity gems. Roller Derby Saved My Soul, a light, fun theatre production, is playing one night only at Arts Court (we’ve got a ticket giveaway below!). Cyclists can get out for a 20km scavenger hunt and bike rally with a few friends, competing for some great... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Medhi Cayenne Club

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Photo by Marie Andree Blais.Photo by Marie Andree Blais.

Those that live on the Gatineau side of the river and like to dance party probably already know about Mehdi Cayenne Club. There’s a party groove to their sound but there’s also sentiment in their prose. This is how they describe themselves, in French, on their site: Punky Funk POW-WOW. Pour rêver, danser et réfléchir. MCC, c’est le calme et puis la tempête: un papillon qui s’enfuit de la prison dans sa tête. To dream, dance and think. Mehdi Cayenne Club is calm and stormy: a butterfly leaving the prison in its head.... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Roberta Bondar

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Roussel.Photo courtesy of Kathy Roussel.

We’ve featured Roberta Bondar a few times on Apt613. Last March, contributor Lily Peper wrote: “The group shows that you can play weird, noisy music without being dour or self-important. Their shows are energetic and fun, and show an appreciation for theatricality.” The band has been touring more and more – played last year’s Arboretum Fest (and are back this year). This is their first Bluesfest appearance…and their playing the biggest stage there is! How would you describe your sound? We aim to maneuver whoever is listening into a trance,... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Miss Polygamy

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

Miss Polygamy is not a Ms at all but a quintet of long hair, bearded guys that love dirty rock. These guys are ready to rock your socks off on Sunday. How would you describe your sound? Contemporary with a throwback sound. Influences from Yukon Blonde, Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Grizzly Bear, Sheepdogs, and more. We describe our genre as a mix of psychedelic-indie-dirt/blues. How long have you been playing music, and how has your sound evolved over that time? Since 2010 we became what Miss... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Loon Choir

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Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.Photo courtesy of Loon Choir.

This is two years in a row at Bluesfest for Loon Choir. The boys and girls from Loon Choir have certainly not been sitting on their laurels. For all their hard work, the band has received a lot of support from CBC Radio 3. It was in the running for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for Canada’s Best New Artist last year. On a sillier note – they made the Top 10 list for “Most Canadian Band Name”. Congrats all around! So what’s changed in a year? Synth player Brad Sheffield explains… What’s... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Trevor Alguire

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Alguire.Photo courtesy of Trevor Alguire.

Trevor Alguire may be better known in Nashville than Ottawa. After all, Music Nashville News touted him as having “depth and breadth found in few artists on the current music scene” Alguire, born in the Ottawa Valley (is it me or are there just a huge number of amazing musicians in the Valley?) is playing his fourth Bluesfest. He has traveled the world with his music and we’re lucky to have him play at home. He has beautiful songs and voice and I cannot wait for his  soon-to-be-completed six album. How... | Continue reading article

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The story of ‘Chinatown Blossom’

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Photo courtesy of Chinatown Blossom.Photo courtesy of Chinatown Blossom.

I first noticed Claudia Gutierrez’ mural at Man Phat when walking down Somerset. It was a beautiful floral design that replaced the drab store exterior. Social media guy that I am, I posted a photo of it on Instagram. The reaction was immediate. People loved it. Unfortunately for Claudia, the piece was tagged just days after she finished. She thinks it might have been a kid just wanting to cause some ruckus. In the end, it was just an unfortunate situation. She spent a few hours repainting it and that’s... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Capital Grass and The No Men

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Capital Grass and The No Men are practically a local institution – they’ve played all of the classic Ottawa venues, and bring out crowds wherever they go. They’ll be at the Bluesfest Blacksheep stage this Saturday, a perfect chance to catch them live in the act. We got them to answer a few questions, and give us a sneak peek to their boxers or briefs revelation happening live at the show… How would you describe your sound? Garage Folk – our latest songs are heavily influenced by old-time clawhammer banjo... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: JW-Jones

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Photo courtesy of Mitch Lenet, Spyglass PhotoPhoto courtesy of Mitch Lenet, Spyglass Photo

JW-Jones is a crowd pleaser – with his groovy, rock ‘n’ roll stylings, you’ll be hard-pressed not to get up and dance. After touring all around the world and back again, JW-Jones has clearly figured out what the people want. His music gets at the more traditional music associated with Bluesfest – the blues themselves. And while he’s no stranger to the Bluesfest stage, this will be the closest JW gets to making one of his dreams come true – read on for our interview with the man himself! How... | Continue reading article

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