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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Brock Zeman

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Brock Zeman is far from being a newbie to the music scene, the roots man from Lanark is on his 9th album in ten years and has been on the touring circuit for the last decade, easily doing a hundred plus shows a year. Often compared to Fred Eaglesmith, Zeman’s  song  writing has been praised by many including Exclaim!, Lynn Miles  and Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster. By Sylvie Hill’s Twitter account he’s the dreamiest man in all of the Ottawa Valley, and a must see live. On why he... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Canada Day edition

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Before we get into Monday’s activities, you’ll have to wade through the busy weekend. It’s well worth braving the rain and getting a little wet! The Fringe Festival continues – if you haven’t caught any of the plays as yet, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed them all for you, so pick your favourite and catch it while you can. They’re also having some musical (not theatre, but bands) stop by their main tent – tonight, The Elwins stop by. If you love royalty, the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League is... | Continue reading article

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Fully Fringed: What’s hot at the Fringe Festival

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Once again, our team of intrepid theatre reviewers have taken on the task of reviewing all 54 Fringe Festival plays. Our full list can be found over here – search by venue, genre, or just browse through all of them to find a few hidden gems. There are a few that stand out so far – here’s what’s raising the bar at the Fringe: - Sappho…in 9 Fragments: Director Jessica Ruano returns to Ottawa to stage this captivating performance about a female love poet in ancient Greece. With acrobatics complementing... | Continue reading article

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The Herbaliser comes to play After Dark

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Photo from Droppin' Science Productions.Photo from Droppin' Science Productions.

When Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry met, they immediately shared a love for all that was hip hop, funk, soul and jazz. They knew when they started making music that hip hop writ large was what they wanted to do but none of them were rappers. Throughout their career, the Herbaliser ended up working with an impressive list of “indie” rappers from MF Doom, Blade and Roots Manuva. On their latest album “There Were Seven”, they return to their origins, a darker sound to create their first record on their own label,... | Continue reading article

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David Byrne and St. Vincent thrill under thunderous skies

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Photo courtesy TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.Photo courtesy TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

It was an exceedingly humid night in Ottawa as hundreds gathered in Confederation Park to see David Byrne & St. Vincent at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Sunday. Initially conceived for a one-night performance at a SoHo bookstore, the multi-generational collaboration between David Byrne (most notably of the Talking Heads) and Annie Clark (performing under the moniker St. Vincent) was so successful that it resulted in an album, Love This Giant (released last fall), and the ensuing tour which brought them to the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival on Sunday night.... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Festival + a special promo code for June 23rd (Young Galaxy + David Byrne/St.Vincent day!)

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Apt613 is big a fan of the Ottawa Jazz Festival – they manage to bring in some of the best names in the jazz world, while also adding a bit of diversity to their lineup to make jazz appealing to people across the musical spectrum. This year is no exception – big names like Wayne Shorter headline the program for die-hard jazz enthusiasts, who also get the chance to see a show with Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart (this organ trio is not to be missed). Stretching the limits of jazz, Willie... | Continue reading article

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Mack Johnson of Partick Artists carries out local musicians’ dirty work

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The music business has changed. Once a towering behemoth built of executives, lawyers, and piles of cash, today’s music industry is a more diffused. There was a time when a band’s top priority was to become signed to a major label, become famous, and proceed to roll in wealth. But if that was a golden age, it is no more. Now, artists make their livings through leg work –- playing shows whenever possible to make money. The book is being completely rewritten from the ground up, and the way artists... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum and Wavelength partner on Holy Smokes at the Ottawa Explosion Festival

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As the days get warmer the festival scene in Ottawa starts to heat up. This weekend will have launches of the Fringe, the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and our new favourite upstart Arboretum is adding themselves to a busy a weekend line-up. The team at Arboretum has a reputation for doing things right and their event this Friday, Holy Smokes, looks to build on that reputation. They have partnered with one of Canada’s most famous and well-respected underground music series – Wavelength from Toronto - to present... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

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The joke usually goes that Ottawa has two seasons: winter and construction. But more and more, I’m convinced it’s not construction season but festival season that more accurately describes our summer – with at least five happening this weekend, that seems a fairly safe bet! First up, we’ve got Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which officially kicked off last night. With dozens of shows across the city, this music festival isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you stop by Club Saw, Cafe Dekcuf, Mugshots, Mavericks, Babylon or hang out in Hull,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Explosion Weekend: The scrappy young upstart festival

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With all due respect to Bluesfest, it does tend to dominate the summertime conversation around music in Ottawa.  Fortunately, the Bluesfest juggernaut is not the be-all and end-all of Ottawa music festivals, with more and more scrappy young upstarts springing up in recent years. One of these upstarts has gotten substantially larger and more mature this year (they grow up so fast!).  Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which runs from Wednesday, June 19th to Sunday, June 23rd., boasts over 100 local and visiting acts, diverse but tending towards punk. While the majority of shows will... | Continue reading article

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