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Photo of Lindsay Ferguson by David Irvine

Musical chameleon Lindsay Ferguson releases album

A month ago I was not familiar with Lindsay Ferguson.  Flash forward to today, and numerous times happily bebopping to her music, and I can say that I am officially a fan. Born in Bermuda to Canadian parents, the talented singer-songwriter writes melodic and catchy tunes.  Drawing from folk, pop, acoustic rock and other influences, […]

Photo of Tasman Jude courtesy of FritzMedia

Alberta’s reggae winds blow into the Mercury Lounge

“Life is a lot like jazz . . . it’s best when you improvise.”  – George Gershwin Musical legend George Gershwin would probably love the story behind Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude.  Two years ago on a January night, friends Caleb Hart and Al Peterson jumped onto a stage for an open mic night and improvised three […]

Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.

Community art show fundraiser honours mothers

Unseasonably humid weather didn’t stop about 200 people from crowding into a Westboro home on Saturday night to take part in unique celebration of mothers and a home-based art sale and fundraiser to support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF). Months of planning — and the involvement of 40 Ottawa-area artists — went into organizing […]

Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially […]

Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight […]

Photo courtesy of goods shop.

goods shop: North Dalhousie’s newest neighbour

Walking into goods, Ottawa’s newest variety shop, it’s clear that owners Jessica Wilson-Frenken and Josie Videto have great taste. Like, really great taste. From silk screened prints to cocktail supplies, and pottery mugs to intoxicating essential oils, the shop is full of perfect items to make your home even homier, your workspace more appealing, and […]

Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising […]

Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

The spirit moved that Sunday

This past Sunday, Ken Whiteley lead his gospel train into town and invited us all on board. Whatever beliefs listeners brought in with them, by the end there was no denying the power of this music.  For years Whiteley has hosted gospel matinees at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, featuring a rotating cast of guest musicians […]

Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ron Sexsmith captivates NAC crowd

Canadian recording artist and multi-Juno Award winner, Ron Sexsmith, along with his supreme 4-piece band gave a captivating performance in front of a near sold out crowd inside the marvellously warm acoustics of Ottawa’s NAC Theatre this past Saturday night as part of Ontario Scene. The show marked the final stop on this leg of […]

Megan Jerome. Photo by Adria May

Listen to Megan Jerome’s groovy Together Ensemble: Concert this Thursday

I walked into the Elmdale Tavern on Sunday afternoon. Megan Jerome’s voice filled the space as she belted out covers by Bill Bailey, TLC, Michael Jackson, and Hozier. Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice. No stranger to the stage, Megan formally trained in classical and jazz piano at Carleton University. Her self-produced […]

All photos by Emily Plunkett.

For the love of Comiccon

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea […]