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Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow in March 2015. Photo by Terry Steeves.

5 ways to put the blues back in your Bluesfest

Looking through the Bluesfest lineup you wouldn’t be alone if you’re finding it tricky to get yourself a good dose of the Blues. I’ve done some digging though and what I’ve seen is there’s definitely some fine blues to go out and hear at this year’s festival. Here’s a little cheat sheet with 5 shows […]

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Apt613 Live for July 7, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live, our contributor Chrissy Steinbock, chats with The Company of Fools director Catriona Leger. Catriona tells us about how their current play, The Comedy of Errors makes Shakespeare accessible and the inspiration behind the colourful set and costumes. Click here for a rundown of outdoor theatre in Ottawa this summer. We […]

Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

Cirque du Soleil is like watching one of your dreams happen as a spectator. The performers are a combination of acrobats, gymnasts and athletes who somehow are also excellent actors. Classic clown-like circus acts meet children’s fairy tales in the latest Cirque installment, titled Varekai. Varekai was in Ottawa over the weekend, but will continue […]

Tom Joanisse, Jason Fryer, and Caroline Addison of River City Junction. Photo by Caroline Gomersall.

Bluesfest: River City Junction combine blues with retro rock

Brockville-based trio River City Junction, formed nearly 9 years ago, consists of husband/wife team, Jason Fryer (guitar/vocals) and Caroline Addison (lead vocals/drums), along with Tom Joanisse (bass). Their sound has all the essence of deep-rooted Chicago blues, but encompasses flavours of jazz, Motown, R&B, and classic rock in a style that is uniquely theirs. They […]

Scary Bear Soundtrack, photographed by Denise Lebleu

New on Indiegogo: Pre-order Scary Bear Soundtrack’s Ovayok Road album

Ottawa-founded indie pop duo Scary Bear Soundtrack’s new album, Ovayok Road, is currently available for pre-order in an Indiegogo campaign  to raise the funds needed to produce the album on CDs. The campaign is running until July 30th, and the album will be released August 14th. Ovayok Road was written and recorded in Cambridge Bay, […]

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Q&A with Jason Vieaux, playing tonight at Music and Beyond

That Jason Vieaux was the first classical musician to play NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series is a necessary and yet insufficient introduction to his multi-faceted musical life. Placing Metheny and Bach on the same program and making it flow makes him the perfect fit for Ottawa’s eclectic Music and Beyond Festival, where he’s playing at […]

Clym. Photo from her Facebook page.

Q&A with music artist, Clym

Clym is an Ottawa-based music artist transplanted from Russia. I interviewed her about her music making process, her history as an artist, and her feelings about Canada. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! I am Clym, and I make electronic/trip-hop/experimental music. I currently work in the do-it-yourself format: mixing and mastering my songs by myself. Clym […]