Last night Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red played Bluesfest. It should surprise absolutely no one that they played a fantastic set – their album, which I reviewed back in March, is rock solid. The one concern that I had going in was that an album created entirely with computers might be rather boring to watch live – a fear that was alleviated almost immediately by the trio’s great stage presence and ability to connect with their audience. They played one of the most dynamic and compelling DJ sets I’ve ever... | Continue reading article
If you missed last year’s top-secret picnic (a secret kept by over 700 people), you’re in luck. Harvest Noir is returning again this year, and promises to be even bigger and better. But let’s start with the basics: yes, it’s a secret picnic. And yes, it’s a black tie affair. Yes, you bring your own food. And no, you don’t know where it will be held. At least not until a few hours before the picnic is set to start. You and your fellow picnickers prepare all of your food... | Continue reading article
The National Capital Commission will be getting a new CEO soon. Marie Lemay was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. The Citizen says that “many praised Lemay’s infectious enthusiasm, [but] critics said she lacked the vision to do the big things that really define great capitals. Waterfront development, redevelopment of Sparks Street and animation of Ottawa’s shorelines were not far advanced under her leadership.” After a successful weekend of festivities, Escapade Festival organizers had a rude awakening last monday when they discovered that $600,000 went missing, and co-organizer Nick Vachon hasn’t... | Continue reading article
This week’s Apartment613 Live features two very special interviews. Our Gatineau correspondent JS gushes over one of his favourite bands – Malajube. Apartment613 Editors Francois and Karen chat with Timekode DJs and Billings Estate representatives on what is bringing them together for a very special show this Friday. I also chat with my co-host for the night, Jared Davidson, about the great work he’s been putting into our Bluesfest coverage this year. Have a listen! We play tracks from Malajube, Kardinal Offishall and the Flats.
The DJs who bring you Timekode every third Thursday Friday of the month are busting out of their traditional Eri Cafe spot and heading down to Billings Estate for a throw-back evening of dancing, music, costumes and cocktails. While all things retro are definitely hip these days, these DJs hopped on the chance to partner with Billings Estate for other reasons. Did you know, for example, that just as Timekode and other DJ dance parties take place in unconventional places, the Billings family had their beginnings in a similar space?... | Continue reading article
Word on the street is that Bluesfest, Ottawa’s yearly decidedly-not-completely blues festival, has begun. Here at Apartment613, we’re putting our usual local spin on things by highlighting many of the numerous local bands playing the festival. This weekend, the festival offers such local delicacies as Kalle Mattson, The Flats, Philly Moves, Amanda Bon, A Tribe Called Red, and numerous other local favourites. In addition to localness, Saturday night at Bluesfest features the rather odd lineup pairing of Alice Cooper and MSTRKFT. That promises to be strange and satisfying. Speaking of strange and satisfying,... | Continue reading article
Tomorrow marks the kickoff of this year’s edition of Bluesfest, and many of Ottawa’s highest regarded local acts are gearing up to take one of the festival’s many stages. One such act is Flight Distance, a hip hop act that has been operating, in one form or another, for ten years. In addition to their Bluesfest premiere, the band is set to release a split twelve-inch this summer titled “Worth.” Last year saw the release of a new album, Bad Information (produced by Crack Moses), a record which earned the... | Continue reading article
Poor Hoedown. After its money woes and cancellations, the city’s now told organizers that they cannot use the proposed Stittsville ranch location as it isn’t zoned to hold a large gathering of people. Denis Benoit and company have been resilient in making this year’s festival happen but I’m afraid this might be the final nail in the coffin. The city of Ottawa has decided to wait another year before deciding which corridor it will use for the western extension of the LRT. This means that all 15 options proposed are still... | Continue reading article
Zoo Legacy has been working hard over the past year and their most recent EP City Light Glow is just about ready to go. They’ve recently release their first single titled L.K.U.T and a video was shot by the amazing Cloud in the Sky Studios from Ottawa.