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Janelle Monáe Gets Ottawa JazzFest Grooving

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Photo by Adam Hughes, courtesy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.Photo by Adam Hughes, courtesy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

On Saturday night, Janelle Monáe’s spaceship landed in Confederation Park, bringing her high-powered, genre-bending, get-off-your-tush-and-groove show to the Ottawa Jazz Festival. I’ve long been a fan of Monáe’s, with our relationship stretching back to the winter of 2011. Shuffling my boots through Hartman’s on a snowy Sunday afternoon in January listening to The Monocle podcast, I got her toe-taping hit single “Tightrope” stuck in my head. I quickly found her album The ArchAndroid on iTunes, and was treated to a journey through a range of genres: neo-soul, jazz, funk, and art-rock. In Ottawa’s overflowing... | Continue reading article

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Boom Pam surfing to Jazzfest

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Image courtesy of Boom Pam's websiteImage courtesy of Boom Pam's website

In a festival that is known for its eclectic range of artists, Boom Pam manages to out-unusual most of the lineup. The Tel Avivian band will play Jazzfest late Thursday night, bringing their intriguing mix of Mediterranean music, hard rock, surf rock, Balkan music, and instrumental styles to Ottawa for the second time in five years. For a trio, the band certainly has breadth. The band consists of Uri Brauner Kinrot (vocals, guitar, arrangements), Yuval “Tuby” Zolotov (Tuba), and Itamar “The Kid” Levi (Drums). Yep: their bass section is a... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sens draft, movies in Ottawa, Bridgehead roastery and more!

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Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.

The NHL draft was held this past weekend and the Sens selected Ottawa 67′s defenceman Cody Ceci in the first round. They also picked up Gatineau native François Brassard, goalie for the Québec Remparts. Furthermore, there was some chatter that the Sens are trying to land Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but most sources say that’s unlikely to happen as Ottawa’s not on his preferred destination list. Ottawa’s film and tv industry may pick up if Invest Ottawa has its way. IO is looking to invest in a new sound... | Continue reading article

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Malajube à L’Outaouais en fête

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Photo de Malajube.Photo de Malajube.

Cette merveilleuse fin de mois de juin signifie également l’arrivée de la plus belle occasion pour faire la fête au Québec : La Saint-Jean-Baptiste ! L’ensemble de la Belle Province célèbre à l’occasion de sa fête nationale et Gatineau n’est pas en reste! Ohhh, mais je vous entends d’ici, vous qui ne savez pas où aller lundi soir pour faire la fête… Ne vous en faites pas, j’ai une suggestion pour vous : Malajube! Ce groupe originaire de Montréal sera à Aylmer demain soir (25 juin) à l’occasion du festival... | Continue reading article

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A wonderful late night at the Ottawa Jazz Festival with Destroyer

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Destroyer at the Ottawa Jazz FestPhoto Courtesy of tcp909 from the Apartment613 Flickr pool

Late last night, as the final saxophone vibrato drifted off towards Parliament, many of the sleepy, satiated jazz aficionados packed up their blankets from the front of Ottawa Jazz Festival’s Canal stage and started their journey towards home. Those who managed to avoid a jazz coma made the quick jaunt across the road to catch Dry River Caravan and Destoyer, the two artists from last night’s OLG Late Night Series. I was a little caught up star-gazing, so by the time I’d made it across the road the Ottawa based... | Continue reading article

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No pants dance party hits Babylon tomorrow!

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Photo courtesy of M.V. Jantzen on flickrPhoto courtesy of M.V. Jantzen on flickr

It’s way too hot out to party with your pants on, so why not party with them off? That’s the whole idea behind the fifth annual No Pants Dance Party, which is taking place at Babylon (317 Bank Street) tomorrow, Saturday June 23. The brainchild of Rockalily Burlesque, one of Ottawa’s best burlesque troups, the No Pants Dance Party (or NPDP to its friends) started nine years ago as a costume party. If you couldn’t pull off a costume, you were expected to go around in your skivvies. According to Miss Helvetica Bold,... | Continue reading article

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UPDATED: New Orleans Night at the Jazz Festival

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[<a href="http://storify.com/apartment613/live-at-the-ottawa-jazz-fest-new-orleans-night" target="_blank">View the story "Live at the Ottawa Jazz Fest New Orleans Night" on Storify</a>] This post was updated with Gloria’s Live Tweeting. Here is Gloria’s preview from earlier. Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613 as well as the frontwoman for her band Scary Bear Soundtrack. The year I turned twenty-one, my father was working in Dallas. While there, I planned an epic twenty-first birthday trip for myself: I would take the Greyhound bus alone, from Dallas to New Orleans, and experience for the first time with... | Continue reading article

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A business fair for Lovely Ladies who make

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Photos courtesy of Magida El-Kassis and Sweetstitch's Sue Redekop.Photos courtesy of Magida El-Kassis and Sweetstitch's Sue Redekop.

I first heard of Magida El-Kassis a couple of years ago, when she was still at SPAO – the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She had been recognized by her peers and the staff at SPAO for her great photography. Little did I know she was a country girl from Richmond, Ontario, just outside of Stittsville. Even now that she’s been back in Richmond for about 3 years, El-Kassis still has a foot in Ottawa and is making things happen. Her latest endeavour is the Ottawa Women Small Business... | Continue reading article

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