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Mosely and the Big Money Shot tonight at Ritual

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From left to right:  Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.From left to right: Matt, Dani, Matt and Eric. Photo from moselyband.com.

Ottawa’s hottest up and coming alternative rock band Mosely hits the stage this weekend for another round of Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot. Mosely has been making their mark in Ottawa for the last several years and their new single ‘Friends’ is a rock ballad that further solidifies the bands staying power. Mosely shares the stage at Ritual tonight with other local talent Crossing Jane, Hello Hello, White Collar Students and Weston Super Mare Band. Together for several years now, the band has been playing local bars and clubs picking... | Continue reading article

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Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters

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Derek Connelly (à droite) et Troy Huizinga (à gauche)
Crédit : Katy AlamboDerek Connelly (à droite) et Troy Huizinga (à gauche) Crédit : Katy Alambo

Si c’est bien vrai que nos âmes peuvent s’envoler au son de la musique, je crois que le mien s’est carrément évaporé mardi soir dernier. J’ai eu la chance de vivre une expérience d’enregistrement live avec High Waters dans un château! Ça tombe vraiment bien puisque vous pourrez vivre une aventure similaire dans un endroit tout aussi inspirant : ils seront au Ottawa Folk Fest ce vendredi en prestation gratos! High Waters c’est un band qui a été formé à Ottawa en 2009 sous le nom Life in 2D. Leur musique... | Continue reading article

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Creative in the Capital: Two art workshops everyone should try

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Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.

Ottawa is certainly brimming with a creative force, people and events alike. Some of our favourite things to do include the many local arts and music festivals, intimate vernissages, and quirky performances. I decidely to think of myself as being creative in my writing and especially in my ideas, but I’m surely more of a beginner when it comes to art, or music, or crafting, or anything of the like. The beginnings of my newly creative inspirations, coming from a coupon and a friend starting up her own new venture,... | Continue reading article

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An interview with Swedish film director Petter Ringbom

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Photo from the Shield and Spear Facebook pagePhoto from the Shield and Spear Facebook page

Swedish born documentary film director Petter Ringbom joined Apt613 Live show host Esmeralda Smith Romero from his home in New York to discuss his latest film Shield and Spear which will be featured at the One World Film Festival fundraising evening tomorrow night, Thursday September 11th, at the Bytowne theatre. The film features the stories of South African artists struggling with the crossroads of social and/or political censorship, race, identity and the arts in this new democracy. One World Film Festival program manager, Pixie Cram, tells us in an interview to... | Continue reading article

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The Strain launch Pledge campaign ahead of Folk Fest performance

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

Have you ever wondered who’s behind a rockers look? Turns out, it could be you. Front man and lead singer of The Strain, David Taggart, has put his infamous golden locks on the chopping block – for the right price that is. It’s all part of the Wakefield bands new Pledge campaign aimed at raising money to record a new album after a two year hiatus. “All our fans really stepped up to help us win Ottawa’s Big Money Shot [in 2012],” he said. “We’re looking for that support to... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Golden Children by Pony Girl

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Pony Girl. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.Pony Girl. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.

Creativity is a fickle thing that few ever manage to harness fully and produce whatever it is they have in their minds to their satisfaction. It would therefore arguably seem twice as difficult to create two complimentary versions of a single work. Yet Pony Girl have succeeded at doing just that. The video for “Golden Children” (from the album Show Me Your Fears) reflects the musical changes as the song progresses: soft abstract lights to match the song’s initial ethereal feel, followed by creepy shots of a mouth singing that... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.

Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

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Photo from seasicksteve.com.Photo from seasicksteve.com.

Seasick Steve, aka Steven Gene Wold, is an American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter whose songs and stories tell of many of his exploits of life on the streets – a life he chose at the young age of 13 to escape the perils of violence at home. They are tales of survival, spun into mud-soaked Mississippi blues, boogie, and bluegrass elements. A simple man, who despite the past hardships of homelessness, starvation, imprisonment and his rolling stone years of freight train hopping from town to town, has always seen music as his... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

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Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every single time an individual comes back to the piece.” Here she is again with her top picks for Rockcliffe: 1. Soper’s Fountain... | Continue reading article

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