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Bluesfest – The Haig: An eclectic bunch with DIY equipment

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The Haig - From the RBC Bluesfest Page.The Haig - From the RBC Bluesfest Page.

  Ottawa RBC Bluesfest -it’s not just about out-of-town acts, but about supporting and celebrating local music. I encourage you to add a local band to your must-see list for the festival and watch for our profiles of different local bands this week. The Haig is one such Ottawa-based group, comprised of Chris Davidson (drums), Dean Morrison (guitars and vocal), Richard Michels (bass) and Treawna Harvey (keys and backup vocals). At their show this Tuesday at 6 p.m., you can expect a heavy sound, with grunge and synth, vocal harmonies, tight... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Grooving with the Lucas Haneman Express

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Lucas Haneman Express perform Real Love (courtesy of YouTube) Kanata-raised guitarist Lucas Haneman is a natural born musician.  Playing the guitar since the age of 6, the now 28-year-old performer has been turning heads for half of his life. As a teenager, he started making a name for himself at the Ottawa JazzWorks jam sessions.  He later went to Concordia Univerity where he earned a degree in Jazz Studies, and also released his debut solo record This is What’s Up in 2011. Now Haneman has put together a blues-funk-rock trio called The Lucas Haneman Express, with Jeff... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Almonte Celtfest giveaway

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Steel City Rovers play Almonte Celtfest on Friday, July 10, 2015. Photo from the Celtfest website.Steel City Rovers play Almonte Celtfest on Friday, July 10, 2015. Photo from the Celtfest website.

This weekend is the beginning of Ottawa Bluesfest, with local bands Blakdenim, Kaleigh Watts, Pony Girl and Silvergun and Spleen playing this weekend alone. Make sure to check out the epic local lineup around partaking in arguments about whether Kanye should be there or not. For those missing Bluesfest, there’s plenty to do over the weekend that doesn’t involve standing in line-ups or being herded through festival grounds. You can help The Strain raise money for a new bus by attending the Bad Highschool Dance’s free cover show at Kaffe... | Continue reading article

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5 ways to put the blues back in your Bluesfest

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

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 not to miss. Marcia Ball  / July 17th / 9pm / Barney Danson Theatre Treat your ears to a trip down to the Gulf Coast with Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Marcia Ball and her rollicking, groove-heavy piano... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 7, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Joelle Guedon.Photo courtesy of Joelle Guedon.

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 also get ready for Bluesfest with songs by local performers. Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in every Tuesday on CHUO 89.1 fm at 6m.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

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

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 on the road for the upcoming year. When it concludes, over 8 million people will have seen this production. The production alone can be mind boggling. Contortionists and jugglers warm up backstage, demonstrating only 56... | Continue reading article

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5 local bands you have to hear at Bluesfest

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Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The Bluesfest! It’s coming! Time to brace yourself for the annual immersion in great music, hot sun, cold beer and all around good times. Even if you’re heading out for the big name headliners be sure to catch some hometown bands too. The flats are set to be the most fertile ground for discovering the best of the city’s music scene. Here’s my roundup of 5 locals you have to hear. The Visit – July 12th / 3:30pm / Barney Danson Theatre The Visit has been on my must-see list... | Continue reading article

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Walking the line between popular and peculiar

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All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.

Joel Stairs is the proprietor of the newly established Antiquus Goods, an Ottawa-based antique shop. We talked about Antiquus’ beginnings, human bones and absolutely everything in between. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! My name is Joel. I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and I moved here when I was almost 2 years old. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned to love Ottawa. I love this city, I love old weird stuff and I love people. Apt613: What were your first steps in creating Antiquus Goods? It all sort of... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: River City Junction combine blues with retro rock

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

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 have released 2 self-produced albums, Convergence (Jan. 2010), and Soul Joy (Nov. 2012), recorded at their studio, Tone King Records, and are now working on their third, entitled, Gotta Believe, due out this fall. They are... | Continue reading article

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