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Worth the hype? Grimes, Big Boi and Rich Aucoin

Out of all the days of Bluesfest, yesterday’s was the one I was most looking forward to, and I’ll be honest, I was a little bit disappointed. It’s not that the artists didn’t deliver on their promise, but I think all, save one, could have used a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to make their show […]

Blogging the Bluesfest: The Souljazz Orchestra

Sample Song: “Ya Basta” written and performed by the Souljazz Orchestra. The Souljazz Orchestra is an international success story with roots planted firmly at home in Ottawa. After spending years playing weekly gigs in various battle-worn haunts around town, the band’s work ethic finally paid off when their record Freedom No Go Die started to […]

Blogging the Bluesfest: Birthday Girls

Sample Song: “Scream my name” written and performed by Birthday Girls Post punk, dream punk, dance punk… the only consensus on the interweb is that the Birthday Girls are some kind of punk. Unless they actually do electronic music. In any case, the three-member Birthday Girls (none of whom have any lady parts) have been bringing their brand […]

The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a […]

Weekend roundup: not Bluesfest yet edition

The headline says it all folks. Yesterday’s lineup announcement for Ottawa’s largest blues festival that also features electro, hip hop and prog rock sparked a flurry of online discussion and excitement. But if this weekend is any indication, we don’t need to wait until July to take in some wicked-ass music. The organizers of the […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Iconoclast

Despite its name, Iconoclast is at its heart a classic hard rock band, complete with wailing guitars and pounding rhythms. Although the group has been around the Ottawa music scene since 2004, it was only last year that they released their first full length album, Are We Dying. In fact, 2012 was a great year for the […]

Bluesfest, here we come!

I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of festival season. That means that the biggest festival of them all is knocking at our door: Bluesfest. In spite of last year’s electro success with the young’uns, Bluesfest bosses have decided to tone down the electro-vibe and give us a more balanced line-up for 2013. What […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Tara Holloway

Imagine this: It’s +35 C outside, all you want to do is cool down and enjoy some music. You might want to head over to the Barney Danson Theatre this Saturday to listen to the sweet sounds of Tara Holloway. She will be performing with other female artists in the finals of the the third annual […]

Apartment613 Live for July 11, 2013

Listen here or in iTunes. On this week’s show, Karen chatted with Anna Lewis of the Bear & Co. theatre company about their spaghetti western interpretation of Comedy of Errors. The production will be running in outdoor venues across the city until early August, and Karen gets the lowdown for you here. Next, our host was […]

Weekly News Quiz: July 15, 2013

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of […]

Amos reaches out to fans to fund new album

Music by Amos the Transparent suspends you in time as you’re transported to a nostalgic moment in your life, thinking about the lover that got away or the regret of a path not taken. It is music that evokes the imperfection of the choices that we make and has you singing along with all your […]

Video of the Week: On the Line by The Red Rails

The Red Rails are a relatively new rock trio based in Ottawa. A love of minimalist rock and roll brought friends Kim Vincent (Vocals, Guitar), Chris Slaney (Bass, Vocals) and Steve Brogno (drums) together just over two years ago. “On the Line” is the first single from their forthcoming album A Living Fiction set to […]

Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for […]