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Alessandro Marcon

Arts Writer


Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on […]

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

Full Circle: The Home Invasion Show branches off the airwaves tonight

CKCU’s THE HOME INVASION SHOW is branching off the airwaves tonight, storming Ritual Nightclub with some live beats and rhymes. Hosts Masai and Livin’ Large shared some time with us to gab about their show, and the event they’re hyped to be bringing to the city. Apartment613: First off, tell us about your slot on […]

Those Gulls soar into House of Targ tonight!

Ottawa’s Those Gulls soar into House of Targ this Thursday to belt out tunes at their Forevermore album-release party. Sharing the bill with the band are Kings Quest and Saint Clare. Gulls members Andrew Grosvenor and Peter Zachar took some time with us to share thoughts on the album, home-recording, and Katy Perry. Your very-soon-to-be-released […]

Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge […]

Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAk0y1rkoP0[/youtube] Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did […]

Arboretum Interviews: Branching out into Ought

Montreal-based Ought roll into Ottawa on Thursday for the Arboretum music festival, joining the likes of Fresh Snow, Blue Angel, and Freelove Fenner to crush out spirited and engaging tunes at House of Targ. Their album More Than Any Other Day is a rebel-rousing maelstrom at once caustic and emotive, flickering with paradox and tension. It simply howls out of […]

Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Bosveld.

On Wednesday eve, Ottawa’s Bosveld will combine with Evening Hymns and Julie Dorion and the Wooden Stars to create a savory folk buffet sure to gratify a wide range of tastes. Grab your musical fork, your musical spoon, your musical toothpick, your musical… can-opener? Bosveld explains. Sandro Marcon: Describe the kind of restaurant that would have “Bosveld” on […]

Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Her Harbour

If you’ve never heard of Her Harbour, then tonight is as good a time as any to sail the seas. The act will be playing alongside Jesse MacCormack at Le Troquet on Rue Laval in Hull. Expect cascading, enigmatic, beautifully powerful soundscapes that are magisterially rendered and charged like lightening. Sandro (S): First off, where does […]

Arbor acts, eat’m: Branching into… Adam Saikaley

Just over 20 years ago, New York’s Beastie Boys released their fourth album, Ill Communication.  Weaving together the sounds of punk, funk and hip-hop with live instrumentation and inventive, abstract sampling, the album touched on much of what many would consider delicious from the 90s. Now is a rare chance to hear the whole thing […]

Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You […]