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Gloria Song

Arts Writer

Gloria is a writer, lawyer, and musician. By day, she loves to geek out on legal research, especially on human rights and development issues. By evening, she's the frontwoman for Ottawa indie band Scary Bear Soundtrack. By late night, she's all about blanket burritos.


Nimkii (Thunder) Experimental Indigenous Music: DJ Mad Eskimo

On Saturday night, the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival will be showcasing experimental musicians from a variety of Aboriginal backgrounds, including Melody McKiver, Yuma Hester, Madeskimo and Rise Ashen + Cynthia Pitsiulak.  If you’re an avid fan of experimental music, it’s hard to miss the strong presence of a number of Aboriginal artists who […]

Jazzfest: Tanya Tagaq will be a stirring experience

I once had the opportunity to watch Tanya Tagaq perform in what seemed to me the unlikeliest of situations: in the community hall of her own hometown Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in front of an audience of German tourists sporting thick coats in the middle of August, from a cruise ship making its way through the […]

“Moonshine, and train songs, gunfights and gospel tunes”

Gloria Song has been performing for over a decade, most recently as a member in Scary Bear Soundtrack, who are performing alongside Murder Murder on June 25, 2015. Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Murder Murder guarantees “all murder ballads, all the time.” They aren’t exaggerating: that’s exactly what their music is. Self-described as a “bloodgrass band” […]

Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the […]

Experimental band WHOOP-szo combine healing with art

I’m trying to call WHOOP-szo frontman Adam Sturgeon from my cell phone in western Nunavut to his cell phone in Port Greville, Nova Scotia, where the band is recording between gigs. The cell phone service, he warns, is “coming in and out” in little bits. It’s a challenge – there are lags in conversation while […]

Video of the Week: What I Do by The Joynt and Maya Mayne

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3_q2JerR8[/youtube] Ottawa rapper the Joynt just released the music video for his anti-bullying song “What I Do”. It’s possibly the most inspirational rap music video the city has seen in a while. A rapper who stutters in his normal speech but interestingly does not stutter when he raps, Peter Joynt has been giving talks at […]

Mitt Romney with Mascara: Political Femme looks at power and drag

If you thought Margaret Sutherland’s “Emperor Haute Couture” portrait of a nude Stephen Harper stirred the waters, wait till you see the new art display at Shanghai Restaurant by Ottawa artist Julie Cruikshank. Ms. Cruikshank’s art series “Political Femme” features 20 paintings of white male politicians in drag.  She’s carefully chosen politicians, both Canadian and […]

Beckta’s Gezellig makes Westboro an offer it can’t refuse

By Gloria Song and Robert Mayne. Gloria is a lawyer and a writer based in Ottawa. Rob is a chef trained at the Cordon Bleu, also based in Ottawa. Few restaurant openings have been anticipated this year as much as Gezellig. Roughly translated as “cozy” in Dutch, Gezellig is Stephen Beckta’s newest restaurant located in […]

UPDATED: New Orleans Night at the Jazz Festival

[youtube width=”600″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGAFOz5GA8I&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [<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 […]