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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.


Gang Signs bring dark and dreamy horror-inspired tunes to Zaphods

Although they’ve been been around since 2011, Gang Signs will be playing their first show in Ottawa at Zaphod’s on November 28. Touring in support of their brand new album Geist, a follow-up to their 2012 self-titled EP, it will also be the Vancouver-based band’s first time playing in eastern Canada. Comprised of Peter Ricq (also […]

Lawyers raise money for Food Bank with Rockable Hours

We’re used to seeing lawyers showing off their legal skills in court on TV shows like Suits, but did you know that Ottawa lawyers have a musical side to them as well? By day, Ottawa resident Albert Chang is corporate counsel for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.  By night, he plays music and organizes gigs […]

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre brings Inuit legend to life

On October 4, the children of Ottawa will have a opportunity to experience a traditional Inuit legend brought to life through puppets in Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre’s adaptation of A Promise is a Promise, a collaboration between children’s writer Robert Munsch and Nunavut storyteller Michael Kusugak. The story of A Promise is a Promise […]

Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa offer free panel on Copyright for Artists

Did you know that there is a free legal service for artists in Ottawa? As a lawyer and a musician, I often have artist friends ask me legal questions about their rights. I usually refer them to Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO), which according to their website  is dedicated to connecting Ottawa-area artists with legal […]

Stella Bell-Murray’s Nine of Nines & the West End Well music series

Stella Bell-Murray’s music has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. While starting out as a folk pop singer-songwriter on the acoustic guitar in the early 2000s, she’s now the experimental artist behind the music project Nine of Nines, incorporating vintage synth pads, loop pedals, electronic beats, a Yamaha Silent guitar plugged through multi-effects pedals, […]

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 […]