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A chat with local musician Chase Van Dusen

I recently had the chance to do some promotional photos for local musician Chase Van Dusen, aka CHASE, in advance of his upcoming EP Compulsive. Chase has just released the first single from the EP, which consists of six songs recorded with JUNO Award-winning producer Siegfried Meier (Face to Face) and was mastered by five-time Grammy-nominated engineer Chris Athens (Coldplay, MGK, Drake). Van Dusen wrote all of the songs and performed all instruments and vocals except for drums, which were performed by Melvin Murray of Texas King. The first single, “Compulsive” is now available on all platforms, and the official lyric video is on YouTube.

Jose Palacios’s We Can Start Over Again on display at Alliance Française Ottawa until June 23

We Can Start Over Again is Jose Palacios’ first solo exhibition, on display at Alliance Française Ottawa until June 23. I attended the opening reception last week, surrounded by a buzzing atmosphere of excited creatives, with a DJ curating the perfect vibe in the background. I spoke with Jose about his work, amidst gentle interruptions by friends coming up to say “Congratulations!”

East Coast Wistfulness: Sunday Night Revue brings weekly folk music to Irene’s

Large sheets of plexiglass hung from chains on the ceiling like a synthetic butcher’s shop. Lights reflect behind them, creating for all of us the same kind of blurred visualization of those who should wear glasses but don’t. The suspended sheets have since been removed, but the sweaty self-reflection remains. Otherwise unassuming, Irene’s is a pub that will reflect your assumptions, but on Sunday nights, Irene’s becomes a time capsule.