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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.

Write on Ottawa: Lemon by Stefan Jurewicz

Although his projects are stylistically diverse, Stefan Jurewicz’s musical identity emerges from each one through a poignant lyrical style that never shies away from gut-punching emotion. This lyricism translates into bold yet introspective prose in Jurewicz’s debut novel, Lemon, published in early 2022.

An Laurence new album drops May 20

Montreal-based musician and artist An Laurence is set to release her debut album Almost Touching on May 20. Her three-city preview kicked off with a show in Ottawa at Red Bird Live on May 3. I spoke with her about her upcoming debut album and launch tour.

Gig Pick: Master guitarist Stephane Wrembel to perform at Red Bird, giving us music no one else can—May 4, 2022

Specializing in the style of legendary composer-guitarist Django Reinhardt, Stephane Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world. On Wednesday, May 4, he will be at Red Bird on a solo tour, performing 17 preludes for guitar called Django Impressionist. He is the only one in the world who can perform this material.

Ottawa’s Maurice Moore among Laureates of the 2022 Black Canadian Music Awards

The SOCAN Foundation has announced the five recipients of the second annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards (BMCAs). The BCMAs were founded in 2021 to recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Black Canadian music creators who are bringing fresh sounds to the music industry. The 2022 award recipients, Falana, IDMAN, Jon Vinyl, Maurice Moore, and Shopé, were selected from hundreds of applicants by a jury and advisory council made up of prominent Black artists and industry leaders