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Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

By Apartment613 on March 2, 2015

Post by Trevor Alain.

An Ottawa musician painted his guitar red at House of Targ this past Friday night, the cultural hub of all things punk and pinball in Ottawa.

Ornaments guitarist, David Pierce, muscles through a thumb injury to finish a gig.

Ornaments guitarist, David Pierce, muscles through a thumb injury to finish a gig.

Not literally of course, David Pierce, the front-man of Ornaments just played his guitar, bleeding, because he had sliced his thumb on one of his strings.

The popular basement-bar was jam-packed with people that had either come for The Golden Dogs’ album release, retro arcade games or some handmade perogies.

“It’s kind of a gritty place, it’s almost like a dive bar, but in the best possible way,” says Pierce. “It suits us.”

For Ornaments, it was the first time that the three-piece Ottawa protopunk band played at Targ.

They kicked-off the show around 11, playing some of their original songs before The Golden Dogs hit the stage.

 

The Golden Dogs are a four-piece indie rock band that hails from Toronto. The guys and gals came to Ottawa to promote their new album 3 1/2.

“It’s nice to know that we have a good reception,” says Alejandro Cairncross, bassist for The Golden Dogs. “We can usually draw a crowd.”

Cairncross says that they like playing in Ottawa, and they’re likely to return in the future.

The Golden Dogs lead guitarist and singer, Dave Azzolini.

The Golden Dogs lead guitarist and singer, Dave Azzolini.

He also says that he’d rate the show as a modest 68/80, because people weren’t dancing and moshing like they have at previous shows.

Pierce, before starting the show, apologized to the crowd, saying that he had a cold and his voice was off. Based on the crowd’s reception, no one could tell.

According to Cairncross, who had nothing but good things to say about Ottawa and its music scene, the Ornaments are going to succeed.

“They’ll do well,” says Cairncross.  “They come off as very professional.”

Trevor Alain is the Social Issues Editor at The Algonquin Times, as well as a co-host on Brews N’ Tunes. You can follow him on Twitter @EnterTheTrevor or on his website, trevorwrites.org.

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