Just as news hit that Bar Robo closed in Chinatown, Ottawa’s music community took another one to the chin with surprising news that The Bourbon Room closed its doors.
Visual artists often linked with Canada’s growing Afrofuturism movement include Ottawa’s Kalkidan Assefa and Komi Olaf, and their work shows not only imagination, but also commitment to addressing pressing political issues like police brutality.
Up-and-coming artists like Night Lovell are a piece in the Ottawa puzzle.
Were you lucky enough to catch Tory Lanez’s sold-out show at the Bronson Centre?
Thirteen years in, House of PainT has become one of Ottawa’s staple summer festivals.
Post by Nicole Irvine These days, it could be said that the hip-hop world is pretty saturated. Hundreds of artists are trying to make their voices heard daily. In order to make it, you have to make some sort of unique mark that resonates with audiences. Being a local artist only makes that even harder. One Ottawa hip-hop artist is […]
A good beat shouldn’t be ignored. And neither should good choreography. In Dapper, local hip hop artist JC Peters brings both to the table and it’s hard not to appreciate this kind of artistry when it comes to music videos. In an instant, you’re hooked. One of the dancers is performing a backflip, the music […]
James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla, died on February 10, 2006. That day, the hip hop industry lost one of its most influential figures: a lyricist and producer, a man whose albums were lauded by many, whose collaborations produced new and compelling sounds, and whose friends remember him as a […]
The band known as wotts is unique in the Ottawa hip hop scene. Their mix of beatboxing, understated guitar and synth work allows their recordings to stand out in a city that is slowly developing a more ubiquitous sound. They released their first EP, a, in December 2014, shortly after forming as a side project […]
We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter. Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!
The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday. Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]
[youtube width=”600″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlrFA4UMQX0[/youtube] Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to […]
Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but […]
Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of […]
Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in […]