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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ?

There are some new outdoor activities to enjoy this weekend. We are now able to kick a soccer ball around, play a round of disc golf, shoot some hoops, or pop an ollie at the skate parks. Picnics are also now a thing. While we agree that this is very exciting news, please make sure that you enjoy these newfound freedoms safely and respectfully, while keeping your distance from others.

Open call to #ottmusic 2020

The City of Ottawa’s rebranded #ottmusic program is about more than 3-1-1 waiting music this year. Locally based artists can now apply for OC Transpo busking permits and submit music to a new curated playlist.

Project Acorn

Project Acorn is a four day radical community-building retreat located in Ottawa from July 11-14 for youth aged 16-24 from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities. The program is a mixture of workshops, speakers, urban camp-like activities and magic that come together to create the most mind-opening and mind-blowing program possible. This program is a wonderful […]

Zaphod’s celebrates 25 years with live music dance party

Zaphod Beeblebrox is a ubiquitous part of Ottawa’s nightlife. Known to most as Zaphod’s, the club opened at its current location in 1992 by Eugene Haslam, who later re-opened Barrymore’s in 1996. As a preteen, I’d hear my brother, almost a decade my senior, and his friends making plans virtually every weekend to hit up Zaphod’s. […]

Q&A with Ottawa grunge trio Maritime Bleach

I caught up with the boys of Maritime Bleach to discuss their influences, the concept of a Youtube album release, marketing music to a millennial fan base, and the making of their recently released, 8-track debut, I Am The Door Through Which The Cold Gets In (2015). This interview has been edited for length and […]

Review: Neck’s Hate to Read is punk rock in its purest form

“Punk Rock Is Not Dead” should have been the debut album title of local pop-punk band, Neck. Their debut album, Hate to Read is a concise 24 track compilation consisting of one minute, head-banging, energetic rippers with heavy doses of raw, punk-rock nostalgia.    ‘Loud and fast’ is the basic musical approach for punk and […]

Ming Wu Wednesday

You probably already know Ming. He is a champion of music, art, and culture, and brings enthusiasm and fun wherever he goes (which, as it turns out, is a lot of places).This featured column will present one of Ming’s favourite shots from the many events around town he’s recently attended. The picture above is of […]

Third time’s the charm for Souljazz Orchestra

The last time we wrote about Souljazz Orchestra they were getting ready to take their latest release on an international tour. While they have quite a following in Ottawa, their fanbase reaches around the world. With a diverse and eclectic set of influences and sounds, and a worldwide audience, it’s no surprise that they would […]

10 can’t miss bands at Megaphono

One of Ottawa’s newest festivals is already one of its best. Megaphono is back for a second edition of 613 music from February 2-5, filling local venues as well as unexpected places (three words: skating bonfire party) with sounds, talks, and mixers that you can’t miss out on. Whether you’re looking to discover more awesome […]

Winchester Warm to warm audiences at Bluesfest

On Wednesday night at RBC Bluesfest, you can look forward to seeing the Ottawa-based indie folk group  Winchester Warm.  They are happy to be playing the festival again having previously performed in 2012. “We are excited to be playing in the Barney Danson Theatre this year as shows always sound so great in there. We will be playing […]

The Ornaments at Bluesfest

Tonight, Ottawa rock band, the Ornaments play RBC Bluesfest for the second time (first time was in 2011). The group has released one EP, Ornaments in 2010 and one full-length album, Blood Vessels in 2011. Check out our interview with band member David Peirce, who also gives us his insights into the local Ottawa music […]