Off the Couch Blog

Welcome to our blog! This is where you'll find longer previews and profiles on upcoming or ongoing events in and around Ottawa. We've got fresh tips on what's new and exciting in town, as well as interviews with local movers, shakers and party makers. If you're into it, you too could join our team of volunteer bloggers!
By — Monday, October 27, 2014 - 9:07am
Halloween is fun for everyone and there are events to meet every taste. My personal favourite is hitting up the Mayfair or the Bytowne to check out The Rocky Horror Picture show. This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, so couch zombies beware! There is no excuse to stay home on Halloween! Here are my top five picks of Ottawa’s best Halloween events. # 5 Elementals EP release party w/ Tindervox, TOMB DREAM, Contour Out in the west end and looking for a party? Join 3 local bands during an EP release party. Of course, this is a house show, so you know the rules. Elementals will be releasing their long-awaited and overdue EP, following their week-long tour in Southern Ontario. They will be supported by... Read More
By — Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:41pm
It's a rare tribute band that attracts anything near the affection fans have for the group they're covering. Sheezer is that band -- and you get to see them this Thursday at Zaphod's. Experiencing their performance for the first time, Weezer fans become Sheezer fans. Even the haters must find the ice melting from their cold dark hearts when they feel the waves of raw, nostalgic joy sweeping in from all sides. This band has the knack for transporting the crowd back to that magical time after Blue and before Green, capturing the spirit and energy of early-period Weezer before the bigtime blunted their edge. To see Sheezer... Read More
By — Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:20pm
For our September episode of Sound Check we stopped in at Danielle Allard's home, where she made us coffee and sang us some beautiful songs. Get a load of her voice, and when you find yourself humming the tunes in your head later, don't say we didn't warn you!  As always, the gentlemen at Rule2 Productions were a pleasure to work with, handling all the filming and editing of the video. Enjoy! Read More
By — Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:44am
These days Ottawa’s own world-class blues guitar-slinger/singer JW Jones is a hard man to get a hold of, and it’s no wonder.  Jones is set to release his 8th album, Belmont Boulevard which he recorded down in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi). The new album also marks a career milestone for Jones as his first release on Blind Pig Records, a notable blues label in the U.S. This Saturday night you’re invited to hear what Jones has been up to lately as he and his band take the stage at the Rainbow Bistro for Belmont Boulevard’s CD release party in a show that also celebrates the Rainbow’s 30th anniversary. I got in touch with Jones over e-mail to ask... Read More
By — Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 9:52pm
Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave these past few years, you may have noticed some big changes to our city.  Ottawa is growing at a rapid rate.  Evidence is found in the new football stadium at Lansdowne Park or the booming sound of a new transit system being built.  How are we as a population to cope with this rapid change? There is fortunately a week-long event where the people of this great growing city can explore the challenges and potential of these changes. Welcome to Ottawa Architecture Week (OAW). Where architecture professionals and design enthusiasts gather to celebrate and discuss the ever evolving industry and its effect on our region.  Each year, the week is centered on a particular theme or issue and this topic is explored through various public events... Read More
By — Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:01pm
Welcome to Season 2 of Sound Check on Couch Assassin TV! We're excited to bring you our first new episode of the year featuring our friends Tindervox, an intense and dynamic rock trio that we think you're going to love. Big thanks also go out to Rule2 Productions for their great work filming and editing! Enjoy the episode, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you won't miss future episodes of Sound Check airing on the third Wednesday of each month.       Read More
By — Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 8:42am
“Video killed the radio star,” or so they say … compared to my experience hosting a radio show, I can definitely say that video is a lot more hands-on and requires some good friends and patience. Two years ago, our amazing team at Couch Assassin started to take on the challenge of filming local bands in their own jam spaces. The first year we produced only two episodes with our limited in-house video editing skills, featuring two unique Ottawa-based bands. Thus was launched Couch Assassin TV, our fledgling YouTube channel for which we had big plans. But making videos is tough, especially when you want to do justice to the performers you’re working with. That’s why last winter we teamed up with our friends at... Read More
By — Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:11pm
Years ago when my heart was broken, I remember thinking, “I’M NEVER GOING TO LOVE AGAIN!” I figured I‘d spend the rest of my days wearing black and constantly making dramatic exits via motorcycle. But after some time it hit me: it takes so much more effort and stress to mope around and complain than it does to embrace the good stuff and spread positivity. That’s right people, I’m from the Church of New Radicals which lives by the creed “You only get what you give.” Ask me for a pamphlet, we meet on Tuesdays. Ottawa’s E.L.E Fest is a perfect example of giving. Having debuted in 2013, E.L.E makes its return to the University of Ottawa campus to celebrate the local music scene and to help inspire future generations to get involved in the city’s arts community. While there’s definitely (and... Read More
By — Monday, September 22, 2014 - 1:35pm
Have you ever heard a song and are convinced it’s an old classic, only to discover it was written last year? Or casually put on an album, and sat in slack jawed silence until it finished? Have you ever tried to describe your new favourite band to friends with futility and frustration only to decree “you’ll just have to check them out!”?  If you’ve ever seen Vintage Trouble perform, or heard their music, chances are you’ve done at least one of those things. While continuously gaining popularity these guys are daring to be different with their unique blend of strength and style. Indeed, one sip of this ‘vintage’ and you are hooked. Formed in 2010 in California, musically charged Vintage Trouble, (often referred to as VT) have already amassed more experiences and benchmarks in less than... Read More
By — Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:32pm
If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday night, you should check out Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau.  Nuit Blanche is an annual dusk-to-dawn festival that started in Paris in 2002 and has since spread around the world. For one night, Ottawa and Gatineau will turn into a de facto art gallery. The streets around ByWard Market, downtown Gatineau and Hintonburg will provide space for art installations, performances and other activities. This year's theme is “Bypass” which the artists will interpret in many ways, some literally, some more obscurely. The Nuit Blanche launch party is from 5-7pm at the Moscow Tea Room, although the event officially starts at 6:20pm and ends at 4:21am the following morning. The Moscow Tea Room is also... Read More
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