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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
By — Friday, September 12, 2014 - 4:03pm
Well, it’s that dreaded time of year: the end of Summer! Sorry to burst your bubble but this was bound to happen, folks. Instead of whining about the end of the season, go out and celebrate the cooler temperature with all Ottawa has to offer! Here at Couch Assassin, we welcome Fall with open arms because we know it’s gonna be awesome! (More) Festivals! Although summer in Ottawa is jam-packed with festivals, it doesn’t mean the fun stops there. There are lots of events taking place in the Fall. Don’t miss the Ottawa Folk Festival at Hog’s Back Park. Then there’s the Ottawa Turkish Festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, taking place at... Read More
By — Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:11am
This Saturday, local songstress Kaleigh Watts releases her debut album Smoke Lake at the NAC 4th stage. The album is described as an experimental project featuring “voice, organic textures, and field recordings of Smoke Lake's soundscape.. Having listened through many times over now, I can tell you that this is a collection of haunting songs that will stay with you. I met up with Watts to learn more about the making of the album, her creative process and why Smoke Lake was the right place for the recording project. Watts is originally from a small town called Lakefield, (20 minutes north of Peterborough) and has been in Ottawa for the last four years, studying songwriting in the music program at Carleton University. Already, she’s performed at a number of notable area venues, such as the... Read More
By — Monday, September 1, 2014 - 4:47pm
When it comes to celebrating Ottawa’s urban culture, no one does it better than House of PainT (HoP). The annual festival, which serves as a vehicle to elevate and celebrate urban arts and culture, has become instrumental in bringing forward the four elements of hip-hop to young and old from all walks of life who are curious about the culture or those who simply want to be a part of the movement. For its 11th edition, HoP organizers invite everyone and anyone with a love of hip-hop and community to converge between September 4 and 7, and take in graffiti art, breakdancing, emceeing, slam poetry, and deejaying under Dunbar bridge in Brewer Park, a secluded yet perfect setting for this urban gathering which, incidentally, has been the festival’s hub since Day 1. I had a chance to sit down... Read More
By — Monday, September 1, 2014 - 3:18pm
If you check out live shows in Ottawa regularly, chances are you've encountered Jamie Kronick. You've either seen him play with many local bands or you've seen him at a show, supporting his friends and fellow musicians. And of course, you just can't forget that hair! But maybe you didn't know that Kronick is a photographer. His exhibition The Songwriter is currently on display at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex (located in Ottawa City Hall) until October 12. Kronick plays drums with various local bands, including GoodLuck Assembly, Scattered Clouds, Her Harbour, Keek, Laurent Bourque and André Bluteau, just to name a few. Born and raised in Ottawa, he picked up a camera for the first time about 6 years ago. He has been working professionally as a full-time commercial photographer for 3 years... Read More
By — Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:59am
We all know that it's good to get our of our comfort zones. To get out into the world and experience different cultures through food, art and music is something all of us should prioritize. But oftentimes there are things holding us back: our jobs, lack of funds or other of life's many obligations can often get in the way. But it's good to know we live in a city where these obstacles aren't as great, and we can experience a different culture in our own backyard. Local group Ukrainia will be rocking the House of Targ this Saturday, August 23 with their surreal take on Ukrainian folk music. Guests can munch on perogies and play some pinball while the jangly sounds of this unique band take the stage and transport the audience to a different time and place. The band... Read More
By — Monday, August 18, 2014 - 3:58pm
This week brings the third edition of Arboretum, a week-long, lovingly curated celebration of the Ottawa’s cultural landscape. In a city that has become accustomed to the festival as a large-scale and corporate-sponsored machine, Arboretum presents a “small is beautiful” re-visioning of what a festival can be. There will be an eclectic banquet of bands to check out for sure but there will also be the chance to check out media and visual artists, chef showcases and panel discussions. Events are held at a number of the region’s best venues on both sides of the river. As it states on Arboretum’s website, one of the reasons the festival came to be was that the people behind it “were tired of enumerating Ottawa's best kept secrets to the rest of Canada”. I recently met up with Her Harbour,... Read More
By — Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:13am
Ten years ago, if you wanted gourmet food in Ottawa, your options were limited to a handful of restaurants in Byward Market.  Today, Ottawa boasts award-winning chefs and dozens of highly-regarded restaurants scattered liberally across the city.  As Heather McAlister from Savour Ottawa exclaims, “The Ottawa foodie scene has changed dramatically in the past few years, and that’s a good thing”. If, like me, you love fresh, locally-sourced food, head over to Brewer Park this weekend to enjoy a multi -course luncheon served “family style” at long tables under one big tent. All the ingredients come from the area and are prepared by some of the city’s best chefs. Also, each table of eight will have a local producer or farmer on-hand to talk to the patrons about their experiences as a... Read More
By — Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:28pm
The Canadian Museum of Nature will soon be hosting a few more bears and foxes than usually found in its collection. Capital Pride kicks off this Friday with Nature Nocturne: Pride! Starting at 8:00pm on August 15th at the Canadian Museum of Nature, this glorious night kicks off over a week of events celebrating pride in the National Capital. Capital Pride has taken over programming and some installations at the museum for massive, ‘roaring 20's themed romp. Organized by both Nature Nocturne and Capital Pride, the event is a party and celebration with a lot for attendees to experience. Of course, there’ll be DJs and bars, but this party invites its guests to other spaces, like the vintage video game lounge, a crafts corner, and even a space where messages can be written on a pride flag.... Read More
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