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By — Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:52pm
I am a lover of words.  Like a painters palette of colours.  Words can be crafted together to blow explore an idea, create rich images, dense stories and complicated characters.  They can then be transformed even further when set to music, thus creating an extra level of texture which Toronto-based artist David Newberry has mastered throughout his musical career. I spoke with David as he drove to Peterborough for his next show at The Garnet.  After assuring me that he was indeed using a hands free device, we were able to talk about his music and his upcoming performance on November 26th at the wonderfully intimate Kaffé 1870.   I asked David what he most enjoys about being on tour. “The great thing about being a touring musician in Canada is that there are tonnes... Read More
By — Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:04am
Onionface has been KICK’in around Ottawa since 2013. Stefan Jurewicz, Onionface’s frontman, normally shows up at live shows with a kick drum and a guitar and rocks the shit out of the two pieces of equipment. Quite the “one man band”! In 2014, he joined up with Calvin McCormick and Jon Schultz to add to the live show. McCormick adds the massive low frequencies of the bass while Schultz hits the skin in the background.   Goldenlips, the most recent single from Onionface, features an assortment of musicians recorded in many studios. Is this an Ottawa “Sonic Highways”? The track opens with a soft acoustic tone and then takes you... Read More
By — Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:11am
When was the last time you heard a group so sunny they didn’t sing a single sad song? If they come around at all it sure isn’t often but I’m here to tell you there’s at least one. Meet Rosie and the Riveters, a vocal quartet out of Saskatoon who have recently released their first studio album Good, Clean Fun! and hit the road on their biggest tour yet. Luckily, Ottawa is one of their stops. On Friday October 23 Rosie and the Riveters are playing Live on Elgin with local band Hello Hello opening the show. The vocal quartet features the combined powers of Farideh Ceaser, Melissa Nygren, Allyson Reigh and Alexis Normand, all talented singer-songwriters with solo careers outside the band. Their sound has been described as a combination... Read More
By — Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:06am
Fall is a great time for music.  The large scale festivals and arena shows die down and make way for smaller, cozier and more intimate performances to be enjoyed by the boot-wearing masses.   Toronto rock outfit Curses will be performing at Café Décuf on Thursday, October 15 in anticipation of their upcoming EP.  Listeners had the chance to preview the album with a catchy single “Until My Heart Stops”, which chronicles the highs and lows of summer love. While on the road between Windsor and Québec City, singer and bassist Martin Broda was able to answer some questions about the band and their upcoming album, The Bridge, which will be released on Friday, October 16. CA: What is your writing process like? What was your inspiration for The Bridge?  What are its central... Read More
By — Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 4:10pm
You're out on the town, at a bar. From the corner of your eye, you notice two people. The situation seems funny to you; One of them looks uncomfortable. Maybe like they're stuck in an unpleasant, possibly dangerous situation. Something definitely doesn't seem right. So what do you do? Introducing Project Soundcheck. This initiative was brought to life after a study came out from the Ottawa Hospital that one in four sexual assaults take place in mass gatherings. After this study was released, the Sexual Assault Network (SAN) and the Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) put a proposal together and they received funding from Crime Prevention Ottawa to create and deliver bystander intervention at local music festivals. Kira-Lynn Ferderber is the project lead of Project... Read More
By — Monday, September 21, 2015 - 1:54pm
Now in its fifth year, Capital Vélo Fest has organized a 20km closed road night ride along the streets of Ottawa at night called Tour La Nuit. Dick Louch, President of Capital Vélo Fest, was inspired to create the event by Montreal’s Tour La Nuit. He recognized that Ottawa-Gatineau is blessed with more than 600km of bike paths but that many people were reluctant to ride their bikes at night. To encourage people to ride more often and to show that with the proper gear that there was nothing to fear, he started this non-profit event. It is currently the only organized night bicycle ride in Ontario. The event kicks off on Friday September 25, at 5pm at Ottawa City Hall. Many people get into the spirit by decorating their bikes. One year, a participant dressed his bike up... Read More
By — Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:11pm
Yes, it’s good to get away. These days words such as ‘wanderlust’ seem to permeate our discourse and it seems as though it could be easy to take our home for granted.  While yes, there are few things more exciting than road tripping to that festival in the sweltering southern desert, or spending five expensive days on a hipster pilgrimage in Texas, there is something to be said about celebrating your talented neighbours then going home to sleep in your own bed. The Marvest Festival is aptly named as it is a musical harvest of local talent, craft beer and food. The event will be running from September 16 to 22 in various locations along Bank Street.  Foodies, music lovers and craft beer drinkers will be able to wander the Glebe all while enjoying the best that our city’s... Read More
By — Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 11:15pm
Random photographs of urban Ottawa. That's how Brant Thompson describes his work. Working under the moniker Random Incident, Thompson's focus is mainly street photography. His images expose the hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) charms of Ottawa, especially Centretown, which is where he lives. "I have my camera on me all the time. As I'm walking around the streets, if I see something interesting, I'll take a picture of it." Thompson was born and raised in Ottawa. A graduate of Algonquin College's photography program, he became interested in photography when he was young. Despite this, he set aside photography until recently. So what prompted his return to photography? "Three years ago, when I got a decent cell phone with a good camera [...] I had a camera on me all the time so I started... Read More
By — Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:16am
If you’re remotely in tune with the National Capital Region’s cultural scene, you may have heard a thing or two about the Festival de l’Outaouais Emergent, that is, of course, if you don’t turn your back to what goes on across the bridges that separate Ottawa and Gatineau. Affectionately dubbed the FOÉ, this local festival that strives to give center stage to emerging artists from the region and beyond, will be presenting its 8th edition from September 10 to the 13. Throughout the years, the small festival has incontestably become a key event that’s helping to put Gatineau on the map as a growing hub for the arts. It’s also contributing to the revitalization of the heart of downtown Gatineau, a popular sector just a stone’s throw away from the Nation’s Capital, which is slowly, but surely... Read More
By — Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 9:51pm
This Thursday night three local songstresses are teaming up to raise funds for the Sexual Support Centre of Ottawa (SASC) and you are invited to join them. The event, Six Ovaries, One Microphone, will feature acoustic sets by Danielle Allard, Tina Wallace and Jessica Pearson. More than just a benefit concert, there will also be glitter tattoos by Sparkling Expressions, nail art by Rhiana Chinapen and the chance to win some great prizes including packages from NAC Presents and Yuk Yuk's Ottawa. I got in touch with Danielle Allard who is also organizing the event to learn more. Though the Sexual Assault Support Centre isn’t the most public of organizations, they’re certainly a worthy cause, providing essential services to victims of sexual assault day in and day out. SASC Ottawa runs a... Read More


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