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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 — Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:48pm
Back away from the jogging pants and your mom’s leopard print snuggie. At least for one night.  If you’re looking for something to break you out of hibernation mode, look no further than Babylon on February 18th.  Chicago alt-hip hoppers Sidewalk Chalk will be rolling into the nation’s capital, bringing more heat than a Hot Pocket that’s been cooking in the microwave for over 4 minutes. The show is part of Rocksteady Bookings (RSB) monthly Bars & Breakbeats series, which has quickly established itself as a go-to for Ottawa heads. In its latest iteration, RSB once again proves they know how to build a bill that won’t disappoint with Alex Silas & the Subterraneans, CrooKid Bass (rappers KING and Yu$$o), Lost Kids and Spitten Image supporting our out of town visitors. RSB... Read More
By — Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:09am
During Megaphono this week, there were two panels that discussed how to get your original music on played on TV and on radio. The panelists featured experts in their fields who are currently employed on the receiving end of artist submissions; from TV,  there was Malia Hall (Mothlight Music), Mikaila Simmons (Instinct Ent.) and Liana Tassone (Third Side). From the radio side, there was Erin Flynn (CHUO), Dave Aardvark (CKCU) and Mar Sellers (CIUT). All of the panelists shared a general consensus: make your music as easily accessible as you can and make sure it’s ready to be heard. The timeline for both TV and radio is tight. If they like what they hear, they need to be sure all of the important boxes are checked so that they can seamlessly add it to their programming. This included... Read More
By — Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 9:17am
If you’re looking for a quirky, crafty and all-around fun Friday night, check out the Hearts ‘n’ Crafts Karaoke Craft night. There will be karaoke hosted by Ottawa legend and glamour queen China Doll, a fortune cookie valentine craft workshop (nothing says love like something handmade) and lots of bingo. And this is no run of the mill, cash prize bingo either. Playing here comes with the chance to win all kinds of prizes just right for a very romantic date night. Any of these things on their own is pretty great, so when you put them all together... well, you’ll just have to come and see how good it can get. It might be the only place to celebrate Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, community and D.I.Y. all in one night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ravenswing Arts and Music Fair, an... Read More
By — Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 9:16am
If you weren’t able to make the panels for Megaphono, you’ve definitely missed out on some key tips and tricks to survive in the music industry as something other than a musician. The first panel was titled “Wearing All The Hats” and simultaneously looked at what current musicians have done within the music industry to survive financially and still be able to pursue their craft, as well as what they would encourage up and coming musicians to explore to ensure the best possible result. The first panelists were Jim Bryson, Lynn Miles, Mike Dubue and Matt Ouimet who have all had varying experiences within the music industry. Bryson gave a lot of... Read More
By — Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:51am
The music scene in Ottawa has no shortage of talented musicians and almost every genre can be found and represented in this city. While talent isn’t our city's issue, exposure and opportunity definitely are factors in making it difficult for local talent to take their music to the next level. Fortunately, plenty of information lies in industry experts minds- and they’re willing to share it. Starting next Tuesday, Megaphono will have some of the best minds in the music business answering questions on how to be successful at your craft. This three day event includes panels that run throughout the day with many influential speakers from varying backgrounds. Booking agents, industry writers and radio hosts fill in the expertise and weigh in on audience... Read More
By — Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:37am
There’s a stigma attached to small town dive bars in Canada. They attract shady characters, who spend too much time powdering their noses in the bathroom, only to return to the bar top sniffling and snorting. Others say folks who venture out to shifty watering holes are there to test their muscular prowess and pretend like they’re in a Martin Scorsese flick. They’re depicted as lowly scenes. With that said, there are always a few hidden gems stowed away at every bar, regardless of their prestige. Usually the musicians, who roll in and out, trying to gain notoriety. “There’s a bit of a truth to the myth that once you’ve played in one small Canadian bar that you’ve played them all,” says Dan Deslauriers, a local musician. “It’s an interesting experience… [but] you have to be careful.” For... Read More
By — Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:01pm
1. Mad Hatter’s New Year’s Ball (Ernst & Young Centre) If you were lucky enough to attend last year's Great Gatsby Gala for New Year's Eve, you have an idea what to expect from this year's edition: a grand party of epic proportions, unlike anything most have come to expect in this town. 2. Happy Funk’n New Year with The Hornettes  (Black Sheep Inn) Everyone's favourite local soul and funk outfit are taking over the Black Sheep once again. If you like your music live and the vibe boisterous yet intimate, this is the one for you. 3. NYE... Read More
By — Friday, December 26, 2014 - 2:56pm
The party impresarios who threw last year’s most fabulous New Year’s event are at it again. Attendees of last year's Great Gatsby NYE Gala experienced a level of large-scale glam seldom (if ever before) seen in Ottawa. For those whose appetites were whet by that taste of the cosmopolitan high life, this year’s Mad Hatter's New Year's Ball is bound to make the year-long wait worthwhile. To get the details on what promises to be this year’s hypest New Year party, I spoke with Poppy Vineberg, one of the organizers. Poppy is the brains behind Briefing Sessions, the regular underground dance party for party-starved government drones, and a long-time patron of Couch Assassin. Along with co-organizers Tami Varma and Scott... Read More
By — Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 6:12pm
This time of year it is easy to get caught up in shopping, drinking and eating.  While all that is well and good it’s important to reflect on what we are contributing to the world and how we are making it better.  Five Ottawa students will be doing just that with the help of local musician Craig Cardiff. On Sunday, December 21, Craig will be playing an intimate show at the Dovercourt Community Centre.  The proceeds from this concert will be benefitting an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Amy MacDonald, Darnell Kennedy, Kayla Medeiros, Callie Graziadei and Sofia Snook will be volunteering there for six weeks, helping the orphanage by keeping the kids active and teaching basic skills. I caught Darnell Kennedy while he was on his way to the Dovercourt Community Centre... Read More
By — Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 4:02pm
The City of Ottawa has finally responded to the underrepresented musical scene in the city with the creation of the #ottmusik initiative. This is ground-breaking in terms of public promotion for local music, and artists across the city have every right to be excited. Mayor Jim Watson personally launched #ottmusik the beginning of December at Gabba Hey! The project is simple: Those who call in to the City of Ottawa will now be greeted by 20 second clips of local artists, and if they like what they hear, they have the opportunity to find that music on the City's corresponding website. “I hope all Ottawa residents and music fans share my enthusiasm for this project and my excitement about hearing the music samples that will be submitted to #ottmusik,” Mayor Watson stated in the City’s... Read More


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