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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 — Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
And we're back with another episode of Couch Assassin TV. This time, we hang out with the wacky and hilarious guys of ANTIKS. The hip hop band invited us to check out their jam space at Soundcheck Studios. You can check out our interview with ANTIKS and two live performances below. A big thank you to the guys from Angry Neighbour Pictures who work tirelessly on these videos. We couldn't do this without you! Stay tuned for more episodes of Couch Assassin TV.     Read More
By — Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:49pm
Here are the facts: the only place to be this Saturday is at Cafe Dekcuf, where Ottawa/Gatineau will be treated to a night of local metal bands who'll be tearing it up for a proper hometown send off for Fuck the Facts' upcoming month long tour. The band will be joined by World War 4 and Sombre, who'll be getting the madness started that evening. Topon Das, founder and guitarist for Fuck The Facts, graciously took some time to speak with us and gave us insight on what goes into prepping a tour and choosing venues, his thoughts on Ottawa's local music scene and the fact that he still really loves music, even after close to 15 years of grinding through the trenches and paving his own road. Couch Assassin: Saturday night, Fuck the Facts will be playing at Cafe Dekcuf. This show will be the... Read More
By — Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:28pm
So there’s this band you should go see. They’re called the Sunparlour Players, and they’re one of the most enthralling acts I’ve had the pleasure of seing live. I’m putting that right up front, because when you go see them at the Black Sheep Inn on Thursday, you might start thinking I’ve led you astray when a couple of slightly disheveled guys step up on stage and promptly sit down with their instruments. Seated musicians seldom bode well in my book, at least  when I want to dance. But wait til they start playing. Then you’ll know. When you start to take in the staggering number of instruments these two gentlemen wield over the course of any given song -- simultaneously, no less -- you’ll... Read More
By — Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 7:29pm
The Mercury Lounge’s own Claudia Balladelli, your local wingwoman for club DJs, has hooked us up with a hottie! Brooklyn’s DJ Spinna is one of New York’s most highly regarded DJs and producers. On the 1’s and 2’s, he seamlessly combines numerous genres as a master mixer, somewhat of a beautiful anomaly in the industry. As his website explains, “Spinna’s only parameter is that his work must evoke a fresh take on the timeless sounds of soulful music”. Since starting his professional career as a college radio and party DJ at Binghamton University, he’s been combining dance music with his hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul roots to create one of a kind tracks for almost two decades. He’s played at some of the world’s hottest clubs, including Club Yellow in Tokyo, The End and Cargo in London, and... Read More
By — Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 9:55pm
If you’ve never been to a concert at Café Alt, now is the time. This Friday, March 28th is the 2014 Concert Series Grand Finale. The event marks the end of the school year, because God knows it’s been a long one. Doors open around 9 pm, with three bands slotted to play: Chairs at 9:45, Walrus at 10:30 and Silver Dapple at 11:45. The concert series is run by a small team of dedicated members and musicians. Alex Maltby, the manager of Café Alt, has seen firsthand the evolution of the series since its creation two years ago. The initial idea came from a place of wanting to bring music into the workplace. Café Alt has since hosted a number of local and... Read More
By — Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 4:08pm
Saturday night, some of Ottawa's talented metal bands will fight for a spot in the Heavy MTL 2014 festival. Ottawa's Blackwidow Promotions along with Galaxie, Dungeon Works, and evenko bring us En Route Vers Heavy 2014, a show that gives six local bands a chance to advance to the next round and duke it out with bands from Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay. With only one band from Ottawa moving on to the next round and just two bands winning a slot to play the Galaxie stage at Heavy MTL, there's a lot riding on these bands' performances. And there's the 1500$ reward for the two winning bands... Although there is lots of camaraderie between the  six contending bands, everybody involved would surely kill to be the victorious band to get the opportunity to play to the ravenous crowd at Heavy... Read More
By — Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:37pm
Our latest episode of Couch Assassin TV is ready for your enjoyment. A few weeks ago, we sat down with Alie Lavoie and Laura Inostroza, the lovely and hilarious ladies behind Carolina Hum. Check out our interview with the duo as well as two live performances that were filmed at Avant-Garde Bar. A shout-out to our friends at Angry Neighbour Pictures who shot and produced these amazing videos. We couldn't do it without you guys! More episodes of Couch Assassin TV are in the works, so stay tuned and enjoy!       Read More
By — Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3:47pm
Get excited, Ottawa! It’s the season for big announcements of festival lineups and summer concerts. We will be kicking off this magical time of year with a great weekend of live music, including a show by Canadian alt-country champions Cuff the Duke. Toronto's own Cuff the Duke will be playing the Studio in the National Arts Centre on March 15 as part of a small run of shows, including the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and the Classic Theatre in Cobalt, ON. I recently (and nervously) spoke with frontman Wayne Petti about their upcoming shows, their ever-evolving sound and how they feel about on being featured on TV. Although they recently took a little break from touring and recording, the group has had a pretty good year so far.  Their song “Count on Me” was featured in CBC’s 2014... Read More
By — Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:56am
Before the wave of summer blockbusters plows through our theatres, cinephiles from Ottawa-Gatineau will have the opportunity to take in some independent and accessible film featured in the Outaouais Film Festival (OFF). Founded in 1999, the Outaouais Film Festival’s mission is to foster French film from Quebec and abroad.  Taking place from March 14-21, the festival will be screening feature-length, documentary, short and animated films from twenty different countries.  Attracting over 20,000 audience members, the festival is a great way for the region to celebrate cinema that is outside the realms of the Hollywood Blockbuster. The main focus of the OFF is to foster French auteurs and allow spectators to enjoy independent cinema from their own back yard and beyond. Most films... Read More
By — Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:33am
As the last gasp of this cold, harsh winter is upon us, we are looking for something fresh and new to tide us over until spring. We need to let loose, have a laugh and leave our hang-ups on the couch. Spotlight 613 is a sex-positive, live entertainment talk show. The evening will include intimate performances, local products and discussions about life in the 613, art, food and (of course) sex. The show is the brainchild of actor/comedian Jesse Reynolds, Pink Triangle Services executive director Claudia Van den Heuvel and sex advice columnist and burlesque performer Helvetica Bold, who were starved for a different type of show in Ottawa. In a world drowning in reality dating and advice based shows, Spotlight 613 takes us out of the house and brings us back to the golden days of old school... Read More


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