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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, 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
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

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