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Andre Gagne

Music Writer and Web Editor

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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Album Reviews: Two Pristine Reissues Close Out Jazz Dispensary’s 2017 Top Shelf Series

Album Reviews: Two Pristine Reissues Close Out Jazz Dispensary’s 2017 Top Shelf Series

Talk about ending your year with a bang! The popular Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series unleashes a double shot of 180-Gram vinyl fireworks to ignite at least a couple of New Year’s Eves! Jungle Fire! (Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers’): This 1969 release wasn’t just incendiary, [...]

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The Rise of Rebel Radio

The Rise of Rebel Radio

The REBELution will not be televised. At least not in Ottawa, anyway. Here it’s waiting for you over the airwaves. Crank the volume, dial in 101.7 FM and join the rebellion. Leading the charge are a couple of Darryl’s and a ragtag gang of misfits looking to gut punch the monotony of radio [...]

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Santa Claus (and the Martians) Conquer the Gladstone!

Santa Claus (and the Martians) Conquer the Gladstone!

Welcome to Day 10 of the 25 Days of Ottawa Life Christmas Calendar. We’ll be updating with a new treat daily so be sure to keep checking under the OLM Tree to see what’s new. Photos courtesy of Brett Kelly A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far… We interrupt this [...]

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Album Review: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Album Review: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Not many knock it out of the park in the first release but, arguably, The Pharcyde hit it out of the stadium with Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. That ball is still flyin' somewhere out over the Pacific circling back towards L.A.! It wasn’t just a mic drop. No, it was like riding up to the doorstep [...]

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Shreddin’ Sens Hit the Slopes for Sens Foundation at 24h Tremblant

Shreddin’ Sens Hit the Slopes for Sens Foundation at 24h Tremblant

It’s around this time of year where skiing becomes pretty big business on Quebec’s Mont-Tremblant. The slopes are filled, the fires are roaring in the chalets and the shops are bustling with skiers taking a break from the downhill rush to get in some last minute holiday shopping. It’s [...]

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Ottawa Life and Alpha Gallery's 2017 Christmas Art-stravaganza!

Ottawa Life and Alpha Gallery's 2017 Christmas Art-stravaganza!

Welcome to Day 8 of the 25 Days of Ottawa Life Christmas Calendar. We’ll be updating with a new treat daily so be sure to keep checking under the OLM Tree to see what’s new. Photos by Andre R. Gagne Another year, another amazing festive bash to ring in the holidays. This year [...]

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Walking in a Willow Wonderland with Tara Shannon

Walking in a Willow Wonderland with Tara Shannon

Welcome to Day 7 of the 25 Days of Ottawa Life Christmas Calendar. We’ll be updating with a new treat daily so be sure to keep checking under the OLM Tree to see what’s new. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? If you’ve been to any shopping mall, grocery store or coffee [...]

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Top Toys This Holiday Season

Top Toys This Holiday Season

Welcome to Day 1 of the 25 Days of Ottawa Life Christmas Calendar. We’ll be updating with a new treat daily so be sure to keep checking under the OLM Tree to see what’s new. If you were a young boy with a pulse in the mid-80s you probably had at least two best friends named Eric [...]

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Fake Nudes, Real Laughs with BNL at the NAC

Fake Nudes, Real Laughs with BNL at the NAC

Feature image by Thom Fountain “This! This is Catelli Dinner. The song says Kraft! Does this town not have that?” chuckled Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson before ripping off the top of a packet of powdered cheese and downing it in a single gulp. This happened April 13th, 1993 in [...]

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Dragon Tales with Ricky Steamboat

Dragon Tales with Ricky Steamboat

Photos credit WWE.Com The wrestler pauses, thinks back and says: “You know, when we were both in our prime, I’d have liked to wrestle Shawn Michaels.” It’s a sentence like this, the creation of an unseen dream match, that makes wrestling fans salivate. The man who would [...]

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