Anne-Marie Brugger

Features Writer

Anne-Marie is Host and Producer of weekly community radio program, Hop The Fence, on air since 2003 on CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa. Focusing on local talent, Hop The Fence features interviews with emerging Canadian independent bands including Juno nominees such as Broken Social Scene, Buck 65, Serena Ryder, Billy Talent, Amanda Rheaume, Wintersleep, etc. Anne-Marie is a member of the CHUO Board; a former Director of the Ottawa Folk Festival Board (2008); a current delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS); occasionally contributes to music e-zines; and is a communications manager for the government of Canada. 
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Small Halls, Big Love: The Ontario Festival of Small Halls

Small Halls, Big Love: The Ontario Festival of Small Halls

Photo courtesy of The Festival of Small Halls Over the years, Ottawa has built a solid reputation as a music festival city. It’s true – the minute the snow melts as early as April, festival season starts! Let me tell you about a unique festival called, The Festival of Small Halls. It’s [...]

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Jim Bryson No Longer Waiting

Jim Bryson No Longer Waiting

Photo credit: Remi Theriault It’s here! Ottawa’s Jim Bryson is releasing an EP on September 14 via Rae Spoon’s Coax Records / Headless Owl Records. Entitled Tired Of Waiting, it features 6 new songs, all written on the same $100 guitar as he was whiling away time between projects. [...]

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Artists: Know Your Rights! ALSO Conference Building on Momentum as Ottawa Transforms into a “Music City”

Artists: Know Your Rights! ALSO Conference Building on Momentum as Ottawa Transforms into a “Music City”

Morning panel session (from left to right) Chantal Beaupré, Karine Dion, Sarwar Qureshi, Jason Kim, William Devonish In April 2017, Mayor Jim Watson put out a call to action for the development of a strategy for Ottawa to become a « Music City ». In the year that has followed, [...]

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Miesha and the Spanks leading the way for next generation girls in rock

Miesha and the Spanks leading the way for next generation girls in rock

Photo credit: Richard Macfarlane Calgary-based Miesha & The Spanks recently released their new LP, Girl Girls Girls. Guitarist Miesha Louie and drummer Sean Hamilton are a guitar-and-drum duo who perform ferocious driving punk-tinged rock and roll. Their new 10-track LP was produced by Paul [...]

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Indie Music Biz #19: Music Communications with Mary Jelley

Indie Music Biz #19: Music Communications with Mary Jelley

Photos by Anne-Marie Brugger On Saturday morning, the Ottawa Independent Music Business along with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition presented a seminar on Music Communications featuring Mary Jelley of Warner Music Canada. The music community received expert advice on how to PR their music [...]

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Still at Peace 25 years later – Our Lady Peace, One of Canada’s Most Enduring Bands

Still at Peace 25 years later – Our Lady Peace, One of Canada’s Most Enduring Bands

Founded in 1992 by Raine Maida, Our Lady Peace is one of Canada’s most enduring bands. Despite a few line-up changes over the years, the essence of OLP lives on through its lead singer and lyricist. The band kept fans waiting 5 years for new material until Somethingness was released in two volumes. [...]

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Follow that Cab – Catching up with TAXI

Follow that Cab – Catching up with TAXI

OLM caught up with Ottawa’s Emma Lamarre, AKA TAXI to discuss her “Intimacy Issues”. That is the title of her debut EP, which will be dropping on September 8. The songs titillate with straight-forward lyrics trip-hopping coyly along the notes of indie pop-noir rhythms. Her producer, [...]

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Two new releases for Ana Miura in 2017

Two new releases for Ana Miura in 2017

Photos by James Looker Ottawa’s beloved Ana Miura has some news to share. She has captivated audiences since her 2005 EP, Tenacious Heart and now in 2017, she is releasing not just one, but two works of art over the coming months! Up first was the release, on July 21, of her 5th and newest [...]

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The Nine Lives of Kellylee Evans

The Nine Lives of Kellylee Evans

Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series is back! We'll provide a unique look at some of your favourite events. We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your [...]

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Couples Making Beautiful Music at Home and on the Stage

Couples Making Beautiful Music at Home and on the Stage

Love and music go together – in spirit, mind and with musical instruments. In private. In public. From Sonny and Cher, Fleetwood Mac, to (more successfully) Canada’s darlings of the indie scene, Whitehorse, the music industry has been and continues to be filled with couples who make beautiful [...]

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