Articles by: Jessica HuddlestonJessica Huddleston
Jess has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and now works as a Communications Specialist, as well as a features writer for Ottawa Life Magazine. Writing for two arts and lifestyle websites on the side, Jess loves to keep her finger on the pulse of the music scene and is always ecstatic to share what she hears with others.

Great Big Sea: “Ottawa Is Like Coming Home”

June 3, 2013 11:31 am
Great Big Sea: “Ottawa Is Like Coming Home”

On the 20-year anniversary of touring the band’s East Coast folk music around North America, Great Big Sea is happily bringing the show back to the capital at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest – one of the many seasonal festivals that have welcomed the legendary Canadian band with open arms. Whether the […]

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Mother Mother: Back to Basics on The Sticks

November 21, 2012 11:57 am
Mother Mother: Back to Basics on The Sticks

At the peak of digital possibility, for every one artist capitalizing on the technology age, two are cursing its contribution to the demise of good music. For every Rebecca Black, there is a Neil Young – an established artist there to remind us that it didn’t used to be all […]

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Inlet Sound: The New Romantics on the Block

November 6, 2012 1:10 pm
Inlet Sound: The New Romantics on the Block

When young indie crew Inlet Sound ventured to record in the cabins and churches of the Canadian Shield last spring, their escapist recording experience mimicked those of many veteran rockers before them who stole away from the pop of camera bulbs and city noise to achieve musical serenity. Only, Inlet […]

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Holly McNarland: Juggling Lives On Her Own Terms

September 24, 2012 8:26 am
Holly McNarland: Juggling Lives On Her Own Terms

Holly McNarland’s new country-infused soft rock compilation is led by the empowered summer single “Alone’s Just Fine” –while the rest of the album oozes a liberated kind of musical enlightenment. It boasts no strings, few other hands and multiple rewards.

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54-40: Still Rocking Over 30 Years Later

September 20, 2012 3:26 pm
54-40: Still Rocking Over 30 Years Later

For 54-40, one of Canada’s seminal alternative bands who’ve been jamming together for 30 years, their Gold, Guts and Glory tour will be a a chance to showcase material from their thirteenth studio recording, Lost in the City, and also a chance for a group of what front man Neil Osborne describes as “old fishing buddies,” to reunite and light up the spark again.

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Aussie Folk Artist Marta Pacek: “Canada is my second home”

July 5, 2012 9:00 am
Aussie Folk Artist Marta Pacek:  “Canada is my second home”

Australian Folk singer Marta Pacek reflects on whirlwind North American ride following her life-changing tour across Canada.

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The Tympanic: Beat Goes On

May 11, 2012 9:37 am
The Tympanic: Beat Goes On

For six years, Ottawa groove-rock band Tympanic has been rocking stages across the country and at home in the Capital. The band loves jamming has set its sights on a life filled with bigger gigs, never-ending “boombastic” beats and a new recording within the next two months.

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Juno Weekend Lights Up Ottawa

April 6, 2012 5:42 pm
Juno Weekend Lights Up Ottawa

A week full of build-up and fanfare led to two of the biggest nights in Canadian music – featuring 40 coveted awards, dozens of amazing performances, hundreds of superstars and one very proud capital city.

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Pelting Out The Oldies

March 23, 2012 5:18 pm
Pelting Out The Oldies

If you get the chance to catch The Pelts, make sure you jump at the opportunity. This band knows how to throw a party and because of their carefree approach to shaking out danceable feel-good music, it doesn’t look like the bash is ending any time soon. The guys bring a certain magic to the local music scene with their brand of eclectic music.

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Little Red Boots Made For Walking

March 22, 2012 3:00 pm
Little Red Boots Made For Walking

Nominated for two JUNOS and riding the early success of her roots album Little Red Boots, the general consensus by critics is that the Toronto-born artist, who has drawn comparisons to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, is the next big thing in country music.

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Education Series: Painting a Hopeful Picture for Ottawa Families

March 7, 2012 9:13 am
Education Series: Painting a Hopeful Picture for Ottawa Families

Thinking in Pictures Educational Services (T.I.P.E.S.) has been bridging the gaps in Pervasive Developmental Disorder treatment in Ottawa for over five years. Sisters Deborah and Jennifer Wyatt spearheaded the enterprise.

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Keeping You In The JUNO Know: Awards Show Fever Is Here

February 27, 2012 4:26 pm
Keeping You In The JUNO Know: Awards Show Fever Is Here

With less than a month before the festivities commence, talk of the JUNOS is revving up in the capital city. Early media events have slowly started to divulge information about the Canadian music awards show and its plan to consume the attention of Ottawa during the last week of March!

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Canadian Country Superstar Begins The Busy Next Chapter

February 7, 2012 8:49 am
Canadian Country Superstar Begins The Busy Next Chapter

One might say that Paul Brandt could be the star of a modern-day Western. The bravado and mysterious picture of a Western’s protagonist certainly isn’t representative of Brandt – an approachable country music veteran, family man, devoted humanitarian and influential songwriter 16 years into his solid career.

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Big Soul Project Delivers Huge Holiday Fun

December 6, 2011 3:46 pm
Big Soul Project Delivers Huge Holiday Fun

Big Soul Gospel Project tested their pipes last night at the Fourth Street Baptist Church during a dress rehearsal glimpse into this upcoming Saturday’s sold-out holiday concert.

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Police State or State of Police? Part 2

November 14, 2011 7:06 pm
Police State or State of Police? Part 2

Part 2 of “Police State or State of Police” explores a few other notable Canadian cases involving allegations of misconduct against the police.

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Tackling Our Climate’s Future

September 30, 2011 2:34 pm
Tackling Our Climate’s Future

The OLM Arctic Series continues, focusing on the pressing environmental consequences of our warming climate on Canada’s North, by taking a look at ArcticNet, one of the key players studying what is going on and evaluating the situation.

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Aussies The Little Stevies: Not So Little Anymore

August 30, 2011 8:16 am
Aussies The Little Stevies: Not So Little Anymore

After two charming performances at the Ottawa Folk Festival to mark the tail end of their North American tour, the Australian folk tour can only go further up from here.

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