Lloyd Frost Provides Social Commentary with a Groove

October 30, 2015 11:55 am
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Photo courtesy of Ben Dionne © Blue Plazuela Music. Lloyd Frost has many tales to tell. Frost is a Montreal-born singer/songwriter and musician who lives and plays his songs in Ottawa. Lloyd has recently released The Sun Is Rising and Other True Stories, an 11 track album. People have told Frost that it […]

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Sam Roberts is Coming to the TD Place

October 27, 2015 4:09 pm
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The group behind ‘Brother Down’ is teaming up with the union who supports public servants like our health inspectors and librarians this November to put on an enormous, free concert at the TD Place. To be more specific, November 14 the Sam Roberts Band will take over the TD Place […]

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One Giant Step for the Tourist Company

October 21, 2015 1:50 pm
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L to R: Swindells, Parry, Levey and Quezada. All photos by Brian Chan photography.  Vancouver’s own The Tourist Company formed in 2013 after camp friends Taylor Swindells (singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist), Jillian Levey (vocalist) and Brenon Parry (drummer) began playing folk music together. After recording the trio’s first album, Brother Wake Up, […]

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Giant Paper Heads: Who Wore it Better? Arcade Fire or WOTE?

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Yesterday, Burlington ON band Walk Off the Earth released a new video celebrating trans youth and the importance of accepting ourselves and others. The video, ‘Alright,’ features a young girl named Ellie who is forced to wear boy’s clothes and just wants to be herself. The video also features Walk […]

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Levi Hart Kicks Off ‘My Kind of Night’

October 19, 2015 11:05 am
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‘THAT is My Kind of Night!’ are the words roaring from radios across Canada, since Levi Hart released his new country hit on September 25. Recorded in June in Nashville, Tennessee, Hart’s new hit ‘My Kind of Night’ has made great headway, quickly landing airplay on international radio broadcasting networks, and has been […]

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Get Starstruck with Kodaline

October 1, 2015 12:20 pm
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Vincent May (drums), Jason Boland (bass guitar), Steve Garrigan (lead vocalist), Mark Prendergrast (lead guitar). Photo courtesy of Ben Johnson. Kodaline has made a splash in the indie rock scene. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, the group has performed together since 2005 (as 21 Demands). In 2011, Jason Boland joined and Kodaline was […]

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CityFolk Impressions

September 22, 2015 3:52 pm
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Ewan Currie from The Sheepdogs plays at CityFolk. Photo by Michael Wing.  This year’s CityFolk festival swept into the new venue at Lansdowne Park on the perfect weekend. It was warm and sunny most days, with as little rain as anyone could have hoped for. The festival line up was […]

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Folk in the City: The Big Bands

September 17, 2015 2:48 pm
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Walk off the Earth plays CityFolk’s Telus Stage tonight. On Tuesday OLM looked at some of the amazing Canadian bands playing the CityFolk stages this week. Now we’re turning our attention to the big bands, the must-see acts from at home and abroad. Chances are you know them, maybe you even […]

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James Leclaire: The Sing-a-Long Sounds of Storytelling and Sorrow

August 31, 2015 11:00 am
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Album cover by Brett Clarke. James Leclaire’s fourth album, These Weights, combines the soulful storytelling of folk and country music with the anthemic energy of punk, to create a sound he calls ‘dirt country.’ “There is a country twang to it but it’s got an edginess that is a little […]

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Ariana Grande Lights Up the CT Centre

August 17, 2015 10:06 am
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The Ariana Grande show started with a bang, or more precisely, a “Bang Bang.” The hit song by Jessie J, nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015, was the opener for Grande’s Honeymoon Tour in Ottawa, on August 7th. Screaming young girls, accompanied by […]

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The Journey of ‘Five Crooked Lines’

August 5, 2015 2:00 pm

Finger Eleven has made a bold return to the Canadian music scene with the release of their sixth studio album, Five Crooked Lines. For the new record’s launch, the band has lined up a full summer tour across North America which includes a stop in Ottawa on August 13. Five Crooked […]

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An Urban Getaway to Montréal’s 16th Edition of MUTEK

August 4, 2015 1:36 pm
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Farewell to the departed polar vortex. Outside, the drone of air conditioners is interrupted by fast afternoon thundershowers. The height of summer. Adventures await. Plans are pushed into action in hopes of creating everlasting memories. As summer approaches, the great outdoors are still too cold, however there is an omnipresent […]

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Could This Be Your Shot?

July 31, 2015 1:00 pm
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Round five of Slaight Music’s annual talent search kicks off August 1, and this year’s “It’s Your Shot” is offering up a huge opportunity for Canadian musicians. The prize, which includes promotion from Maple Music Recordings, a professional photo session, an artist website and the chance to perform at a […]

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Gino Vannelli at Casino du Lac-Leamy for One Night Only!

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The year is 1978. It’s the year Grease hit the big screen—a year of big hair, disco dancing and great music. It was also the year “I Just Wanna Stop” by Gino Vannelli topped the charts, hitting no. 1 in Canada (and no. 4 in the US). The track’s album, […]

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An Old Guitar and an Ottawa Bar

July 28, 2015 12:07 pm
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Union Duke’s soaring vocal harmonies and throbbing beats have enlivened hearts and dance floors across the nation. The quintet is sure to have Ottawa concertgoers heel-stomping and hip-swaying with their performance at the Black Sheep Inn on July 31. Balancing a mixture of soulful indie rock, bluegrass and country, the […]

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The Brothers at Bluesfest

July 17, 2015 2:00 pm
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Roots-rockers, The Bros. Landreth will be showcasing their unique “Canadiana” style at Ottawa’s Bluesfest this Sunday. With wailing electric guitars, thundering organs and naturally harmonious vocals, at first listen The Bros. Landreth may sound like they hail from the American south, and not from the isolated prairies of Manitoba. “Down […]

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Meet Country Super Star Myria Webber

July 16, 2015 10:00 am

All photos by Paul Couvrette. Myria Webber, a 20-year-old crooning Canadian country singer-songwriter, is all about the Nashville sound while keeping her French- Canadian influence. Born and raised in Quebec, Webber has been singing and performing live since the age of seven. With a history in the music business— both […]

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