From VICE to NXNE, Music Maven Christopher Roberts Reflects on his Roots in Ottawa

April 9, 2014 2:03 pm
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Pick any popular artist today and there’s a good chance Christopher Roberts has either scouted or worked with them directly. From The Raveonettes, The Black Lips and Action Bronson, to Bloc Party, The Streets, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Death From Above 1979, his influence is strong in the music industry. Formerly […]

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RBC Bluesfest Announces 2014 Lineup in Celebration of 20 Years

March 26, 2014 12:54 pm
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For many of us diehards, we awoke this morning to a gift in our inboxes: an email detailing this year’s musical performances at Bluesfest. Facebook and Twitter were already crowded with posts of excitement (or in some cases, disappointment) and what made the announcement particularly special was the fact that […]

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Bluesfest School of Music and Art Launches in Westboro

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Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest has dominated the Canadian music festival scene — becoming our city’s pride and joy and growing into a world-class event, drawing thousands to Lebreton Flats. Now, the festival titan has launched a new venture to bolster local artistic and musical talent by creating an institution dedicated to […]

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Andrew W. K. on Ottawa, Partying and Figuring Out ‘How Not to be Dead’

February 27, 2014 1:25 pm
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We should probably make Andrew W. K. an honorary Canadian — he’s a singer-songwriter, multi-talented instrumentalist, author, motivational speaker and on a mission to unite the human race through the power of positive partying. Describing his shows as loud, chaotic or electrifying really underestimate his performance. Once he pushes himself […]

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Young Ottawa Male’s Passion, Results in Unbelievable Success

February 18, 2014 9:45 am
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Maurice is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, rapper, and engineer from Ottawa who worked hard to pursue his dreams. Although he had a passion for music ever since he was a young boy, Maurice’s career truly jumpstarted when he applied for the Summer Company Grant offered by Ottawa City Hall. […]

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David Usher on Returning to the Capital and Reconnecting Through Creativity

January 24, 2014 11:03 am
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David Usher is a Canadian icon. Mention his name and many can attest to his musical genius as both a solo artist and front man for Moist. He also deserves this title for his work outside the music sphere. Usher is the founder of CloudID Creativity Labs, an ‘idea incubator’ […]

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Back When Every Night Was Saturday Night

January 23, 2014 9:31 am
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By Jean-Pierre Allard I was much too young to remember Elvis Presley’s 1957 concert at the old Auditorium on Argyle, but how can I ever forget when the Beatles invaded North America in February 1964 and changed our humdrum existence overnight?  Having just lost my dad a few weeks before, the […]

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The Day The Beatles Hooked Me

December 17, 2013 10:26 am
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by Jean-Pierre Allard Last time I checked, us baby boomers weren’t supposed to remember much about the past, let alone things that happened some 50 years ago, unless we’re talking JFK or your very first kiss.  How is it, then, that I remember precisely that it was Saturday morning, February […]

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Kathleen Battle to perform in Ottawa for a very special Christmas concert

December 9, 2013 11:25 am
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Soprano Kathleen Battle one of the supreme musicians of our time will be performing in Ottawa on Saturday, December 21st with the Chamber Players of Canada as part of their annual Christmas concert. All proceeds from the Christmas with Kathleen Battle concert will be contributed to the Children’s Hospital of […]

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The Role of an Artist Manager: An Interview with Maurice Laurin

December 5, 2013 11:55 am
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Photo of Melanie Durrant, Courtesy of her manager, Maurice Laurin.   Maurice Laurin is a music manager and executive based out of Ottawa with over 17 years of music business history. Throughout the years, he has been credited with management, development, consulting and shopping a bevy of talent including Melanie […]

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The Glitter and the Grit of Lindi Ortega

December 2, 2013 9:26 am
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For any traveling musician, the long, lonesome stretches of road that bind concert stages to one another can disrupt the concept of time, making a minute feel like an eternity. Our contemporary troubadours spend a significant amount of time lingering in these counterfeit purgatories, anticipating with equal parts excitement and […]

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Thirteen Strings presents its ever-popular Christmas Candlelight concert!

November 22, 2013 12:35 pm
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Thirteen Strings Christmas Candlelight Concert takes place on December 3rd at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in beautiful downtown Ottawa. (The concert starts at 8pm sharp.) The Thirteen Strings is renowned for presenting an intimate and heartwarming early Christmas concert in the beautiful candlelit atmosphere of Dominion Chalmers. This year’s concert opens […]

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Benjamin Britten’s Britain Presented by Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

November 14, 2013 9:53 am
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The centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth is the perfect reason to celebrate the music of 20th-century Britain, so for the second concert of its 2013-2014 season, Maestro Jean-Philippe Tremblay will lead the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO) in performances of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Variations on a Theme of Purcell, […]

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Michel Legrand and Natalie Dessay in concert at Centrepointe Theatre

November 8, 2013 11:47 am
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Two of France’s most renowned musicians come together on stage for a rollicking trip through legend Michel Legrand’s inimitable body of work. The much anticipated concert will be held at Centrepointe Theatre on Monday, December 23 at 8pm. This effervescent evening of song matches French soprano Natalie Dessay, a grand […]

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Tone Cluster, quite a queer choir and Harmonia Choir of Ottawa present A Global Concert of “Peace”… from Arabic to Zulu

November 7, 2013 12:21 pm
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This “Peace” concert – the first full production collaboration between Tone Cluster, quite a queer choir, and Harmonia Choir of Ottawa (a 50-voice choir founded by Kurt Ala-Kantti in 2003) – features an inspirational Canadian and international repertoire on the theme of celebrating the idea of the hope for world […]

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Christmas in Vienna: A Perfect Holiday Outing

November 6, 2013 12:37 pm
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Celebrating Strauss with Maestro Michel Brousseau, the Ottawa Classical Choir & String Ensemble It’s Christmas in Vienna in Ottawa! What could be better than to celebrate the holiday season with a concert dedicated to the beloved waltzes of Johann Strauss II? The Ottawa Classical Choir (OCC) will present just such an elegant […]

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Win Tickets for One of Canada’s Hottest Roots Music Acts

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SULTANS OF STRING CD RELEASE AT THE BLACK SHEEP INN WHERE:             The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, QC WHEN:                Sunday, November 10, 4:20pm TKTS:                 $12 advance INFO:                   http://www.theblacksheepinn.com                                                                   JUNO nominees and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sultans of String release their high octane roots-jazz-symphonic mash-up […]

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