The Musical Storm of Ash & Bloom

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm
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The powerhouse folk duo Ash and Bloom, is bringing a musical storm to Ottawa. Echoing thunderous harmonies and striking bolts of brilliant songwriting, these two are a must-see act this spring. Hamilton-based Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal have been playing music together for almost a decade, originally meeting in the […]

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Tie Up Your Dancing Shoes and Get Ready for Sea Perry

April 16, 2015 10:40 am
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Get ready to put on your dancing shoes for the single Molly’s Shoes by Canadian folk-rock band Sea Perry. The catchy and upbeat song dropped at the beginning of April from the band’s debut full-length album, Do What You Do, set to be released April 21. If this first single […]

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Ottawa Celebrates Diverse Cultural Roots

April 14, 2015 1:07 pm
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Photo Credit: Connie Kaldor Embrace a return to your roots by taking part in the fourth annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The Grassroots Festival plans a spring weekend of family-oriented concerts and workshops each year thanks to its 100 per cent volunteer-run organization. The festival particularly focuses on folk music, dance […]

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Travel With the Tourist Company

March 11, 2015 10:00 am
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The Tourist Company is living up to their name this spring. Cities across Canada are welcoming the Vancouver experimental folk band throughout February and March as they tour the country. Be sure to catch the Tourist Company when they stop at the Raw Sugar Café in Ottawa on March 12. […]

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Unleashing Folk ’n’ Roll 

March 10, 2015 12:01 pm
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Cloudless, blue skies are drawing nearer for the Toronto band Sun K with the release of their debut album on March 10. The eight-track collection titled Northern Lies, brings together a combination of folk and rock genres creating a fresh and catchy sound. “We like to call it folk ’n’ […]

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Poetic Songs from Canada’s North

February 9, 2015 2:13 pm
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Canada’s own northern star is shining bright from the humble community of Whitehorse, Yukon. Nestled within the magnificent landscape and vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle of the city is singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall. She is gearing up to release her new album Grand Canyon. “I am excited to share it with the world,” […]

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The Strumbellas on Music, Tour Life and Making it Big

January 21, 2015 3:29 pm
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Photo credit: Heather Pollock “I know I’m supposed to say my favourite part of being on tour is meeting the fans,” says the Strumbellas frontman Simon Ward. “But really it’s trying all the different food from everywhere we travel.” If I wasn’t a fan of the Strumbellas before, you can bet […]

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Catching Up With Singer-Songwriter Amir Brandon

January 8, 2015 1:33 pm
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Photo courtesy of Alyssa Balistreri Since winning the 2014 Singer-Songwriter Mentor Experience, a contest for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters, what have you been doing? Amir: Writing, performing, making YouTube covers, and writing some more. A lot more! Since last summer, I’ve been working on a new album with a fellow musician […]

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C’est Up to You

January 7, 2015 10:01 am
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Photo courtesy of Claude Brazeau It’s that voice. Forget her magnetic stage personality, her glamorous good looks and the fact that you can groove to her tunes in both official languages. Those are all gravy. It’s her voice that’ll get you. If Dominique Forest sings a happy song, you’ll be […]

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Shen Yun Returns to Ottawa for Ninth Season

December 26, 2014 2:39 pm
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In Chinese, Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” Indeed that is exactly what audiences can expect from the 2015 performance of Shen Yun at the National Arts Centre. “The show will be a lasting memory and the profundity of the Chinese culture will uplift their life,” says […]

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The Sound of Strings: Stellae Boreales

December 9, 2014 10:49 am
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The Ottawa Suzuki Strings Music School has a vision to “create a music school that is internationally recognized for the quality of its pedagogy and the achievements of its students and faculty, resulting from a culture of innovation in training and development.” The Stella Boreales Violin Ensemble is a perfect testament to […]

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Craig Cardiff: Harnessing the Power of Music

December 5, 2014 10:04 am
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For Craig Cardiff, playing live music is all about the connection. Creating that electric moment when the audience connects with him, each other and the tune is worth the ups-and-downs of the musician lifestyle. Cardiff, the Arnprior based, Juno-nominated, Canadian folk musician, is stopping by the Black Sheep Inn on […]

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’Tis the Season for Handel

December 4, 2014 1:38 pm
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More than 250 years after its completion, George Frideric Handel’s joyous Messiah continues to be appreciated by audiences around the world. Coming to the capital region this holiday season, Finest Moments from Messiah will be presented by the combined effort of the Ottawa Classical Choir and the New World Philharmonic […]

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A Song to Play, A Story to Tell

November 26, 2014 9:59 am
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Music has always been a part of Steve Bell’s life. His mother was a singer, songwriter and piano player and his father also fostered the family’s passion and love for music. “I have almost no memories of not being involved in music,” Bell says. “It’s always been a part of the […]

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Escaping The City With Sandi Skye

November 21, 2014 10:33 am
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Photo Credit: Sean Sisk November 4th, 2014 hailed the release of ‘Country Groove’- a soul-inducing album, featuring Ottawa’s up and coming Sandi Skye. Unparalleled talent, fused with her unique presence, undoubtedly bumps ‘Country-Rock’ into fresh domains. Native to Ottawa, Sandi Skye has been knocking the socks off her fans since […]

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Levi Hart: Ottawa’s Country Star

September 26, 2014 12:00 pm
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The Canadian country music scene is a hub for undiscovered talent. Case in point brings us to this week’s musical feature, Levi Hart. Native to Ottawa, Hart is a gem that has yet to be fully appreciated. Which is strange considering he has opened the stage for Kid Rock and […]

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Making Music Magic: James Leclaire

July 3, 2014 4:33 pm
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Today marks the opening day of RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest! OLM is ready to groove—and so is James Leclaire! Leclaire and The Cable 22’s hit the Barney Danson Theatre tonight at 6 p.m. to bring you some of Ottawa’s best musical talent. Compared to the likes of Steve Earle, Leclaire […]

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