A Song to Play, A Story to Tell

November 26, 2014 9:59 am
Steve Bell

Music has always been a part of Steve Bell’s life. His mother was a singer, song writer 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 […]

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Escaping The City With Sandi Skye

November 21, 2014 10:33 am

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
Levi Hart

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

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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O Canada- Our Singer-Songwriters & Canada Day

July 2, 2014 11:00 am

Photo of Lesley Pike, Canada Day, 2013 LESLEY PIKE Indie artist, Singer/Songwriter, Gibson Guitars Artist, DIY-er Hometown: Wingham, ON www.lesleypike.com Q:  What’s your favourite Canada Day memory? A:  Performing last year at the Burlington Waterfront for Canada Day is a favourite that comes to mind. It was so great to […]

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Samantha Testa: Sing Your Soul Out

June 26, 2014 10:00 am

Samantha Testa, 21, is a bona fide pop rocker. Writing music, playing guitar and piano and singing her soul out is just another day in the life for this young Ottawa talent. From singing for the American and Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey teams to co-writing with Suzie McNeil from Rock […]

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Diary of a Jazz Fest Goer

June 25, 2014 9:30 am

When I lived with my parents, Saturday afternoons meant it was jazz time. Actually, any time was really jazz time, but Saturday afternoons especially. Latin Jazz would heat up my living room as Café Latino host Laura Fernandez shared her favourites. Whether my family was busy or not, we would […]

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Bring Sunshine to Your Day with Days of Rain

June 6, 2014 11:38 am

Patrick Ballantyne is no stranger to the Canadian music scene — but usually he is the one creating the tunes instead of singing them. Canrock giant Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason fame), up-and-coming Meredith Shaw (the new Jann Arden) and the Trews are a few who have […]

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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra: 50 Years Young

May 27, 2014 10:32 am

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is gearing up to start its 50th season on a high note. The OSO announced its milestone anniversary line-up at the final concert of its 2013-2014 season. The upcoming five concert series will showcase talents ranging from local composers to Juno award winners–sure to be music […]

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Kicking Off The Season: The Ultimate Guide to Ottawa’s Summer Festivals

May 20, 2014 11:21 am

By: Madelaine Manson Festival season in Ottawa is in full bloom. Spring has finally arrived, and with the weather warming up, it’s time to emerge from hibernation and experience all that our beautiful city has to offer. In the upcoming months, we have some fantastic events and festivals to look […]

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Lawrence Martin’s “Train of Life” is on Track

May 16, 2014 12:03 pm

Juno award winner, Lawrence Martin’s (aka. Wapistan) latest album “Train of Life” is picking up speed. His fifth album is currently in the process of being mixed down and should hopefully be available by the end of this summer. The 13 tracks on this album are meant to tell the […]

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A Classical Start for Mother’s Day Weekend

May 8, 2014 12:32 pm

 For moms with classical tastes, a night out to hear Brahms Requiem might be the perfect gift. The Ottawa Classical Choir presents Brahms Requiem will be held at the Dominion-Chalmers Church (355 Cooper St.) on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Ottawa Classical Choir along with the Choirs of the […]

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“It’s Pretty Hard to Die in Scandinavia,” Kvelertak Explains the Popularity of Death Metal

10:33 am
Kvel press photo

With endorsements from the likes of Dave Grohl (The Foo Fighters), James Hetfield (Metallica), and Rob Flynn (Machine Head), Kvelertak is well on their way to stardom. You can catch Kvelertak at the tail end of their North-American tour this Sunday, May 11 at Mavericks. The name Kvelertak (Norwegian for […]

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

April 9, 2014 2:03 pm

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

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

10:24 am
GIlles Vezina 5 (2)

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
Andrew W.K. by Jonathan Thorpe  2013 APPROVED

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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