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Claude Munson & The Silence Came After

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Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014

Nous vous présentons une autre édition des chroniques “Les talents pas tellement cachés” initiées par notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau. Une deuxième session d’enregistrement filmée pour @Basement 819. Samedi dernier, l’été des indiens s’est transformé en fièvre magnétique sous l’effet du Château Cyr. Notre congestion nasale des temps froids a tout été débouchée grâce aux vibrations de la voix haute et rassurante de Claude Munson. Ce fut une autre édition hautement réussie des enregistrements instrumentalisés dans cette pièce communicative et débouchonnée du studio-maison situé dans Vanier. C’est même là que nous a été dévoilée une primeur pour la sortie du prochain album… “The Silence Came After”. Voici le résultat de cette... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s Art Scene: Reflections & Representations

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Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

The National Gallery of Canada’s Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition features more than 88 works by 26 Canadian artists. There’s something for every art taste from film and video installations to sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The show highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisitions over the past two years in its Contemporary, Indigenous and Photographs collections. One of the more striking pieces is Geoffrey Farmer’s Leaves of Grass. This 124 foot long installation first appeared in 2012 at dOCUMENT (13) in Germany. Through a donation, Farmer acquired 50 years... | Continue reading article

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Mounties return to Ottawa + prize pack giveaway

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Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.

What do you get when three of the most prominent and creative Canadian musicians band together and form a supergroup? You get Mounties, the exciting project created by Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays, and Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric and Limblifter. The group’s debut album, Thrash Rock Legacy was released this past March, and was immediately showered with praise that resulted in a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and the group being named SIRIUS XM Emerging Artist of the Year at the SIRIUS XM Independent... | Continue reading article

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The Rotters Club celebrates re-issue of Rot n’ Role at Nee’wollah

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Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.

This Hallowe’en, some of the elder statesmen of Ottawa’s punk and alternative music communities will gather to celebrate the legacy of a short-lived music venue with a big influence on local music. Nee’wollah (read it backwards if you’re confused), takes place October 31st at Zaphod’s, revisits acts associated with the Rotters Club, and celebrates the reissue of the Rot n’ Role  compilation album. With only 500 copies in the original 1979 pressing, the album became a collector’s item for Ottawa music cognoscenti. Nee’wollah attendees will get to see comedian Mike... | Continue reading article

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Oscar Wilde’s Earnest a perfect pick-me-up

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Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest has stood the test of time – it’s freakin’ hilarious and it doesn’t matter if it’s 1895 or 2014. Sure, Shakespeare’s plays are some 300 years older than this Oscar Wilde comedy which is part of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre series. But let’s be honest, most of us would probably enjoy The Merchant of Venice or King Lear far more if we scanned Cole’s Notes or Wikipedia before taking our seats. Earnest, on the other hand, is accessible, clever,... | Continue reading article

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Lily Frost’s Motherless Child EP tour comes to Ottawa

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Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.Lily Frost performs material from her extensive past and present repetoire. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Toronto’s Lily Frost returned to Ottawa Friday night at the wonderfully unique and bohemian Raw Sugar Café, located in the heart of Chinatown. It was nice to catch her in this intimate setting, in complete contrast to the last time I saw her perform, which was on the Black Sheep stage at Bluesfest in 2013. She engaged the enrapt audience with a selection of pieces from several of her past albums, along with all six songs from her current EP, Motherless Child, which was released just last month. A second... | Continue reading article

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