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Feature Friday: Kelsey Hayes

With starry-eyed love songs and scorned-lover anthems saturating the airwaves, it can be easy to forget that that pop can be earnest and still be catchy as hell. It’s refreshing, then, that Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Kelsey Hayes’ new EP, In My Mind,  serves as a sterling reminder, proving that the best indie-pop can convey complexity and […]

Feature Friday: Sophie Bijjani

If you’re looking for an eccentric and earnest musical adventure, Sophie Bijjani is the perfect guide, helping you along the path to Feu d’grand vent, her soon-to-be released debut album. Following a stint of performances in California, the Gatineau-based artist has made her way back to her hometown in order to release this eclectic collection […]

Feature Friday: Sarah Bradley

Cultivating the radiance and finesse that is becoming her trademark, Sarah Bradley is sculpting her sound into something entirely distinctive and uniquely her own with For the Kill. This new EP is just the most recent sign of the momentum Bradley has been building through her career, and this solo work bears the marks of […]

Feature Friday: Megan Jerome

Those who have followed Megan Jerome’s musical oeuvre know that her style is uninhibited and saturated with inexorable charm. Those who haven’t will be thrilled to discover it for themselves with her new album Ooh Ahh, which showcases Jerome’s inspired songwriting and musicianship alongside her distinctive charisma. It was released with much hullabaloo last Wednesday […]

Feature Friday: Kings of Lowertown

The Kings of Lowertown have a singular affinity for the constellation of small towns that are scattered along the Ottawa Valley’s Highway 17 corridor. Their new EP Missouri Lowsider is the band’s latest endeavour to capture the essence and spirit of the area through their signature backwoods blues sound, a little more rustic than bucolic. […]

Feature Friday: The Bank Street Bonbons

The Bank Street Bonbons are not your grandparents’ Glenn Miller-style big band. They fuse afrobeat, hip hop, and funk flavours to get one spicy hot hash of tightly executed, boisterous grooves with irresistible forward momentum. Crowding just about any stage they appear on –and they’ve been on some big ones already– this eight piece ensemble […]

Feature Friday: Outside I’m a Giant

Established in early 2016, Outside I’m a Giant has made their mark on both sides of the river. After a year of playing gigs and honing their sound, this Hull-based folk trio has released their debut album, Point Comfort, a triumph of modern balladeering. Texture and timbre are highly impressionistic, leaving traces on its listeners. […]

Feature Friday: Chérie

The Aylmer, Quebec four-piece band Chérie is a disarming, dreamy ensemble that marries jazz sensibilities with breezy rock feeling and a pop conviction. Formed in 2015, the band has been gracing stages across the National Capital Region including The Black Sheep Inn, Bluesfest, Megaphono, and Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent. The ethereal voice of lead vocalist […]

Tara Shannon Shares Message of Empowerment in New Anthem and Music Video

We love sharing stories of Ottawa’s musicians lifting up their communities with their art, and hardly anyone else can match the efforts of Tara Shannon. Originally from Russell, Ontario, this songwriter and vocalist’s success is no stroke of luck, but rather the product cultivated talent, hard work, and a sincere and focused drive to help […]

Feature Friday: Arboretum Festival

Those looking for an event that fuses eclectic music with the Ottawa's exceptional local food and drink creators need look no further than this weekend’s Arboretum Festival, being held Aug. 18-19 at the Rideau Pines Farm. Located south of the city, this pastoral setting offers attendees the opportunity check out established and emerging artists across a three-stage [...]