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 [...]

Feature Friday: Jessica Pearson and the East Wind

Jessica Pearson and the East Wind released their latest EP “Grave and Garden Songs” a couple weeks ago, offering a beautifully written and brilliantly executed collection of songs that blend folk, roots, and East Coast bluegrass. Although this group is a trio, their sound is so full as to create the aural illusion that there’s […]

Feature Friday: Bluesfest

It’s that time of year again! Fantastic artists from near and far descend upon the city to entertain the denizens of Ottawa. BLUESFEST! There’s just so much music to see, it can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of amazing local acts to see while the festival is happening. Sure there’s great [...]

Feature Friday: Tara Shannon

Tara Shannon is using her music as a vehicle for positive change in the world, seeking to help as many people she can while on her musical journey. The indie pop country artist recently released her album Unfinished, and there’s a good story behind that title… In 1997 Shannon debuted her very first album Me […]

Feature Friday: Moonfruits

Welcome to Ste-Quequepart: Moonfruits duo Kaitlin Milroy and Alex Millaire guide us through a tour of this imagined town through the perspective of its inhabitants over the course of its ten songs. Cleverly marrying enthralling musical storytelling with the political, Moonfruits become a conduit for the villagers’ struggle with the all-too-common realities of small town […]

Feature Friday: Al Wood and the Woodsmen

Hailing from the other side of the “coniferous curtain,” Sault Ste. Marie born blues wanderer Al Wood has put his time into the Ottawa music scene. In 2010, Al Wood and the Woodsmen took the Ottawa Blues Society’s “Road to Memphis” challenge, and advanced to the semi-finals at International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They’ve also […]

Feature Friday: Jazz MicroFest at GigSpace

GigSpace, an intimate venue just off Preston Street, has been Ottawa’s hub for great jazz music since its launch in 2011. Operated by the owners of Alcorn Music Studios, Marilee Townsend-Alcorn and Mark Alcorn, this venue inspires a wonderful community feel, and is dedicated to providing a creative space for cultivating local music. There’s nothing […]

Feature Friday: An Interview with Andrew Waines

Andrew Waines is one of Ottawa’s hottest up and coming pop musicians. As a student, guitar teacher, and popular musical social media presence, Waines has a lot going on and a lot going for him. This crazy talented musician just released his first single, “Loving Carefully”, recorded in Nashville with producer Maks Gabriel, and we’re […]

Feature Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Shows

We’ve rounded up all the St. Paddy’s Day themed live music pub shows we could find! At Bytown Sound, we like to call St. Paddy’s Day “National Cover Band Day”, so go to one of Ottawa’s many ambiguously Irish pubs and show your support for a local cover band, they work hard all year long to […]

Feature Friday: Muse Collective’s Canadian Women’s Songbook

Canadian music: quick name some artists. Who comes to mind first? Neil Young? Justin Bieber? Leonard Cohen? What about Joni Mitchell? Feist? Anne Murray? A new organization in Ottawa’s music scene is working to celebrate legendary Canadian women musicians past, present, and future. Muse Collective is hosting their first event “The Canadian Women’s Songbook: Women […]