Feature Friday

Feature Friday: Jumpin’ Joel Flash and the Magic Machine

Jumpin’ Joel Flash and the Magic Machine is truly one of Ottawa’s musical gems: marrying theatre and music, this band is incredible, creating a performance you simply don’t want to miss. Their music is fearless sentimentality frocked in a cavorting good time, weaving country twang with weighty harmonies and heartfelt melodies. The lead man himself […]

Ottawa Jazz Festival: Local Gems You Won’t Want to Miss

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is in full swing, and while there’s no shortage of phenomenal big-name acts – like, say, Chaka Khan, Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and Herbie Hancock – there are also great Ottawa acts that are just as deserving of your time. While last week’s Feature Friday gave a [...]

Feature Friday: Free Shows at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

Every year, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival recruits world renowned talent to play our great city, and 2018 is absolutely no exception.  In addition to this wonderful privilege, the world class jazz musicians who have chosen to make Ottawa their home continue to expand the breadth of the festival and never fail to delight concertgoers. [...]

Feature Friday: Sparklesaurus

With dreamy tenor and placid hearts, Sparklesaurus has been diffusing their light all over Ottawa for the last few years. Their highly anticipated debut album — to be unveiled this Saturday — harnesses sound to fuse our lived experience with the abstracted whimsy of the alternate dimension that Sparklesaurus occupies. The driving force behind this unhurried, […]

Feature Friday: Danielle Allard “Passing Notes” Album Release

Ottawa’s singer/songwriter Danielle Allard will be launching her brand new album Passing Notes this Saturday, May 19 at 6 pm at CollabSpace (70 Bongard Avenue). Her sound fuses jazz, pop, indie, and folk, paired with a fierce, soaring voice that immediately draws the listener into her songs. Her songwriting is varied in style from light, […]

Feature Friday: Amos the Transparent

Fans of Amos the Transparent have been waiting nearly four years for the band’s next album. Well it’s here and it was worth the wait. The release of Anniversaries marks 10 years of making music together. Throughout this decade, Amos the Transparent has made some big moves in the Canadian folk-rock world; they’ve played several […]

Ottawa Live Music Weekend Picks

Friday, May 4 Jessica Pearson and the East Wind Live on Elgin 220 Elgin st. 2nd Floor Doors at 7:30pm $10 Advanced | $12 at the door This dynamic trio always puts on a fantastic show. The band’s chemistry is undeniable, and their onstage banter and storytelling is onpoint. JPEW not only radiates with lighthearted […]

Feature Friday: Shadowhand

They refer to it as “ghost-like soul”, and yes sir, indeed, Shadowhand has nailed their sound pretty succinctly.  This album feels like a soundtrack for evening encounters, and it’s pretty darn breathtaking.  Well sung, well performed, well arranged, well goodness gracious, you did it, fellas: it’s minorchorderoticscratchyvocal sexy. You know you want this kind of music […]

Feature Friday: Cast In Cadence

Even though Ottawa’s dynamic rock band Cast In Cadence’s second EP “Dead Ringer” was released in January, its four stellar tracks still have us buzzing. Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, this tightly crafted EP features four pieces of pop/rock perfection just ready and waiting for their turn on the radio charts. “Dead Ringer” […]

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 […]