Feature Friday

Feature Friday: Bonnie Doon

Expectations. Expectations…one of the most consistently thrilling things about discovering new music is the defying of expectations. Pressing play and thinking you’ll be hearing sea shanties with lilting harmonies, and then sitting back and watching as your speakers emit delicious noise…what a rush. Bonnie Doon’s newest release “Dooner Nooner” is just such an album. This […]

Feature Friday: Kaleigh Watts

Heartbreak, regret and loneliness: we’ve all experienced it, but rarely is it expressed as eloquently and coherently as it is on Kaleigh Watts’ new EP “Hung Me Dry”. These themes run deep and clear throughout the five tracks as Watts opens up and allows herself to be vulnerable and emotional with the listener, making them […]

Feature Friday: Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas

Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas Album: One fifty five Stand Out Tracks: Writing to Explain, Yukon Nights, Time Stands, Laura It may seem obvious to say, but country music has a long tradition of bringing music to heartbreak. No other genre brings home the feelings of loneliness, despair and ache quite like country – especially […]

Feature Friday: The Ramblin’ Valley Band

The Ramblin’ Valley Band have heard you, Ottawa, and they have listened: their eagerly anticipated first full-length album is now available for you to dance, sing and groove along to. Snoozegrass is loaded with nine stellar tracks that initially hint at a bluegrass album, but it’s a mistake to assume these guys are that cut and […]

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: Lucila Al Mar

Lucila Al Mar: Nothing Is Forever Key Tracks: Love and Let Go, Protest, 24, Butterfly Duality is a tough cookie. Here one moment, gone the next; one person one moment, another person the next; love ‘n hate…Lucila Al Mar’s debut album “Nothing Is Forever” is an extended meditation on the nature of duality. It is a well-produced, […]

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: Cold Capital

When you spend multiple days on end listening to a great band for a review, I must tell you: it’s hard not to get personally invested and attached to the music. This is especially true when it’s as layered and listenable as Cold Capital’s newly released debut LP “Frozen Assets”, and even more so when the […]

Feature Friday: The Lionyls

Updated April 16, 2017. *Pete Sounds is a new contributor to Bytown Sound’s music review team* The Lionyls, a self described Rock and Soul band hailing from Ottawa, bring the noize with their Chili Peppers influenced funk rock on three tracks available at their bandcamp website. While the Chili Peppers influence is somewhat sleeveworn, singer Zach […]

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 […]