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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: Positive Charge

Positive Charge released their first full-length album, Under Growth, in August. It’s a high energy ride from start to finish, drawing on material from the band’s past eight years together. Positive Charge is composed of the good vibrations of Richard Barrie (vocals, guitar), Cameron Hanes (guitar, vocals), Jordan Morlidge (bass, vocals), and Anthony Cardozo (drums, […]

Feature Friday: Greathunter

Great Scott! Great Balls of Fire! Greathunter! Great name! Comprised of songwriters and composers Andrew Grosvenor and Leigh Newton, this Ottawa band has released its debut album, “Prey”, which may as well have just been called “Pray” for all the deeply embedded spiritual connectedness this listener found within its grooves. To be honest, this one […]

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: New Swears

With their upcoming appearance at the Hopped and Confused Music Festival, now’s the perfect time to dive into the New Swears’ latest, “And the Magic of Horses”. Released in June on Dine Alone Records, the New Swears’ fourth full length album is packed with 10 tracks of non-stop fun: dealing out catchy lyrics backed by […]

Ottawa Gets Hopped and Confused This Weekend!

Summer may be inching toward a close, but the Ottawa festivals are still in full swing. This weekend’s second annual two-day Hopped and Confused festival at the Mill Street Brew Pub is a great way to launch yourself back into the Ottawa music and beer scene before autumn makes an appearance. Dine Alone Records and […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass Format: Vinyl Purchased: Originally Pops’ Vinyl, but purchased on CD at HMV Key Tracks: I’d Have You Any Time, My Sweet Lord, Wah-Wah, What Is Life, If Not For You, Apple Scruffs, Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp, All Things Must Pass, Thanks for the Pepperoni, Awaiting on You All […]

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: Coveter

On their Bandcamp page, Coveter lists some of the artists that influenced them, and I understand the desire to do this: After all, attaching your work to your inspirations is an homage to the music that brought you into town in the first place, and it serves as a handy identifier. Coveter’s tunery, however is […]