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Feature Friday: Saint Clare

Even after 3 months and 14 Features here at Bytown Sound, I’m still continuously amazed at how many incredibly talented bands and musicians we have in our own city. Ottawa’s very own Saint Clare is absolutely no exception: I was totally blown away. Overflowing with indisputable talent, Saint Clare pulls no punches with their debut […]

Feature Friday: Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils

Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils released their fourth full-length album, “Down in a Government Town,” last week. The album is deals with some of the trials and tribulations of living in a city like Ottawa, executed with hilarity and fantastic songwriting. Tom Stewart, the band’s frontman, is a fixture in the Ottawa music scene: player […]

Feature Friday: Renée Landry

Renée Landry uses her super power for good: bringing amazing music to audiences with her dynamic vocal work and compelling songwriting. She’s the music hero Ottawa needs. Channeling artists like Amy Winehouse and Etta James, Landry’s voice is robust and driving, but she can pull back in a moment for a muted flourish. On Chin […]

Feature Friday: The Chocolate Hot Pockets

With The Chocolate Hot Pockets’ latest release “The Feast” being celebrated and performed live tomorrow at Mercury Lounge, Bytown Sound wanted to join in on the excitement: so we dove into the newest videos for tracks off of the release in hopes of catching a glimpse of what kind of awesomeness we’re all in for.               […]

Feature Friday: Merganzer

Ottawa violinist Mika Posen delights us with her most current project: solo experimental  “Merganzer”. You may recognize her from her work with other Canadian acts such as Timber Timbre, Forest City Lovers, and Wooden Sky, just to name a few. Her undeniable talent is immediately present the second you sink your teeth into the exquisitely crafted instrumental […]

Feature Friday: Sleepy and the Noise

Even upon first listen to their track “Mountains and Valleys”, I was convinced that I needed to hear more from this Ottawa Indie Rock trio. They really nail the radio ready tune by having a great blend of Pop, catchy hooks, and clever lyrics. Christian Pasiak’s clear vocals teeter on the edge of smooth and gritty in complete balance, […]

Feature Friday: The Artichoke Hearts

The Artichoke Hearts are a folk trio self described as “three forest nymphs pulled together by chance to sing, strum, plink and pluck”. Members Caitlin Dolan (lead vocals, guitar), Kim Jackson (piano, vocals), and Jessie Lyon (violin) have joined their formidable talents to create their debut EP “Conquer then Divide” out tomorrow! They’ve been making […]

Feature Friday: The Harea Band

This soul-infused pop band has been making a serious groove in Ottawa’s music scene. The Harea Band is a high energy five piece rife with cheerful lyrics and catchy, toe-tapping melodies. Their first EP “Hip Hip Harea” released in 2014 brought them a broad fan base and tons of gigs at such reputable venues across Ontario and […]

Feature Friday: The Boreds

I’d be kidding myself if I said I wasn’t a bit bummed to hear that this is the end for The Boreds, but with their LP “Saved By the Boreds” coming out tonight, I decided to spend a good chunk of the week listening to their previously released EP “Summer Daze”. Starting off with the title […]

Feature Friday: Masters of Nothing

Ottawa! It’s the long weekend! Treat yourself to some sweet live tunes and support some fellow locals to start the weekend off right. Your first stop should be Bar Robo tonight, and here’s why: Masters Of Nothing really seem to have mastered the art of balancing their sound somewhere between Funk, Groove and Experimental on their […]