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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 […]

Feature Friday: Monday I Retire

This week we shine our feature spotlight on a local talented 5-piece band: Monday I Retire. Having played many festivals and venues all around the city, this band has been making quite a name for themselves. Paired with their ability to blend different genres so seamlessly, while they complete their full sound with warm, sincere vocals, Monday […]

Feature Friday: Double Experience

All the excitement from last night’s Hip show in Ottawa may be winding down, but Bytown Sound is just gearing up as we check out local nerd rock dudes: Double Experience! It’s easy to see why Double Experience is gaining such a following. This hardworking crew clearly loves what they do, which is undeniably conveyed through their music and their seemingly endless […]

Modasaurus at Options Jazz Lounge

Modasaurus is a dynamic jazz fusion quartet featuring James McGowan (piano), Alex Moxon (guitar), JP Lapensee (bass), and Jamie Holmes (drums). The members met and forged their musical relationship in the Carleton University Music program, Moxon, Lapensee, and Holmes are former students, while McGowan is a professor in the department. These versatile and talented musicians have come together to collaborate on and perform McGowan’s […]

Feature Friday: Jasen Colson

Ottawa’s multi-instrumentalist Jasen Colson is our focus at Bytown Sound this week! Playing his debut full band solo show at Zaphod’s on Wednesday, August 17th with fellow talented Ottawa bands Arms of the Girl and Sparklesaurus. Check out one of Jasen’s original tunes here: More of Jasen Colson’s music can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/jasen-colson/tracks   So why not […]