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Canadian Hip-Hop Star Peter Jackson Stops In Ottawa Tonight

If you’ve followed the Canadian rap/hip-hop scene in recent years, Peter Jackson has definitely crossed your radar, and tonight (Nov. 9) is the chance to see him live, as he’ll be playing City At Night with special guest Chrissy Spratt. Jackson, who is often dubbed “the hardest working rapper in Canada”, has toured the country […]

Feature Friday: The Bank Street Bonbons

The Bank Street Bonbons are not your grandparents’ Glenn Miller-style big band. They fuse afrobeat, hip hop, and funk flavours to get one spicy hot hash of tightly executed, boisterous grooves with irresistible forward momentum. Crowding just about any stage they appear on –and they’ve been on some big ones already– this eight piece ensemble […]

Feature Friday: Jack Pine and The Fire

Since their first self-titled release in 2011, Jack Pine and The Fire have boldly stood firm in their eclectic mix of genres, refusing to step solely into one small box. With their second full length album “Left to Our Own Devices”, released on September 8, 2017, they’ve returned more confident than ever while they experiment […]

Feature Friday: Silent Winters

“Darling, is it time I let go?” Who hasn’t felt this way in a relationship? That heart-wrenching moment of realization in the lives of two people, once so close and harmonious, now just…existing. Given this lingering malaise, it is no small coincidence that Silent Winter’s Fireworks & a Small Brigade is evocative of Simon and […]

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 […]