Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 26, 2016

Another successful and exciting year of Ottawa Dragon Boat festival has come to an end. Four days of racing, concerts, and fun in the sun goes by quickly, and the last evening at Mooney’s Bay was no different, with the closing ceremonies turning the beach into a huge party, and the free concerts at the other end of grounds were just as exciting. Between the theatrical performance from Ottawa band Loon Choir, the electrifying performance from synth-pop band Young Empires, and the party-starting show from hometown favourites A Tribe Called…

Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 25, 2016

Could you have asked for better weather? Day 3 at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was once again a beautiful summer day; in fact, the entire weekend has been some of the best weather this year, and what better way to soak up some rays than by catching free concerts at the beach? Although it was a Saturday evening, the lineup was more on the laid-back side of the music spectrum, with experimental art-rock group Pony Girl, lo-fi rock quartet Nap Eyes, and indie garage pop group Alvvays taking the stage. Browse…

Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 24, 2016

With the sun shining bright above Mooney’s Bay, the second day of Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was also arguably one of the most beautiful days of the year. The perfect weather made for excellent racing conditions, as the Dragon Boat teams celebrated with their opening ceremonies. Across the grounds, music lovers were taking advantage of the summery conditions and came to check out some solid Canadian talent. Browse through the Concert Gallery below featuring The Beaches, Ria Mae, and Mother Mother from the talented Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more of…

Sights & Sounds – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: June 23, 2016

Although the races don’t start until Friday, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was off with a bang with a handful of exciting and highly anticipated free concerts. Bringing in artists from Ottawa and beyond, Dusty Organ was there to capture all the action. Between the performances from local bands The Lionyls, and chart-topping favourites July Talk, Thursday night at Mooney’s Bay was one for the books. Browse through the Concert Gallery below from Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more pictures from the weekend. As well, you can…

Van Damsel – May 19, 2016: Zaphods Beeblebrox

Four friends, one van, one coast-to-coast tour, and only one speeding ticket. “We were driving through, I think it was Saskatchewan, and there was nothing but road…” Indie electro-pop band Van Damsel have been touring across Canada in support of their debut, self-titled full-length released back in April, and the Kamloops-based quartet have since dipped their toes in the Atlantic Ocean and are on their way back west. Making sure to spend some time in the nation’s capital, Van Damsel brought their energetic live performance to Zaphods Beeblebrox on Thursday night. “It’s always…

Classified & SonReal (w/ JD Era) – March 11, 2016: Algonquin Commons Theatre

The Algonquin Commons Theatre is a fairly elegant venue. Comfortable chairs, a well-sized stage, and crisp sound system provide an ideal setting for, perhaps a theatre production, a school orchestra, or even a professional speaker to discuss politics or motivational behaviour tactics. But when hosting three Canadian Juno-nominated hip-hop artists for a packed show on a Friday night, those comfortable seats become coat holders, the vacant floor area is quickly filled, and the high-quality speakers are pumping energized hip-hop beats and everyone’s favourite songs. Toronto hip-hop artist JD Era, Vancouver…

Radio Radio (w/ Alex Silas & the Subterraneans) – March 4, 2016: Ritual

I hope you brought your dancing shoes. Acadian hip-hop duo Radio Radio certainly wore theirs Friday night, setting off a wild dance party at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa. From the front of the stage to the back bar, the room was packed with energetic and excited fans ready to go all night long. Having just released their latest album Light the Sky – the first to be entirely in English – Radio Radio danced through their hits new and old. Opening for the pair was local indie hip-hop-fusion act Alex Silas & the Subterraneans,…

Wintersleep (w/ Walrus) – March 3, 2016: Ritual

Donair anyone? It was Halifax night at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa, with East Coast indie psych-pop rock quartet Walrus opening for Canadian alternative rock veterans Wintersleep – both of which originate from the Nova Scotia capital – as the headliners promoted their newly released sixth record The Great Detachment. Check out the Concert Gallery below from K.NE – you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. After, don’t forget to read our review of The Great Detachment and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Walrus Dressed in a retro USA ski jacket and an equally as vintage…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 5, 2016

Empty art galleries make surprisingly excellent rock concert venues. The minimalist design from the contemporary building leaves plenty of room for equipment, bands, audiences, and most importantly: noise. Ottawa’s Megaphono hauled the festival across the bridge into Hull for the final day of shows, including the closing event at AxeNÉ 7. How were the shows? Let the pictures do the talking… Visit www.megaphono.tv for information on all of the acts, and look back on coverage from Wednesday and Thursday. Michael Rault Toronto-based lo-fi psych rocker Michael Rault shared his gritty, garage…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 4, 2016

Ottawa’s west end played host on Thursday for the third day of Megaphono. 12 different performers took over various record stores and cafés, as people sipped on lattés, browsing through shelves of vinyls while Ottawa indie acts entertained listeners. But the real party started later that night at Babylon Nightclub… You can head to www.megaphono.tv for more information and a full schedule, and check out Wednesday night’s gallery.   Frayd Just a few months shy of graduating from high school, Ottawa electronic artist Frayd opened the night at Babylon. Playing a…