Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…

In No Particular Order: September 16, 2016

Remember as a kid when you were given some candy (not from a stranger), and you’d rush home, but by the end of the day, your stash would be gone – even though your parents always told you to save some for later? You’d have a bunch of delicious, sugary goodness within your grasp, all at once, and depending on how abundant this candy collection was, you’d be overwhelmed with the sudden influx of sugar (what’s “self-control”?). Essentially that’s what this week’s INPO feels like – you’re given this massive pile…

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…

Festival Guide: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016

Boats, boats, boats, and more boats. From June 23 to 26th, Mooney’s Bay transforms into the festival grounds for Ottawa’s Dragon Boat Festival, with teams from around the world coming to compete. Every year, thousands of spectators come to take in the action with their beach-front view, enjoying the heat of June and the excitement of the races. But once the rowers have retired for the day, the real fun begins on land. Although there is plenty of entertainment and events during the day, Dragon Boat Festival takes it up a notch at night,…