Skinny Lister – CityFolk Festival: Thursday September 15, 2016

Skinny Fuckin’ Lister. Pardon my English, the rowdy, fear-not attitude of the London sextet seems to have worn off on me. But that is definitely not a bad thing – what a show. Bringing their unparalleled energy and party-starting tunes to CityFolk Festival, Skinny Lister held a kitchen party in the Aberdeen Pavilion and everyone was invited. Their blend of folk, punk, and good ol’ drinking music makes for a wild night and some great tunes to stomp your feet to. The rambunctious personalities of each member came out to play…

Monday I Retire – Monday I Retire EP

For a band that found their start as a middle school talent show performance almost ten years ago, Ottawa soul-jazz pop group Monday I Retire have come a long way. Fronted by brother-sister duo Ben and Mackenzie Di Millo, and rounded out by guitarist MJ Heney, bassist Andre Morrill, and drummer Stephen Adubofuor, the Ottawa five-piece have been hard at work to complete their latest EP. The eponymous 6-track record is the follow-up to their 2010 debut Worn & Reeling EP (although the two albums seem to come from two entirely different bands –…

RBC Bluesfest – July 17, 2016

Time flies when you’re having fun, and the nine days of RBC Bluesfest flew by. Sunday evening was one of the smaller crowds all festival, but after a fully loaded two week event like Bluesfest, not everyone has the stamina to last all nine days. Regardless, the vibe of the final day was relaxed, care-free, and just the right temperature. Although the line-up on Sunday was slightly lacklustre, there were still a handful of gems to help send off another edition of RBC Bluesfest with a strong finish. Ottawa photographer…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 15

After a rainy finish to Thursday night, Friday is expected to bounce back with some beautiful, sunny weather and some phenomenal performances. As Day 7 of the outdoor music festival kicks off tonight, audiences are looking forward to the highly anticipated Red Hot Chili Peppers appearance; but before 9:30 hits, there are a handful of other exciting performances to catch this Friday evening. Check out the festival guide below to discover more artists who should be on your radar as you head into the festival grounds. For more information on…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 14

With the final days of the festival in sight, Thursday night is set to be a wild one, making sure to welcome the last weekend with a bang. From the welcomed return of Toronto punk band PUP, to the hip-hop of Toronto MC Jazz Cartier, Day 6 of RBC Bluesfest has one of the best lineups of the festival, and you will certainly not want to miss a moment of it. Read through the trusty Festival Guide below and discover the best picks of the night. For more information on…

Frayd – Vacation EP

Ottawa electronic artist Frayd can boast he has opened for the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, and MSTRKFT in the past year – all before graduating high school. At only 18 years old, Gabe Roberge (a.k.a Frayd) has found his footing with the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Flume, and Porter Robinson. His debut full-length Mountain was released at the end of last year, but the young musician has kept his creative flow in motion with his newly released Vacation EP. The five track EP was a very collaborative effort, finding his features through Soundcloud. Roberge explains: “Before the…

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,…

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…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 3, 2016

If you haven’t head of Megaphono, that’s alright. Only in its second year, the indie festival supports the local Ottawa music scene with concerts scattered across the city in the evening, and informative panel discussions every morning and afternoon. From February 2nd to 5th, Megaphono showcases some of the best music Canada’s capital has to offer. Wednesday night featured a number of highly-anticipated shows from Michael Feuerstack, to Andy Shauf, and local party-band The PepTides. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Catch some of the action from…