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Breaking Down the Ottawa Music Strategy

Last month, the City of Ottawa’s city council unanimously voted in favour of adopting the first-ever official music strategy in

  • 2018
  • May 10, 2018
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The Art of Festival Applications

If there’s one thing Ottawa has no shortage of, it’s festivals. Tons of festivals. Festivals, everywhere. Here in the capital,

  • 2018
  • March 4, 2018
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Tapas Busts Onto the Scene

Tapas is the name of a new hip hop trio in Ottawa, but they’re anything but rookies. The group consists

  • 2017
  • January 31, 2018
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Got Coverage? Tips on how to get heard

As music writers, people like me explore our passion for music through words. It’s our way of supporting the music

  • 2017
  • January 5, 2018
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The pay-to-play model has to go

Artwork by Steve St. Pierre In the world of live music, there are a number of ways in which artists,

  • 2017
  • November 2, 2017
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An Ode to Timekode

With co-founder Kwende Kefentse leaving Ottawa, the 12-year-old dance party expands and contracts Emerging in 2005 from the basement of

  • 2017
  • October 23, 2017
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A Brief History of Ottawa Explosion Weekend

Photos by David Forcier The Beginnings: Rock n’ Roll Pizza Party Let’s rewind to the mid-2000’s, a time when Ottawa

  • 2017
  • June 14, 2017
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Ottawa’s Soul Festival: Bangers & Mash Fest

Music festivals don’t just grow on trees. Whether it’s a small-scale boutique festival like Sappyfest or a large-scale behemoth such

  • 2017
  • March 15, 2017
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Streaming & the New Music Economy

As the music industry continues to shift under their feet, Canadian artists are being forced to adapt to a future

  • 2016
  • September 16, 2016
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