The Great Hunt for The Arkells Pop-Up Secret Show hosted by CBCq
All photos by Els Durnford
Standing in the Westin picking up Juno Awards media passes, my phone buzzed. A screenshot from a friend of a tweet saying there was a pop-up Arkells show at a *secret* location, hosted by CBCq and Tom Power. What the hell is that, you ask? Pop-up show? Secret location? Challenge accepted. So, The Great Hunt for The Arkells Pop-Up Secret Show hosted by CBCq began.
As we left the hotel we made a plan. It was 1:30pm, the show was at 4pm. Start the clock.
1:32PM – We narrowed down possible venues for such an event in Ottawa. The tweet said that the first 50 people who emailed CBCq would get access to the show. We knew it would be small.
1:37PM – We hauled ass to the car, snow flying down everywhere, and decided first stop would be at the source. Off to CBC we went. Once we parked and found our way around the the entrance that actually let us in (harder than you’d think, there’s like five doors to that place). The security guards were quick to stop us, we showed them the tweet and I’m pretty sure they thought we were off our rockers. Thankfully, one gentleman didn’t think we were completely loony and offered to help us out by introducing us to the CBC host he was waiting to meet. Amazingly enough, the host he was waiting for also happened to be the moderator from the morning’s panel discussion on Ottawa As A Music City. Though he also had no idea what we were talking about he was nice enough to wish us luck as we left on The Great Hunt for The Arkells Pop-Up Secret Show hosted by CBCq
2:05PM – Next we tried to think logically. CBCq hosted an event at the Bronson Centre the day before. Perhaps they were holding all their gear there for the broadcast. So once again, off we went. We got inside only to have the person behind the desk look at us like we have eight heads. This was becoming a theme. We thought this was a logical choice, but failed to consider the size of the Bronson Centre, and how it could fit many more than 50 people.
2:30PM – Though we didn’t admit defeat, we decided that CBC probably knew a thing or two about keeping secrets. We carried on with our day.
3PM – Out for lunch where I ended up with a full pint of beer in my lap and ate perogies that would later nearly kill me (that’s a story for another time).
3:45PM – *Phone buzz.* What’s the line up outside LIVE on Elgin? We once again hauled ass to the car.
4:05PM – Late for the 4PM start time, we parked, j-walked and carefully knocked on the door of the venue. Security opens the door and quickly starts questioning. We got a quick no, and a door close.
4:07PM – Some parts of this story need to remain a mystery, right?
4:10PM – WE GOT IN! The Great Hunt for The Arkells Pop-Up Secret Show hosted by CBCq was a success!!! We quickly stripped off coats, rigged up cameras with lens, and flew like the wind towards the stage. Arkells were going full tilt, we started shooting. Max flew everywhere through the crowd. He was dancing, throwing his mic stand around, finally just took the glasses straight off my face. Insanity. Private School, Drakes Dad, Happy Birthday, Jackson Five.
4:50PM – Post show CBC Host Tom Power striked up a conversation with us. We hesitantly told him details of The Great Hunt for The Arkells Pop-Up Secret Show hosted by CBCq, unsure of the response we would receive. He got a laugh, seemed impressed, all was fine, the end.
4:55PM – Still losing our shit, we went on with our day. The rest of The Juno Awards awaited us, little did we know there was much more in store for the weekend. Check out the full photo gallery for more of what I got up to throughout Juno Weekend.
Join us next time as I tell the story about how I puke outside Petrocan before meeting another CBC radio host.
CONTEST: Another Beau’s + Dine Alone Records prize pack!
*NOTE* – This contest is now closed.
We recently ran a contest brought to you by Beau’s All Natural Brewing and Dine Alone Records to celebrate DA’a 10th anniversary. For those who missed out on winning the crate filled with swag a couple weeks back, we have good news for you. We’re doing it again!
We’re keeping the party going by offering up a SECOND crate full of great stuff for you to win. The package is valued at over $350 and contains the following items:
- Co-branded Beau’s/Dine Alone wooden Beer/Vinyl crate
- 8 Dine Alone vinyl LPs to help you get that crate filled with records
- Various Beau’s merch (coasters, bottle openers, t-shirt, hat)
- “Songs on Tap” download card (featuring songs by Alexisonfire, Arkells, City and Colour, k-os, Monster Truck, Yukon Blonde and more)
- Beau’s pint glasses (not pictured)
In order to enter the draw, answer this question:
Q: Which song by Arkells appears on the Beau’s + Dine Alone “Songs On Tap” music sampler?
Easy, right? Email us at music [at] ottawashowbox.com or tweet the correct answer to @ottawashowbox /@beausallnatural /@dinealonemusic / @arkellsmusic and you’ll be automatically entered into the draw for the prize pack.
For a BONUS entry, tweet your favourite Beau’s beer and your favourite Dine Alone band and include the three twitter handles mentioned above along with the #DA10year hashtag. We’ll put you in twice!
The random draw will occur on Tuesday, September 21 at noon. Don’t forget to buy your ticks for Beau’s Oktoberfest happening October 3-5 soon, they’re going fast! Saturday passes are already sold out. Get Friday passes here.
New Music: See You At 7 by The Stringers
Ottawa alternative rock four-piece The Stringers recently dropped their debut EP, See You at 7.
The album begins by building anticipation through the brief intro track and into the catchy finger picking at the start of first track “Dresses & Ties.” And as soon as the old school rock and roll vocals and catchy upstroke guitar kicks in you are hooked. “Dresses & Ties,” is ultra catchy, features great group sing along “bara bar bara”s, claps and makes you just want to jump out of your seat and dance at your local sock hop. No song on the album excites me as much as “Dresses and Ties,” but that is because it is one of the freshest sounding songs I have heard out of Ottawa in some time.
The band mentions that they draw from “The Gaslight Anthem, Arkells and many local bands in the collaborative Ottawa scene,” and it’s clear that these influences paid off well. See You at 7 is very solid and features five rather unique tracks. The EP caps off with the powerful closing track “West End Stars,” which has a very Gaslight Anthem feel to it due the story it tells. Within the tale of family woes, drunk parents and heartache the following lyrics stand out “I’m losing faith in the stereo, I’m losing faith in your god. Yeah I know he left this place a whole long time ago.” Check out the See You at 7 streaming below.