Contest: Win tickets to Shad + TAPAS Nov. 22
Shad is back in the game, and he’s returning to the nation’s capital on November 22nd alongside local hip hop troupe TAPAS.
Shad’s sixth studio album—A Short Story About War—was just released on October 26th and has already garnered some critical praise. His 2011 breakout album TSOL won the Juno for Rap Recording of the Year, and he himself has been garnering some notoriety in the US for hosting the Emmy and Peabody Award winning Netflix documentary series called Hip Hop Evolution.
A Short Story About War has all the telling pieces of a Shad album—insightful, thought-provoking lyrics, soulful arrangements, and rhymes that will trip just about anyone’s ears up. But the new record is more political that any of his previous works. It is essentially a concept album, one that takes a hard look at the state of our society, the divisions within it, and “holds a mirror to our world” by examining issues like migration, environment, politics, and the human spirit.
While the subject matter is heavy, Shad maintains a sense of hope throughout (e.g. his video for “The Fool pt 1” below).
We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Shad’s upcoming show on November 22nd at The 27 Club, which is likely to sell out. Simply fill out the form below to enter the draw!
The draw will take place the day of the show, Thursday, November 22nd, at noon—so be sure to check your inbox.
Contest: Win passes to Flying Hórses at NAC
*Note – This contest is now closed.
We’re giving away two passes to tonight’s performance by Flying Hórses at the National Arts Centre, which is sure to be an intimate spectacle.
Flying Hórses is the project of composer-pianist Jade Bergeron, who combines piano, Wurlitzer, chimes, bells and cello to create instrumental soundscapes that stir the soul. Her debut album, Tölt, was recorded with Sigur Rós’ producer, Biggi Birgisson, at Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland. She also played Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in 2015, as well as the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 2016. The Banff Centre for Performance Arts welcomed Flying Hórses in the fall of 2016 for a residency, to work and collaborate with Juno award-winner Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think). And just to put the cherry on top, Flying Hórses was nominated for the 2018 Prism Prize, for Best Canadian Music Video, alongside Leonard Cohen, The Weeknd, Feist, and Grimes. Not bad company to be in.
Ticket and event information can be found here.
We’re giving away a few free passes to Flying Hórses’ performance at the NAC’s Fourth Stage at 8:30 PM tonight along with Ottawa’s own mal/aimé, so be sure to enter below! Just fill out the form and we’ll be in touch by 6:00 PM via email if you’ve won.
Contest: Ticket Giveaway for Jennifer Castle w/ The Acorn, Nov. 14
As Christmas draws a little closer, we’re going to open up our Santa sacks and give away some more free stuff. This one is a real treat! Not only is Arboretum Festival bringing psych queen/goddess Jennifer Castle (Idée Fixe Records, Toronto ON) to the beautiful St. Alban’s Church, but Ottawa’s indie darling Rolf Klausener will be suiting up once again to bring The Acorn (Paper Bag Records, Ottawa ON) together after a three-year hiatus. Shows like this come around only once in a while, and nothing compares to the atmosphere in St. Alban’s when musicians of this calibre are playing.
How to enter
Email music [at] ottawashowbox [dot] com the name of Jennifer Castle’s new record. Simple. (Hint: There’s a colour theme that this album shares with something The Acorn has released.)
What you could win
A FREE pair of tickets to the show on November 14 at St. Alban’s! It’s going to be a packed house, so a couple of admissions on the house is pretty nice.
Contest: Win a Jeremy Fisher prize pack
Jeremy Fisher released his new album The Lemon Squeeze today, and we’re giving away some free swag! This Canadian indie music veteran is now based out of Ottawa (!) and is releasing the new record through Hidden Pony Records. He’s also doing some cool stuff through PledgeMusic, be sure to check out the campaign here and see what you can score for pledging your support.
We’re giving away a prizepack that will include a FREE CD and vinyl copy of his new album delivered right to your doorstep! And believe me, it’s one great album so don’t miss out on a chance to add it to your collection for free. Enter in your contact info below to enter, and if you win we’ll get in touch to let you know. If you’d like to enter into future contests and giveaways, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at the top-right of the page (SIGN UP FOR FREE TIX AND SWAG) and we’ll keep you in the loop in the future. May the force be with you.
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Fast Romantics interview + ticket/merch giveaway
are a band that do one thing really well — making great music. That skill set of theirs has been turning heads since the band’s genesis in 2008. They’ve worked with legendary Canadian producer and engineer Howard Redekopp
(The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, Metric, Mother Mother… the list goes on) on two out of their three albums. They’ve been accepted by our southern neighbours, and even had the chance to play at a temporarily reconstructed CBGB in New York City before the bastards shut it down for good. As their raw sound and substantive lyrical content of their new album Afterlife Blues
demonstrate, Fast Romantics are in the business of creating music that people connect with. After having just wrapped up a six-week North American tour, the band plays at Black Sheep Inn on Thursday, Dec. 19, along with Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs
. So with all this romance going down, it’d be a shame for anyone to miss out. Check out our interview with drummer Alan Reain below.
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