Five Years – Ottawa 2012-2017 Compilation
Back in May, we celebrated our five-year anniversary with a couple of shows at The Record Centre. That was a whole lot of fun, but we’re not quite done yet. Because why stop there?
Over the past five years we’ve had the opportunity to meet countless musicians in Ottawa, go to hundreds of shows, and really dig deep into the music landscape here. These artists continue to impress us, inspire us, and keep us doing what we do. It’s been our mission and raison d’être to support these musicians through coverage of new album releases, interviews, live reviews, and much more.
We’ve put together a compilation called Five Years – Ottawa 2012-2017 which contains music that has impacted us since Showbox started in 2012. This span of five years, in our mind, was a crucial period in the Ottawa music scene. More DIY musicians than ever before came out of the woodwork and made albums, and many were released independently without labels. Some music was underground, some wasn’t.
Different types of music pervaded throughout this period, demonstrating Ottawa’s potential hub in the Canadian landscape. Our hope is that this compilation will act as a snapshot of a strong and robust local music scene in Ottawa between 2012-2017, and allow folks to have a view into the music that came out during this period. It goes between garage, punk, hip hop, folk, and
While we could have double or tripled the size of this compilation with all the incredible artists out there, we kept it modest and capped it at 51. So while this list is encompassing, it’s certainly not meant to be comprehensive by any stretch. Please enjoy a free stream and download of the Five Years – Ottawa 2012-2017 compilation below.
A huge thank you to all the artists who contribute their music to this compilation, and to Pascale Arpin for designing such a good album cover. Enjoy!
The compilation is PWYC, and any proceeds will be donated to Girls+ Rock Ottawa in memory of Jean Sebastien Belleau. A special fund in his name has been established for the maintenance, repair and preservation of their growing instrument library, made in the spirit of honouring JS’ much deserved legacy as a passionate supporter of the Ottawa music scene.
B.A. Johnston, Steve Adamyk Band, Telecomo, & R!E!! at TARG
House of TARG is one of those unique places that makes you feel at home when you walk down the dingy basement stairs. The room was probably about a billion times hotter than it should be and only got worse through the night. That being said, it didn’t discourage people from having a party.
“How does one make a punk show out to be a party?” one asks. Well, the answer to that is simple, booze, good tunes, and lively bands that either know what they’re doing or have no idea what they’re doing but do it well. That’s exactly what went down on the 7th April, and of course, continued until the early morning of the 8th.
When my best friend and I walked in, we were greeted by Matias who then introduced us to a long-term Showbox writer, Eric. He also introduced us to Eric’s girlfriend, and both were exceptionally kind to the two of us. After some conversation, we headed to find a table and patiently await the show to start.
Robots! Everywhere! was the first to perform and he put on an acoustic set which reminded me very much of a band by the name of AJJ. He sang about sports, going to the park with his daughter, and terrible dates. Phil does not take himself very seriously, which is something that you don’t see very often in the music scene, and much less in a punk music scene. He embraces forgetting the words to a song with no shame and jokes around with the crowd, even looking at a notebook he placed on the floor to remind himself of what songs to perform. Through the night, with friends there to support him, a smile did not leave his face. He even performed a song that he doesn’t perform live and he let us in on a little secret; it’s because his girlfriend is typically at shows and well, the song is called “Call Me Some, If You Are Looking for a Time”. The song consists of the lyrics “If you are ever bored and you want to get married… call me.” And yet he is not. He brought forth an energetic show, one that would remind you of summer camp where you’d gather around the fire and sing together, just way better and with a little more yelling. Seeing Phil live is well worth your money if you don’t take yourself too seriously, or even if you do, you can’t help finding his music infectious.
I wish I had the time to talk to Phil after his set, however, Telecomo took the stage immediately after and who was I to complain? Telecomo brought a more serious vibe to the bar, opening with brand songs that I couldn’t find anywhere on the internet yet. They completely shifted the mood. Not only did they make it feel like they belonged playing in bars due to their sound, but they made you feel like you were in your friend’s garage, watching their band go at it with heart. I found every song infectious and the composition was incredibly well done. I have also never in my life seen a bassist move around as much as Gary did. His basslines shook the floor with its power. I have always deeply admired strong basslines, and Gary’s blew me away. It’s something that really added to the songs and the experience.
The third last song Telecomo played was “I Met You.” It reminds me so much of a song from my childhood and yet I can’t for the life of me figure out which one. This is probably one of the reasons that I have a strong love for that song. They played their last two songs, “For Sale” and “Lipstick” then began to pack up after their very heartfelt thank you. Their drummer and friend, Pat Johnson, was revealed to be working double time because he was also the drumming for Steve Adamyk Band that night. He seemed very modest and began to shake his head when a round of applause was asked to be given for him.
I managed to talk to Adam and Gary after they performed, who were both incredibly sweet people. They even talked to me about my photography and Gary mentioned how he tried to “muck it up” for me, and hoped I got some good shots. They were very genuine people and even asked for my social media. After that I went to find Phil, which Matias kindly directed me to, and I managed to exchange some info with him. Phil, if you manage to talk to him, is a sweetheart. Not only did he make sure everything was alright, but he kept checking in with my best friend to see if she was enjoying the show and if she was okay. This wasn’t something we asked for, but it was certainly much appreciated. His friend chimed in and even told us that we had very nice smiles and that although we occupied the table that he had been eyeing all night, he couldn’t be mad at us for it.
Telecomo will be releasing their debut LP For Sale in June, it is a must-have and will be available on vinyl as well.
As things began to settle down, Steve Adamyk Band began to set up. I was pretty excited to hear them live for the second time because their recorded stuff doesn’t do this band justice. When do CD’s, LP’s, or cassette tapes ever do a band justice though? They opened with “Through My Fingers” and really threw themselves into the music. Pat was going at the drums with every ounce of energy that he had within him. Later that night I learned that he had broken something close to sixteen drumsticks, and two kick pedals because that’s how rock and roll works. I even managed to snag a photo where his drumstick is breaking. Their sound is pop punk with a dash of fuzz added to it. Their energy got people on their feet and dancing, and got me bobbing my head to the fast pace of their songs. Unfortunately, on this night they were a trio as opposed to their usual foursome but their delivery was still spot-on despite this fact. They talked to the crowd and all in all were incredibly friendly people. If you want to listen to a song of theirs that will for sure get you on your feet I highly recommend “False Teeth.” It’s a little gloomy sounding at first, but it picks up fast and gets you moving with a strong baseline that draws the song together.
Talking to Steve was a pleasure. Not only was he thankful for the photos I was taking, he spoke to me about how he loves talking to people who were born and raised in Ottawa and even talked some about how Ottawa is a home to many bands they’re friends with, officially and unofficially. We spoke briefly, but in that time we spoke of the local music scene. These guys have a passion for music that’s so clearly written on their faces, in performance, and in conversation. After thanking Steve for the time he gave me, I headed over to Matias as I got very excited about a photo of Steve Adamyk Band that I took. It is by far my favourite photograph of the night and I knew I could not wait to send him the photo. I needed to show him there and then.
There was a wait period between Steve Adamyk and B.A. Johnston. The whole vibe suddenly shifted, whether it was because it was the opening act or because a significant amount of people immediately flooded towards the front, I don’t know. All I really knew about B.A. was that he makes a joke out of everything and anything, and that in his shows he includes a performance art component to it which most people don’t actually consider an art. Watching this man perform was incredibly absurd. Not that it was bad by any means, it was just incredibly strange. I’d never seen anything like it in my life. Not only did he wear three sweatshirts, but at the very beginning of the show, he ripped a pair of Velcro pants off. His humour consisted of not understanding how an iPhone 5c (his Walkman) worked, and writing songs with very oddly specific names. He had even written a song about GST cheques. Besides that, his humour gave off the vibe of Hamilton, Ontario (so he claims), which is where he’s from. He went around the crowd belting out lyrics in his hoarse voice and crushing beer cans on his head whenever he was handed one.
His sound can only be described as something you’d hear from video games from the 80’s, with a mix of pre-programmed beats, synthesizer, and a few acoustic songs. His guitar is a clear indication of the type of act he puts on. A modge-podge of various bits and pieces stuck on, and stickers littering the old thing. There were even carvings in the face of his guitar, and even a metal pick guard somehow stuck on to it. If you paid close enough attention, you could see his feet floating above the ground from time to time as he played. He later claimed to be “a forty five year old man whose only pleasure is forcing people to drink Sourpuss”.
His act went on well past 1 a.m. and although I didn’t stay for the last few songs, I guarantee that there was a lot more drinking, dancing, and singing going on as the show came to an end. I got a cab home and Matias made sure my friend and I stayed safe, walking out in front of TARG with us.
The night was overall filled with great people, fantastic music, and most of the vibes were incredibly positive. Everyone was incredibly friendly and grateful, no matter how drunk or tipsy they were. The live music allowed the room to surge with energy, and as soon as the bands played everyone crowded around TARG’s stage.
If you’re looking for lazy punk, garage punk, punk with some fuzz to it, or folk punk with a side of comedy, this was the lineup for you. And if you want and incredibly wild night with no regrets (except for that headache you’ll be sporting), come on down to see these incredibly talented artists next time they play.
WuFest 2014 Day 1: Moonfruits, AroarA & Party Bus Karaoke
Photo: AroarA by Ming Wu
The inaugural WuFest began last night at Blacksheep Inn, bringing music fans, friends, and new faces out to celebrate local arts and culture… and Ming Wu! Here’s a little blurb I wrote recently to summarize what it’s all about:
We are very happy to be partnering up with Blacksheep Inn and CHUO to make the inaugural WuFest happen! WuFest is a weekend-long celebration of local arts, music, and culture, named after one of Ottawa’s most prolific and omnipresent concert photographers, Ming Wu. Through Ming’s blog Photogmusic, he has provided us with a de facto photo essay of the city’s concerts, festivals, and cultural events since 2008. In fact, when I first started Showbox back in 2012, one of the first people to help me out and allow me to post his photos was Ming (since his were way better than my crappy phone pics at the time). Many of us know of Ming as an institution in Ottawa, and his photos really do tell a story. His passion for music and all things local is something that we should all try to aspire towards.
We recognize the importance of this kind of dedication and commitment to our city’s music scene, and are very proud to be a part of WuFest.
One thing that was very apparent this past weekend is that WuFest is more than just a festival celebrating local arts and culture. It’s about bringing people together, a microcosm of the scene where friends, acquaintances, those who actively participate and those who are new all gather under one roof. That is, the roof of Black Sheep Inn.
Friday night is when things all got started, and after a little mixup with the party bus, everything got sorted out and about 20 of us were on our way. Black Sheep is one of my favourite venues, for obvious reasons. It’s a family-run establishment that curates incredible music and harbours some of Canada’s best acts. Furthermore, the sound is impeccable. Every time I go to see a show there, I’m blown away at how incredible the waves of noise sound when hitting my eardrums. Props to Mike Dubue who really made our experience this past weekend that much better by coordinating all the audio for bands and making it sound just right. Much thanks to Kelly and Paul Symes for making this whole thing possible!
The first act of the fest was Moonfruits, an adorable local duet comprised of Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy. They mentioned that the first time they played together in front of people as Moonfruits was at one of the 4in1 Sessions that Ming put together, so there was a genuine Wu connection there. I hadn’t heard much of their music before, but I had seen Alex Millaire solo in years past and was fully aware of the incredible technical skills he possesses.
Moonfruits did not disappoint, as they captured the love of the crowd right away. Playing songs in French and English, the duet serenaded us throughout their entire set. Their music was folky, but with a twist. The dynamic between Alex and Kaitlin was perfect, and one could instantly discern how much chemistry was at work here. What I liked most was that neither one overpowered the other – it was a balanced and orchestrated performance that mixed technical instrumentation with equally complex vocal arrangements. The band opened with “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” which turned out to be a spectacular rendition of the Talking Heads song that we all know and love. They certainly did it justice. To top it all off, they ended with “Enjoy Yourself,” a song written by Guy Lombardo which was later covered by ska acts such as Prince Buster and The Specials.
Ming had some prints for sale up on a board at the back, some of which were his most notable shots. They included photos of Silkken Laumann, The White Wires playing a house show, Rich Aucoin at Cafe Dekcuf, and more.
The second and final act on Friday night was AroarA, from Montreal. AroarA is another duet comprised of two incredibly talented musicians who also happen to be husband and wife. Andrew Whiteman is a former guitarist in Broken Social Scene, and played a major role in creating some of BSS’s best music. Their 2013 album In The Pines is named after a book of the same title by American poet Alice Notely. The book, which contains 14 poems about a woman going through Hepatitis C treatment, is the basis for the 14 songs on their original EP and In The Pines LP.
This is very unorthodox, but an intriguing way of bridging music and poetry. After all, they aren’t so far apart. Their music is beautifully composed and each song is given a number instead of a song name. Their music jumps from being delicate and atmospheric (“#3”) to being explosive and intense (“#12”) and everything in between. Messing around with experimentalism has served them well, as AroarA explodes into melodic and invigorating songs that push the limits of folk and pop as we know it. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single song that they played (so much so that I couldn’t help but buy the last vinyl that they had for sale). I was completely enthralled by Ariel’s vocals – her voice enchanted and seduced us all. Her powerful, and at times raspy, voice added another dimension to AroarA’s performance, particularly since the sound in the room accommodated it so well. Although Andrew didn’t sing as much, when he did his voice complimented Ariel’s in just the right way. His instrumentals were intricate and brilliant, as one would expect. I definitely suggest catching AroarA next time they’re in town, as their live show is something to behold.
As the night wrapped up, we all got on the bus and made our way back to Ottawa from Wakefield. We all began belting out songs spontaneously, making the yellow schoolbus our stage. We all sang together, as one. Bangers such as Enrique Iglesias’s “Bailamos,” Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time,” and Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69” were sung, as well as the most epic performance of the night – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It was like we were all in Wayne’s World, except in a school bus instead of the mirth-mobile. Phil Castiglione, a.k.a. Robots!Everywhere!! and also in The Steamers, treated us to a few of his songs like “Ottawa Explosion” and that we all sang with passion and conviction.
Photo courtesy of NBC Pictures
Halloween Recording Challenge by Centretown Records
Centretown Records has done it again! The wonderful people who brought you the 2013 Christmas challenge now present Ottawa’s musical contribution to Halloween.
This year’s Halloween recording challenge delivers 14 songs from local, near-local and formerly local Ottawa musicians. There are a lot of really great contributions ranging from originals and covers, but three stand out, like a blood donor at Dracula’s Halloween bash. Delicious. An original, a remake of a classic and lastly a cover.
The original, and maybe my favourite song of the entire compilation, “The Monster and The Bride” by Devil and the Anti-Chris. If you can’t guess this is Devin and Chris Cook, a married couple, singing lovely romantic Halloween song about finding love in the graveyard. The duo did a great job lyrically, “We were buried, now we’re married, true love found in the cemetery, love like this will never die, I’ll be your monster, I’ll be your bride.” Never have sweeter things been said at Halloween.
The remake or reinvention is The Corghans’ “Halloween Bop.” It’s a wonderful new spin on The Ramones’ super catchy and anthemic “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Once again the lyrics is really what makes this song stand out. “Hey ho it’s Halloween, hey ho it’s Halloween, they’re carving up a pumpkin, putting on their face paint, kids are losing their mind, Halloween Bop.” Listening to the song makes me want to see a bunch of kids in their costumes pogoing their hearts out.
Now for the cover that really grabbed my attention. Der Faden took at stab at The Misfits’ “Skulls.” It is much slower, softer and features echoey female vocals. I doubt you will ever hear “collect the heads of little girls and put them on my wall, hack the heads off little girls and put them on my wall” sound so cute and so eerie all at once.
Honourable mention to Left-For-Dead Walker’s chilling tale of all the ways to kill her ex in “Nightmare Ex” and Nightshades’ “Nightshade Nightmare” for being so creepy and poised to haunt my dreams.
The Centretown Recording Alliance, is a group of musicians from Centretown Ottawa (current or past) who take part in regular recording projects as a means of challenging each other’s creativity and encouraging musical growth. The Alliance includes members from many established Ottawa bands.
New Music: Steammates by The Steamers
On a sweltering hot day this June, The Steamers recorded a live album at Robot!House!! and it’s finally available for your listening pleasure. Steammates features three originals by the local power-folk band as well as three very special covers. What makes these covers so special, is that the artists they covered, Cory Levesque, Jon Creeden and Robots!Everywhere!!, joined them for the performances.
The Steamers set up the performance so that they bounced from originals to covers constantly mixing it up, and they nailed it. The recording of the EP doesn’t only capture the music, but does a great job of representing the comedic personalities within the band. The humour gets going early, as they introduce themselves to Stittsville, Ontario (playing in Centretown) and say they are a band from Niagara Falls. The little comments and jokes can be heard between tracks.
The opening track, “Blue Skies,” is the seven-piece’s flagship track which got people singing along right away. They then get into their first cover “All My Friends Are Here” by Robots!Everywhere!!, which also features great sing along portions. Up next is the heavy and emotional original called “Mike.” You can really feel the hurt in the lyrics and the still quiet of the crowd. Getting back to the covers and keeping with the heaviness, the band is joined by Cory Levesque to play the bleeding heart ballad “Words Are Hard These Days.” In their final original, the band really shows its folk roots with the harmonica-driven tale of being stranded in a dead-end town in “Stay Here to Bleed.” Rounding out the album is the track that excites me the most. I never had a chance to see Jon Creeden in a band (missed those Dead Weight days) so it was really cool to see a full band sound combined with his powerful vocals on “Tired.” As you can tell on the recording, I was not alone in my excitement, as many people joined in and were looking for some love from the man.
Take a listen to Steammates below, and note that all EPs purchased help support a Steamers full-length in the works for Spring/Summer 2015. Hmm, steamy goodness!
Finish What You Started Fest: Frustrations, ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE! and Nightshades @ Gabba Hey!
Frustrations, ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE!! and Nightshades capped off another great you of Finish What You Started Fest Sunday night at Gabba Hey!
Nightshades getting the night rolling at Gabba Hey! in Ottawa.
Kicking off the night was Ottawa three-piece garage rockers Nightshades. The band formed this year and has a very familiar face on bass, Sarah Grant of RawRawRiot who I have seen several times. Their set was fun and up-tempo featuring great originals such as “Beauty of Dreaming” and “Middle of the Night.” Anyone who reads Showbox knows I am such a sucker for female vocals in garage rock and punk rock, and well Nightshades has two female vocalists who really complement each other. Their tracks were great but it’s almost impossible to cover Minor Threat in your set and not have that become the highlight. The irony of the matter was they chose to cover the preachy straight-edge anthem “In My Eyes” while drinking Old Milwaukee. Look forward to seeing them again as they have me intrigued.
ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE!! and some of his “best friends” singing along.
Up next was the one man punk rock party Phil, aka ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE!! His set started with people giving him space at the front, but that did not last long. The very nature of ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE!! shows is the crowd participation and the funny stories/explanations before every song. He played many of the favourites such as “Best Friends,” “I Miss The Old You!! (a.k.a. We’re Going to Mexico (a.k.a. 400 bucks!)),” “Red Hair, Blonde Hair” and “Ottawa Explosion.” In a twist, Phil reached back to last year when he wrote little songs about bands and people involved with Finish What You Started Fest. On this night, he played the one he wrote about organizer Ska Jeff, watch video from last year here. Phil also played a new tune, a hardcore song about helping “a big metal head with long hair find his hair elastic in a mosh pit in Quebec,” called “I Lost Something in the Pit.” This is by far the heaviest song Phil has ever written, and possibly a new direction…? During the last song of the set “Zombies” a cake was presented to Franky (Ottawa Pop Punk) and he got to blow out the candles for his birthday.
Closing out the night and the festival was Frustrations from Detroit, Michigan. This was the first time I ever watched punk rock while eating cake and may I say it was quite delightful. These guys were a high energy noisy-punk band who must commend as they did not appeared phased by the fact many people had left. They sounded really tight and really loud. Their drummer took over lead vocals for a track which is always pretty cool to watch. The song that really stuck with me from their performance was “Surgeon” off of their latest album Negative Reflections.
This was another great year for the DIY festival put on by Finish What You Started and an excellent way to celebrate five years. Congratulations Jeff and thanks for all you do for Ottawa.
Ottawa Explosion Weekend Day Three: The White Wires, The Creeps, Robots!Everywhere!!, Jon Creeden and more
Day three of Ottawa Explosion Weekend was absolutely insane! Got started at 6 pm with acoustic punk, later included an amazing The White Wires set and The Creeps stirred the place into a frenzy inside.
One of the best acoustic acts going, period, is Jon Creeden. He writes great tunes that just urge you to sing a long the entire set. And what is even better is he was still all smiles and upbeat despite getting a $90 parking ticket while loading. He played a bunch of songs we all knew like “Swept Away” and a sweet combination of “Dominos” and “The Captain.” But the highlight for me was the three new songs he wrote about Ottawa that he played in the middle of his set. One was about Jean-Sebastien, one about Robot!House!! and another for SCUM House on Gladstone (RIP). Looking forward to getting my hands on those recordings whenever they are pressed.
Up next was the one-man party explosion Robots!Everywhere!! One thing I truly love from Robots! sets is how he gives a little story or teaches you dance moves before every song… both are always hilarious. He rocked us with great tracks like “$400,” “Best Friends,” “Taco Party,” “Sports Off,” and a new song. He taught us awesome choreography for “Drunk at Work” and got into some aerobics by convincing everyone to run on the spot during the chorus of “Building Materials.” He then showed everyone what Ottawa Explosion is all about by moving his mic in the crowd having all of us surround him as he played the Ottawa Explosion theme song. We then all had a massive sweaty group hug.
Outtacontroler from Halifax got things kicked off once we all moved outside back to the front of Club SAW. They played some pretty darn sweet garage rock. I was really digging it but my stomach was yelling at me to eat, so I had to duck out. This hunger also caused me to miss The Famines…but that almost feels appropriate.
I did return just in time to catch Vancouver’s Tough Age. They kept the kind of garage punk vibe going, and I was not complaining. I freaking loved the lead singer’s voice, it just had that perfect ring to it. “We’re Both to Blame” and “Heart of Juliet Jones” (the first two songs off their most excellent album) were my favourites from their set.
Next up was Protomartyr, such a cool band name I may add. The lead singer looked like a drunk business man after a hard week of work with his suit on and stumbling, but they were great. I truly enjoyed their set, most notably the second song the boys from Detroit played called “Scum.”
It was now time for local favourites The White Wires. The band pretty much plays two shows a year as their members are all doing different things, including Allie rocking out of California now as Peach Kelly Pop. Ian and Allie were ready to go, but bass player Luke was nowhere to be found… so Emmanuel jumped on the bass for the first song. It will probably go down as one of the coolest moments in Ottawa’s punk folklore. Their set was unreal and jam packed with all the hits. “Let’s Go to the Beach,” “All Night Long,” and “Roxanne” stuck out for me from the set and so did every song they played, actually. The crowd was going nuts charging the mic to sing along, moshing, crowd surfing and just having a riot.
It was time to move inside, and after the amazing The White Wires set, the bar was placed pretty high for the next few acts. They did not disappoint. Dig It Up from Montreal are simply put, awesome. They blasted through their set at warp speed. The singer spent almost as much time in the crowd as he did on stage and he was hands down the most energetic and entertaining frontman of the festival so far. I am so glad I caught their set as I missed it at Pouzza Fest.
Another Ottawa band that just doesn’t play enough are The Creeps. The crowd inside agreed as they screamed along and crowd surfing non-stop. Their music is upbeat and fun, while their lyrics are creepy and stalker-ish, a wonderful combination. They played many great songs and I was happy to hear one of my favourites “Follow You Home.” Emmanuel was up front as always and got up on stage to sing some, it is so great to see the organizers having a blast at their own festival.
With so many great acts done there was still one question… who was the secret band closing out the night? The answer, The Marked Men side project Radioactivity. At this point I was feeling rather exhausted so checked out four or five songs and had to pack it in. The band was great and set the stage for Saturday.
Weekend Music Roundup: April 17 – 20
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Thursday Apr. 17
Friday, Apr. 18
Olympic Symphonium // Winchester Warm @ Pressed
Saturday, Apr. 19
Couchwrecked CD Release Party! With Ain’t No Grave and Swagoo! @ Lunenberg Pub
DEAD WEIGHTS, WAR FAIR, GAMEDAY REGULARS, STUCK ON PLANET EARTH, + MORE! @ Montgomery Legion
Sunday, Apr. 20
Koffin Kats @ Maverick’s
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OSBX Presents: Apr. 17 | Steve Adamyk Band, Finderskeepers, Robots!Everywhere!!, Cory Levesque, art by Kaylie Seaver
**WARNING: SERIOUS FUN TIMES AHEAD**
The night of Thursday, April 17th marks the start of the Easter long weekend. What better way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the arrival of the Easter Bunny than bringing the titans of Ottawa punk into one venue and have them go head to head, leaving it all on the line.
Without dishing all the tricks up our sleeve, Steve Adamyk Band, Finderskeepers, and a split set between Robot! Everywhere!! & Cory Levesque will be utilizing more than just the stage. If you choose to take part in this, you will be surrounded by non-stop mayhem. You will be directly involved in non-stop mayhem.
The amazing Kaylie Seaver will be painting live art and selling her pieces all night, her imagery and style is unlike any other. She’ll be auctioning off her live art canvas at the end of the night, so don’t be afraid to bring a little extra cash to support local art and get a sweet deal on a one-of-a-kind painting.
There will also be shitty projections throughout the night, because really, who doesn’t like shitty projections? What more do you want from a $100 projector from Kijiji?
The one and only Davey Quesnel AKA DJ Male Nurse will be spinning the best tracks to keep the party going after the bands finish.
TRANSMISSION Afterparty event is here: http://on.fb.me/1dSdQyr
So come out and support these wicked local bands, buy some of their merch, and get fucking rowdy!
** ALL OTTAWA PUNK **
Thursday, April 17
$8 | 8PM @ the door, till 11PM
STEVE ADAMYK BAND
Ottawa straight up in your face punk
ROBOTS! EVERYWHERE!! vs. Cory Levesque
DJ MALE NURSE (aka Davey Quesnel)
Afterparty beat supplier and overall legend
Kaylie Seaver (live visual artist, poster designer)