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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
  • March 4, 2018

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,

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  • 2017
  • January 31, 2018

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

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  • 2017
  • January 5, 2018

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
  • November 2, 2017

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
  • October 23, 2017

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

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  • 2017
  • June 14, 2017

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
  • March 15, 2017

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

  • 2016
  • September 16, 2016

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