Episode 175 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, featured the following tracks and artists:
Episode 166 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Julie and Elly, featured the following tracks and artists:
Episode 158 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists:
|lay your bodies down
André M. Bluteau – sons
The Acorn – Vieux Loup
|Out Of Line
Jonathan Becker – The Way You’ve Aged
|Track Meet on Main Street
Swim Team – single
New Swears – Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever
Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs
Yusso – single
|Hair in Your Eyes (Swamp)
SPELL – single
|The Shadow of Ideas
Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver this Judgment with Greater Fear than I Receive It
|Just A Sip
In Heat – Thrillborn
Puffs – Familiar Hole
Episode 116 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Julie, featured the following tracks and artists:
|Kings Quest||Fox Island||Ghost Ships|
|Steamers||Years||Stay Here to Bleed|
|Claude Munson||Claude Munson & The Storm Outside||Out The Door|
|Just Poets||Single||More feat. Hyf Gypsy Sun|
|Mackenzie Rhythm Section||Brand New Dances||Dying Man|
|The Young Offenders||Single||No Reason|
|Metronome Jones||Metronome Jones||Waiting on the Winter|
|Hey, Wow||Single||Ma blonde est awesome|
|Cold Capital||The Cold Capital EP||The Truth|
|Black Tower||The Secret Fire||The Dragon Flies|
|Craig Cardiff||Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise)||Head vs Heart|
|Canadian content||New release|
Indie City Madness is a weekly radio show that airs Mondays from 5 to 6pm on CKCU 93.1 FM and features everything local that Canada’s National Capital Region has to offer.
For the first year since this blog was created, Eventful Capital joins the bandwagon and brings you a recap of some of the best events to happen in the National Capital Region in 2013. As you can imagine, putting together a Top 10 list is a challenging task that requires careful consideration given the ridiculous amount of quality events that were held in this city throughout the year. It’s also a very subjective process obviously. With that being said, Eventful Capital is pleased to unveil what it considers to be some of the most entertaining events of the past year. Here are the ones that made the cut in no specific order.
1. WeDidIt Collective founder Shlohmo and member D33J included Ottawa on their Laid Out Tour this past April and for the occasion the LA boys gave live sets at Ritual. It sure was a bold move to book the underground electronic/hip-hop DJs/Producers on a Sunday night, but it proved to be a winning decision as about 200 music lovers gathered at the downtown venue to take in the rising collective’s evident talent. Shit got weird, in a good way. This show’s surely brings epic memories to those who experienced it.
2. It’s safe to say local hip-hop heads got served a generous portion in 2013. From Kendrick Lamar and Pac Div to RiFF RAFF and M.O.P., plenty dope bars were dropped in the Capital City this past year. One of the shows that stands out the most however has got to be Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era who brought down the house at Ritual on April 6. The headliners were joined by opening acts Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers and the turned up sold-out crowd loved every minute of it. I’ve rarely seen Ritual that rowdy and packed and that event will easily go down as one of the best hip hop shows to ever happen in Ottawa in my books.
3. When it comes to international music, Ottawa is lucky to have World Famous Music, a production house that specializes in booking renowned world artists in intimate venues. This year, World Famous Music managed to sign a show with Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits who graced the stage at Ritual on April 7. This African music legend attracted a large crowd of fans and at 60 years of age he effortlessly performed some of his greatest hits to everyone’s delight. There was pure love all around the venue that night and it was quite a humbling experience to have the opportunity to see such a talented musician in person.
4. One of the most beautiful things about experiencing live music is that sometimes it allows you to discover amazing talent without expecting it. This can surely be said of Glen Hansard, an Irish singer-songwriter, who gave an incredibly moving and heartfelt performance in front of a packed crowd at this year’s Ottawa Jazz Festival. After a fun evening of music at the Main Stage and National Arts Centre, I stumbled upon Hansard who was closing the night at the After Dark Series. The acoustic performance was simple, stripped-down and honest and it was by far one of the best performances I’ve seen all year. Sometimes less is much, much more.
5. There’s no question about it: the fact that the entire Wu-Tang Clan (except Inspektah Deck) united to perform at the Ottawa Bluesfest this past July is an unforgettable and legendary moment when it comes to 2013 events. Everyone was hopeful, but no one thought the majority of the crew would actually take the stage in celebration of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’s 20th anniversary. That performance was crazy and it’s bound to go down in history for any Ottawa hip-hop head that was in attendance.
6. Another epic moment from this year’s Bluesfest has got to be Björk’s headlining performance. The eclectic Icelandic singer-songwriter’s Ottawa debut was by far the highlight of Day 9 and she easily attracted 9000 festival-goers which is no easy feat. It was impressive to see her move about the stage with such grace and to hear her uniquely beautiful voice pierce through the night. Although I’m not a huge Björk fan, it was simply impossible to remain unmoved by such a rare and powerful performance.
7. When it comes to up and coming indie talent, one of the best shows of the year hands down goes to Montreal-based orchestral pop group Groenland. The 6-piece, who’s gained significant recognition following the release of their debut album The Chase, gave their first Ottawa show at Mavericks on July 21 and the musicians’ refreshing sound and charming stage presence made it one of the most enjoyable shows of 2013.
8. The August Edition of the 4in1 Music Sessions was easily the highlight of my summer. It took place on a beautiful summer day on Jackpine’s rooftop in the picturesque Chinatown neighbourhood. The intimate afternoon of music introduced me to local musicians Greg McEvoy, llvekyo, StillNative and Fevers who each have a unique style of their own. The 4in1 Music Sessions is a great initiative that takes live music out of the clubs and concert venues and into unconventional urban settings in an effort to reach wider audiences. I’m thankful to have been present that afternoon to take in the good vibes. For music lovers like myself, it doesn’t get much better than this.
9. From September 11 to September 15, Ottawa’s hip hop community joined forces to celebrate House of PainT‘s 10-year anniversary (HoPX) and it was a truly beautiful thing. For the occasion, the 4 elements of hip-hop culture were honoured thanks to some solid programming which had something for everyone. From the July fundraising show featuring the internationally renowned Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to the legendary performance by hip-hop pioneer Big Daddy Kane, the 2013 edition of this community festival was an all-around success. It’s things like this that make our city shine so much respect to the organizers for putting on such a fantastic festival.
10. Last but certainly not least, something has to be said about Ottawa-Gatineau’s Nuit Blanche. It’s impossible to leave out this fantastic project which puts Canada’s National Capital on the map with regards to arts and culture. The second instalment was bigger and better than its debut and it was a great testimony to the local cultural scene. Despite the incessant downpour, Ottawa-Gatineau residents came out in large numbers to show their love for the arts which made it a very inspiring night.
So there you have it, these are Eventful Capital’s favourite events for 2013. This list is certainly not exclusive or exhaustive as many other events could’ve easily been included, but it just goes to show the rich variety of events that we are lucky to have in this area.
With 2014 just around the corner, there’s no doubt that there will be more happening and more to cover. Eventful Capital looks forward to the new year to attend all of the fun and exciting events that are set to take place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau.
Today is a special day for Eventful Capital: Elly Reviews Around the City since the blog turns one! For the occasion, I’ve decided to write a more personal post to reflect on the the past year and on what I’ve been able to accomplish with the blog so far.
On November 20 last year, I made the decision to start a blog that would promote and review a variety of events happening in the Ottawa-Gatineau area in an effort to change the National Capital’s reputation and peoples’ negative perception of a city that apparently fun forgot.
I began with the simple concept that I would review events that I attended to share my views and my love for events of all kinds. Then, I progressively started suggesting and promoting fun and exciting even ideas to keep people in the loop on what was happening in Canada’s National Capital Region.
In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to attend numerous shows, festivals, exhibition openings, award ceremonies and other fun activities, all of which proved to me that the NCR is certainly not a boring place despite what people stubbornly convince themselves to think.
I would like to thank every single one of you for taking the time to read Eventful Capital. Wether you’ve only visited the blog once or you’re a regular reader, I truly appreciate your support and I do what I do for people like you. Thank you.
In the year to come, I will continue to share my perspective and impressions on events that I attend around the city and you can also expect more from Eventful Capital: more event ideas, more reviews, some interviews and perhaps some surprises!
Thanks again for reading and for sharing my love for our national capital city,
Eventful Capital: Elly Reviews Around the City
Here we go, the moment I’ve been waiting for all year is finally here: festival season! Woot! Woot! Now you have to understand that I have two favorite times of year: Christmas and Festival Season in the National Capital Region and I look forward to both with great anticipation 🙂 Not only are the usual suspects back for their annual rounds but new festivals are surfacing in the region which is a good thing!
For example, this Thursday, June 7 is the unveiling of a new festival called Arboretum celebrating the best and most progressive forms of art, music and food of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The event description sounds promising and I look forward to finding out more at Thursday’s reveal which will include a line-up announcement, food, drinks, music and the chance to chat with the founders who will be on hand. With the growing number of festivals taking place in the region, I’m curious to see if Arboretum will be able to define and distinguish itself as a must-attend for festival goers.
This Friday, June 8, the monthly edition of Grillz and Glam is planning a special tribute night in memory of MCA of the Beastie Boys who recently passed away. You can expect to hear everything from Licensed to Ill to The Mix-Up without forgetting hits from Hello Nasty. A must event for Beastie Boys connoisseurs. More details available below.
Starting this Friday, June 8 and running until Sunday, June 10 is Westfest, Westboro Village’s free festival of music, arts and life. Claiming to be the ‘biggest free street party in Canada” no less, this cultural gathering’s programming includes Hidden Cameras, Steven Page, Liam Titcomb, DJ Lakes District and Ottawa’s-own Amos the Transparent. Now in its 9th year, Westfest is growing, evolving and more and more interesting 🙂 You can get more details if you click on the image below.
Also starting this Friday June 8 is the Canada Dance Festival which will held at the National Arts Centre, La Nouvelle Scene and the Arts Court. This annual festival is a great way to experience dance in many shapes and forms at an affordable price. You can grab the entire program and more by clicking below.
This Friday, June 8, There’s a Knew? Disco! event at Ritual with Ottawa’s-own DJ Illo, Kid SL, and Matt Tamblyn playing the best in disco house and knew disco starting at 10pm.
This weekend, there’s also an Electric Pow-Wow with the boys from A Tribe Called Red Saturday, June 9 at Babylon. This is always a fun night and definitely the place to be if you want to dance it up!
Last but not least, Piknic Electronik Gatineau starts on Sunday, June 10 and goes until September 16 in the park behind the Museum of Civilization. The weekly-outdoor family-friendly gathering allows you to dance in the grass while listening to electro DJs from the region and beyond while perhaps enjoying a refreshing beer and taking advantage of the BBQ or even say, a picnic! The first edition features Isa Ghio, Steve Martin, Zoltan Kontes and Daily 2%. The full programming is available online by clicking the below poster. Enjoy!