The Ramblin' Valley Band has been cooking up flavourful jams mixing blues, country, bluegrass and rock and roll into one sweet spread. For over 2 years the band has been sharing their talents with Ottawa music lovers, and have been received with dancing, singing, hootin' and hollering all along the way. When you watch the RVB you're going to see a versatile band that can jump genres seamlessly, trade instruments with ease, and works together to highlight each member as a part in a mighty groovin' machine.
Sings like an angel, plays like a beast. Rock and roll lover of Heavenly and the heaviest blues. After learning to file harmonica reeds in a back alley, Catriona toured Canada as the bassist for Halifax teen-rockers, Plumtree (who inspired the cult-favourite book and movie, Scott Pilgrim, with their song of the same name. She’s toured with Italian harmonica wizards, played in a Hiroshima-based garage rock band, was a guest on The Price is Right, and has been to more places in remote Canada than most people ever get to.
Petra Glynt is the solo music project of Alexandra Mackenzie. It began in 2013 with the release of the Of This Land EP with Toronto independent record label, Healing Power Records. Her music gathers together aspects of her work as an operatically trained vocalist, drummer, producer/ recording artist, featuring heavy percussion, vocal looping, synths, and sample-based sound collage. In likeness with her visual art practice, she finds freedom in the infinite world of composition as synesthetic representations of colour, form, and rhythm, with energy and lyrics that speak to empower her audience and listeners.
From Montreal, She-Devils want to show you there is a fine line between paying homage to music history and defacing it, as they paint crudely overtop of it with simplistic drawings. Audrey Ann Boucher sings atop of Kyle Jukka’s murky vinyl-sampled sounds and textures. The two performers have no interest in exhibiting any kind of refined musicality, but rather intend on creating impressions that burrow into the heart and imagination. The duo has been writing songs together and performing since the summer of 2014. In January 2016, She-Devils self-released their first EP.
Bonnie Doon is an Ottawa-based post-punk foursome drawing inspiration from spooky beaches and pizza joints. Bonnie Doon melts faces with waves of controlled dissonance and unabashed wolf calls to the moon. Their sold-out EP on Bruised Tongue Records An Affair to Imagine captures the west coast/punk/new wave/indie/surf of the formative days of Teenage Head, the Viletones and the B52’s. With rippin guitars and fine drumming, Bonnie Doon, heads into releasing their full length come March 2017.
Man Made Hill is the intergalactic solo mission of Randy Gagne. Having gestated thus in the crustiest reaches of Planet Ontario, Man Made Hill emerges periodically from the subterranean quadrant of Ontario City to perform his special blend of existential entertainment in public. Utilizing, with great difficulty, a stew of scorched samples, soaring synth, and full-on Life performance, Man Made Hill presents absurd, erotic episodes that are both entertaining and intriguing for the audience to listen and dance to. Come discover the phenomenon some critics are calling “music, sort of…”, that will massage your face into a smile every time.
The Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun filled and electrifying musical ride. The group's frontman, Lucas Haneman, has long been widely regarded for his distinctive guitar work. Along with Jeff Asselin (drums), Martin Newman (bass/backing vocals) and Megan Laurence (backing vocals), he has found his true means of self-expression. The LH Express is a fresh and funky band with a sound drenched in poignant lyrics and blistering band interplay. On their new album ""Tearing Up The Rails"" (slated for release in late October 2016), the band shows a deep connection to the roots of the blues tradition, with gritty, passionate high energy material, some of which was recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN. The band's debut release ""Welcome Aboard"" (released April 2015), is a journey through memorable melodic hooks, gripping guitar solos, and pure soul! The Express's music is a combination of blues, funk, reggae and rock, tied together by musical interaction. Though not your grandparents', or even your parents' version of a Blues band, the Lucas Haneman Express has created an addictive new sound, that when given the chance will certainly win you over. The Lucas Haneman Express has played the RBC's Ottawa Bluesfest for 2 years (back to back), Calabogie Blues and Rib Fest, Kingston Limestone Blues Festival in September 2015, and have performed all over Ontario, Quebec, and even multiple times on world famous Beal Street in Memphis TN. In September 2015 the band won first place in the Ottawa Blues Society's Road To Memphis competition and travelled down to Memphis in January 2016 where they competed and were semifinalists in the ""International Blues Challenge"" alongside bands from all over the globe. They have opened for or performed with artists such as The Downchild Blues Band, bassist extraordinaire Tal Wilkenfeld, Canadian bluesman Jerome Godboo, blues legend Harrison Kennedy, and the John Butler Trio from Australia.
Lonely Parade is a band of three egotistical, stubborn childhood best friends playing post-punk indie pop. Their music is honest and raw, exploring new experiences that often accompany touring and newfound independence. Their newest record, "No Shade" was released through the band's own label Sleepwalk Tapes in September 2016.
With her folk-inspired songs, Safia Nolin won over fans and critics alike. Her genuine, touching lyrics and haunting melodies guide us through her unique universe. Limoilou, her debut album named after the neighbourhood where she lived during her teenage years, was released on September 11th, 2015, via Bonsound.
Sri Lankan/Canadian multi-lingual singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that writes music that can be sweet, heartbreaking, and enchanting. With just her voice, guitar and vocal looping, combined with Zachary Perron's delicately charming electric guitar/e-bow/maschine accompaniment, they create a warm and inclusive environment highlighting life’s dark, cloudy and sunny days. She has gained a steady following in Ottawa, and has opened for Justin Nozuka, Coeur de Pirate, Craig Cardiff, and many more, playing stages across Ottawa.
Founded in 2010 in Ottawa, Canada, Scary Bear Soundtrack is an indie dream pop project, featuring the works of Gloria Guns. Over the years, the act has performed in a number of unusual spaces such as Nunavut and Namibia, following Gloria’s career path as a human rights lawyer and researcher. Gloria’s background in human rights also serves as inspiration for the band’s lyrics, which unabashedly address social issues such as violence against women (in songs like “Fault Lines”), racism (“Asian Fetishist”), and environmental conservation (“Beaver Pond Forest”). Although the band’s lineup has changed over the years to accommodate the band’s various relocations, Scary Bear Soundtrack has always prioritized the inclusion of emerging women artists and people of colour, recognizing the importance of promoting a diversity of voices in the music world. Musically, CBC Radio has compared Scary Bear Soundtrack’s sound to the Postal Service, Stars, and the Cocteau Twins. The band makes ample use of synths and heavy reverb guitars processed through chorus pedals and vintage amps, blending layers of shoegaze with synth pop. The band also often employs complex three-part vocal harmonies, thanks to the band members’ classical music training during childhood.
LA COLONIE est un nouveau groupe de la région d’Ottawa qui propose une musique à la fois urbaine, folk et traditionnelle. Formé en 2014, et composé de Déwanou Thibault et Jhimi Taxil, ce groupe cherche à faire partie du paysage musical et culturel de l’Ontario français. Fusionnant la musique de l’Afrique, d’Haïti et des Amériques, LA COLONIE crée un nouveau son hip-hop acoustique qu’il nomme : BADOUA BEAT. Déwanou et Jhimi, tous deux des nouveaux arrivants au Canada, se sont rencontrés grâce à des amis communs musiciens. Après avoir échangé les histoires de leurs parcours respectifs, ils ont réalisé qu’ils venaient de pays colonisés par la France, soit le Bénin et Haïti. Comme le duo se retrouve maintenant dans cette « colonie de la Nouvelle-France » qu’est le Canada, nos jeunes artistes réalisèrent qu’ils possédaient des assises nouvelles et solides pour créer des chansons originales: ainsi est née LA COLONIE. Le duo travaille présentement sur un EP de 5 chansons, qu’ils aimeraient mettre sur le marché à l’automne 2016. Leurs chansons « Good Vibe », « Malalatête » et « Problème » expriment, de manière explicite, la joie et la douleur auxquelles on doit faire face à tous les jours, et ce, peut importe de quelle colonie l’on vient. Déwanou Thibault est un jeune rappeur de la communauté franco-ontarienne d’Ottawa. Né au Bénin, il arrive au Canada en septembre 2008 et s'établit dans la capitale nationale. Bercé par les mélodies de sa mère, son amour de la musique s’est très vite développé. À l’âge de 14 ans, il se met à imiter les artistes qui l’influencent comme les SAKPATA BOYS (un des premiers groupes Hip Hop du Bénin), La FOUINE et YOUSSOUPHA. Ces artistes ont fait naitre en lui une passion énorme pour la musique et un amour pour le rap en français. Sa détermination et son implication en milieu scolaire et dans sa communauté lui ont ouvert beaucoup de portes, et il eut la chance de parcourir plusieurs scènes d’Ottawa et de Gatineau, où sa musique fut très bien reçue par le public. En 2010, il forme le groupe X-VIBE avec 4 artistes de la région d’Ottawa ; une formation pleine d’énergie composée de 2 chanteurs et de 2 rappeurs. Avec X-Vibe, il a participé à plusieurs événements importants, et fit même la première partie de l’artiste français de réputation internationale La Fouine lors de sa tournée canadienne. Grâce à ce spectacle, X-vibe fut reçu en interview sur les ondes de TFO qui était emballée par leur performance. Reconnu pour son attitude déterminée et le sérieux de son travail, Déwanou est invité régulièrement à se produire sur les scènes de hip-hop de la région d’Ottawa. Né à Port-au-Prince, en Haïti, Jhimi Taxil est un chanteur, compositeur et guitariste influencé par différents styles musicaux. Il croit que cela lui permettra d'aller au bout de ses rêves, et peut-être même, de conquérir le monde avec sa musique. Il commence à jouer de la musique en 2007, mais ce n’est qu’en 2010 qu’il sort sa toute première chanson « Zafe ti neg se miste ». En février 2011, il quitte Haïti pour Ottawa, avec son père, guitariste d’un groupe très populaire en Haïti. Rapidement après son arrivée au Canada, Jhimi se joint à d’autres jeunes artistes d’Ottawa et forme le groupe X-Vibe, dans lequel il est le chanteur principal. Parallèlement, il devient le chanteur du nouveau groupe de son père, le groupe High-Light. En tant que chanteur de ces deux groupes, il se produit dans différents lieux de la région d’Ottawa. En juillet 2012, il fait sa première tournée canadienne avec le groupe High-Light, ce qui lui permet de développer un réseau de fans dans la communauté haïtienne. Avec X-Vibe, il a eu la chance de participer à plusieurs événements importants, et fit même la première partie de l’artiste français de réputation internationale La Fouine lors de sa tournée canadienne. Grâce à ce spectacle, X-vibe fut reçu en interview sur les ondes de TFO qui était emballée par leur performance.
Claude Munson is a Canadian singer songwriter from Ottawa, ON who performs his own brand of independent folk-rock music. Born in Hong-Kong and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Claude now lives in Ottawa where he writes and performs regularly with his band. The band consists of musicians from the Ottawa/Hull music scene. Claude and his team have just finished recording new material for their upcoming sophomore album entitled “The Silence Came After” set to be released in 2017.
Join us for an early evening concert of new music with performances by Pemi Paull, Thomas Annand, Socalled and the string quartet Warhol Dervish. Featuring the music of György Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner and the premiere of new string quartet works from Michael John Dubue.
Live projected visuals accompany the music as VJ Hard Science processes footage of the performance and generates synthesized video patterns using LZX video synth and Fairlight CVI. The Record Centre are recording the concert in its entirety down to 2 track tape, which will be made available for future releases.
8:15pm - Thomas Annand (solo harpsichord) performs György Ligeti's Continuum (1968)
8:20pm - Pemi Paull (solo viola) performs György Ligeti's Sonata For Solo Viola, VI: Chaconne Cromatique (1991-1994)
8:25pm - Thomas Annand and Pemi Paull perform Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegle (1978)
8:35pm - 15min Intermission
8:50pm to 9:30pm - Warhol Dervish (string quartet) perform:
- Richard Reed Parry's Quartet For Heart & Breath
- Michael John Dubue's Abyssal Part Of My Ghost
- Nachbush Nign (Arranged by Michael John Dubue) *Featuring Joshua ”Socalled” Dolgin
- Bryce Dessner's Aheym
MEET THE ARTISTS
Michael John Dubue is a composer, arranger, musician, producer and sound technician. He tours and records with the bands Little Scream, Scattered Clouds and HILOTRONS. He also plays in Richard Reed Parry’s Heart & Breath Ensemble and is an arranger/collaborator/music director with Josh “Socalled” Dolgin. Mike is also a film and theatre composer and has scored six feature films, including Smash Cut (2009) and has contributed countless works to short films and other films, including Final Destination 3. Since 2006 Mike has completed numerous composition commissions for the Ottawa International Writer’s Fetsival, City Of Ottawa and the Library And Archives.
A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, Pemi Paull is a true 21st century artist. Recently appointed president of the Canadian Viola Society in June 2016, Pemi is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal, where he is also a member of two important new music ensembles, Bradyworks and SMCQ. Pemi has premiered numerous works for viola by composers including Scott Godin, Andre Ristic, Linda Catlin Smith, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle, and Tim Brady. Pemi routinely collaborates with musicians outside of the classical world, such as Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Chilly Gonzales, Patrick Watson, Lukas Ligeti, and has recorded with artists like Socalled, Barr Brothers, Hey Rosetta, to name a few. Pemi is also a member of the indie/rock/classical band, Plumes and the recently formed garage/new music band, Want Slash Need. In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he has recorded seven discs for Analekta, winning one Juno in the process, as well as Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music.
Thomas Annand has been delighting audiences and critics alike with his multi-faceted talents as organist, harpsichordist and conductor for over 20 years. After completing studies with John Grew and Hank Knox at McGill University, Mr. Annand spent a year in Paris studying with Marie-Claire Alain and researching the works of Widor and Dupré at the Bibliothèque nationale. He was the First Prize Winner in the 1987 RCCO National Organ Competition. In 1992 he was appointed Director of Music at St. Andrew's Church, Ottawa and became the organist and harpsichordist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock and Pinchas Zukerman. In addition to the regular Sunday services at St. Andrew's, Thomas Annand presents a popular noon-hour recital every Tuesday throughout the year, and has recently overseen a complete restoration and re-voicing of the organ. In 2004 Thomas Annand was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and was awarded the Willan Scholarship and the Doreen Porter and Heather Spry Prizes for highest marks in the examinations. He is the President of the RCCO Ottawa Centre and was the conductor of the Capital BrassWorks for six seasons, recording two critically acclaimed recordings and performing at the RCCO National Convention. He has appeared regularly as a guest conductor of the Thirteen Strings Baroque Orchestra and is a frequent collaborator with Les Violons du Roy. A noted recitalist, he has been invited to perform as a soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the International Congress of Organists, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Founded in 2007, the Montreal-based Warhol Dervish is an unorthodox chamber music collective, gathering together some of the most interesting and creative musicians in Canada. Pioneers and visionaries, Warhol Dervish is made up of early-music HIPsters, new music specialists, ardent 19th century romantics, pop collaborators, rockstar wannabes, meditators and yogis who seek to move the chamber music concert experience through the 21st century. Warhol Dervish actively seeks to blur the lines that separate classical music from other styles, to rehearse as would a band, to collaborate with improvisers, to actively seek alternative performance spaces, to collaborate with and learn from artists in other media. Highlights in 2012 included performances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Festival International de Lanaudière. The musicians of Warhol Dervish draw on their professional experience working with artists and playing in ensembles as diverse as Ensemble Caprice, Arion, Ensemble Kore, Patrick Watson, Lhasa de Sela, Richard Reed Parry, Socalled, Suuns, Bradyworks, l’Ensemble de l’SMCQ, La La La Human Steps, Claude Lamothe, I Musici, Theatre of Early Music, and the OSM.
Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a pianist, accordionist, producer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. He has lectured and has led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, from London to LA, and from Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent. With 6 solo albums to his name, he has performed all over the world for more than 10 years, and his list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural nor religious boundaries. Aside from countless festivals and venues around the world, Socalled has performed at Carnegie Hall (twice!), the Olympia in Paris, the Apollo theatre in Harlem and the Arsht centre in Miami. He has played with, featured, recorded and arranged for Gonzales, Itzhak Perlman, Lhasa, Fred Wesley, Andy Statman, Adam Cohen, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Theodore Bikel, Enrico Macias and Derrick Carter... Dolgin was the subject of The Socalled Movie, a 2010 feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Despite opposite backgrounds Twin Flames has found a common musical language. This captivating duo combines Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk man from Nunavik and Chelsey June an Algonquin/Cree Métis Woman from Ottawa. Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they sing songs in English, Inuktitut and French. Together they unite the North and the South of Canada and prove that music has no boundaries. Twin Flames raging fire: Twin Flames won “Aboriginal songwriters of the year 2016” at the Canadian Folk music awards. Their debut album Twin Flames Jaaii & Chelsey June released December 1, 2015 was also nominated for two Native American music awards in the United States: Best Folk and Best new duo earlier this year. Still new on the music scene they have earned their place very quickly. Jaaji’s solo album Nunaga won Best Indigenous Language album in 2015 at the Indigenous music awards in Winnipeg and Chelsey June’s Album finding me was nominated best Folk album the same year. Jaaji and Chelsey met in the summer of 2014 during the filming of the television series TAM (Talent Autochtones Musicaux) for APTN which both were chosen to appear. Their voices matched one another perfectly right from the start creating soothing melodic harmonies. The two then decided to form Twin Flames. Together they prove that music should be about how it makes the listener feel and that music has an awesome power to change lives.
Spring 2016, Coastal Pigs form, rehearsals begin, pop songs are made. Three backgrounds, many decades in many bands, ideas are distilled and blended into sounds familiar and distant. Drums, bass guitar, electric guitar and the quiet, loud, mysterious streets of Ottawa, Canada, feed the sounds and subjects of a song book that can’t be judged by it’s cover. The Coastal Pigs world is mellow, intense, short, long, melodic, harsh and welcoming. Enjoy the view.
Perish In The Light marks Trevor Alguire’s 6th album bringing with it maturity in songwriting seldom seen and rarely captured by only a select few of this country’s most prolific well-travelled veteran songwriters. Alguire draws from over a decade of touring across North America and Europe. With a star-studded lineup of instrumentalists believing in his songwriting, including PEI’s own Juno & ECMA award winning Catherine MacLellan, who sings a haunting duet alongside Alguire titled ”My Sweet Rosetta” worthy enough to stand the hair up on the back of your neck or bring a tear to your eye at first listen. With constant comparisons to early recordings of The Band, Bob Egan (Wilco, Blue Rodeo) also accompanies Alguire on this new recording with beautiful yet haunting pedal steel that drifts throughout several tracks only bringing these thoughtful words more weight and meaning. Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Star) adds timeless fiddle playing throughout while keys player Jesse O’Brien (Colin James, Bryan Adams) interweaves organ and piano magically like a thread subtly throughout adding depth to the pictures being drawn with further backing vocals by ECMA award winning Meaghan Blanchard. The album, recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, features 10 stunning original songs, proving why Alguire is one of Canada’s most criminally underrated songwriters. Drop a needle on this album and dim the lights down low, and sit back as your mind travels through time with thoughts of past loves, lives lost and new hope found. Alguire has a story to tell, and with over 70 songs recorded in only a decade, this old soul travels through this world passionately sharing these stories with everyone he meets. All the while gathering and documenting these special moments and conversations while continuing his heartfelt journey assured to leave in his wake a lifetime of precious stories told. Trevor Alguire is no stranger to the road and spends much of his time playing tour dates in Canada and beyond, winning over fans one live show at a time. He's shared stages with Tom Cochrane, Jimmy Rankin, Danny Michel, Romi Mayes, and Martha Wainwright. Alguire will head out for a cross-Canada tour in November in support of his release of Perish In The Light.
Old Man Grant is a multiinstrumental trio from Ottawa, Ontario. Blending bluegrass, folk, and blues influences, their music is characterized by expressive, rhythmic playing and soaring three part harmony. From thunderous roars to the quietest whispers, their honest and emotional storytelling never fails to capture their listeners’ attention.
Mushy Gushy is a band of music makers. They’ve been described as “jangly summer love to a rock and roll back beat” and as a “toe-tapping shin-splint hazard.” Self-described as “butt rock”, Mushy Gushy combine 80s hair metal with garage band and indie rock tendencies in a way that has de nitely been done before, only they’re really good at it.
Telecomo is a new three-piece garage rock outfit from Canada. The group is high energy and the music is earnest. Each song comes in quick bursts and with a beguiling melodic depth. Trading metaphors for direct action, Adam (Vocals, Guitar) brings a message of sincerity. Backed by longtime friends and collaborators Pat (Drums) and Gary (Bass), Telecomo is succinct and eager.
Producer, DJ, impresario Kwende Kefentse has had a massive impact on Ottawa’s local underground dance scene for over a decade. Cutting his teeth at campus radio, Memetic co-founded TIMEKODE, one of the city’s longest-running, and most beloved dance parties. With an deep knowledge of afrobeat, disco, hiphop, and soul, Memetic can lock onto a room’s vibe, channel the cosmos, and commit the crowd to night of total abandon. His solo + TIMEKODE original productions and remixes have been released on his own label, Memeplex, to critical acclaim from international outlets like Vice Thump, Radio Nova, and Wax Poetics.
Sammy J Scorpion, Scru Bar, Beej Eh, and Nick Nofun are New Swears, and New Swears are a garage-punk band specializing in melodic horseplay. They come from Ottawa, Canada… more specifically, they come from the Fun Boy Club House, a house in Ottawa they all lived in together with two bars, a mini ramp, a tattoo gun (but no actual tattoo artists), motorcycle tire burnout skids in the form of an inverted cross on the front walkway, rats and squirrels that made enough appearances indoors to be given names, murals everywhere, and a liberal ‘where should I piss?’ policy.
That paragraph right there might be enough to make your average jaded old punk hate them, but their saving grace is that there’s a big difference between try-hard and work-hard. New Swears are definitely the latter.
Despite regularly partying themselves into the emergency room, these dudes have still managed to put out a split tape and two full length LPs; gone on tours of the States, Canada, and Europe; self-released a shocking amount of shocking music videos (that always seem weirdly influenced by boy-band video aesthetics just as much as they are by CKY/Jackass and alcohol); and did it all without breaking anything more serious than legs and arms and TVs and walls, and without pissing off anybody who isn’t a cop or a landlord.
These guys will spend an hour trying to perfectly catapult a bucket onto a head, or flip a dart (that’s a cigarette for any non-working class Canadians out there) perfectly into a mouth until they nail it. The result is something incredibly stupid, that took an unreasonable amount of work and patience, but is surprisingly satisfying to watch happen.
The same goes for their music, it might seem simple, you might get the impression YOU could write songs that catchy and raw, but you can’t, you didn’t, and New Swears out-practiced, out-partied, and out-worked you to get it done. Deal with it.
The band has signed with Dine Alone records and will be releasing the Brand New Spot/Sugar Heavy Metal 7 inch on November 4th. More shows, shenanigans and a full length record will come in 2017.
Partner is the "mature" effort of small town lesbians Josée Caron and Lucy Niles (the brains behind beloved Sackville pop-punk outfit The Mouthbreathers). Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner boldly goes where few have even desired to go, moving effortlessly from topics like sex objects and gross secrets to more serious themes like intimacy, friendship, and existential unease.Partner marries feminism and stadium rock riffage to produce a sound as queer as they are, and their arrival on the scene couldn't be more timely: "Partner's music is like what early 00s pop punk would be like if it was mixed with a reverence for classic rock era guitar solos. But unlike that generation's insistence of straight white dude figureheads that traded a sense of humour for self-righteousness, Partner's songs are funny as hell."After a freakishly productive year of writing, Partner will be heading to the studio in February 2016 to record their hotly anticipated debut album titledIn Search of Lost Time. Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the "best new band in Canada" in the Globe and Mail, and although "Partner hasn't even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it's clear right away that they've arrived fully formed." Influenced by acts as varied as Ween, Weezer, Neil Young,and Sum 41, the record promises to make you question everything you thought you knew about rock 'n' roll.
This hard-hitter rhythm section’s raw and relentless percussive pulse and fiery horns stoke the coals for an in-your-face vocal in English, Spanish and Portuguese to ultimately bring you a 5-piece mash-up of the most obscure subgenre crossovers of Latin, Caribbean and African inspired dance music.
From the salt-of-the-earth styles of Colombia’s merecumbé, Brazil’s bumpin’ sambafunk, and the amalgam of pan-latin styles of 1960-70s Panama (salsa dura, calypso, cumbia…) well into more modern day incarnations of sweaty 80s-inspired Latin and African disco dancefloor grooves, Tropikombo offers up a sound that is characterized by its vibrant diversity, its inclusivity and its willingness to embrace change, sharing this music and message with a world increasingly in need.
BLAKDENIM is a vanguard act that infuses hip-hop, funk, rock and soul with lyrical content that ranges from the serious to the absurd, the tone from sweet to heavy, all connected by head-nodding melodies. The line-up includes drums, bass guitar, keyboard, trumpet, saxophone, flute, female vocalist and an emcee.
The band has created serious buzz from live appearances at venues big and small including playing two consecutive summers at Ottawa Bluesfest, Festival dʼéte de Québec, two dates at Montreal International Jazz Festival and placing third at Indie Week Canada. The bandʼs current release “Complexus” as well as their debut offering “Vanguard(en)” have both been featured on CBC radio. Both releases have also received attention from commercial and college radio including appearances at the top of charts.
IndieBlender recently said of BLAKDENIM, “[they] are the complete package. If youʼre looking for passionate lyrics, infectious rhythms, expertly layered instrumentals, or simply something to move your feet to, this is a band you have to check out.” This is one indication that BLAKDENIM is realizing exactly what they set out to achieve when they came together in an Ottawa, ON basement in late 2012.
The Reverb Syndicate was formed in late-2005 in Ottawa, Canada with the simple concept of exploring and re-imagining the music of groups from The Ventures to Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet via the soundtracks of old spy movies. This concept has led them to four independently-released albums, heavy gigging throughout Ontario and Quebec, recurring gigs in New York City, and two UK tours. In 2006, they introduced the masses to their blend of sixties spy movie music and classic surf rock with their debut album, ""Operation: Jet Set!"". In 2007, they blasted off into the stars with the space-themed ""Sputnik A-Go-Go"". In 2011, it was back to the wild west with ""Mondo Cacti"", where spaghetti westerns reign supreme. Now The Reverb Syndicate is ready to begin a new adventure, one that finds our heroes pitted against an evil uprising of the Commodore 64 (spoiler alert: the machines win). Let the "Odyssey" begin...