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ADDABOE – PIGEON S#*%

Exclusive new visuals from Ottawa’s own ADDABOE. The video was shot and edited by Captivate Creative Studios. Keep your ears to the street for more production by ADDABOE.

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Bender vs Big T – KOTD

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Ottawa’s own ,Bender, is back at it again. This time battling Big T in Los Angeles co-hosted by Sticky Fingaz and Method Man! Much respect to King of the Dot and everyone who attended Vendetta 2 Redemption.

Make sure to check out Al Bender’s Custom Portraits HERE

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Interview w/ So Durand

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Just a hobby, because working an entry level position must be my true passion – Simon

Simon Robichaud-Durand is the entirety of So Durand.

So Durand has played shows with Andy’s Ill, Wolf Saga, Dillion Francis, Kill The Noise, UZ, Brillz, Oliver, Grandtheft, Lunice, Birdy Nam Nam, Rockie Fresh, Nick Thayer, Sound Remedy, Tommy Kruise, Diamond Rings, and Monsta.

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Shelby Lyn:

What started the EP of Seasons?

So Durand:

So, the whole Seasons EP was written in a somewhat more “triste”
time in my life. I had just been laid off; I recently had to
relocate my life, had gone through a break up, and was losing
touch with friends. Everything hit me at once due to lack of time
and commitment. In other words, I guess I was over committing
myself to music.

It was a very moody time. I had weird emotions, I don’t know if
it was stress or a life change but I was also feeling a huge risk
releasing my first EP with a different sound than expected from
me.

 

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CASHTRO CROSBY – A Million Fans

Cashtro Crosby is finally back with the unexpected release of his highly anticipated follow-up– and it’s a double disc! “A Million Fans: Gin & Furr” was created in the true classical mixtape form, showcasing his eager return and worthy rise over some of his favorite songs/beats throughout the years.  With his bars top notch on songs like “Dirty Skreetz,” the beats literally undeniable such as “Black Jesus,” and the mood-battle between “turnt up” and “laid back,”  you’ll have no choice but to play it from top to bottom (both).

They say the strongest come out fighting, and it looks like 2014 is set to be the year of show and prove for the Pittsburgh-native/Ottawa-adoptee. Cashtro Crosby’s return is the first taste of much to come in the new year.
Consider this a special treat!
CLICK HERE FOR THE MIXTAPE

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Precise Kenny Creole w/ BlakDenim – Intoxicated

Ottawa native, Precise, drops some new visuals for his track ‘Intoxicated’  feat. BlakDenim.

Photographed and edited by Alexander Vlad 

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Ottawa Jazzfest 2012

On Thursday, June 21 Ottawa Jazzfest kicked off at the peak of the city’s most notable heat wave. However, 35 plus temperatures and humidity storms couldn’t fight off festival enthusiasts seeking out some live jazz and feel good snacks.

This year the festival traded in some old noshing faves like Beavertail and Pizza Pizza stands for hip, new and socially responsible choices. Stone Soup Foodworks is dedicated to ‘slow food. fast’ featuring freshly made tacos, pad thai, juices and much more all at affordable prices. A focus on local beer and wine included a light and dark BEAUs (Vankleek Hill) draft and Chardonnay or Merlot-Cab of 1812 (VQA, Niagara).

Throughout the weekend,crowds bearing all the flesh one could afford swarmed the central venue to catch some of the impressive opening jazz headliners, including the likes of John Mayall, Janelle Monae & Roman Gian Arthur – all slated for centre stage of confederation park. Many danced, others swayed and the odd few were even nursed into a semi-dreamland and back by the plethora of talented artists.

The humming anticipation of Mayhall’s fans was evident long before the 70-some year old stole the stage from announcers. The grandfather of blues, and mentor to the likes of Eric Clapton owned the Ottawa stage for the first time in almost twenty years with vigour. Many braved the threatening storm clouds to witness the historic performance by the english blues singer with over 50 years of experience and nurtured talent under his wing.

Janelle Monae lit up the stage with a generous and invigorating performance. The Atlanta-based songstress hit the stage with a tight 12-piece band and promptly dove into a seamless medley of funky jams. Clad with her trademark black and white ensemble & with her hair tied up; she danced and sang with controlled abandonment. The entire show was so flawless, one might have mistaken her for Monae’s artistic alter-ego Cyndi Mayweather (an android with human emotions) on stage rather than her. The evening included a rousing version of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” as well as a Prince cover and a classic jazz ballad. All in attendance were left in awe of one of the greatest young performer’s in popular music today.

The weekend successfully kicked the festival off with a bang, but the excitement didn’t end there. Continue reading for the rest of our 2012 Jazzfest coverage.

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Arboretum Music + Arts Festival

“Ever wish summer could last forever? Just one more camping trip. One last backyard BBQ. We do too. Over the hazy summer horizon sits ARBORETUM Music + Arts Festival, Ottawa’s newest boutique music and arts festival, highlighting the sights, sounds and tastes of the Ottawa region.”

Babylon was the sight of the reveal fundraiser for Arboretum Music + Arts Festival. The organizers launched their fundraising efforts with the intent to raise $15,000, to help cover costs for the festival on September 15, 2012. Various enticing funding incentives are available through website, including: private meals or “pop-up dinners” by Steve Mitton, owner of Murray Street and Charlotte Langley; Kichesippi Brewery Keg Parties for 100 people; a private karaoke party with China Doll at Shanghai Restaurant; a private kids party at the Ottawa Jail hostel; and much more.

With an amazing stage designed by Carleton University’s Architecture students, epic tunes resonated throughout the club. Grill cheese sandwiches courtesy of Art-Is-In Bakery, and delicious beer from Ottawa’s own microbrewery, Kichesippi Beer Co., were the perfect titillaters for the nights musical performance announcements.
The full line-up: http://www.arboretumfestival.com/#182/custom_plain, and a shout-out to the many regional food and drink vendors were in effect.

For the complete list of musical performers, food vendors, partnerships, funding incentives, and to donate to ARBORETUM 2012, please go to: www.arboretumfestival.com

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