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!
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Just a while ago we had the chance to link up with Tragic of local hiphop group Philly Moves. With Philly Moves on the uprise and consistently increasing their fan base in Ottawa and abroad, Tragic broke down the science of the new album coming out, upcoming shows and their experience as locals performing in the internationally known Bluesfest.
“Third time lucky,” while perhaps a cliché, it was undoubtedly the tone of Thursday, Sept. 8th’s ‘The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble‘ show at Ritual Nightclub. This marked Byward’s third chance to catch up with the group. The collective, composed of eight brothers [all sons of Phil Coran] and drummer, Gabriel Wallace a.k.a Manuels brought not only the best in live music, but also some exciting news for fans.
Bulletproof Brass, a six-song EP is now available on iTunes [and at shows] and showcases the bands next chapter, featuring mind-freakery like ‘Kryptonite.’ And what’s more the juice doesn’t stop there—The Brass have also collaborated with Phil Coran himself, to put out an album that not only speaks to their patriarchal heritage, but also to the brass movement history as a whole.
These fun facts were leaked in Byward’s interview with Brass members, and unbeknownst to the fans who checked out the show. With that said, the eclectic group of attendees were alive with anticipation of a [guaranteed] mind-blowing set even without the insight.
The view from the front of the club was breathtaking—a mélange of individuals representing a cross-section of Ottawa’s population in entirety; from young to old, hipster to hippie. The dance floor, packed with excitement, bared no judgments—all on it jammed and jived accordingly. A sense of unity was undeniable when the group requested all lights be turned off & all lighters and cell phones be brandished by those in the hypnotized crowd. And with undisputed compliance from a humbled group of mismatched fans, they secured their spot in Ottawa hearts, with a brass-serenade. All this was done before luring supporters back on the rollercoaster that is The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, to bang out ‘Baliky Bon’ with incomparable stage presence that commanded attention from all. The night did not end there, as the group paid homage to their old ways, while introducing fans to their new ones, showcasing tracks like ‘Touch the Sky,’ found on Bulletproof Brass.
Continue reading for full coverage of the night and be sure to peep the Byward exclusive interview!
Classified started things off on Day 10 of Bluesfest, turning LeBreton Flats park into an east coast party with one Nova Scotian anthem after another. At this point Classified has established himself as a certified Canadian classic and #bywardofmouth looks forward to collaborating with him again in the future. Check out our interview if you missed it!
Mac Miller preformed to an ocean of snapbacks & neon shades, closing the night down. He was ecstatic as he bounced around the stage, telling the audience that it was his first headlining performance ever. You could tell he was a kid having the time of his life, turning his back on the 15,000 person crowd to pose for a profile picture on his twitter account. Miller was even rocking a t-shirt from Oxyrotin, a dope Ottawa-based clothing company. He was definitely partying as hard as he did last time he was in town.
Hit the jump for the rest of our Day 10 photography.
Recently Bywardofmouth caught up with the Oxyrotin team and got time to sit down and chop it. They broke down how Oxyrotin came about, the up’s and down’s of a clothing line in a small city and much more. Check it out for yourself and see how they got some of their favourite artists to wear/rep their clothing line.
Day 9 of the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest featured some of Ontario’s best musical talent. Cancer Bats, Billy Talent, The Arkells, and The Tea Party – from Toronto, Streetsville, Hamilton and Windsor respectively – all graced the main stages on yet another beautiful day at the largest Canadian music festival.
With the security team already well experienced with fierce crowds after the Skrillex and Dropkick Murphys performances, they were definitely ready to handle the punk energy that started the night off. Over at the MBNA stage the southern punk stylings of the Cancer Bats quickly got their audience moving. It wasn’t too hard for frontman Liam Cormier to amp the crowd up – the group has a loyal following in Ottawa. The group recently played a packed show at Ritual Nightclub in May with another Canadian metal band, 3 Inches of Blood.
Next, the byward team stepped into the air conditioned War Museum to see Montreal’s Winter Gloves. The group started off with a song from their sophomore album, All Red. By the second song the band had the packed Barney Danson Theatre audience up and dancing. Charles F, the groups lead singer, guitarist and producer of their latest album, had the everyone captivated as his whispering lyrics floated over the gritty and melodic synth beats provided by his surrounding bandmates. Be sure not to miss this refreshingly charismatic group if they are playing near you – they will have up and dancing in no time at all!
Back outside in the midst of the Ottawa heat wave, we stopped by to check out The Arkells, who had drawn a huge crowd to the Claridge Stage. The 5 piece group, signed to Dine Alone Records back in 2006, have only recently really taken off thanks to their 2010 Juno for “New Group of the Year”. Their mix of catchy blues rhythms and east-coast style folk had the crowd addicted as they whistled and sang along. The Arkells are all about spreading local, Canadian love… watch out for their sophomore album due to be released in early Fall!
Billy Talent was next to perform on the MBNA stage. Fans already knew what to expect from these multi-platinum Juno winning boys and were certainly not disappointed with their performance. Lead vocalist Ben Kowalewicz harmonized the groups angsty lyrics perfectly with guitarist Ian D’sas’ staple hard-rock riffs- slowing things down only for their easier tempo’d songs like “Nothing To Lose” (and yes, Ian is still rocking his iconic hair-do!). Billy Talent‘s touring experience definitely showed as they rocked the stage like veterans with confidence and full energy. The group will only continue to grow and expand their musical stylings and they ensured fans that their next album will be unlike any other before.
All in all, Day 9 represented Ontario’s talent very well, and kept the hardcore and rock fans begging for more.
Check out the rest of our Day 9 coverage after the jump and make sure to stay tuned for Day 10, featuring pictures of Classified, Cuff the Duke, Hannah Georges and Mac Miller.