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Interview w/ So Durand


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.


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



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Action Bronson


Action Bronson concerts have become a thing of legend in underground hip-hop circles. So Ottawa was definitely buzzing when the news started spreading that the gourmet chef would be returning to Ottawa for the third time.

He performed to a moderately packed venue at Barrymore’s Music Hall. The show was action packed. Bronson pulled out all of the crowd’s favorite party tricks. He came out with bottles that he was pouring up for everybody, whipping drunk girls on his shoulder and he hopped into the crowd to get up close and personal with the fans. He even instigated a fight half way through, which resulted in absolute chaos. A couple bottles were thrown and the bouncers dragged a few people out. Needless to say, the energy was high throughout.


Unfortunately, Action left the building a lot earlier than expected. The crowd was definitely hungry for more, cheering to get him back on stage, but the show was over. Despite being only thirty minutes long, true Action fans got what they came for.

Written by: Mazin Sidahmed

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Ghostface Killah


Recently the good homie Ghostface Killah graced Ottawa with his WU-BLOCK partner Sheek Louch as part of the My City is on Fire tour.


No doubt feeding off the energy of the crowd, Ghostface and Sheek Louch gave Ottawa one of (if not the) most epic performances in Ritual Night club’s history. After their set they spent some time with the fans taking photos and signing autographs as the tour bus waited patiently outside to get them on the the next tour stop. In spite of the little time they had before continuing to their next destination, Ghost was still kind enough to take a few minutes to do some personal shout outs.


If you missed out check out our coverage after the jump. Big S/O to KAPACITY ENT. !

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Second Annual STANDARD Winter Classic

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This past Saturday (February 10th 2013) brought together, for the second year in a row, hockey teams representing Fresco Bistro, Top of The World, Kichesippi, The Manx, and the Standard, as well as New Comers, Oz Kafe/Town Restaurant (who joined forces to form one team) and The Whalesbone, for the Second Annual Standard Winter Classic! This fundraising event helped to raise money for improving the Jack Purcell Community Centre’s rink.

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The event took place outside at the Jack Purcell outdoor rink on one of this winter’s finest days yet. Hosts and commentators Johny Bonney and Sammy Turnbuckle maintained a stream of humorous and colourful play-by plays, and kept everyone’s spirits high with their entertaining comments.

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At noon the puck dropped and the festivities began! From noon until five in the evening, fans came to support both friends and establishments, enjoying 12 rounds of 15 minute games, followed by semi finals and finals. Although each team brought their own style and skill to the tournament, the impressive reigning champions Team Fresco Bistro beat out the competition and won the finals, thereby securing their victor status for a second consecutive year.

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On breaks between games, The Standard graciously allowed fans from the event use their washrooms and provided a place to get out of the cold. The Standard also kept a steady supply of free Kichesippi Blonde beer coming for spectators while welcoming people to join in on the end of day celebrations.

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Recently one of the most viral human beings in music, RiFF RaFF, graced the Nation’s Capital with his presence. Performing to a sold out crowd at Ritual Nightclub the team had the chance to sit down with JODYHiGHROLLER right before his set. We got his story first hand – he told us some of the keys to his success and he shared some advice and some secrets of the game. We also talked about the music industry, his biggest fear and some of his upcoming projects.

After the show RiFF RaFF made his way to the studio to create and record a new track dedicated to Canada. He described it as one of his best tracks so far. In fact he appreciated it so much that he wanted to shoot a video for it immediately after.

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The byward team was invited to a private location to meet up with Taylor Gangs own Berner. The Bay Area native breaks down his story, his favourite strain, who gave him his best advice, being on tour, misconceptions people have about him, what he dislikes about the industry and some of his plans for the future.

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Skratch Bastid


Canadian hip hop DJ and Juno nominated record producer Paul Murphy aka Skratch Bastid was in town not too long ago. The team had the chance to chop it up with him in the cooler at Ritual night club. He discussed his early love for Hip-Hop, the origins of his name and his ironic relationship w/ DJ Jazzy Jeff.

We also spoke about the first Hip-Hop record he was introduced to and its impact on him as well as the learning curve and regular practice at the art of scratching.  Finally Scratch gave us the short list of albums he would love to have that he doesn’t own.

S/O Kapacity ENT.

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