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The evolution of the house concert: Tinder-like apps and top-secret ...

What can lay a legitimate claim to being the first house concert? It’s a question ripe for debate. Should we point to Bach and his trio sonatas? Or should we look to the homes of the robber barons of the ...
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Whitehorse and the seething pit of bile

While my FB status says I saw NQ Arbuckle last night, I didn’t. I saw Whitehorse at the National Arts Centre as part of their NAC Presents series. And I am disgusted by the complete (compleat?) act of entertainment I ...
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Lessons learned from Bluesfest stage collapse

I’ve been relatively lucky. I’ve had difficulties in my life, dealt with deaths both timely and untimely, illnesses that hit me and those I love. But I guess the closest I’ve been to a disaster on the music scene was ...
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Amanda Rheaume’s Light of Another Day dawns

To get to Light of Another Day, her first full-length CD, Amanda Rheaume has taken a path that is uniquely her own. Ottawa music fans first came to know her as the leader of The Amanda Rheaume Band, a rock ...
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What’s going on at the O.F.F.?

There’s been lots of chatter — online, in the media, and in what people charmingly call “the meatspace,” also known as real life—about what’s going on at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Many people know the broad brushstrokes of what’s happened—namely, ...