• So, You Need Some New Christmas Music While Christmas music can be annoying to some and maybe even a bit of a joke to others, it’s undeniable that with all the artists making merry melodies these days there will be some amazing holiday gems. To make your yuletide listening that much easier, we’ve combed through this year’s best holiday releases to make […] Owen Maxwell 4 min read
  • Heartbreakers for Hearts The steadfast, workman Rock n’ Roll institution that was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will see loving tributes by some of Ottawa’s finest musicians on December 16th at the Rainbow Bistro. Shawn Tavenier—who fronts Silver Creek, the bill’s headliner, and one of Ottawa’s most dependable, hard-working rock bands—detailed what to expect from this evening of […] Sam Chilton 3 min read
  • Heavy Hearts Coming from the retirement community of Niagara-on-the-Lake doesn’t keep Heavy Hearts from working hard. Pushing out release after release over the past few years, the band already has a handful of EPs and a powerful full-length album with Bliss. Trying to reinvent their sound once again for their latest EP, On A Chain, the band decided […] Owen Maxwell 5 min read
  • Couldn’t Do it Without You, Partner From their leap onto the Canadian indie-rock scene a few years ago—when they compared themselves to Ellen Page—nothing about Partner’s rise to fame has been typical. Following a short line of singles, most of Partner’s attention-grabbing activity over the past couple of years has been their extensive touring—showing off one of the most insane live […] Owen Maxwell 4 min read
  • Broken Pipes It was a late night session in the autumn of 2006. After the bars had closed and the winds had died and the rain had quit beating the windows. Four friends picked up whatever instruments happened to be on hand and began to play. Somebody hit record and started singing. It’s been called a bloody […] David Laidlaw 8 min read
  • Isola Inspiration Situated just 70 nautical miles off the Tunisian coast in Africa is the Italian island of Lampedusa — a picture-perfect Mediterranean paradise with white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. This tiny island is home to approximately 6,000 people. Its name is derived from the ancient Greek word “lépas” which means rock, due the rocky landscape […] Maxine Betteridge-Moes 3 min read
  • Scott Helman’s ‘Hôtel de Ville’ “You don’t know what you’re doing until you’re done, and then all of a sudden it’s like ‘Oh that’s what I was up to,’” says Scott Helman about his latest album, Hôtel de Ville. So what was he up to? He was in love. “I wasn’t thinking about it when I started to write the […] Emily Kennedy 5 min read
  • Joywave Blending the pop mechanics of Twenty One Pilots with the quirky writing of Mother Mother, Joywave offer up a musical experience that moves bodies and hearts. The New York band also moved hearts in their hometown of Rochester by sponsoring a Little League baseball team called the Southside Joywave. After a frantic Twitter exchange the […] Owen Maxwell 3 min read
  • The Revolutionary Sound of Emel Mathlouthi Emel Mathlouthi is a rising pop star from Tunisia whose unique style of music steeps electronic beats in North African rhythms while mixing in elements of Western rock. Her music is not just unique for its sound, but also its message. Frequently called “the voice of the Tunisian Revolution,” and raised in an oppressive regime […] Maxine Betteridge-Moes 6 min read
  • Women’s Rights Are No Mystery The Lady Parts Justice League (LPJL), an activist group of funny feminists and self-proclaimed exposers of “sexist shitheads,” just launched a summer comedy and music festival to support abortion clinics across the United States. Aptly named The Vagical Mystery Tour, the events raise awareness about how people can support their local clinics that are bearing […] Maxine Betteridge-Moes 3 min read
  • The Roth of Lexie For Lexie Roth, expressing both her light and dark sides isn’t a stretch anymore. Given her time as an actress (Joy, Chappaquiddick) as well as a private chef, her musical abilities seem like a natural extension of her creativity, especially with a father like Arlen Roth whose time with ‘60s and ‘70s legends like Bob […] Owen Maxwell 4 min read