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No matter where I go, I’ll always be proud of being from Ottawa❤.

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Glow Fair Festival

This past weekend Ottawa hosted its first Glow Fair Festival.  A few blocks of Bank st. were shut down in order to hold multiple local musical acts and activities for the children.   They had Judith Hill as their closing act for the festival and I am slightly heartbroken I did not get to see her.  This year, I was unable to experience majority of the festival, but I was able to check out a few performances.  I hope to be able to experience more of the festival next year.  

I have to say Glow Fair did a good job in terms of informing the general public about the event.   They had huge posters around the city and I was able to find them in social media.   As I said before, I am excited to see what they have in store for next year.

Music Monday: Bar and Tones featuring Soru and T H E U N K W N

Many people tend to think that Ottawa is a boring scene, but like any other city, you need to find the right people and they will point you in the right direction.  I have been lucky enough to find people that are interested in the local music scene and because of that I am exposed to more and more talent.  Last week, I was lucky enough to catch Soru’s first live performance, an artist that goes by the name T H E   U N K W N  and the head liners were Bars and Tone.  The two opening acts were R&B singers who write their own original material and I have to say I love to see these intimate performances because the only thing you end up focusing on is their talent and they are extremely talented.  Bars and Tone were definitely a high energy hip hop group with some alternative elements mixed in there.  I appreciated the fact that they did not take themselves too seriously and had a sense of humour while performing.  The only downfall with the performances had nothing to do with their talents, unfortunately the sound was a little wonky, but I still enjoyed everything except for one girl’s overzealous cry or I should say shriek that occurred throughout the night.  If you would like to hear some of their music or see what they are up to you can find them in the following links:

SORU

T H E U N K N O W N

Bars and Tones

Life/Fashion Update

Hey there people! I am the worst at promoting myself but last month, I got to go to KellyRay’s Boutique’s grand opening on behalf of 613style.com. If you are not familiar with their blog, they are one of Ottawa’s most influential fashion blogs.  This was my first time attending something as a “guest blogger” and it was a nice experience.  For those of you in Ottawa or visiting, I would say check it out, for a boutique the prices are reasonable.  This means a lot considering I love thrift shopping and a good sale.  It obviously was not thrift store cheap, but the items were unique enough that I had not seen them in other stores and would be willing to pay depending on the item.  If I want to treat myself and I can justify the purchase, I will definitely go back.  I bought myself a loose fitting cardigan for $60 (I know that is a bit much) but I had been looking for a cardigan like this for years, and I was not successful in my search until that day.  That was just a quick life/fashion update for all of you lovely folks.  More posts will be on their way!  Here is the blog post,click here. kelly-ray-boutique-opening

Music Monday: A Tribe Called Red

Hailing from the nation’s capital Ottawa, Canada, A Tribe Called Red is comprised of Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau, Dan “DJ Shub” General and Bear Witness. These three artists seamlessly mesh electronic music and First Nation’s drumming and vocal chanting.  They released their first self-titled album in 2012 as a free download, click here.  On August 29th, they will have a concert in Ottawa at the Museum of Civilization.  If I can make it, I think I will go check them out.

This is the song that initially caught my attention. The heavy drums along with the powerful vocals are very appealing to me.  The beat really resonates with me and I cannot help but want to get up and dance.  Enjoy!

Here is an interview done by Guillaume Decouflet giving you an insight as to what A Tribe Called Red is about in their own words. *Please excuse some of the language in the video.


Music Monday: Ikebe Shakedown and SoulJazz Orchestra Recap

I think I am going to start writing a weekly segment called “Music Monday.”  I have discovered a lot of great music and I just recently went to an awesome concert and thought I would share my experience.  This past Thursday I went to the SoulJazz Orchestra concert.  Ikebe Shakedown opened for them and I must say they were amazing.  They are a Brooklyn-based group that plays a fusion of funky soul grooves, with an afro-inspired sound.  The first thing I noticed when I was listening to them was that the sound of their horns were so crisp!  I was not familiar with who they were beforehand, but I am definitely a new fan and will be getting all of their music.  They had a great energy and definitely had the audience moving and grooving.  After they were finished there was a DJ (I am sorry I forgot his name) that had the people jamming and shaking their good foot.  Then the Ottawa-based SoulJazz Orchestra came on stage and people were losing their minds.  I have to admit that their energy was awesome, you could not help but move as the drums and horns were being played.  You can clearly hear all of the different musical influences when they are playing (afro, jazz, latin, caribbean and soul). They finished with their high energy Tanbou Lou and had everyone clapping and chanting along to the beats.  Everyone could not stop clapping and yelled for more, so fittingly they played an encore.  All in all I had a great experience considering this was my first time really hearing both of these groups.  I will definitely be following up with their musical endeavors and I will keep you all posted.

If you are wondering how I even found out about them, it was through the power of outdoor posters.  I was walking down the street one day and I saw a poster with the words “SoulJazz Orchestra.”  Now, I am a fan of soul, jazz and classical music (I associate orchestra with classical music), so this poster caught my attention. Once I kept on reading the information I definitely decided I wanted to check out this band.  They did not disappoint.  Remember people, sharing is caring.  I would love for you guys to send me some music you think I should listen to! Have a great week!

Enjoy some live footage:

Ikebe Shakedown

SoulJazz Orchestra

Shake

My first video thanks to Juno nominated DJ Rise Ashen and Cee. Hope you enjoy!