Band: The Honeyrunners
Album: The Honeyrunners EP
Website: The Honeyrunners
The Toronto-based band (known for their funky-edgy-soul energy and catchy songs ) called The Honeyrunners is touring Ontario this summer and they’ll be passing through Ottawa not once, but twice at the Rainbow Bistro [June 17th and June 27th].
If you haven’t heard of this rock band before…soon you will be. Bacardi picked up the band’s debut single “Jet Set” for their ‘Champions Party 2013’ playlist and their track ‘My Garage [Bang Bang Bang]’ is set to appear on Coca-Cola’s ’52 Doses of Happiness’ social media campaign.
Plus they landed on CTV’s Canada AM in support of their upcoming album release and second single “Fool” .
If you want to get down with a Motown rock-band with a Canadian spin, check out the ‘The Honeyrunners EP’ here.
Connie Bernardi plays the role of radio announcer on MAJIC 100 in Ottawa, and full time music seeker of new music. Oh I still love the boy bands. Don’t hold it against me.
VerseFest, Ottawa’s poetry festival, is off and running, celebrating its third year with an enthusiastic and packed opening night this past Tuesday. Continuing until Sunday, March 17, VerseFest has something for everyone, whether it’s Kay’la Fraser’s spoken word, Lady Katalyst’s jazzy flow, Ken Babstock’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning poems or Matt Jones’ junk. More than 30 poets, performers and spoken word artists are showcasing their work at over a dozen events across the six days of the festival, which has grown in leaps and bounds since it began.
In 2010, Ottawa’s wide-ranging poetry communities, often gathered around the various reading series that dot the city, came together to form VERSe Ottawa. The goal of this collective was to draw on the strengths of these groups to see if they could put on something bigger. Which they did with their inaugural VerseFest 2011, which included written and spoken word showcases.
Artistic Director David O’Meara’s welcome message for VerseFest 2012 was, “We said we were going to be an annual event and we weren’t lying.” And it has become much more than an annual event, going global this year with three international showcases (Australian, Irish and Dutch) that will supplement the local talent. There’s also cross-country artistry from RC Weslowski and Magpie Ulysses (who represented Van Slam nationally and internationally) and Anita Lahey, Barbara Langhorst as well as Ottawa’s Christine McNair.
Most events are at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar Street), where the festival kicked off on Tuesday, March 12, with the Vox Australia reading at 7pm, followed by Arc Poetry Magazine Presents at 9pm. This year’s roster is filled out with events hosted by Voices of Venus, In/Words, Tree Reading Series, AB Series, Urban Legends, Plan 99, Capital Slam, KaDo Japanese forms and Dusty Owl. The Factory Reading Series is presenting a master class and the Women’s Slam Champions will also host an evening.
A very special event this year will be the Hall of Honour, created to recognize people who have made important contributions to local poetry, and, importantly, to the poetry community in Ottawa. Greg Frankson (aka Ritallin) and William Hawkins are the first two poets to be inducted, on Sunday, March 17, 7pm.
One interesting feature of this year’s VerseFest was the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign they recently ran. Supplementing other sponsorship, the campaign topped its target of $5, 000, offering donors items ranging from tickets, T-shirts and cupcakes to a hand written and signed poem by Booker, Giller and four-time Governor General Award winner Michael Ondaatje.
With that kind of local, national and international support, VerseFest will only keep on growing.
VerseFest 2013: Tuesday, March 12 until Sunday, March 17. For full schedule details and ticket prices go to their website.
You can get more information on their Facebook page, or by following them on Twitter . VerseFest also has a YouTube channel, featuring past performances by the likes of David McGimpsey, SenseSay, Sarah Musa and a whole lot more.
Mother Tongue Books has been part of Ottawa’s literary community since 1984.
But in a month, Mother Tongue Books will close its doors forever.
Ottawa Tonite sent Bob LeDrew to tell the story of a part of Ottawa’s literary life.
The first event in the Celebrate Mother Tongue series will feature Giller Prize-winning author Elizabeth Hay (Late Nights on Air, Alone in the Classroom) and Ottawa favorite singer-songwriter Jill Zmud.
The evening begins at 7:00 on Friday, June 22 at Mother Tongue, Bank at Sunnyside (across from the Mayfair).
News Release – April 11, 2012
ANNOUNCING THE 5TH ANNUAL AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OTTAWA OPRY!!
The AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OTTAWA OPRY is in it’s 5th year, and we are marking the occasion with another great line-up, and a new home at the Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave in Ottawa’s West end (west of Westboro).
Joining Pat Moore and the Vinyl Frontier on stage are…(drum roll please….) Sneezy Waters, fresh from having just released a brand new CD; the amazing and versatile Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster’s lead guitar player and writer, and a great vocalist in his own right!); Ball and Chain, the zany and very talented duo who have captured Ottawa and Louisiana’s hearts; and Maple Hill, an award winning bluegrass band featuring Garry Greenland, a much sought after musician and teacher of all aspects of bluegrass… and again by popular demand Garry is back as our MC – keeping the show rolling.
The Amnesty International Ottawa Opry started in 2008, the idea of singer/songwriter Pat Moore, who was looking for a way to bring the old style entertainment package to the Ottawa audience, and at the same time raise some awareness and funds for Amnesty International.
Amnesty International is a global movement of over 3 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom. It’s very fitting that the 5th Annual Amnesty International Ottawa Opry will take place at the Unitarian Congregation on Cleary – as the congregation was instrumental in sowing the seeds for the creation of Amnesty International’s Canadian branch in 1974!
Many thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Tracy Arnett Realty Ltd, and to the Social Justice Committee at the First Unitarian Congregation!! Thanks also to Cedar Lane Studio, The Ottawa Folklore Centre, CKCU, Barbuzz, and Constant Sound Studio for their contributions.
Show time: Sat May 26, 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Ottawa Folklore Center, CD Warehouse locations, and online at www.patmoore.net.
For more info email Pat Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 613-794-6301.
www.patmoore.net www.sneezywaters.com www.prairieoyster.com www.ballandchain.ca www.maplehillbluegrass.com
For three nights only St. Paul’s Eastern United Church will be taken over by the hottest indie theatre artists in the city!
SubDevision is a celebration of devised, site-specific theatre. Live performances will take place in and around a massive party that unites independent artists and audience members in an immersive experience. Making indie theatre cool and accessible to Ottawa’s audiences, SubDevision features eight unique and concurrent performances specifically created for different subdivided spaces all within one alternative venue – St. Paul’s Eastern United Church at 473 Cumberland.
Each ten-minute performance is unique in that it will be created with an individual performance space in mind – a kitchen, a closet, an elevator, even the sanctuary… Every piece is intimate and reflects the individual identity of the company that creates it. Each show plays over and over, over the course of the night so that audiences have the opportunity to take part in as many performances as they wish.
SubDevision puts choice into the audience’s hands – see all eight shows or one piece again and again, hang back at the bar for a spell and compare experiences with audience members of like or differing minds, arrive and depart whenever you like – you set your own schedule and create your own experience. Along with dj’s and a licensed bar, this is the theatrical event of the season and certainly one not to be missed!
May 10-12, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Eastern United Church – 473 Cumberland
Following up on the success of its inaugural launch last year, VerseFest is back with another festival that celebrates all things poetry. Organizers Kevin Matthews and Dave O’Meara got things rolling with a welcome message, with Dave receiving great applause with, “We said last year we were going to be an annual event and we weren’t lying.”
Running from February 28th until March 4, VerseFest 2012 has more than 15 events at 4 locations, 30+ readers showcasing multiple styles of poetry, from slam, dub and spoken word performances to the print launch of In/Words 11.1 as well as “Oral: the audio album,” workshops and more.
Dennis Lee at the opening night of VerseFest 2012, reading the titular poem “Melvis and Elvis” which will be published in 2013. http://www.charlesearl.com/
Hosted by CBC Radio’s Alan Neal, VerseFest kicked off last night (Tuesday, February 28, 2012) at the Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue) with Suzanne Buffam, Paul Tyler and Dennis Lee at 7pm, followed by Shauntay Grant and Afua Cooper at 9 pm.
Buffam, who came up from Chicago to read, thought VerseFest is fantastic, adding, “It’s nice to see a festival that’s not about networking, it’s just about poetry.”
Capital Slam presents Taqralik Partridge and Ursula Rucker on Saturday night (March 3).
The festival has its roots in Ottawa’s diverse poetry communities, some of which gather around various reading series, each presenting their own literary fare. VERSe Ottawa came together in 2010, as a collective of some of these groups, both traditional, written, and spoken word. The idea was to pool resources and create new opportunities to showcase local poetry, culminating in VerseFest 2011, with different groups hosting events under the festival umbrella.
One of the many different groups making up VERSe Ottawa is Voices of Venus, hosting an event on Wednesday (February 29) at 7pm that features top poets from January’s Women Slam Championships. Following that is the In/Words event, launching the latest edition of their journal along with four readers at 9pm (Helen Humphreys, Rachael Simpson, Christian McPherson, Gregory Scofield).
Dave Currie (In/Words) welcomes the opportunity that VerseFest present, allowing, “…us to escape the insular experience of running one reading series and to integrate it into the wider poetry community of Ottawa.” On a scheduling note, In/Words is co-hosting the event with Moose and Pussy magazine, who will be launching “Oral: the audio album.”
In attendance once again is Amanda Earl, poet and managing editor of Bywords.ca. Earl enjoyed the variety of local poetry on offer with VerseFest 2011 and is, “…grateful for the opportunity to hear great poetry and to meet some of my poetic heroes in person.”
The Dusty Owl Series has teamed up with the AB Series to present on Friday night (Pearl Pirie, Susan McMaster, Bruce Taylor), while Tree and Plan 99 will host Saturday afternoon (Tim Bowling, Shane Rhodes).
at the National Arts Centre (Sunday, March 04).
One feature of pooling resources has allowed VerseFest to work with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and the embassies of both the United States and Mexico to present The Summit Reading. The reading features three of North America’s top notch poets: Pura López-Colomé, Phil Hal and Philip Levine, Sunday March 04 at the National Arts Centre. David O’Meara says of the event: “It’s historic enough to have Philip Levine read here, a great American poet, who has only recently been appointed the Poet Laureate for the States. And I don’t think this kind of thing has ever been done before, having prominent poets from all three North American countries read together at one event. It’s going to be really exciting.”
VerseFest 2012 runs from Tuesday February 28th until Sunday March 04. For full event details, event locations and ticket prices, visit http://www.versefest.ca/
Brendan McNally is an Ottawa based writer who runs the House Band Reading Series, which features performance word alongside a DJ score, adding special guests to round out the evening. And beer.
Say what you will about the Hanson brothers, but they know how to put on a show. Their concert at the Bronson center on February 8th was filled with frequent moments of fan interaction, and a comfort on stage cultivated from years of performing. Despite the cramped quarters of the venue, it actually felt cozy and helped the audience feel more like friends as opposed to strangers. The concert opened with young rising singer Carly Rae Jepsen who performed some of her popular hits like “Tug of War” and “Call Me Maybe”. The crowd knew little of her when she started, but by the end of her set, everyone was talking about her performance. Carly was the perfect choice for this tour since she was so full of energy, and clearly embodied the spirit of a Hanson show.
After Carly’s set the lights dimmed, and the audience started screaming. Zac the youngest warmed up the drums at the beginning of their set like he’d been doing it his whole life (and he probably has), and the concert was underway. The band warmed up with their newest hit “Shout it Out”. While it took no time at all to get the fans excited, not everyone was as familiar with this song as they were with other tracks played. ” Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’ ” proved to be more popular with the audience as they shouted the chorus back to the band on stage. As older fan favorites like “Deeper” and “Give a Little” were played I could feel everyone getting excited for the end of the show, when the band usually plays from their first album. At one point, Zac soulfully crooned “Oh Darling” by the Beatles and nearly sent every female into conniptions with his incredible 28.5 second “Oh”, perfectly on pitch. More impressive was that he didn’t break eye contact with the audience. Not once.
The biggest highlight of the show was when Taylor enlisted the help of everyone in the audience to jump up, and sing along to “MmmBop”. Every woman (as well as a few men) happily obliged as a sea of jumping hands bopped in rhythmic time to the timeless hit. This is what all of the fans were waiting for, to connect with Hanson over this one song. It was truly impressive to watch. Finally, it was time to say goodbye and the band threw the last of their energy into “If Only”, a big hit that rivals “MmmBop” in popularity. As Hanson walked to the edge of the stage to take a bow, the screams were deafening. It’s possible no one actually heard Isaac when he grabbed the mic to say “Thank you Ottawa, We love you!”.
My final verdict? If you have children, take them to see Hanson live. If you don’t have children, see them live anyway. Hanson strives to put on a show that engages people from all walks of life and truly delivered on that mission.
For more on Carly, and her music visit her website: http://carlyraemusic.com/
To learn more about Hanson, and join their fan club, visit their site: http://www.hanson.net/site/sections/1
You can find more of Andrea’s interviews and reviews here
Photo Credit: Simon Stiles
Censorship is the practice of governmental control over what can be printed, published or exhibited publicly. Many books have been banned in the past for reasons such as offending religious beliefs, because they are immoral or indecent, or for being seemingly unpatriotic or obscene.
According to the Book and Periodical Council (the Umbrella Organization for Publishing in Canada):
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
When it comes to freedom of expression and what we are FREE to consume, who do we want to have the final say? Ottawa Tonite is working in collaboration with the Library Association of the National Capital Region, local writers, singer-songwriters, VerseFest Ottawa, The Gladstone Theatre as well as the Ottawa theatre community to hold a benefit night on Wednesday, February 29th to raise funds for PEN Canada – and celebrate free expression.
The late night event (10pm-12am) will consist of readings from censored works, musical performances of banned songs and scenes from plays that have been deemed ‘inappropriate’ or challenged. There is a cover charge of $10 at the door (or PWYC) and proceeds are going to PEN Canada, an association of writers formed in 1926 to defend freedom of expression and raise awareness of that Universal right.
It will be a night of variety and profanity, so bring your open-mind and prepare to exercise you FREEDOM.
The Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Avenue Ottawa)
$10 at the door (or PWYC)
All proceeds from this event going to PEN Canada
The “Pets With Personlities 2012-2013 Calendar” presents:
A SPECIAL PREVIEW HERE ON OTTAWA TONITE!
The word is out. A very special launch party is happening for a great community project to raise funds for the Ottawa Humane Society.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
D’Arcy McGees Pub
44 Sparks St, Ottawa
1 – 5pm
An afternoon of laughter, music, fundraising and prizes is planned with some of Ottawa’s well-known ‘personalities’ on hand performing and celebrating!
Join us, to help celebrate a great community project called “Pets With Personalities” and pick up your very own copy of this 2012-13 calendar before it SELLS OUT!
Calendars will be available at the door. ($25) A silent auction with some incredible items to bid on, will be setup. (all proceeds to benefit the OHS)
Here is a sneak-peek at some of the beautiful images captured by photographer Sean Sisk
Ottawa photographer Sean Sisk has worked for months to put together a gorgeous 18-month calendar called ‘Pets with Personalities’! For just $25.00, this calendar will make a great Christmas gift- and it will benefit the lost and abandoned animals in our community!
Here in Ottawa, we love our pets! And the ‘Pets with Personalities’ calendar highlights pet-lovin’ personalities and their best four legged friends. And there’s no better way to kick off a brand new calendar – than with a big bash! Join us next Sunday at D’Arcy McGee’s on Sparks Street, from 1 to 5!
There will be music, prizes, lots of laughs and of course the ‘Pets with Personalities’ calendar will be available for sale. I am thrilled to be the emcee for the afternoon, and I hope to see you!
Details here on the PWP Facebook page.