The House Band Art Show  on the walls of Raw Sugar Café during the month of October, 2010 House Band Art Show Preview Video The House Band Art Show features the framed photographs and chapter books (in shadow boxes) from the novel Up the Ottawa, without despair. Each chapter of the novel  was launched as part of the House Band Reading Series at Raw Sugar Café, with a different photograph on each cover. “I organized…

On March 20th, the people at the Ottawa Folk Festival did a audition at Raw Sugar Cafe. Here is a blurb from their website: The Ottawa Folk Festival runs auditions each spring as a way to discover new talent of all ages. Judges choose the top three performers in each of two categories: Youth (25 years and under) and Open (26 and over). These chosen contestants then move onto the finals held on Saturday, April…

This will be my first Folkfest audition.  I moved to Ottawa from Niagara Falls in the Fall of 2008. In Niagara I was part of a Downtown Revitalization project which sought to bring art & culture to a dilapidated city core.  Folk musicians were everywhere and the community gained a sense of identity through the celebration of gathering and song. The movements and words spoke of familiar instances and commonalities in a way which I…

It was a very full room until they ran out of beer. I don’t know what happened after that because I hit the road fast. No matter how good the music, a lack of beer equals a lack of me sticking around. I’m talking about the Raw Sugar Cafe on Saturday, January 9th. I was lucky enough to get a seat near the front (thanks to Dusty Drifters) for the third installment of the XO…

It’s Thursday, December 17th and I find myself at the Raw Sugar Cafe, it’s on Somerset, half a block West of Bronson. Mary Clayton’s soul infused version of “Southern Man” pumps through the room at an agreeable volume as crisp dressed women and men settle and chat in this cozy, eclectic room. Tonight launches the fifth chapter of local writer Brendan McNally’s novel, “Up the Ottawa Without Despair”. Scavenging the internet for fun things to do…

  With special guests Sandra Ridley and David O’Meara.     The December House Band will feature Dj Eric Komsomol, Amanda Abdelhadi, and myself. And yes, I know it’s tonight. But better late than never. Besides which, my stapler broke so it has taken me a little bit longer to do things like, oh I don’t know, staple Chapter 5 together for the launch. And now, much ado about nothing.   The “Loeb” scene (video…