Bluesfest Day Six: Fevers, The Shins, and LCD Soundsystem

On a cold Wednesday evening, Bluesfest continued for a sixth night with an electric lineup. At the beginning of the evening, a group of keen local music supporters welcomed Fevers to the Claridge Homes Stage. Led by the melodic vocals of Sarah Bradley, the electro-indie-rock band from Ottawa is coming hot off the recent release of their new album, Apologia. For their third concert at Bluesfest, Fevers performed a fair mix of dark, pleasant-sounding, and upbeat songs, and created a pleasing and ambient tone throughout the crowd. Immediately after on the City Stage was a somewhat stylistically similar performance by Phantogram. The duo from Saragota Springs, N.Y. performed numerous loud and upbeat songs, fully delivering their heavy and intense sound. The filtered […]

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New music venue set to open on Elgin

A new venue, LIVE! on Elgin, is set to hit Ottawa’s downtown music scene above Dunn’s Diner at 220 Elgin St. After a survey co-owner Jon Evenchick and his father Lawrence conducted in 2013,  Evenchick said 130 members of the Ottawa arts community helped decide what kind of venue the city needed most. “Not only are we providing a desperately needed affordable venue for grassroots organizations but [we’re] also bringing more live entertainment to a street that sorely misses it,” Evenchick said. LIVE! on Elgin aims to target members of the arts community and everyone surrounding it including “musicians, painters, theatre performers, their friends and family, lovers of the arts, and more,” Evenchick explained. “It will be a cabaret-style seating […]

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Thirteen years of good lit for In/Words

In/Words Magazine celebrated its 13th year in publication at Pressed Café Sept. 13, bringing a crowd of those who most cherish the written word to a cozy and inspiring environment. In/Words Magazine & Press was founded in 2001 by professor Collett Tracey and has grown into a unique and thought-provoking production. Run mainly by Carleton University students and graduates, the magazine lets Carleton students get their work out there and circulating through the community. “Community is an absolute necessity for all writers—that they support and protect us and believe in the value of what we’re doing,” Tracey said. To celebrate its success, In/Words held an intimate performing arts showcase. The event featured artists of varied artistic backgrounds, including poets and […]

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Album release party makes audience Feverish

The Fevers’ “24 Hour Fever” event may have begun as nothing more than a pun, but it ended a roaring success. The Ottawa band played three sets of music over the course of 24 hours, including a minimalist set at Mugshots and an acoustic rooftop set in Chinatown before closing out with a full club set at Mavericks on Aug. 24. Fevers organized the event to celebrate the launch of their debut album, No Room for Light. “We wanted to do something a little bit different,” said guitarist/vocalist Colin MacDougall. “To be honest, I actually think it started with the name ‘24 Hour Fever.’ It started with a stupid name so we thought, what could we do within a 24 […]

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Q&A: Fevers

Humble Ottawa-based electro-pop band Fevers took Kristen Cochrane backstage to talk about the quintet’s genesis and their apparent inability to describe their music. For the record, Jim does know how to play bass, and he is in fact from England, and not from Arnprior, Ontario. This interview has been edited and condensed.   The Charlatan (TC): Where are you all from? Sarah: I’m from Sudbury, Ontario. Mike Stauffer: Cambridge, Ontario. Jim: I’m from England, just outside of London in a town called Woking. Martin Charbonneau: I’m from Alfred, a small town east of Ottawa. Colin: I’m from Ottawa. [Booing, followed by laughter] I grew up in Westboro, I live in Chinatown now. Carleton alum.   TC: How did you all get together? […]

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