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Oct 25, Sat, 2014
"Music for hooligans played by gentlemen."
Moosy plays french rock, with guts. A power trio of four people. Three brother-in-arms seeking redemption, helped by nothing but their music and their attitude. It is loud, heavy and unleashed.
The moose raw energy is filled with memories from both Grunge's most tortured times, to the darkest Blues of a drunk Irishman. As if post-rock finally got its overdrive back. As the elders used to say : never mess with a moose.
Mixing unusual writings with extreme on-stage performances, the beast destabilizes the audience: through the excessive use of overlapping sequences, listeners are swallowed in a surrealistic madness-in-motion, from on-edge irony to the most absurd Exquisite Corpse.
As a natural progress, the moose went from performing on stage to recording process twice, in order to engrave two massive albums written in the language of Molière. A proof that headbangers can also be metaphors' enthusiasts.
For the fans of Noir Désir, Led Zeppelin, Tool and roller-coasters.
Mikki Michelle
A Drama Queen, a lover, a fighter. A new breed of theater folk.
Mikki Michelle is an Australian singer/songwriter, who occasionally strums the ukulele. Influenced by bright colours and nature, she is rarely seen leaving the house without some crazy-coloured flower combo or hat on her head. She loves cabaret but also folk music, so she decided to combine the best of both worlds and define her music as theatre-folk. Think of her as Lily Allen meets Tori Amos as a pinup pixie. She has some very talented musicians who she keeps on rotation (a violinist one gig, a flutist another etc), and refers to as her 'November Ribbons', for a big jazzy sound or can be stripped back, raw and acoustic as a more organic flair. She can be flamboyant and wild, folksy and whimsical, melodic and earthy...but always sassy.
Tindervox is about creating moods, living in the moment and surrendering to complete chaos, being aware of it and creating soundscapes from it. Moving forward, Tindervox wants to keep creating original music, pushing the boundaries of our writing, staying open to new ideas, and performing our music in new places for new faces.
Oct 29, Wed, 2014
Art Sale
Kick off your Halloween weekend with an awesome local art sale at the Avant Garde Bar on Wednesday the 29th of October! Our current line up of artists include:
Benjamin Woodyard: will be selling his ceramics and hand painted t-shirts
Rebecca David: will be selling comics/zines, prints and very small watercolour paintings.
Deirdre Sokolowska: will be selling zines, prints and bleached t-shirts
Michelle Haney: will be selling prints and drawings
Francis of Cloud Forest will also be selling tasty bags of coffee for people to buy.
**Artists accept cash only**
Oct 31, Fri, 2014
Brainhunter is a 4-peice indie band from Ottawa. Their sound melds together the fury of punk, the introspective soul of country, the precision of METAL with the sonic madness of the 90s. It may seem confusing but the end product is a straight up, cigarette in the gas tank, ROCK n' ROLL explosion.
Roughed Up Beat
Roughed Up Beat is a supergroup consisting of 2 unknown local musicians and 1 guy you may have seen playing at the Oak. We're like if Belinda Carlisle woke up in an ally with a bad hangover, a Fender twin and a fuzz box.
Thunder Pussy
At the crossroads between a bowl of Tender Vittles and a super cell storm comes Thunder Pussy- a mix of of electrifying music to while away those catnip infused nights.
Nov 01, Sat, 2014
"Almost reminiscent of early (read: good) Muse... a band with a bottomless well of promise."
Ottawa Music Index
"Finn's stage presence and live vocals were great... a consistent and energetic performance to a crowd that seemed quite pleased with the group's music."
Elly Laberge - Eventful Capital: Elly Reviews Around the City
Genre: Alternative Rock
Alex Oestreicher,
Finn M-K,
Josh Mckinnon,
Korey Purdy,
Philip Kidd
Sounds like: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2
Tales From The Backseat
Formed originally in May of 2010 with Michael, Owen, and Duncan, the band has gone through many transformations, leading to now, where Michael and Owen remain, with the addition of Christina on drums and Gonzo on guitar.
Us With Wolves
CORNWALL, Ontario – An Ottawa-based alternative rock trio with Cornwall roots is looking to shake up the local music scene with a fresh sound as they record a new album.
Genre: Alternative Rock
Ryan McGillis (Vocals), Taylor Campbell (Guitars), Martin Potvin (Drums)
Nov 05, Wed, 2014
Musical tribute to the legendary Merle Travis
Ryan Cook and Dylan Watts perform a musical tribute to the legendary Merle Travis.
Merle Travis (1917-1983) was an American singer/songwriter from Western Kentucky who is credited with inventing a melodic, rhythmic and percussive guitar technique known as "Travis-Picking". The same thumb style picking made popular by Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Tommy Emmanuel is derived from this "travis picking" technique. We will focus on Travis's coal-mining ballads, instrumentals, and the popular songs he wrote for country artists in the 1950's and 1960's.
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