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CULTURE: A round-up of local up-and-coming bands to watch

Despite the strongest attempts at boosterism, the fact remains that Ottawa’s music scene is generally overshadowed by the success of Montreal and Toronto artists. But that may change. With groups like The Acorn and White Wires performing internationally and others touring with huge bands like the Pixies (The Balconies’ recent honour), the city is slowly staking out its place on the music map. Here, a look at three local bands you can expect to hear a lot of in the coming months, as they take over award nomination lists and concert stages.

By Samantha Everts

Zebrassieres. Photo by Oscar Welsh.

THE BAND: Zebrassieres

YOU KNOW THEM AS…
Two members of The Creeps bring their talents to this more accessible band, which really got the crowds going at upstart Ottawa Explosion fest this past summer. Helps that they have a girl on keys and vocals. For those who like to dance, this party band salutes you.

CHECK ‘EM OUT IF YOU LIKE
Devo/ The Ramones/ The Creeps/ Think About Life

WATCH FOR THEM AT
Their record release show on Oct. 14 at Café Dekcuf — and, earlier the same day, at the Vertigo Records anniversary celebrations.  Stream the full record now at www.zebrassieres.bandcamp.com

Zoo Legacy. Photo courtesy Zoo Legacy.

THE BAND: Zoo Legacy

YOU KNOW THEM AS…
The band popularized by music critics like Polaris Music Prize judge Matthew Pollesal, who gushed over their “wonderful, genre-bending mishmash.” Their guerrilla marketing tactics were a hit at Osheaga and Bluesfest.

CHECK ‘EM OUT IF YOU LIKE
The Weeknd/ The XX/ Atmosphere

WATCH FOR THEM AT
Shows at a range of venues, from Mavericks to Island Flava, work well for this fusion of hip-hop and indie fusion. Watch www.thezoolegacy.com for show details, music, and videos.

THE BAND: Fire and Neon

YOU KNOW THEM AS…
The youngsters from Kemptville who, after only two years together, are already getting radio play: their danceable indie-pop sound and killer harmonized vocals won $10,000 in The Live 88.5 Big Money Shot.

CHECK ‘EM OUT IF YOU LIKE
The Killers/ MGMT/ The Cure/ Matt and Kim

WATCH FOR THEM AT
Capital Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 18 when they compete for a chance to win top spot (and  $250,000) in the Big Money Shot contest. www.myspace.com/fireandneon

Fire and Neon. Photo courtesy Fire and Neon.

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