Articles Tagged ‘Cafe Dekcuf’

SOUND SEEKERS: Bidiniband releases its second album, frontman Dave Bidini submits to a Q&A (that’s Dave Bidini, not Bikini)

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Bindiniband (L-R): Don Kerr, Dave Bidini, Paul Linklater, and Doug Friesen.

That Dave Bidini — he offers up an easy metaphor by his very existence.

Y’see, I was about to say something about him wearing many hats — author, columnist, rock icon — but the thing is that he actually wears a lot of hats: bowlers, fedoras, and the like. Stick a toque on him and you’ve got the ultimate signifier of his very subject matter: Canadiana.

He wrote about it plenty when he was part of The Rheostatics, and continues to do so in his National Post columns, in his many books, and in song with his current outfit called Bidiniband.

Their newest album, released in January, is titled In the Rock Hall. The band plays an afternoon show at Irene’s this Sunday. Ahead of the gig, Ottawa Magazine razzed Bidini via Q&A.

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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

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.

Devo/ The Ramones/ The Creeps/ Think About Life

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

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SOUND SEEKERS: Acres, The Roboter, And What Army?

Sound Seekers by Fateema Sayani is published weekly at Read Fateema Sayani’s culture column in Ottawa Magazine.

Photo: Acres by Jamie Kronick


This weekend, Ottawa music fans get a chance to hear the new album from Acres in an intimate setting: the basement of Clock Tower Brew Pub. Released in March, A Gentle Reminder, is emblematic of an Ottawa sound: dreamy, ponderous, achy, with a bit of gut-level passion. With Cedars. Saturday, June 4. The Downstairs Club, 575 Bank St.

This new trio keeps it loud by layering on lots of effects on the bass and guitar. Kevin Earle, Ryan Hillier, and Johnny Nash are post-garage rockers that form the band And What Army? They collectively have a long history in the Ottawa scene. Nash was with ‘90s-era scene heroes King Kung and Bitchin’ Camaros previously; Ryan Hillier played in Crank and Chickpea; and Kevin Earle drummed for Design of Cities and Rockets Fall. With Departures and the Sound Technicians. Saturday, June 4. 8 p.m. $6. Zaphod’s, 27 York St.

On first listen, there seems to be something Depeche Mode-ian about The Roboter, aka, dark electronic musician Ron Carron, who names Brian Eno, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, and Gary Numan among his influences. He scrolls through decades of electronic music and it comes across both in the style of his music and in its production. A 1939 Novachord synthesizer is part of his gear. With UK’s Attrition, Montreal’s Dark Digital, Toronto’s Glenn Love, and Ottawa’s Shane Whitbread. Friday, June 3. TIME PRICE Café Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St.

THE WEEKENDER: Comedy, concerts, and the opening days of Winterlude

Sock ‘n’ Buskin kicks off their 2011 season with a one-act comedy festival. The nine short plays range from adaptations of Shel Silverstein’s No Dogs Allowed to original skits by Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s own Adam Smith. With a dynamite, lightning quick line-up appealing to all, the comedy fest promises to be “wickedly funny.” Runs Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 3 to 5. 8 p.m. $12, $8 students. Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-3770.

Photo by Dave Bastedo

The folk rock songstress takes the stage armed with a guitar and her beautiful voice for this all ages show. A staple of the Canadian music scene for years, Harmer’s lovely melodies and poignant lyrics manage to be relaxing, heartbreaking, and rousing all in one go. Toronto darling Gentleman Reg opens the show. There are still tickets left, but they’re selling fast! Saturday, Feb. 5. 7 p.m. $32.50. Bronson Centre, 211Bronson Ave., 613-755-1111.

The month-long festival starts this weekend, helping you remember that winter can be a wonderland. With a packed schedule and lots of free events, the festival is always a pleasure. Our top pick for this weekend? The Canadian Museum of Civilization launches the party with a free evening (Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.) of special lighting effects, an interactive fire experience, amazing sound performances, a DJ dance party and, at 9 p.m., a pyrotechnical extravaganza to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. Winterlude runs Friday to Sunday, Feb. 4 to 21. Various events and locations.


One of the most powerful things an art exhibit can do is bring you closer to understanding the incomprehensible — in this case, the disappearance of 34,278 people during the Yugoslav wars. The exhibit, a collaboration between Canadian author Rory MacLean and award-winning photographer Nick Danziger, documents the efforts to find and repatriate the missing loved ones of 15 families, through words and images. This highly insightful, moving exhibit runs until Sept 5. $12, $10 seniors and students, $8 children, $30 families. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 819-776-8600.

There’s no shortage of great shows this weekend, but money on Rich Aucoin is a sure bet. This Halifax dance-pop musician is fantastic live, with more confetti and balloons than a kid’s birthday party. The combined experience of catchy pop beats and found-footage video art makes for a sweaty, euphoric show totally unlike your typical concert. If you miss out this weekend, mark your calendar for Feb. 18, when he comes through Ottawa again to blast our winter blues away. Friday, Feb 4. 8 p.m. $10. Cafe Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St., 1-888-222-6608.

SOUND SEEKERS by Fateema Sayani

Where to be this weekend

The Paramedics have a finely honed sense of emergency. It comes across on III, their first release which is full of atmospheric rock with an experimental edge.

The Ottawa band comprises Jordan Allan (guitars, drums, effects), Allan Gauthier (guitar, percussion), Luke Duross (bass), and Jamie Kronick (drums). Kronick does double duty as the band’s photographer (he took the photo, above) and is honing his craft at the School of Photographic Arts in Ottawa.

Gauthier takes a step away from his role in the city’s premier pop act The Love Machine to unleash his darker side with The Paramedics. Duross, meanwhile, did a turn in Relief Maps, a band that puts urban malaise to song. The album’s wall-of-sound production quality comes from studio whizzes Jonathan Chandler and Jason Fee.

“We’re striving for the live show to be very intense and dynamic. Our loud is very loud and our quiet is very quiet,” Kronick says.

Download a free track here and see them with The Paint Movement and The Love Machine. $10. 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22. Babylon, 317 Bank St.

Watters’ Wattage

The sibling duo of Muddy and Danny get stronger with every album. Their latest — Rock and Roll Mansion — combines dirty rock riffs, a bluesy edge, and a few pop salutes. In other words, the stuff of good times, which is the message the Ottawa duo likes to convey in songs such as Life Is a Gas and Seize the Day. The tune Synthesizer City is worth searching out. $7 adv. 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield.

Elsewhere out there

More atmospheric rock from the Goodluck Assembly (formerly Sojourn), as the Ottawa four-piece releases it latest, Glowscape. Thursday, Jan.  21. Live Lounge.

Jazz, hip-hop and electronic music meet in Halabisky’s Uprising, led by capital city economist and horn player Dave Halabisky. Saturday, Jan. 22. Café Dekcuf.

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