Read the Review

Read the Review
Andrew Franey

Read the Review
The Shangs

Read the Review
Alex Cuba

Read the Review
Tri Nguyen

Read the Review
Defend The Rhino

Read the Review

Read the Review
Kiwi Jr.

Read the Review

Read the Review

Read the Review
Black Suit Devil

Read the Review
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Read the Review
The Pack A.D.

Read the Review
Chad VanGaalen

Read the Review
Potengowski Anna Friederike

Read the Review
Todd Rundgren

Read the Review
Old 97's

Read the Review

Share |

Cover Art

Various ( )

Out of Ottawa
613 ( )

Hey wow, someone finally thought to serve up a disc-full of Ottawa-brewed music. My first thought was that this would help put our fine city on the proverbial musical map. I've been keeping tabs on the Ottawa music scene for a number of years through my college radio interview program at CHUO FM (Hop The Fence, Fridays at 5 pm…shameless plug!). One thing I've learned during this time is that the city has a wealth of talent in a variety of genres. Many bands have come and gone, but the talented individuals that make up the fabric of the local scene through different iterations of outfits are the thread that knits Ottawa's live and recorded music scene so snuggly. (I kill me!) The disc illustrates the diversity of the nation's capital home talent.

There is nothing much cohesive on the disc and really, the only reason these songs are compiled is that they originate from Ottawa. This makes it an ideal selection for those days when you just don't know what to listen to but might enjoy a few surprises around each corner.

Through the disc’s 22 tracks, you'll hear pseudo-disco/techno (Boy Crusher, Hilotrons, Isothermal), lo-fi  indie pop (Dave Norris & Local Ivan, Tara Holloway, Brian Simms, Ashley Newall), rock n roll (The Band Whose Name is a Symbol, Weapons of Mass Seduction, Garaga) and much more. You name it, Ottawa's got it.

As might be expected, there are plenty of favorites who are not included on this initial compilation, and clearly absent is anything from the city’s thriving country and alt-country scene. What this means of course, is that a follow-up (or many) are most definitely warranted. Hats off to 613 Records and James Brummel for taking the initiative and putting this together. Let's do it again real soon.

By Anne-Marie Brugger
Nov 15, 2011

[reviews home] [list reviews]
comments powered by Disqus

More Reviews By Anne-Marie Brugger

Cover Art Baby Eagle
No Blues
(Outside Music)
Jan 5, 2008
Cover Art Bear Mountain
(Last Gang)
Dec 13, 2013
Cover ArtAmy Campbell
Letters Home
(Battle Axe Folk)
Sep 17, 2012
Cover Art Construction & Destruction
Jul 14, 2008
Cover ArtThe Donefors
How To Have Sex With Canadians
Apr 1, 2009
Cover ArtStephen Fearing
Between Hurricanes
(Lowden Proud)
Apr 15, 2013
Cover Art Hospital Grade
Secrets & Sawdust
Mar 3, 2009
Cover ArtGianna Lauren
Fist In A Heart
Dec 2, 2008
Cover ArtCatherine Maclellan
(True North)
Aug 15, 2011
Cover Art Purity Ring
(Last Gang)
Oct 26, 2012
Cover Art Sex With Strangers
A Future Tragedy
(Two Finger)
Aug 31, 2007
Cover ArtMem Shannon
Live A Night At Tipitina's
(Northern Blues)
Nov 1, 2007
Cover Art Shortpants Romance
Jul 1, 2008
Cover Art Sound Of Lions
Aug 2, 2012
Cover Art Vonnegut Dollhouse
Ornamental Etherworld
Sep 27, 2007
Cover ArtAnn Vriend
For the People In the Mean Time
Jul 28, 2014
header bottom