December Blood Drive

Ottawa special Events and local radio host, Dylan Black, have teamed up to run a blood drive in December.

On December 14th Ottawa Special Events, Dylan Black and local musician Jarrod Goldsmith will be holding a blood drive in honour of Dylan Back’s father, who recently passed way.

You can sign up to donate here.

All of the previous blood drives conducted by Ottawa Special Events have been booked to capacity, and blood is most needed during the holidays. If you are able to, please sign up and donate.

Sinking City Music Festival


My name is Kyle, and I’m the founder of The Ottawa Sound. We as a team have put this website off to the side lately and haven’t been focusing on releasing content about our local music scene for about 2 months now. I’d like to take a moment and explain why.

The Ottawa Sound Crew has been working hard to plan an event called Sinking City Music Festival. We wanted to bring together some of Ottawa’s most talented musicians and put on a show like no other. We have been working on this since June, and have almost hit the final steps.

The festival will be hosted at Cafe Dekcuf from May 15th-17th 2020. We currently have about 18 acts ready to play the show. Tickets will go on sale on November 1st 2019. The full line up will also be announced on November 1st.

Tickets are available as a one day pass for each individual day (for example if you only want to go to the Friday show, buy the Friday pass) or, they are also available as a three day pass.

The one day passes are $10 each and the three day passes are $20 each.

Each act will be selling tickets for their individual days and the three day passes, or you can buy them online from Eventbrite.

We are so excited to bring you this event and we can’t wait for May to roll around!

Thank you for all your love and support,


A Chat With: Sinful Ways

Today we chat with our pals in Sinful Ways! The local metal act sat down and gave us some insight on how they operate and what they use as inspiration for their music!

How would you describe your sound?

Brad – Fresh and unique, a mash of multiple metal genres.

Andres – Same, old school metal crossed new school metal.

Dave – Heavy, fast and melodic with classic metal influences and modern scream vocals.

Georgio – Heavy and melodic in all the right places.

Who are your influences?

Brad – Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, A7X, Trivium.

Andres – Metallica, As I Lay Dying, BFMV, Dream Theatre, Lamb of God, Misfits.

Dave – Drummers: Dave Lombardo, Travis Smith, Alex Bent, John Bonham, The Rev, Chad Smith, Mike Portnoy, Chris Adler, Bands: A7X, Trivium, Slayer, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Rammstein, KSE, Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Lamb of God, Sum 41.

Georgio – BMTH, Architects, Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada, Alexisonfire, Crown the Empire, We Came As Romans, Muse, NOFX, Bad Religion.

What’s on the horizon for 2020?

More music (new singles and another EP), and more shows.

What is your creative process?

Brad – Whatever clicks in my head.

Andres – Anything that comes to mind, record it as fast as I can and send to the band.

Dave – Guitar riffs come in, then rhythm section and vocals last.

Georgio – I usually start with guitars and drums, melody and lyrics come afterwards.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Brad – Other music, environments, mental state.

Andres – Social problems, politics.

Dave – Always looking for new music and inspiration to listen to constantly. Doesn’t even need to be metal… could be funk, jazz or even pop music sometimes.

Georgio – Everywhere, whether its different musical genres or politics.

How do you deal with nerves before a show?

Just sit back, take a deep breath, and relax, the only way you stress over things is when you spend too much time thinking about what could go wrong. Just sit back and have confidence in what you’ve practiced.

What is your favourite venue in Ottawa?

Brass monkey by far… nice big stage and a very cool dark atmosphere.

Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Clammy from Exciter flashing the crowd at our EP Release show while wearing a kilt. Dave’s family friend asking to get her boobs signed. A wall of death.

If you could tour or play with any act or line up, what/who would it be?

B – Trivium.

A – Download 2006 lineup.

Dave – Metallica, Parkway Drive and probably Slayer…3 huge bands, I couldn’t imagine how big and wild the crowd would be.

Georgio – Parkway Drive, Architects, and TDWP. 

Any advice for new artists?

Just start and be super dedicated. Practice as much as possible, get tight and play as often as you can at shows. Play each show as if it were your last and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing for 5 or 200+ people. Make it a truly unforgettable experience. Learn theory, practice chords, and just jam chord progressions to find what you like and what sounds good to train your ear.

Any shout outs you would like to make?

Scepter, Ivory Knight, Lyncanthro, Rebel 101.7, Pandamonium, Joe @ Dark Moon Productions, Ken @ Fuzztone Music.

Show me the links!

We’re also on Apple Music and iTunes.

Fun In The Sun | Gland | Album Review

Welcome to our second musical adventure with local pop rock sensations, Gland. The band released their EP, Fun In The Sun, today and we had the pleasure of listening to it, and now you get to read our opinions on it.

Pecker Wrecker

Our delightful sonic induced adventure begins with the ballad Pecker Wrecker. With its fast paced guitar work and blistering drums, the EP starts off just right. The mixing is great, guitar work is on point and the blast beats are, in the words of Wayne Campbell “Excellent”. The transitions between parts are executed nicely and don’t feel forced. The second riff had my head moving. The shredding solo was great. 9/10

Shit Faced

Second up is the beautiful song Shit Faced. The lyrics are very well written, with my favourite line being, “home made drugs straight from my ass.” The Guitar work was great, the tone used was damn near perfect. The drums are fast, but not overly complicated, which is great. The ending is abrupt, but it fits the song. 9/10

Jabba The Butt

Next on the shit list is Jabba The Butt, a biographical tale of the obese twin of Jabba The Hutt. I love the guitar work, the drums are again, not overtly difficult but fast paced, which is exactly what is needed for the song. The mixing game is still on point. What they did at 1:21 is pure perfection, trust me. The double kick and blast beats are on point. 9.5/10


Off the bat I love the use of stereo at the start, well done. I love it when artists and producers make use of switching between lanes. I love the tempo change at around 55 seconds in, and the instrumentation fits together beautifully. The transitional riff at 1:55 is, in the words of Borat, “Very Nice!” After that transition can be described in one word, brutal. It’s loud, pounding and not too slow, then you get back to the main riff in another well executed transition. 9.3/10

Fun In The Mung

Our adventure comes to a close with the masterpiece, Fun In The Mung. It starts with a nicely executed four beat snare, and then launched into an epic riff. The intro is a little long for me, but that’s just personal taste. The main riff is probably my favourite on the album. The slow part is sick. Drums, are consistent with the rest of the album and not too complicated but still well done. Everything meshes together very well. 9.7/10


This is the best pop rock album ever released. Go buy it.

Free Naloxone Training & Kit

With back to school in full swing,  Ottawa Special Events feels it is incredibly important for those going back to school, especially university and college students, to receive training on how to identify a possible overdose and administer Naloxone in an emergency.  

On Tuesday, August 13, Ottawa Special Events and Ottawa Public Health have teamed up again to provide free Naloxone training.  Each attendee will receive a free Naloxone kit as well. 

Please download your free tickets here that Ottawa Special Events and Ottawa Public Health are using to gauge the number of attendees to make sure they bring enough Naloxone kits to the event.

Date And Time:
Tue, August 13, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Ben Franklin Place (Chambers)
101 Centrepointe Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7

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Misanthropy | Salem Trials | Review

Welcome back to our humble blog. Today we are going to take a look at local metal act, Salem Trials and their debut EP, Misanthropy. I would dare to call this band a super group of Ottawa’s most talented metal musicians, and trust me it shows when listening to the EP.


The atmospheric tremor at the start of the song gives you a sense of worry and anticipation. You sit in wait for the massive riff, you know is coming. When the vocals and drums come in the tension keeps building. The tension peaks with intermittent guitars and then the song launches forward with epic riffage. The vocals are damn near perfect, and the mixing and guitar tones are flawless. This song is the perfect opening track. The guitars cut off suddenly and bring you into a nice melodic section of instrumentation that then goes into a nice chuggy part, with the atmospheric tremor sitting in the background. The transitions between parts are beautiful. The bassline is nice. The djenty parts are not over done and fit nicely. This song is a great introduction to the band. 9.5/10


Bouncing in at second on the album is Carousel. With the way the opening riff is written I can see where the song title came from. The bassline is sexy and they again add some atmospheric guitar in the background. The tempo changes are smooth. Guitar tone, mixing and vocals again near perfect. The blast beats are sick and the double kick is impressive. The main riff popping in and out throughout the song is catchy. 9.5/10

Bad Blood

Starting with an aggressive and powerful bang, is Bad Blood. the third installment on our journey with Salem Trials. Love the riff. Drums killing it again. Sudden drop off of instrumentation to an atmospheric riff and vocals, nicely done. The atmospheric leads are beautiful when used. The dissonant chords are used effectively and not over done, leading you back into the atmospheric leads. This song feels like you’re on a terrifying journey in a fever dream. I love it. The guitar solo is beautiful. I love how the song ends with the instrumentation dropping out and the vocals roaring the title, to then have the song fade out with atmospheric sounds, then into the starting riff of the next song. I’m a sucker for atmospheric stuff so this band is just perfect for me. 9.7/10


Your fourth sonic adventure is Grief. Now this song started out weird for me, I think due to the streaming service I was using. Because the intro for this song is the outro for the previous song, it jumped on me, which I think was Tidal’s fault, not the band’s. However, the song does start with a big bang. Guitar work on point. Vocals nailing it. Drums just killing it. Probably my favourite song so far. Transitions are flawless again. Bouncy at parts, had my head bobbing. Love the main riff, fits very well. Love the plucky, palm muted part with the sexy bassline over top, bass build tension beautifully until it breaks with the drums and main guitars coming back in. Ends nice and suddenly. 9.8/10

Rotten Path

Vocals starting immediately with a nice plucky atmospheric guitar is very well done. The guitar work is masterful. The drumming is damn near perfect This band exudes confidence and strong instrumentation. The plucky riff hopping in and out throughout the song adds a nice feel to the song. The transition is flawless heading into the djenty part. The basslines are sexy…again. Love the slowed down part. Mixing and tones on point again. I don’t think I’ve picked up on anything that seriously detracts from the listening experience. 9.8/10


I am loving the use of atmospheric instrumentation in the background of the songs. It adds a nice fullness to the sound. The songwriting is very strong, not only in this song, but throughout the album. You can tell they took their time to craft a piece of art, not just a song. The main riff is very good. The guitar work is masterful. The drumming fits perfectly, transitions are great. Vocals on point. I love how the guitars cut in and out at points and the atmospheric sound rolls in and out. The chugs are beautiful. I love the leads, they fit perfectly where they are placed. This one had my head moving while I was writing. I just wanted to start hardcore dancing at points, even though I was sitting in my living room typing on my laptop. 9.7/10


Overall this is probably one of the best metal albums to come out of Ottawa in years. If Salem Trials continues what they’re doing they are going to go places. You can tell they took their time to craft the songs, these are some of Ottawa’s best musicians, and it shows. The production work was amazing. I’m excited for the future of this band. Their description on Facebook says they want to take the world by storm, and wholeheartedly believe they can.