Ottawa Special Events & Ottawa Public Health Team Up

Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Special Events are teaming up along with members from the local music community to teach the public how to spot an overdose and how to administer Naloxone

Tomorrow night (Tuesday June 18th) at Sens House downtown, team members from Ottawa Public Health and members of the local music community along with Ottawa Special Events will be teaching the public how to spot signs of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone. The event is free and will be starting at 7:30 pm.

The Ottawa Sound will be there to cover the event.


A Chat With: Skybound

Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of local prog gods Skybound releasing their debut album, For All The Hope We Hold, and we had a chat with them! Read what they had to say, down below!

1. How would you describe your sound?

If a movie score team all of a sudden took a semi serious interest in progressive rock and post rock and made a weird hybrid band

2. Who are your influences?

I can honestly say that the current state of the world, to simple things such as taking in nature and the environment around me and infusing those feelings into melodies that come to my head. Musically, it’s hard to say specifically since my taste is so broad and changing

3. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?

We have a release on deck that we’re just trying to figure out how to release and promote it in a fresh and creative way that lines up more with our touring plans for later in the year to start a new cycle. Expect new stuff by the end of 2019, then 2020 is touring through and through in new places.

4. What is your creative process?

Usually it starts with a tiny melody or riff that I have to hum or whisper it into a phone voice memo because it always comes at the most inconvenient time (of course). Past then I couldn’t even say because it’s on such a case by case basis.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

As stated before I usually draw the overall aesthetic of what’s going on in my or my band mates lives as well as the weather or nature that surrounds me. It’s always tricky with instrumental music because there’s no way to put it into words, so it’s a bit different.

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

I don’t really get nervous before shows anymore now however the only time I have nerves are if we feel underprepared or we have gear troubleshooting to sort out pre show, which is why we are always over prepared performance wise before any show or tour.

7. Fave venue in Ottawa?

Definitely either Ask A Punk or House of Targ. They are both super open spaces that encourage the local scene to flourish and are both hubs for the scene to get together

8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Well we’ve definitely seen our fair share of messed up things on tour but definitely getting mugged out of our beer in downtown Montreal by a couple of drunk habs fans definitely makes that list

9. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Definitely touring or even playing a show with complete heroes of mine Dream Theater would be pretty surreal

10.Advice for new musicians/bands?

Focus on the music, make one good song, and build from there. In an industry where a lot of success is based on timing and sometimes luck (right place at the right time), the one thing you can control and work hard at is making quality music that resonates with you.

11. Any shout outs you want to make?

Shout outs to Alex Bradley Hodges for always helping out the scene, the owner of a certain Ottawa sound for all he does, and for all the photographers, venue owners, sound guys and everyone that comes out to support.

12. Social media links/music links

instagram: @skyboundofficial

A Chat With: Funky Colours

This is a flaming hot interview. This is A Chat With: Funky Colours. The new hip hop duo launched last month with their super awesome debut single, Hope. Here’s what the duo had to say to us.

How would you describe your sound?

How would we describe our sound? That’s tough. Eclectic. Very eclectic. Spoken word meets hip hop meets whatever we’re feeling at the time. We pretty much just do whatever feels right.

Who are your influences?

Well, obviously, since we’re a duo the influence will differ for both of us.

Apollo’s influences range from artists such as The Roots, Black Star, Common, Elzhi, Eyedea And Abilities, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, Black Ice, Shihan, Scarface, Shad

While Gruw’s influences are a little more scattered across all genres. Ranging from artists such as Alabama Shakes, Bahamas, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, James Blake, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Prince and Lubalin  

What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?

We’re currently working on an album that we hope to have out this year. We’re still creating and putting together a track list that we will curate at a later date. We’re also in the process of planning and shooting music videos. We’re aiming to go with a simple, colourful, minimalistic approach to videos. We’re probably going to go with one-shot videos for the most part with a few more complex story boarded ideas for the tracks that resonate the most. But, that’s still in the air.

What is your creative process?

Very organic. For the most part, we pick the instrumental, write, and record everything in one single session. That usually leaves us with a draft that we touch and clean up later. The process is a little different if we’re working with a producer who is making a custom instrumental for us, however, for this project we’ve been using a lot of already produced instrumentals which makes the process a little faster.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everything. The instrumental itself. Life. Weather. What we talked about that day. People we know. Struggles we’re facing. In every single one of our sessions you will, at one point or another, hear one of ask the other, “What are you feeling?”.

That’s the best way to explain it.

How do deal with nerves before a show?

That differs a bit for both of us.

Gruw tends to feel a little less nervous before a show but usually deals with the nerves by thinking about previous shows and previous positive experiences. Focusing on the joy of performing songs he truly loves and wants to share with others.

Apollo puts faith in his instincts and experience. Having performed and showcased many different art-forms across the city for over 10 years has allowed him to build confidence in his abilities as a performer.

So, if you’re just beginning and you’re looking for tips, the one thing we can both say is just go out there and try to have fun. It’ll get easier and easier the more you do it.

Fave venue Ottawa?

A smaller venue called Origin Arts and Community Centre located on Lyndale Avenue. It’s an intimate and comfortable environment ran by great people who love and perform art themselves. They hold all kinds of events and workshops which are all fantastic to attend. We’d highly recommend checking this place out.

Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

For Gruw, it was during an album release party for his other band (Bars & Tone) where, for the sake of brevity, multiple people ended up having women and relationship troubles. Resulting in loud arguments, people running out with significant others chasing them, and a few drinks being thrown in a few faces.

For Apollo, it was right after a show with his other band (Poetic Elements). Upon getting offstage he was approached by a man he had never met before and was asked to follow him to the bar. The strange man proclaimed that his wife really enjoyed his set. Once Apollo actually got to the bar the man told him that his wife “really liked him” and that they should “get to know one another” and then walked away, leaving the two of them at the bar. After realizing what was happening, Apollo promptly excused himself to the bathroom and never returned. True story.

If you could tour/play a set with any lineup who would it be?

Our friends. All of them. We work with so many dope musicians that it’s very hard to get all of them in the same place at the same time. So our ideal line up would consist of:

  • Lubalin
  • Naked the God
  • Lonely Boy
  • Soru
  • Y.Bully
  • Joe Nativv
  • Masai

Advice for new musicians/bands

Work hard. Practice way more than you think you need to because it still won’t be enough. Know who you are and stay true to that and your craft. Always plan for what’s next. Make deadlines (!!!!!!!!!!) and follow through on them. And last but not least, don’t hate. Try to find something you like in anything you hear and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Any shouts you want to make?

So many. All of the homies.

  • Lubalin
  • Nakiem The God
  • Lonely Boy
  • Soru
  • Y.Bully
  • Joe Nativv
  • Masai
  • Denise Audette
  • Geoffrey McCaldin
  • Chachi
  • Antoine Ryan
  • JB Proulx
  • Simon Boisvert
  • J Bird
  • Sly
  • Melissa Trincao
  • Melissa Hickey
  • Our parents ( ❤ )

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Charges Laid In Fatal Shooting

Ottawa police have charged an 18-year-old Ottawa man, Donald Musselman, with second-degree murder in the shooting death of father and musician Markland Campbell, a member of local hip hop trio HalfSizeGiants.

Musselman appeared in court via video link on the morning of Sunday, June 9th 2019, a day after major crime detectives arrested him in connection with the shooting Friday night in the ByWard Market.

The judge ordered Musselman not to contact a list of names before setting the next date for court, June 13th.

Musselman remains in custody.

Local Rapper Killed In Byward Shooting

Markland Campbell of HalfSizeGiants was killed on June 7th 2019 in a shooting in the Byward Market. (Photo taken from Facebook)

Last night a shooting in the Byward Market took the life of a member of local hip-hop trio HalfSizeGiants.

According to The Sun local musician and member of rap trio HalfSizeGiants, Markland Anothony Campbell, also known as Jahiant Jah, was gunned down in the Byward Market. After leaving work, he received a call saying his daughter was being harassed in the by-ward and he went down to go and help her.

At the age of 16, Campbell had held an anti-violence concert to protest the death of Nicholas Battersby in March of 1994. 25 years later he was violently and maliciously gunned down trying to live up to the standards he set for himself back in 1994. According to local radio host Justin Gunderson, Campbell deliberately pushed anti-violence messaging through his work.

After a 15 year hiatus the trio had recently released a new album called, Life Moves Fast. Another member of the trio, Christopher Weins, said that Campbell’s spirit would live on through their song Girl You Know, which also featured Danny Fernandez.

A Chat With: Leanwytch

Suh dudes! Today we bring you the man, the myth, the legend, Ottawa’s favourite Englishman, Leanwytch. Leanwytch took the time to answer the our questions while finishing his tour with his other project, Skybound.

1. How would you describe your sound?

It’s definitely emotional music, emo rap I guess?

2. Who are your influences?

thenightyouleft, exiled from light, thy light, elderwind, mainly black metal bands lol especially with the new material

3. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?

More experimenting, stretching out into different genres really excited mate.

4. What is your creative process?

I don’t really have one to be honest with you, I’m blaow every day though, always haha

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

Life experiences mainly, old lore from around the world as well

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

Smoke loud mate

7. Fave venue in Ottawa?

Definitely ask a punk, its one of the main pillars that’s keeping the Ottawa music scene alive it brings everybody together in a way that you couldn’t get in bigger venues, its special you know?

8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Honestly nothing’s been too wild except for me/the band after a show haha. There was this old dude square dancing to my band Skybound on the tour we just finished, that was pretty groovy if you ask me.

9. Any shout outs you want to make?

My bands (Skybound, Martyrs), my mates over the pond in the U.K, Drifted, crushing deathcore man super tight. My family, piss clique and ghost mob. Kaleidoscope Horse definitely, one on of my favorite bands and good friends of mine lastly Salem Trials, they’re up and coming in Ottawa suuper promising band man, they’re tearing it up out here!

10. Social media links/music links

insta: @leanwytch

soundcloud: /leanwytch

fb: /leanwytchatmidnight

bandcamp: /leanwytchatmidnight

A Chat With: Bearings

Howdy! Welcome back to our thrice weekly interview series. This time ’round we’re having a chat with Ryan Culligan, the guitarist of the super awesome local band, Bearings. The local pop-punkers have exploded onto the international scene in recent months and we’re super stoked he took the time to chat with us.

1. How would you describe your sound?

Our band draws inspiration from so many different artists. I’d say our sound is a mixture of it all. We grew up on pop punk but we’re into so many different things now. It’s exciting to see what our new songs will end up sounding like.

2. Who are your influences?

All of us have certain bands we individually love. We’re always showing each other new music as well. We currently draw a lot of influence from the 1975, Turnover, the story so far and the menzingers.

3. What’s on the horizon for Bearings in 2019/2020?

We’re currently working on new music right now and hope to hit the studio by late summer/fall!

4. What is your creative process?

Doug does a large role of the songwriting in the band. He always has great ideas that he’ll bring and then we’ll work on as a band to make it a Bearings song. Ideas can stem from everyone though and we all bring a different flair to the table when we’re recording the songs.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

So many different things. We all love music of course, but a few of us are into art, or photography, or being outdoors. It’s always refreshing knowing we draw inspiration from all different mediums.

6.How do you deal with nerves before a show?

I don’t get too nervous before playing shows anymore. It’s mostly just excitement and getting jittery. There are some shows that bring out nerves though, just depends on the circumstance.

7. Fave venue in Ottawa?

Ask a punk! We’ve been going there for years and it always feels like a family with everybody at the show.

8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

I one time saw Collin Hanes jump into the pit like a wild man and growl at me in pure anarchy. Guy is a menace.

9. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Blink-182, Metallica and Turnover. I can’t imagine a better tour.

10. Advice for new musicians/band

Go to as many shows in your community as you can and start meeting people. Networking is so important in our industry. Also go play in all your surrounding markets as often as you can and start building a name for yourself.

11. Any shout outs you want to make?

Shoutout to Nighttime in Kansas, they’re doing great things and I’m very excited to see where they push themselves in the next few years.

12. Any links or social media you want people to visit?

Twitter/Instagram: @bearingsband, facebook: @bearingsisaband