Ottawa Bluesfest 2007

Alexisonfire’s Relationship With The Tooth Fairy

August 6, 2007

"Most bands aren't seeing any money from record royalties," says Alexisonfire's George Pettit. "You get a check twice a year and you split it five ways. It's not a big amount of money. It's not retirement type of money. It's a little chunk of change. We've got two platinum records and we don't see a great deal of money from our record sales. Where we float the boat is doing this: touring, selling tickets."

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Hilotrons: Over The River And In The Studio

August 1, 2007

"We keep it up on YouTube because it's funny how many people go to it because it's two girls wrestling," says The Hilotrons' Michael Dubue with a laugh. "They wrestle for money on the Internet. So they cut one of their fights to one of our songs."

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Liam Titcomb: Young Talent, Big Dreams

July 30, 2007

"I got a little excited that he was on stage and I wasn't," recalls Liam Titcomb of his first on-stage performance as a toddler with his father. "I hopped up there with my ukulele and postured away and played while he was playing. I acted as if I was playing along. It started then and that was the beginning of the end."

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The Land, The Drums And The "White Moth"

July 25, 2007

"There are a lot of ideas and stuff that comes to me that I let go. I don't keep a record; I don't record anything, I don't write it down. Anything that stays with me is meant to stay with me and anything that disappears I figure is not meant to be there," says Australian musician Xavier Rudd. "Some people would say, 'But you might lose something brilliant.' At times I think whatever I lost is pretty cool, but I think it's better lost."

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Luke Doucet, Cowboy For Hire

July 20, 2007

"I'm always surprised that I get to do this – that I get to go on stage, make records or go on tour," says Luke Doucet, but he notes that his career is not without flaws. "I mean, I'm cranky about it a lot too, to be honest, when I'm driving myself 16 hours between gigs. I don't necessarily like being a truck driver, but I'm lucky. I'm aware of the fact that I get to do something pretty cool. Any opportunity to work harder or do more, I see as a real opportunity that I don't want to miss."

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Mute Math Discusses Long Road To Success

July 16, 2007

"I lost interest in certain keyboards. To be a keyboardist in different bands can be boring and uneventful. I think I finally got in a band where we decided anything goes and let's try anything and everything; the keytar wound up being one of them. It worked for us. The first time we tried it, nobody threw anything at me, so that was good. As a matter of fact, it got a few more cheers. It was strange. It was almost like people wanted to see a keytar."

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Jeremy Fisher's New Record, New Label, New World

July 12, 2007

"It's been a stroke of good luck, that 20-dollar video. I was just messing around my apartment with a camera and my laptop and I had some Plasticine. I've had a lot of bad experiences in the past making videos, spending a lot of money, and making videos that didn't really make any sort of artistic statement or have much merit on their own other than accompanying a single. I wanted to make something that was concept-based and from the heart."

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Undercover With The Reverb Syndicate

July 11, 2007

"We got a call from this gentleman known as Unsteady Freddie. He's a guy in his 40s that is, 'Woah' – an 'out there' kind of dude – and he's a DJ in New York who loves surf music. He absolutely loves it; it's his life and breath. He found us on the Internet. We went on at 1:30 in the morning, which is basically the kiss of death in Ottawa. Since we were in New York City, there was a whole whack of drunk people dancing their asses off all night long. It was so much fun," says Reverb Syndicate's Jeff Welch.

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The Middle Child’s Music

July 2, 2007

As The Poets Affirm ready the release of a new album. “I think we realized we have a very fairy tale-ish essence to our music,” Gary Udle says. “I find we’ve always had a tie to nature. We’ve focused on trees a lot. You’ll find a lot of tree imagery and there’s a little bit of sea imagery as well in our past songs. Animals just felt like the next thing to include.”

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Rheaume brings honest side out of hiding

June 22, 2007

“They didn’t hit my heart when I was singing them toward the end, and so I just wanted to be really in touch with myself,” Amanda Rheaume explains. “It was a conscious decision to be a bit more organic than Even When and choose richer tones – not the same electric guitar tone on every single song.”

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Bluesfest set to rock Canada’s capital

June 21, 2007

Bob, Steve, Sarah, Kanye – the gang’s all here. This year’s Ottawa Bluesfest will be featuring some of the biggest and best names the international music scene has to offer. Get a preview of the upcoming Ottawa Bluesfest.

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