Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Music News: Beau's Mixtape, The Balconies Interview, Choral Composition Contest

Photo by Frederic Sune (copyright)

Spotlight Ottawa reports on the launch of the Beau's Mixtape, which will be released every three months.  The inaugural tape contains 15 tracks, including by Ottawa's own Amos the Transparent, Hollerado and The Balconies.  A recent post from Ottawa Explosion, meanwhile, plays some tracks and an interview with New Swears on CHUO radio.

Ottawa Showbox writes in a recent post that they want to cover more punk, hardcore and metal in the city, hence the recent review of a concert at Club Saw.  A previous post from the site contains an interview with The Balconies.

Moving to more traditional sounds, the Irish Music Ottawa Blog has details on the Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2013.  Open to all residents of Canada, first prize is $500 and 2nd prize $200 for original choral works by Canadian composers.  Contest entries must be received electronically or postmarked no later than October 31st, 2013, and must must fall into one of the following categories:

  • An arrangement of a folksong or set of folksongs from one of the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island);
  • An original choral composition based on a text with an obvious direct connection to Canada's East Coast.  This may include a text by an East Coast writer or a text with Atlantic Canadian subject matter. 

Finally, PhotogMusic has photograph from recent concerts in town, including the "4in1" Ottawa Music SessionThe Wilderness of Manitoba & Flying Horses show at Raw Sugar Cafe, and a show by Cold Warps and New Swears.

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