I run a blog called The Ottawa Sound which aims to promote Ottawa Canada based musical artists, venues and any other aspect of the local scene. I'm also in two bands Rebel Reload and Batavia.
Why Don't Big Acts Come to Ottawa?
If you live in Ottawa you are no doubt used to having your favourite acts skip our beautiful city on their tours, and you may have asked yourself, why? Why won't they come and play here? There isn't any single correct answer to that question. Part of it has to do with location; it also has to do with our lack of large venues, and believe it or not, we're viewed as a small market.
2017 OSEU Strike: Refund
If you read my previous article, you will know that I'm a student in Ontario who is unable to attend class because the profs are on strike. I briefly mentioned in the article that there is a petition for students to get a tuition refund making the rounds on the internet, and I have seen many people confused as to what the petition is all about and why students are signing it, so I decided to write out a little explanation.
2017 OPSEU Strike
I'm a student at Algonquin College's Woodroffe campus in Ottawa, Ontario, and I, along with 200,000 other full-time students, have been unable to attend class for a week. Starting at 12:01 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017, 12,000 college professors walked away from their jobs and went on strike.
'The Spark' Isn't Enter Shikari's Worst Album
On September 22nd, 2017, Enter Shikari released their most ambitious and personal album ever, The Spark. However, many of the dedicated fans seem to think that The Spark is the end, worst album ever, going to end their career, and I am here to prove those doubters wrong!
Lees Avenue Interview
Kyle Stumpo: I caught up with the guys in Lees Avenue for an interview just before their EP release show at Ask A Punk yesterday. They gave me some tips and tricks to share with you on dealing with stage fright and also explained how they made their EP and Music video!
How to Grow Your Fanbase
When you first start out in your local scene, you may realize that you don't draw a big crowd at your shows. This may be disheartening to you and your bandmates, but you shouldn't worry about it. Just by playing a show, you've taken the first steps towards growing your fan base.
Enter Shikari Has The Best Fanbase
In my previous article, I mentioned that Enter Shikari changed my life for the better, but I am not the only person that has been positively affected by the band. There is a group on Facebook called "The Shikari Family" that has about 2000 active members (I am one). Calling it a group feels almost like an insult, some of the members honestly feel like an extension of my family. The members are super supportive and caring towards each other and always plan meetups, group chats, and recently we started a collaborative Spotify playlist so that we can expand our musical interests.
Why Enter Shikari Is My Favourite Band
I was stumbling through youtube one day and found an amazing song called "OK! Time For Plan B." It would go on to save my life and help me make some of the best friends ever! But sports games would introduce to me to some of my other favourite bands and also keep Enter Shikari in my mind all the time.