The Ottawa Music Scene: An Interview with Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk

Being one of Canada’s premiere blues acts, MonkeyJunk maintains a busy touring schedule that will have the band crisscross the country once again in 2017. But behind the busy touring schedule, the band finds time to stick close to their hometown, Ottawa. With their latest album Time to Roll recorded in neighbouring Almonte, ON, and […]

Ottawa’s Westfest opens the 2017 festival season

After a weekend of hip-hop, blues, drag, and just about every genre of music you could possibly fit onto a small festival stage, Westfest 2017 has come to a close. Keeping true to it’s insistence of being completely free, diverse and inclusive, the festival rocked Laroche Park in Ottawa’s Mechanicsville neighbourhood with music, artisans, food […]

Westfest 2017: Day 2 Highlights

Westfest continued Saturday night with a evening of blues, featuring Ottawa’s own MonkeyJunk! Stay tuned to Canadian Beats for our interview with MonkeyJunk, and more coverage of the 3-day event! Check out our Day One Highlights for more Westfest fun. Emily Plunkett Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, […]

Westfest 2017: Day 1 Highlights

An electric pow wow brought the Ottawa neighbourhood of Mechanicsville out for the first night of Westfest.  Headlined by Ian Campeau (DeeJay NDN of A Tribe Called Red), the night also featured ten performances, including ones by local hip-hop performers Cody Coyote and Neeco Poster Boy.   Cody Coyote: Neeco Poster Boy: Deejay NDN: For […]

The City that Fun Forgot? The exhilaration of Ottawa’s music festivals in the Sesquicentennial year

OTTAWA, ON – They say that Ottawa is the city that fun forgot, and there is some truth to that.  Just this week there was a story in the Ottawa Citizen on how there were 2,000 seats left unclaimed at the Canadian Tire Centre for the first game of the second round of the Stanley […]

iHeartRadio announces first ever Westfest Calgary

iHeartRadio has just announced the first ever Westfest Calgary. The star studded festival will take place in Calgary, Alberta on July 8th 2017 at Shaw Millennium Park. The incredible lineup includes Hedley, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Massari, Midland, Noah Cyrus, Ruth B, Scott Helman and Virginia to Vegas. Tickets went on sale this morning (May […]

Westfest returns for it’s 14th year with a stellar lineup

A staple of the Capital’s rich summer music line up, the ever-evolving Westfest returns for it’s 14th year from June 2 to 4, 2017. In its second year at Laroche Park in Ottawa’s Mechanicsville neighbourhood, Westfest celebrates diversity, inclusion and community through free multidisciplinary art displays, activities and concerts for families of all ages. Favourite […]