This week, Karen chatted with Jan Irwin, interim artistic director with Odyssey Theatre, who just premiered a new production of George Bernard Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man. This isn't your typical Shaw reading, however - the actors perform their parts entirely in mask!

Next up was a chat with Jason Pelletier of local record label, design studio and events outfit Spins & Needles. They're launching a new shindig called Backyard Disco, a neighbourhood DJ series concentrating on disco, soul and funk. The launch happens tonight at the Pour Boy on 495 Somerset Street West.

Here are the tracks we played this week:
Amanda Rheaume - Push on
Highs - Summer Dress
Shred Kelly - New Black
Poorfolk - All Too Well
Loon Choir - Last Names and Backgrounds
The Flaps - This Sight of Death
D-Mass - That Right Feel
D-Mass - The Sound
The Souljazz Orchestra - Chango
Amanda Rheaume - Keep a Fire in the Rain

Direct download: July-25-2013-edited.mp3
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This week, Karen kicked things off with a chat with Gregg Clark of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Gregg recapped this year's Fringe Fest, which he says was a huge success. He also gave us a sneak peak at what next year's festival might look light.

Next, Karen was joined by Sharif Virani and Michael Grigoriev of CreativeMornings, who took us through their newly announced CreativeMorning Ottawa’s Scholarship for the Inspired, which will be available to two students at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO). They've also announced a new partnership with the City of Ottawa, in which the CM crew will help promote the growing creative scene in the city.

Here are the tracks we played on this week's show:
Timber Timbre - Black Water
John Carroll and the Epic Proportions - Buddy Where I Go
The Elwins - Come On Out
Feist & Timber Timbre - Homage
A Tribe Called Red - Sisters feat. Northern Voice
The Peptides - Wild Boy
Sound of Lions - Storm Chasers

Direct download: July-18_2013.mp3
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On this week's show, Karen chatted with Anna Lewis of the Bear & Co. theatre company about their spaghetti western interpretation of Comedy of Errors. The production will be running in outdoor venues across the city until early August, and Karen gets the lowdown for you here.

Next, our host was joined by Nick Charney, who has spearheaded a new local T-shirt project named Bureaucratees. If you're a disillusioned government lackey looking for some tongue-in-cheek clothing, these might be the tees for you.

Here's what we played on the show this week:
Roberta Bondar - Night Danger
JW Jones - Ain't Going to Beg
Les Mosquitos - Justice
Jack Pine and the Fire - Everybody's Blues
Loon Choir - Spiral
StillNative - Shake Your Boots
Stars - Elevator Love Letter
Amy Milan - Skinny Boy
Mehdi Cayenne Club - Happiness Machine

Direct download: July_11_-_2013.mp3
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We kicked the show off this week with a chat with Cheryl Cadrin, Ralph Schipper, Rick Karayanis of Rock 'n' Root Farm. Rock 'n' Root, along with several other farmers and artisan food producers, were surprised to hear about the cancellation of the Vanier Farmers' Market last week. The group had been selling at the market for years, and were busily preparing for the launch of the market in mid-July when the got the news. We had a chat about how this will affect their farm.

Next, editor Ryan Saxby-Hill gave us his thoughts on El Camino, a new taco-heavy restaurant that was opened recently by local chef-celeb Matt Carmichael. Hint: it's good, very good!

And finally, we had a chat with Erika Nelson, an Apt613 contributor who moderated our online beer panel last week. She had quite a few thoughts about the panel, most of which surround the explosive growth of the local craft beer scene in recent years.

On the cusp of Bluesfest, we featured  a whole slew of local musicians who are playing during the festival. Here are the tracks we play on the show this week:
David Byrne and St. Vincent - The Forest Awakes (They played Jazz Fest, not Bluesfest, but we like them because of this!)
Her Harbour - Petunia
Jack Pine and the Fire - Gold Silver Bronze
DJ Acro - Dangerous (Busta Rhymes remix)
City Fidelia - Just Gimme Some Time
Roberta Bondar - Salt
Fevers - Dance Cry Dance

Direct download: July_4-2013_-_megamix.mp3
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