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Little Boxer. Photo taken by Andrea Vacl.

Artist Spotlight: Little Boxer

Nerves are building at the 9 p.m. sound check at Handlebar. Dave Silani hits the snare drum in sudden quadruple pangs without looking. He’s keeping his eyes on Zachary Henderson, the guitarist and lead vocalist, who’s strumming his acoustic guitar absentmindedly while watching the sound technician wander. Juan Udarbe, the bassist, slides his fingers along his electric’s strings, …

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Artist Spotlight: Night Lovell

There might just be a hidden up-and-comer making music in Ottawa right now. To most, Night Lovell is not much more than a mystery. He’s an unknown rapper and producer whose beats make a listener want to bump their head to the bass-heavy sounds. At the end of 2014, he dropped his first mixtape, Concept Vague. Night …

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Photo taken by Kelsey Adams.

Cycle Wave: Art, grime and a good time

Every now and then, gems can be found by walking down an alley in the clandestine hours of the night. There was nothing stuffy or uptight about Cycle Wave Art and Music Collective, an event created by over 20 collaborators. It was hosted on Jan. 16 at CineCycle, a bicycle repair shop by day and …

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Andrei Denga. Photo taken by David Lao.

Buskers of Toronto: Andrei Denga

Huddled in thick clothing, Torontonians hurriedly rush into the city’s subway system to avoid the sharp, biting winds of the wintry cold. Underneath the bustling streets of the city, commuters find refuge in whatever semblance of heat emanates from the dark underground. It’s here, buried deep beneath the streets that we can sometimes find music, thriving and …

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Photo courtesy of Cold Warps

Artist Spotlight: Cold Warps

Cold Warps are a Halifax-born band who describe their own sound as “powerpop” and “rock garage,” but in reality are so much more. In 2009, they dropped a self-titled EP that’s both catchy and extremely fun. With insatiable and relatable lyrics, this album shows much more about the band than the fact that they can play …

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