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Monday Special Blend
Monday August 17th, 2020 with Jumpin' Joel Flash
Drive-in concerts and tunes from r/ottawa!

It was Drive-In Concerts and tunes from r/ottawa on CKCU FM this morning! First, an interview with Asuquomo! We yik yakked his new sound, creating art at the Banff centre, and what it’s like to perform at a Drive-In concert! I reached out to the good folks of r/ottawa to DEMAND their music and/or their fave local music for radio play. And they delivered! The “Found on Reddit” block includes cool tunes from: Quesnelia, Dad Sports, We are the Problem, Dalberg, Matfroninja and Dioxide, The Dead Centuries, Eye Minor, Chemical Club, Robby Miller, Irregular Sizes, & Strei! I also played songs from Jasmyn Gulyas and Roxanne! And of course, I gave you all your daily dose of Max Webster! THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM MAX!
Let Go The Line
Max Webster - A Million Vacations Canadian
Jasmyn Gulyas - s/t Canadian
From her Bio:
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Jasmyn Gulyas captures her listeners' minds & souls with passionate lyricism. With a folk-indie twist to her acoustic sound, Jasmyn unveils raw honesty with the depth of her life's story through the strings of her guitar. Jasmyn's distinctive lyrics and soothing melodies evoke a sense of comfortability yet inimitable originality with her audiences.

August 23rd
220 Elgin St. 2nd Floor
Doors at 7:00pm | Show at 8:00pm
$40 for a 4 person table
$50 for a 5 person table

Tickets include a limited edition high resolution show poster!

Event Page:

More Jasmyn here:
Miguel De Armas Quartet - s/t Canadian
From his bio:
Miguel De Armas is a versatile jazz pianist and composer. He weaves strands of Cuban and American jazz influences in a compellingly eclectic way. Born in Havana, Cuba, Miguel studied at the Conservatory Amadeo Roldan and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte with a Bachelor in Cuban Percussion.

In 1988, he co-founded the acclaimed Cuban band NG La Banda Orchestra with José Luis Cortés and other prestigious Cuban musicians. For over a decade, he toured with this band around the world and performed at world-class Jazz Festivals such as the North Sea, Montreaux, Nice, Nantes, Normandia, Couleur Café, Barranquijazz, Río de Janeiro Film Festival, among others.

Now Miguel has brought his musical talents to the city Ottawa, Canada which he considers his adopted home. His hope is to introduce Canadians to the works of an original Cuban talent whose performances are nothing short of a master class in original Cuban jazz rhythms.

Playing at the Brookstreet!
Thursday, August 20, 6:30PM
Saturday, August 29, 6:30PM
Backyard Dinner + Miguel De Armas Quartet
Brookstreet Hotel - 525 Legget Drive, Kanata

Event Page:

More Miguel here:
Asuquomo - Diobu Canadian New
Never Die
Asuquomo - Diobu Canadian New

Ottawa artist Asuquomo came by the backyard for a socially distant chat session! I was very interested to hear all about his latest tracks, creating in isolation, and playing a show at the Drive In!

From his Bio:
Living in Canada for the past eight years and a recent citizen for two, Asuquomo is an Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist and experimental emcee with roots from Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

His latest EP, Diobu, was released on June 12th, 2020. Recorded between Ottawa and The Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, the four-track EP named after his birthplace, is a study of the African diaspora in Canada and the collective recollection of ancestry. ‘YAHWEH’, the lead track of the EP, is an enchanting prayer which considers the understanding of patience and how it modifies one's relationship with time. The creation of Diobu received financial support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

More Asuquomo here:
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Move Yuh Body
Roxanne - s/t Canadian New

From her bio:
Roxanne, a versatile singer-songwriter, music producer, and professional recording artist versed in the genres of classical music and opera, to pop, rock, blues, jazz, soul, disco, funk, and reggae, is an up and coming Canadian independent artist to watch on the world music scene.

Creating a buzz in the indie music industry with features in music press, television, and radio, Roxanne impresses with her transformative sounds, her infectious tracks, her vivacious energy, her commanding presence, her powerful vocals, her extensive vocal range, and her perfectly calibrated tone.

More Roxanne here:
Pop a Soda
The Dead Centuries - s/t Canadian New
Tree Fort
The Dead Centuries - Race Against Time Canadian
Venus Gospel
The Dead Centuries - Race Against Time Canadian

From their Bio:
Ottawa three-piece THE DEAD CENTURIES are both futuristic and dangerous…which is as it should be. Influenced by Protest The Hero, Periphery, Paul Gilbert, Sithu Aye and Intervals, THE DEAD CENTURIES can easily hold their heads up in such exalted company.

Composing and performing technically precise instrumental progressive metal, THE DEAD CENTURIES are rich in melody, compositional skills, and most importantly...they create superb music to listen to. This isn’t the sound of three musicians showing off their undoubted skills, rather they are serving their songs above all else, with every fibre of their beings, every neuron firing in their minds, every tendon in their bodies. In a sense it is as if the three musicians that make up THE DEAD CENTURIES have become one mind in their own music.

More Dead Centuries here:
Robby Miller - Robby Miller Canadian New

From his bio:
British born guitarist, Robby Miller grew up energized by North American rock music. After spending many years keeping his nose close to the grindstone, starting with his father's band and then weaving in and out of many teenage punk rock outfits, Robby created a name for himself as a hard working and passionate musician on the local scene. Robby continued full force with music and joined The Scruff (2014-2017) taking up lead guitar duties on their indie-pop anthems up and down the country as well as writing and recording at Monnow Valley Studios, famed for the Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' album.

Robby spent 2 years living in the US (2017-2019) where he joined up with Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) on two US tours and European shows performing Ryan's impressive back catalogue and new releases from his 'Imagine Your Reality' album. During this time Robby also took the reins on bass guitar performing alongside Joel Kosche (Collective Soul). Robby's 20 years of performing, recording but most of all, loving music has allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Happy Mondays, We Are Scientists, D-A-D and Faster Pussycat, among others.

More Robby here:
Smell of Rain
Quesnelia - s/t Canadian New

From their Bio:
We started this band while quarantined back in May, with all the free time i had i started writing some songs. I needed someone to help with vocals so I contacted Allison who graciously agreed to join and help. From there we hit the studio to record our first song, after a couple sessions we were able to release our song 2 days ago. Our song is available on all the platforms including; Spotify, Apple music, ITunes, Youtube, Deezer, Amazon, Pandora etc.

More Quesnelia here:
Only You
Matfroninja and Dioxide - s/t Canadian New

From his Bio:
I've never had an afro 🦱 and I'm not a ninja🤺 but my name is Matt.

More Matfroninja here:
We Are the Problem - Playing Dumb Canadian

From their Bio:
We Are The Problem was formed by three colleagues, Mike Pond, Ben Larabie, and Dwayne Moore in 2018. Working out of Mike's basement in Kanata, we have recorded an EP and our debut album Playing Dumb which had a successful kickstarter campaign for a limited vinyl release. We are currently gearing up for our next album due late 2020.

More We Are the Problem Here:
Dalberg - s/t Canadian

From their bio:
Dalberg hails from the sleepy suburbs of Ottawa and has been making music in some form for 20 years. Musically, he floats comfortably on a lo-fi indie wave. His mini-album "Echo Chamber" came out in March, 2020 and he's working on a follow-up EP, expected later this year.

More Dalberg here:
Silence Fiction
Eye Minor - s/t Canadian

From his Bio:
My name is Ian Miner, I currently live in Kemptville. Been experimenting with electronic music production since my teenage years (I’m 38 now) but have been sinking more time in to it / taking it a little more seriously the past couple of years.

Album is currently in progress, the songs on SoundCloud are just previews/demos to keep friends updated. Album concept is essentially a Cyberpunk movie soundtrack. No release date as of yet but I will likely be finished some time next year.

More Eye Minor here:
Blood on the Pavement
Chemical Club - s/t Canadian New

From their Bio:
chemical club makes dreamy lofi from our bedroom and we hope you are having a great day 💕

More Chemical Club here:
Things are Changing
Irregular Sizes - s/t Canadian

From their bio:
Irregular Sizes is a local Ottawa artist that works to combine acoustic and electronic instruments into a unique blend of music. He is using this quarantine period to work on fresh material, and plans on releasing his first EP at the end of the year.

More Irregular Sizes here:
Bury Me At Sea
Strei - s/t Canadian New

From their bio:
Strei is made up of Jeremy, Aaron, and Julien. Formed out of the ashes of previous projects, Aaron and Jeremy met as members of T-Rex Marathon and wanted to continue on various other side projects that had been bubbling. These projects are what would culminate into Strei..

A post-metal outfit that doesn’t really care about conforming to any one particular genre and prefers to write music in service of a larger experience. The music is chaotic yet controlled and all over the place in terms of genre which makes it so that every piece has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

More Strei here:
Out 4 a Breather
Dadsports - s/t Canadian New

From their bio:
dad sports is a three piece bedroom pop band formed in the early hours of the morning, exploring the suburbs with only friendship and music to guide them. what began as an inside joke with a funny name quickly transformed into something new and exciting as bassist alex, drummer keith, and vocalist miguel found their stride in songwriting together. after self releasing a string of singles over the course of 2019, the band garnered the attention of many with their two latest singles "out 4 a breather" and "name & place".

the band's sound is notably lo-fi and soft, yet equally high energy and emotionally potent. the group sets themselves apart by their use of electronic drum machines and softly layered vocals to create a warm and nostalgic sound.

More Dad Sports here:
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