CAKE MIX is a blog about music and culture based out of Ottawa, Canada. The focus will be to promote local talent and inform more people about various events around town. We are in no way professional critics… think of us more like that friend who always wants to bring you out to the bar down the street to see a band you’ve never heard. Maybe you’re that person too. We love those people.
If you’ve ever been to a really great show and spent the night wishing there was something more you could do to support the artist(s), you’ll understand. Maybe we can’t set up the next gig or cover the cost of producing the next record… but we can tell everyone we know to go see the next show or buy the new album when it comes out. So that’s what we’ll do.
What if I want to promote an artist/event?
Shoot us a message on tumblr (or tweet @cakemixculture) and we’ll take a look.
Why you should go: Her Harbour is the project of Gabrielle Giguere, an Ottawa based singer/songwriter. Cousins is an indie rock group based in Halifax. Chad Vangaalen is a musician and visual artist from Calgary. You’ve got artists from all across the country on Monday night. It should be a nice show to start off the week.
Why you should go: The competition, described as a search for the best Canadian song, is open to artists across the country. The Ottawa lineup for Tuesday: Riishi Von Rex, Natalie Pharand, Brandon Scott, Syd Perry, Micah Zuma, Willis Pride, Megan Landry, Vitalie Molotchko, Gerry Wall, Sarah Peterson. It’ll be a good chance to check out some local talent.
Why you should go: Time to boogie! These groups have funky horns and soulful vocals. If you’re looking for something to shake that middle-of-the-week feeling, this one would be a good choice.
Why you should go: Head back to Zaphod’s on Thursday for the Cardboard Crowns, a punk/ska/rock/reggae band based in Ottawa. These guys are a little more punk rock than we normally recommend, but they put on a fun show.
Why you should go: John Punch is a group from Ottawa with a folky sound. They’re noted for having head-nodding, top-tapping beats driving the tunes. Capital Grass is an Ottawa-based alt/folk band.
Why you should go: Old Stereo has a funky/blues/rock sound. Nathan Wilson and the Byrd of Prey have a similar sound, but with more hushed vocals. Sarah Peterson and the Vision are a pop/jazzy group based in Toronto.
Why you should go: Teddy Geiger is a singer/songwriter from Rochester, New York. He’s got a pop sound similar to Jason Mraz or Andy Grammar. Perhaps he’s a little too much of a young pop star for some of you, but perhaps not.