A Veg­gie Box You Can’t Eat (But Can Lis­ten To!)

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY -

You’ve likely heard of Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture: buy a sub­scrip­tion from a farmer and re­ceive boxes of edi­bles through­out the sea­son. That premise ex­tends to the art com­mu­nity with a new initiative called CSArt Ot­tawa, a group of in­di­vid­u­als who are cu­rat­ing art by Ot­tawa-based cre­atives. Sub­scrip­tion money is pooled and shared among the artists in or­der to cre­ate orig­i­nal works for pa­trons. An up­front $400 sea­son sub­scrip­tion gets you a pack­age of two live shows, an orig­i­nal paint­ing, a piece of ce­ramic art, and a book of poetry. Bene­fac­tors get the added kick of sup­port­ing emerg­ing art, along with in­sider de­tails and ex­clu­sive party in­vi­ta­tions. Kick­ing off the CSArt Ot­tawa sea­son on Oct. 22 is pow­er­house pop act The Pep­Tides, who re­leased a new self-ti­tled EP in early Septem­ber.

The EP reprises some early works when the band was just painter-cum-mu­si­cian Claude Mar­quis and a few col­lab­o­ra­tors. Now you’ll hear the soul-shak­ing heart­break an­them “Don’t Be­lieve in Love” with all the ex­trav­a­gant amped-up ef­fects of the live show, in­clud­ing stun­ning group har­monies, funk rhythms, and well-wo­ven in­stru­men­ta­tion from each of the nine mem­bers.

The Pep­Tides are a cap­i­tal gem meld­ing the­atri­cal eras and themes with a B-52 look, a B-movie poster aes­thetic, and an A-plus stage pres­ence. Lo­ca­tion de­tails and se­lect sin­gle tick­ets avail­able at csar­tot­tawa.ca.

Tom Ste­wart The Hand­some Devils

tackle cap­i­tal-city stereo­types and peren­nial is­sues of in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion in their new al­bum Govern­ment Town, to be re­leased at on

The jaunty-coun­try sound­track to liv­ing in Ot­tawa takes a hu­mor­ous ap­proach to the there-goes-the-neigh­bour­hood frus­tra­tion felt by many in­ner-Green­belt res­i­dents. “Progress is good, but … I don’t rec­og­nize my own neigh­bour­hood,” Ste­wart states in the cho­rus of “It’s a Condo Now.” The boos­t­er­ish #loveOt­tawa odes in­clude “El­gin Street” and “2 a.m.”

Oct. 22.

and his band

Irene’s Pub

Hear the mu­sic of on Po­lit­i­cally minded poet loves col­lab­o­ra­tions. (Who can for­get his Wilco hookup?) His new re­lease with troubadour was recorded in stages on a train trip from Chicago to Los An­ge­les. The re­sult­ing

cov­ers train tunes by Hank Wil­liams, Jim­mie Rodgers, and other Amer­i­can icons while pay­ing homage to a lost in­dus­try. Hear the al­bum live, along with cuts from each artist’s back cat­a­logue, at the

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