A Veggie Box You Can’t Eat (But Can Listen To!)
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.”
and his band
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