1. "Mystify" - Harpoon
The EE Band have been known for their lively shows and loyal following in Ottawa's Byward Market. A year or so ago they were known as The Draculas, but before that they changed their name to Harpoon. At the center of all the name changing madness is Eric Eggleston, vocalist and guitars. Not only is he known for his musical prowess but can be a force at the soundboard as well. Producing and engineering albums for Ottawa groups for many years. Check out http://johnnyhallproductions.com/ for more info!
2. The Goodluck Assembly - "Wait For Me"
It just so happens that as I go about writing a blog on the subject The Goodluck Assembly decide to release a new video! "Wait For Me" from the Spring 2013 EP Demonstrations! Check it out!
3. Hollerado - "Juliette"
Love the opening riff in this song and it fits so well as it continues throughout. Hollerado's breakout single "Juliette" got them noticed in 2010 and earned them a nomination for the Best New Act Juno 2011.
Their true stroke of fortune came in 2009 when they won Live 88.5's battle of the bands competition in the Ottawa area. Earning them $25k for their debut album Record In A Bag.
4. Organized Rhyme - "Check The O.R."
Before Freddy Got Fingered and Road Trip. Before he married Drew Barrymore and long before Donald Trump fired him on The Celebrity Apprentice Tom Green was one third of the tenacious and dominant Ottawa rap trio Organized Rhyme. Though the group;s hit single "Check The O.R" got respectable play on MuchMusic and the group earned a Juno nomination they never did much past 1992. Though an updated video for this song was released in 2011 and the group reunited in Montreal for a "one night only" at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
5. Fuck The Facts - "Wake"
I remember going to one of these guys' shows back when I was an impressionable punk on the mean streets of North Bay, Ontario. Fuck The Facts were originally a solo project of Topon Das started in the late 90's, but has since added a full line up for subsequent releases. 9 releases over 6 labels and Fuck The Facts are still going strong, spreading their "bastardized grindcore" to soundtracks, festivals and even a DVD released in 2010.
6. Artificial Joy Club - "Sick And Beautiful"
Another blast from my younger days. "Sick & Beautiful" was included on my obscure songs of the 90's list. But they're from Ottawa and they deserve a spot here as well
7. Amos The Transparent - "Greater Than Consequence"
Amos The Transparent got their start in 2007 who worked closely with some of the members of Stars for their debut album Everything I've Forgotten To Forget. Since then they've gained a modest following and have had their songs used in commercials and television shows. http://www.amosthetransparent.com/home.html
8. Graham Albertson - "Coming Through Darkness"
This guy currently lives in Ottawa and practically begged for me to include it on my list. Had to upload the song myself...hence the visual.
9. Clark The Band - "Camera"
Though they disbanded in 2007 Clark The Band are still known in the Ottawa music circles and fondly remembered. Releasing 3 albums over 5 years, one being a major label release. The song "Camera" is really a funky tune, very unique. Hopefully i'll make a few more fans here
10. The Acorn - "Darcy"
The Acorn is a folk/indie group that have been in rotation on CBC 3 for many years now and their last release in 2010 No Ghost has garnered positive reviews from critics and fans. Fans which even spread to UK as The Acorn is not shy from touring around the world for recognition. No word on a new album yet, but take a listen to "Darcy" and just try to uncross those fingers
Rock on Ottawa....next THE WORLD!
Thanks for reading!