Where do you live?
What do you do there?
I attend art and design school.
What Canadian bands or DJs are you obsessed with that we should have on our radars?
I'm very into rap and hip-hop, and Ottawa's small enough to understand and learn the local underground and emerging rap scene relatively easy, which is how I came across F.Printz, a multi-talented hip-hop artist and R&B songwriter. I am also a fan of NDMA, which stands for Nilton de Menezes + Art, who's another great local artist that infuses neo-psychedelic electronic with hip-hop. He's also an amazing beatboxer!
How did you discover them?
Ottawa's a large city that has a small town feel. Everyone either knows one another, or knows a friend that knows any given stranger walking down the street. I came across F.Printz's music through some old friends, and got the chance to meet him. He's a real cool dude who's talented and humble. I came across NDMA through my best friend when I was working on photography for a vintage style shop sometime back.
What does their music sound like?
F.Printz uses rap to tell descriptive stories and get his experiences across to his listeners. He uses clever metaphors and his sound is clean and fresh. It's music that makes you bob your head without killing any braincells. He recently released a new mixtape titled The Cold Capitvl Project that I can't stop listening to. A few of the tracks that I constantly play are "C.R.E.A.M '13," "Dope," and "Keep Doin' It." He captures the true essence of what it is to be a rapper in Ottawa. NDMA is unique because he brings his roots from Angola and time spent in Brazil into his music, creating this alternative sound -- plus he's definitely got a unique style and fashion eye, you can't miss him! Songs I love are "Whiskey" and his remix on Drake's new track "From Time." He's working on a new single that's half-Portuguese and will be released next month. Can't wait to hear it.
Where are the cool places to see live music in Ottawa?
Ritual is a great nightclub and concert hall to go to because they try to bring new and fresh faces to the Hip-Hop/Trap/Electronic scene constantly. The staff is awesome, and the venue is spacious. Mercury Lounge is another great spot that focuses a lot more on spoken word and capital slams, awesome for just seeing raw talent up front from all ages. Some great slam poets I've come to know and have a lot of respect for are The Recipe, who are a quartet and do a lot of solo stuff, too. The way they rhyme is just something else.
Describe your perfect night out in Ottawa.
My perfect night out would consist of grabbing some early beers at a pub, eating shawarma, and having a little get together with friends before the trip downtown to hit up The [ByWard] Market. After a wild night we like to cap it off with pho from Chinatown.
What's your favorite bar/nightclub?
Any non pretentious bar such as Pub Italia (the world's bible of beer basically) and Chez Lucien are faves, while the club scene is usually a hit or miss depending on who's playing what music and what night. I like going to a place where people are friendly, social, and trying to have a good time. The Westboro area is a cool place to check out the local art scene and enjoy a great cup of coffee. They also have a few great bike shops -- great for my fixie fix and cool restaurants.
What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Ottawa? Why?
I would never step foot in Crazy Horse. Its 25 minutes outside the city in the suburb of Kanata, and they only play country music. The name pretty much says it all.
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Check out Gilbert's music recs:
F.Printz -- "C.R.E.A.M '13"
NDMA -- "Whiskey"
Check out Gilbert's nightlife listings:
Ritual, 137 Besserer St Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, Ottawa
ByWard Market, 55 Byward Market Square Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3
Pub Italia, 34 Preston St Ottawa, ON K1S 4N4
Chez Lucien, 137 Murray St., Ottawa, ON K1N 5M7