Tag: House Of Targ

Alert The Medic

Alert the Medic : Sick fun at the House of Targ

Alert the Medic formed in Nova Scotia in 2006 and wasted no time in releasing their self-titled debut album later that same year. Soon after refining their lineup and sound, the band gained recognition with multiple nominations at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Their follow-up album in 2009,called We, the Weapon,  spawned four radio-played singles. Last month, they released their […]

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Bella Cat

Riishi Von Rex, Bella Cat and Nile Groove join forces at House of Targ (photo essay)

Last week, three of Ottawa’s favourite bands joined together to deliver a fantastic evening of musical entertainment at House of Targ. Riishi Von Rex started the night off right with some no-nonsense rock. This band made an impression during our initial encounter at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2015. Like several years ago, they delivered a solid set and they are well worth checking out […]

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Diana

DIANA dazzle at House of Targ (photo essay)

On December 9th, Toronto’s indie darling DIANA held a Friday evening synth-pop show at Ottawa’s perogie and pinball hot-spot House of Targ. Recently releasing Familiar Touch, the second album following 2013’s acclaimed Perpetual Surrender, their tracks grabbed the crowd by the ear and got everyone dancing. From sweet backing harmonies to striking sax solos, it all meshed to make a memorable night. Though this show […]

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Diemonds

Diemonds bring a dose of hard rock to the House of Targ (photo essay)

Diemonds is a Toronto-based hard rock band that is influenced by many of the great hard rock and metal bands of the 80s and 90s, such as Guns n’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. Their music is filled with bold guitar riffs and their stage theatrics suit their style. If you love your rock heavy, you will love Diemonds. Hopefully these […]

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DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats work crowd into frenzy at House of Targ (photo essay)

Ottawa got a taste of DZ Deathrays this summer at RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, and this viewer was especially impressed with their performance. So when I heard they were returning to town to play House of Targ, I was very intrigued. This time, they were performing with Dine Alone Records label-mates Dune Rats in what has been dubbed the International Disaster […]

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The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

Vancouver rock duo The Pack A.D. is one of those bands you must see live! Although certainly their recordings are excellent, it is the energy and power of their live performances that will convert new fans. Similar to The Black Keys, they manage to create a sonic offering that is hard to imagine coming from just two people. Their reputation […]

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Northcote

Josiah, Jordan Klassen and Northcote: hat trick at House of Targ (photo essay)

If I had to pick a random day of the week to peg as being a highlight, more often than not it would reflect the weekend. When pondering the week past, that would have been wrong. For it was not a Friday or a Saturday, but a Tuesday that would hold that memory. On June 7th, House of Targ hosted […]

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An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

Said the Whale is one of Canada’s fastest rising, indie-rock bands. In 2011, they awarded the Juno for New Group of the Year, and 2013’s hawaii was a hit. The Vancouver-based band hasn’t released any new material since that time, which makes a tour seem puzzling, until you realize that this isn’t any ordinary tour. Their current cross-Canada tour could be […]

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The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague are currently on tour in support of their 3rd album, Holding Patterns, which recently brought them to House of Targ in Ottawa. Most of the songs on the latest album were road tested before being recorded, which allowed the band to craft the songs for optimum live effect. I have to admit the music sounded great live, and […]

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James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

    “These Weights” is James Leclaire’s fourth album in four years. “I have a busy mind,” he says. A storyteller at heart, Leclaire is constantly making up stories and turning them into distinct songs. His latest album consists of a collection of stories about the weights each of us carry on our journey through life. “In life we have so much on our backs, […]

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Gig Picks: Share Your Love with Ottawa’s Musicians on Valentine’s Day

Gig Picks: Share Your Love with Ottawa’s Musicians on Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day? February 14th was once dedicated to Saint Valentine of Rome, but now it is a romantic date in which we are all familiar with. Card shops stock cards with poems that tell your lover how you feel. Special floral arrangements are arranged and special gifts are packaged and marked “To My Valentine”. On this day special […]

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Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Rising Canadian talent Lowell brought her combination of performance art and music to the House of TARG on Jan 29th. She performed with the confidence of a seasoned performer in front of a sold out crowd. We even managed to meet up with her before the show for a few photos of her enjoying The House of TARG’s other speciality […]

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Gig Pick: The Ven Dreddies, Dirty Sheep, Animal Confession @ House of TARG, Thu Jan 8

Gig Pick: The Ven Dreddies, Dirty Sheep, Animal Confession @ House of TARG, Thu Jan 8

House of TARG hosts: The Ven Dreddies with Animal Confession and Dirty Sheep on Thursday, January 8. Show starts at 9pm, admission is $5. RSVP to the Facebook Event The Ven Dreddies  Animal Confession Dirty Sheep

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Concert Pick: O-Town Hoedown Concert Tour 2014

Concert Pick: O-Town Hoedown Concert Tour 2014

The O-Town Hoedown‘s 8th Annual Concert Series was formed in 2007 by Ottawa songwriter, musician and radio personality Lefty McRightly. The music festival starts on September 24th and runs until October 5th at various music venues throughout Ottawa. RSVP to Facebook event pages here: www.facebook.com/otownhoedown/events Incorporating music from a cross-section of country-related genres including alt-country, honky tonk, bluegrass, rockabilly, roots rock and […]

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Gig Pick: Hydrothermal Vents with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel at House of Targ – Friday, July 25

Gig Pick: Hydrothermal Vents with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel at House of Targ – Friday, July 25

House of Targ presents Montreal’s THE HYDROTHERMAL VENTS with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel on Friday, July 25th at 10pm, doors open at 9pm. $5.00 cover. House of Targ is located at 1077 Bank Street, Ottawa. The Hydrothermal Vents are a pop-rock-punk-dance duo from Montreal. The duo which consists of John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman are influenced by bands such as The Pixies, Talking […]

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Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Tonight you can see three of Ottawa’s best instrumental bands putting Ottawa’s newest live venue through it’s paces. While each band is instrumental, each band has their own specific take on the genre. From the teen trash style of Dead Wrestler to the surf-go-go of The Reverb Syndicate and the stoner riff-wizardry of Monobrow, there is enough there to keep everyone’s […]

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