Audiocasettetape productions & New Candence North were at it again, bringing an end of the year bash to The Rainbow Bistro- located in the heart of the Byward Market. The Rainbow has been a staple in the Ottawa blues community for nearly 30 years, with it’s history proudly displayed on it’s walls.
The show started out with a late addition to the bill- pH, a one-man acoustic show with an interesting experimental approach using a loop player and digital noise. The crowd shuffeled in-between up and downstairs, playing pool and keeping warm with drinks while the next act, Aardwolf, was setting up. They opened their indie-alternative set with a banger, which ended with a quick pause as frontman Byron Williams had to re-string his guitar promtly stating, “I always manage to break strings, but I always come prepared!” After a tight set, we heard from another great group from Ottawa, the Late ’94s, whose sound complimented the vibe of the Rainbow perfectly that night.
If you haven’t been to the Rainbow yet, it’s a must if you want a nice mellow night with remarkable live music and friends.
Every Sunday they host an Open Blues Jam, which has been in existence for almost as long as the bar has been open. It’s free for those looking to jam, and only 3$ for those who just want to vibe. Make sure to check it out!
writer & photographer: Blair Smith