The Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street, Ottawa/ Byward Market
Garrett Mason Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by music blues music, Garrett’s favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist came after watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn “Live At the El Mocambo” - he was hooked.
His dad, Dutch Mason, stopped playing guitar before Garrett was born due to crippling arthritis in his hands. Although he was not able to teach his son to play, he has certainly been able to teach Garrett the structure of the Blues and to influence him about the resulting sound. Surrounded by his father’s peers, Garrett has had the benefit of hearing and learning from a wide variety of musical talent. The late Rick Jeffery was a great inspiration to Garrett; they would talk and play for hours together. Rick once said “Garrett is the only guitar player I know that can play Albert Collins’ style down to a T”. The combination of his father’s advice, Jeffery’s guidance and his own natural talents provide that special brew for Garrett to become the musical influence he is destined to be. https://citizenfreak.com/artists/105850-mason-garrett Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iemBhg2fTqc&t=8s
SCHOOL HOUSE School House is an indie trio from Ottawa, Canada that combines acoustic elements with contemporary melodies to produce a unique blend of folk, pop, and rock. After moving in together and finding a box of old clothes and newspaper clippings in the attic, the three friends discovered that their new home was in fact a 100+ year old school house — inspiring the name. The building has become the inspirational epicentre of their music as they write, record, and produce everything within its four walls. Driven by a desire to tell compelling stories, their songs combine feelings of nostalgia and daily conflicts to bring a wise, yet youthful perspective to the Canadian folk scene. The band is excited to release their debut album in the spring of 2023. About: https://schoolhouseband.com Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyZwBb1Fi2E