Best chicken sandwich in the city? – No Forks Given (review)

No Forks Given is a new-ish dive bar in Sandy Hill, so it’s surprising when they have the best chicken sandwich in Ottawa. Here is our review of this spot at 191 Somerset Street East.

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Da BTB Show (vol. 2) event review

Written by: Frank B

For the past year now, The Bytown Blog has been hosting local music and poetry shows that highlight the local Black cultural scene and Friday, April 1st was no different. If you care about Black culture in the city, Da BTB Show (vol 2) hosted by the Bytown Blog at the Avant Garde Bar (135 Besserer street) was the place to be last Friday! The show started around 10pm and all the familiar faces, such as Alexie behind the counter serving refreshing drinks, were there. 

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Energyy brings a new ENERGY to OT with “Jungle Rules” – EP review

When new artists arrive on the hip hop scene they often mimic other artists, and that makes sense because we are always influenced by others. Creating a different sound is hard and nearly impossible in today’s generation. Today we review Energyy‘s mixtape “Jungle Rules” a Travis Scott inspired tape by an emerging artist in Ottawa.

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LJ is making boss moves

Today we profile local artist and entrepreneur The LJ as he discusses his hunger to be more than an artist His story is inspirational and worth an artist profile, maybe he can inspire you.

Tap in with him on IG and Spotify.

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The top 5 Underground Hip Hop Acts on the rise

Written by: Frank B (contributor)

We are currently witnessing one of the greatest hip hop eras ever,  and that is partly due to the creative nature of the underground artists in hip hop right now. In my opinion, I would say the authenticity is back. From the heartfelt bars, sonically updated gritty production, grimy stories over soul samples, and the drum-less loops. The heart of Hip-Hop is back in full circle, with a sprinkle of contemporary sound. Such is the influence and strength of this new underground wave, that it has already assimilated itself into mainstream hip hop. This impact can be gauged through underground rappers being heavily featured on most top ten rappers of year lists; the meteoric rise of Griselda (and Griselda Records expanding as a label and signing the likes of Rome Streetz, Boldy James and co); Benny the Butcher signing a 1.5 million dollars Def Jam Records deal, being the creator of both the NBA draft anthem and NFL team Buffalo Bills anthem; Conway and Westside Gunn being featured on Ye’s Donda album; Conway being one of the few artists to get a Hov feature; rappers such as Ransom and Mach Hommy being topics of discussion on prominent media houses such as the Complex show Brackets; and Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist’s album Alfredo being nominated for a Grammy in 2020. Some could even argue that we don’t get an amazing song like Champagne Poetry on Drake’s latest effort Certified Lover Boy, or CLB as its popularly referred to by Drake stans, without the incredible drumless loops Roc Marciano has been giving us for over a decade. This is certainly one of the most exciting trends in hip hop right now, and in this article, The Bytown Blog is going to reveal five underground artists that are shaking tables right now: 

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Réginald is creating for the community

A major part of black history month is highlighting positive images of black people, especially within our city. Today we highlight Réginald Gracia, the president of Hero Pro Painters an up and coming painting business in Ottawa. Check out his story and support local.

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Veracity – EP review

R&B is a great genre of music that rarely gets the shine it deserves, especially modern R&B. Yes, it isn’t the golden era (90s and early 2000s) but there are some great artists putting out quality music. Truly K delivers her debut EP “Veracity” which offers a similar sound to modern R&B but stands out. Here is our review of the tape.

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3 Ottawa podcasts you should check out!!!

As Bytown Blog grows with our multi-media platforms we want to introduce our official podcast by our founder, The Big Broadcast ! A lighthearted entertainment Pod based on the City of Ottawa, current events in black culture, sports and politics. Be sure to check us out wherever you find podcasts. But also check out these 3 fresh creative Ottawa-based podcasts that follow the ethos of our platform. 

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Reggie Cash Jr is Poppin’

Ottawa is a small big town, it is known as a city of many neighborhoods and local legends…one of them is Reggie Cash Jr. From doing skits on Youtube like “Ottawa people be like…” and recent viral Tik Toks, this man has done it all!!! Bytown blog decided to give him a holla and find out why is Reggie poppin’? Who is the man behind the comedy? Who is the real man behind the Instagram Reels? Read ahead to find out.

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Coming 2 America was…disappointing at best

Guess what? Another sequel fails to live up to the original, who would have thought. This was not a good movie but for reasons you would not expect. Here is the good, the bad and the final take.

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Martin Luther King…and Ottawa?

Strange title….I know but let’s get into it. Today is Martin Luther King day and the Mayor of Ottawa released a statement about MLK day, I didn’t read it because Jim Watson has been inconsistent about MLK’s core message. Civil rights for oppressed black people, and as a black man in Ottawa, it feels disingenuous. But what is the real connection with MLK and Ottawa? As our city grows we have to recognize that Dr. King’s vision is becoming a reality, we are incredibly multi-cultural especially our young people. Ottawa is the nations capital and it makes me happy to see the rise of black people in such a powerful city. If King was alive he would be proud of the progress being achieved…but he also would be disappointed.

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