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Gaia Java roasts coffee on-site on a weekly basis to ensure maximum freshness and flavour for our customers. We encourage visitors of all ages and even non-coffee drinkers enjoy our special recipes such as Stittsville Fog, our special Chai Latte, and even our magical Butterbeer (hot or cold versions!) Our food offerings include paninis, personal-size gourmet pizzas and a variety of cake and dessert offerings.

GAIA JAVA: Robert Wannell and Caelan Roberge-Toll on July 22

 

Robert Wannell (left) and Caelan Roberge-Toll
Robert Wannell (left) and Caelan Roberge-Toll

Ottawa High Schools have graduated some amazing young musicians recently. Robert Wannell has delighted us several times in the shop with his insightful and skilled jazz guitar stylings, both from when he was still a student under Jean-Francois Fauteux at Nepean High School, and more recently since he has been studying at Humber College in Toronto. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman on July 15

Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman play on Friday, July 15 at 7:00pm at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street.

Once again the ‘Dynamic Duo’ will be entertaining this coming Friday at Gaia Java. Although both are very competent artists in their own right, they occasionally join forces to great effect, as you will hear!

Of all the artists who play at Gaia Java, I think I have had the most requests about’when are they playing again?’ for Gretchen Martin. When she arrives she sets up her multiple keyboard rack and other equipment, and when she starts singing it is as if there is a whole band there! Now this time she is bringing in another collaborator who is also familiar to Gaia Java audiences – Alan Sandeman, whose smooth guitar technique, steady voice and droll introductions have amused us on several previous occasions.

Alan and Gretchen had connected musically for a number of years, in fact the first time I ever heard Gretchen singing was on a recording made by Alan, where she nailed an Elton John classic.

Gretchen comes from a musical family and has been playing and singing for years, growing up in Winnipeg and then living for a while in Hawaii. When not making music she is busy with a role in the Canadian Military.  Alan has a background in high tech, and as well has played in a wide range of musical situations. Just the title of one of his songs: “I’m sorry your honour, I didn’t know she was your daughter’ tells you that this is going to be interesting! The prospect of his dry humour together with Gretchen’s intro jokes promises to keep you smiling this Friday.

This will be a treat of an evening – come and hear this talented duo, and expect some familiar tunes from the Eagles, Elton John, Adele, Billy Joel or other well-known hit makers. And expect them to be done very professionally!

Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman play on Friday, July 15 at 7:00pm at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street.

-Paul Jay


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GAIA JAVA: John Hanson and Sally Robinson on June 24

The duo of John Hanson and Sally Robinson have not graced our stage before, but they come very well-recommended by people who know!

Sally’s background is in Classical music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree and works as a freelance musician.  She is as an accompanist with the Ottawa Children’s Choir and has a teaching studio in her home, where she gives piano lessons. As well, she leads singalongs at Retirement Homes and plays weddings and background music with other musicians. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Double bill with Linda Barnes, & Northern Stars Chorus on June 17

This Friday will be the first time we have Linda Barnes playing in the shop. She has already done a great job at some of the open mic nights around town. She learned to play the harmonica at eleven years old, then learned guitar at age twelve, and now plays a range of instruments as well as singing and writing her own songs. She played for several years in a group called “The Good News Singers”, and she also plays at fund raisers, and weddings. As well as her original material she performs covers from musicians such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and The Judds. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Double bill with Keli and Jad, followed by Missioner

This Friday we present some local young artists who offer a range of familiar and developing music.

Keli Jay and Jad Hammoud
Keli Jay and Jad Hammoud

Many of you will know Keli Jay as one of the most long-standing baristas (get it, standing for a long time…!) in the shop. So she is back from her Queens University musical degree studies for a few months, and is teaming up with fellow ex-Canterbury High School singer Jad Hammoud to bring you some familiar cover songs at this week’s music night. Keli has played in the shop on several previous occasions but you will enjoy some of the arrangements of acoustic covers that she and Jad have worked out for you.

Missioner

Then in the second half of the evening you have an opportunity to hear up and coming local band Missioner, who describe themselves as follows: From the streets of Ottawa, four high school students have joined forces together to form what today is known as the band MISSIONER; a band surrounded by a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone, the members have drawn inspiration for their band name from one of the schools in the area.

The four-piece alternative rock group gathers their inspirational roots from 90s alternative bands such as Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World. Working together as a collective during their songwriting process, the band brings lyrical content and instrumental harmonies that speak honest and true to not only their own personal experiences but performing content that anyone amongst the crowd can relate to.

MISSIONER remain hard at work developing new material for their fans who can look forward to hearing new and inventive music now and into the distant future.

Keli and Jad and Missioner play on Friday, June 10 at 7:00pm at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street.

-Paul Jay


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GAIA JAVA: Country/folk/bluegrass performer Pat Moore performs Friday

Pat Moore
Pat Moore

Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song.  She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she grew up in a house filled with music, from show tunes to Peter, Paul, & Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot; and later jazz masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs. As a young girl she would sing harmonies with her sisters while doing the supper dishes – songs from the Mamas and The Papas, and Simon and Garfunkel. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Bruce Wozny with the Wellington Trio on May 27

Bruce Wozny
Bruce Wozny

A singer-songwriter with a fondness for great songs, Bruce’s musical heroes include Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, John Prine, Turlough O’Carolan, Dave Frishberg, Roger Miller and Duke Ellington.  That’s a pretty eclectic range of influences – from a blind Irish Harper to one of the World’s greatest big-band leaders! One of Bruce’s songs can be heard in the soundtrack of ‘A Windigo Tale’, a feature film by Canadian writer and director Armand Ruffo. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Singer/songwriter David daCosta on April 29

David daCosta plays Gaia Java on Friday, April 29 at 7:00pm.
David daCosta plays Gaia Java on Friday, April 29 at 7:00pm.

We are very much looking forward to having David back in the shop this Friday.

David daCosta is a singer/songwriter based in Ottawa, and he has entertained us well on several previous occasions here in Gaia Java. He attended the University of Ottawa completing his B.A. in Theatre and Music in 2009, and recently completed his Grade 10 piano (RCM). (In fact last time he came in the shop he played a great classical piece by Debussy!) Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Carol Tieu with Stéphane Klander on April 15

Carol Tieu with Stéphane Klander
Carol Tieu with Stéphane Klander

Carol and Stéphane have entertained us previously on a couple of occasions, and it was always very enthusiastically received. On some numbers people even got up and started dancing! So we are delighted that they are coming in to perform again. They clearly enjoy playing and singing together and their choice of repertoire resonates very well with the audience, covering standards and familiar ballads from the mainstream of contemporary music. Stéphane’s jazz guitar blends well with Carol’s smooth vocals and they even elicit favourable comments from other musicians present in the room! (They are a cynical bunch those ‘other musicians’!) Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Guitarist double bill on April 1

Andrew Waines has been active in the music industry since 2013. He played rhythm guitar with the Jordan McIntosh Band for two years, including performances at Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival and Cavendish PEI Beach Festival just to name a few of the big venues. Andrew has also played lead guitar for Mandia Nantsios at various events including Ottawa’s Greekfest. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Michael Allen performs on March 11

Once again Michael steps in to entertain us at Gaia Java!  Michael Allen grew up in Ottawa and is currently helping part-time at a daycare while he is working on a parallel development of his passion for music. He is aiming towards the possibility of a career in music and clearly has a basis of talent needed to motivate that direction.

Michael describes his type of music as ‘folk/pop’ and with his guitar he delivers a variety of styles ranging from Beatles’ cover songs to James Taylor (Trivia detail: James Taylor’s first album on the Beatles’ Apple label was produced by Peter Asher, who was the brother of Paul McCartney’s girlfriend Jane Asher at that time!).

Michael also does versions of songs by artists such as Johnny Cash, Michael Buble, and harmony group ‘The Drifters’, (who popularised ‘Under The Boardwalk’). So you have a great excuse to come along and relax for an evening as you listen to Mike’s versatile and talented delivery. You could even check out John Curry’s review of one of his previous music nights, online at:
http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/3880208-songs-vary-in-tempo-and-renown/

The music nights start at 7pm, and as usual there is no charge, but as usual we do have a ‘jar’ for donations to support the musicians, and we hope that you will buy a drink or two (and maybe one of the tasty new dessert options!)

See more details about upcoming events at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also see about tickets we are selling for concerts by local groups over the next few weeks.

Michael Allen plays Gaia Java on Friday, March 11 at 7:00pm.

-Paul Jay


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Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman at Gaia Java on Friday

Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman
Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman

 

Of all the artists who play at Gaia Java, I think I have had the most requests about ‘when are they playing again?’ for Gretchen Martin. When she arrives she sets up her multiple keyboard rack and other equipment, and when she starts singing it is as if there is a whole band there! Now this time she is bringing in another collaborator who is also familiar to Gaia Java audiences – Alan Sandeman, whose smooth guitar technique, steady voice and droll introductions have amused us on several previous occasions. Alan and Gretchen had connected musically for a number of years, in fact the first time I ever heard Gretchen singing was on a recording made by Alan, where she nailed an Elton John Classic. Continue reading


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Neil Bateman and Pierre Monfils at Gaia Java on Friday

Neil Bateman and Pierre Monfils
Neil Bateman and Pierre Monfils

 

If I count carefully, Pierre may have played in the shop more than any other artist. He first snuck in under the guise of helping Neil Bateman, but as well as repeating that gesture on several occasions, Pierre has also shown up to accompany singers like BettyAnn Bryanton and other artists such as Gilles Babin. Well this time we once again have the delight of Neil and Pierre doing their inimitable double act of bald guys with moustaches, guitars and a dry wit concerning their outstanding musical abilities. It is not unusual for their intros to become a 5-minute thesis about what keys or time signatures this song has previously been played in. When I once pointed out to Neil (after some confusion during the number they just played) that most artists rehearse BEFORE they come to the shop, Neil countered that ‘hey – we are so bad we rehearse after the gig!’ Continue reading


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