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Dave Norris & Local Ivan is an alt-folk/pop-rock band from Ottawa and Toronto. It is a project headed by singer/songwriter/producer Dave Norris. The band released their debut full-length album Alma Mater in 2011. They went back in the studio in the summer of 2012 and released a second full-length, They Let You Paint Your Darker Dreams (2012). A richer but no less melodic and song-oriented style is the result. In Decemeber 2013 they released Click Tracks EP.

The group released two EPs, No Scuttle and New Thoughts in 2009 and 2010 respectively. They have toured through Montreal, Toronto, and in between several times. They are Ottawa Bluesfest 2011 Performing Artists, JUNOfest 2012 performers, and have opened for acts Hayden, Twin Forks, Cuff The Duke, The Good Lovelies, The Wilderness of Manitoba, The Deep Dark Woods, Harlan Pepper, Hooded Fang among others.

“...sweet melodies and humour (such as the infectious and tongue-in-cheek Song for an Ad and Million Dollars) are pervasive, while a Ron Sexsmith-esque tonality is eerily omnipresent in Dave Norris’s delivery. ” - Cormac Rea (Xpress, Voir)

“The band unleashes seriously swooshy instrumental largesse over eight tunes that cover off consumerism in the record industry (“Song for an Ad”), music as healer of mental ailing (“Woe Is Me”) and celeb obsession (“Courtney L.”).” - Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Magazine)

“...the pervasive influence of pop culture is fully explored in songs like Song for An Ad, Million Dollars and Courtney L. With its catchy motif, Song for an Ad could easily be used to sell something, but it’s actually about a young man who buys into the promise of advertising.” - Lynn Saxberg (Ottawa Citizen)

“sublimely jangles its folk-pop cacophony of organ, wind instruments, percussion, and perfectly-layered vocals” - Amanda Putz (CBC Radio 3)

"...a voice that's equal parts Nick Drake and Bruce Springsteen, gruff and world-weary one minute, tremendously vulnerable the next, but always completely natural." (i (heart) music)

"The Ottawa native strides forward with a confidence all too often lacking in today's music scene." (herohill)

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Past Shows:

November 9th 2013 Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa w/ Twin Forks and The Treasures. September 7th 2013 Ottawa Folk Fest. June 25th 2013 Cafe Dekcuf Ottawa w/ Jonathan Becker. June 15th 2013 The Central (NXNE) Toronto. March 22nd C'Est What (CMW) Toronto. November 16th 2012 Maverick's w/ Cuff The Duke and Kalle Mattson August 25th 2012 - Ottawa Pride Festival (Alternative Stage) - August 23rd 2012 Zaphod Beeblebrox August 9th 2012 - Clinton's Tavern Toronto June 23rd 2012 (Feverfest) Clocktower Brewpub May 6 2012 NAC Forth Stage JunoFest 2012 The Lounge March 16th 2012 February 11 2012 Elmdale House Tavern February 2 2012 CKCU "Ottawa Live Music" In-studio July 16 2011 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest 2011 May 14, 2011 The Mansion Kingston, ON Apr 27, 2011 Raw Sugar Café Ottawa, ON Mar 27, 2011 Elmdale House Tavern Ottawa, ON Mar 26, 2011 The Branch Kemptville, ON Mar 25, 2011 Montreal House Peterborough, ON Feb 18, 2011 Raw Sugar Café Ottawa, ON Jan 15, 2011 Elmdale House Tavern Ottawa, ON September 17, 2010 Elmdale Tavern Ottawa, ON w/ Dave Tough July 31, 2010 Cafe Dekcuf Ottawa, ON w/ Brad Sucks June 27, June 27, 2010 The Boat Toronto, ON June 26, 2010 Irving Greenberg Theatre (GCTC) w/ The Wilderness of Manitoba Ottawa, ON June 23, 2010 The Boat house Kitchener, ON May 23, 2010 Divan Orange Montreal, QC May 22, 2010 Zaphod Beeblebrox w/ Raccoon Wedding Ottawa, ON May 10, 2010 The Manx Ottawa, ON May 1, 2010 The Branch Kemptville, ON Mar 25, 2010 Elmdale Tavern Ottawa, ON Dec 14, 2009 The Manx Ottawa, ON Nov 28, 2009 Café Olé Pembroke, ON Nov 24, 2009 Living Room (The Mansion) Kingston, ON Nov 23, 2009 Planet Bean Guelph, ON Nov 22, 2009 Mitzi's Sister Toronto, ON Nov 21, 2009 Moonshine Cafe w/ Parlour Steps Oakville, ON Nov 20, 2009 Station Coffee House Brantford, ON Nov 17, 2009 Divan Orange w/ Parlour Steps Montreal, QC Nov 15, 2009 Tranzac Toronto, ON Nov 14, 2009 The Hive Kitchener/Waterloo, ON Oct 29, 2009 Zaphod Beeblebrox w/ MINTO Ottawa, ON Oct 15, 2009 CKCU 93.1 Ottawa Live Music Ottawa, ON Sep 24, 2009 O-Town Hoedown @ Clock Tower Ottawa, ON Jul 17, 2009 Avant Garde Ottawa, ON Jul 4, 2009 Duck's Westport, ON Jun 7, 2009 The Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, QC May 30, 2009 Cafe Ole Pembroke, ON May 3, 2009 Mercury Lounge Ottawa, ON - NSCF Cultural Evening Apr 18, 2009 Library and Archives Ottawa, ON - Folk Festival Final Audition Mar 28, 2009 The Blacksheep Inn w/ Rae Spoon Wakefield, QC Mar 6, 2009 Café Olé Pembroke, ON Feb 15, 2009 The Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, QC w/ Glenn Nuotio and Flecton Big Sky Jan 7, 2009Elmdale Tavern Ottawa, ON Dec 12, 2008 Avant Garde Bar Ottawa, ON Oct 18, 2008 Cafe Ole Pembroke, ON Sep 27, 2008 1848 (U of Ottawa Campus) Ottawa, ON w/ Waking Eyes Sep 5, 2008 Cafe Deckuf Ottawa, ON w/ Brad Sucks Aug 18, 2008 The Laff (O-Towne Hoedown) Ottawa, ON Jul 30, 2008 Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, QC Jul 19, 2008 Cafe Ole Pembroke, ON Jun 20, 2008 Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, QC w/ the Good Lovelies Jun 14, 2008 The Branch Kemptville, ON Apr 26, 2008 The Gallery Studios Ottawa, ON Mar 31, 2008 The Rainbow Room Ottawa, ON Mar 2, 2008 La Sala Rossa Montreal, QC w/ The Darling DeMaes Feb 10, 2008 Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, QC Jan 28, 2008 The Rainbow Ottawa, ON

 

 


 

 

 
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