FFA NEWS

Meet the Team - DJ Fids

By Cole Aghar

Meet the Team - DJ Fids

Daniel Fidaoui, DJ Fids, Fidsyboy; just many of the many names you might have heard for the team’s resident sweetheart. A product of a few different areas around the city, this homegrown talent has done it all in the short number of years he’s been a part of the DJ community in Ottawa. Sharing a birthday with Canada itself, DJ Fids has never been one to shy from the spectacle. Once he got a taste and began to hone his craft, he started landing DJ gigs across the city. As FFA’s sponsored DJ he appeared at: The Common Eatery, The Senate Tavern, Babylon, PRVT PRPTY(who remembers these nights?) Rabbit Hole and even RBC’s Ottawa Bluesfest with local talent Black Iri$h. What a way to burst on the scene.

Since the first day he joined the FFA team, DJ Fids has been known for his creative ideas. They range from putting his face on a T-Shirt, to collaborating with the CASCO charity board to host a basketball tournament here at Lansdowne Park. CASCO is a charity organization within the Telfer School of Business at The University of Ottawa. Together we raised over $2000 to support the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario(CHEO) who CASCO raises funds for. The spectrum changed once the team got a taste of giving back to the community.

In the midst of the pandemic slowing the world down around him, DJ Fids did as we all had too; slow down with it. Taking a step back and spending time with his family, the boy never strayed far from the cause. As the world was put on pause, another passion of his started to come to fruition, Film Photography. Being present either on the tables or to support the culture, picking up cameras and burning through rolls of film became a hobby for him over the years.

As he dug through his archives and began to share his work via @fidspics on Instagram it became apparent he wanted to find a way to use his talent to give back to the community. Pairing with Y.A.A.C.A.N this year Danny has decided to invest his time into some non-profit charity work of his own. He is going to be selling prints of his film photography and taking 100% of proceeds to donate to different initiatives around the city. Given how hard the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the homeless population across the country, the Ottawa Shelters are where he’s set his eyes on first.

Be on the lookout for where all this goes as he tries to navigate launching his own charitable initiative right here in Ottawa. We are unbelievably proud of this guy and will do nothing but support him any way we can. To learn more about this new project visit Daniel Fidaoui’s new website

 


 

www.fidspics.bigcartel.com

 

 

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The Senate Tavern: Superbowl Pop up by Chef Jae Anthony

By Matthew Kyazze

The Senate Tavern: Superbowl Pop up by Chef Jae Anthony

With the first month of the year behind us, nobody will forget what 2020 taught us. The trajectory of the new year has reminded us to stay on our toes. The goal this year, as every other year, is to give it our all and push towards greatness. Black History month is here and recognition for Black Entrepreneurs in the Ottawa Community has started garnering the support it deserves. More and more members of the Black Entrepreneurial community are starting to blossom and even more people are supporting all the young entrepreneurs in the making. 

An individual who has been on our radar for a while now is Jae Anthony. He is a Culinary Chef from Montreal. Jae Anthony made his presence known in Ottawa in a short period of time. Chef Jae made the move from Montreal to Ottawa with a business venture you might know as “Tingz.” After months of hard work, his first venue in Ottawa opened in March of 2020, pre pandemic. With only one week of service under their belt and a buzz already circulating around the city of a sit-down Caribbean style restaurant, they were forced to close their doors along with the rest of the world. The timing was disheartening but Chef Jae didn’t shy from the challenge. With experience in take-out driven restaurants, Chef Jae Anthony quickly adapted and pushed the “Tingz” take-out to the best of it’s abilities. He surely had his work cut out for him as they were consistently busy throughout the entire Provincial Lockdown. Letting his food do the talking, Chef Jae Anthony organically proved his reputation within the Ottawa Restaurant Community. 

Photo taken by Eric Stone from FFA

The success of “Tingz” was unfortunately brought to an abrupt halt. While many may have assumed a new business navigating the pandemic may have struggled far too much to endure. The closure of “Tingz” was handled behind the scenes involving silent partners and contractual disputes. Regardless of the hope for resolution, “Tingz” doors were closed just 3 weeks shy of the secondary Provincial Lockdown, leaving staff and patrons alike in lingo. 

Fast forward to the new year, Chef Jae Anthony has continued to show his resilience and ability to pivot throughout these unpredictable times. Currently occupying a Ghost Kitchen space located at City Centre here in Ottawa, Jae is sporting not 1, but 2 operations running simultaneously. “Chef Jae Anthony Pop-Up” is pushing the beloved Caribbean style food that we all missed so dearly, while his new “Side Piece” project boasts a Southern take on his classic Caribbean cuisine. Be on the lookout for Fried Chicken galore, Mac N’ Cheese, Cornbread and more Southern Classics with a twist. 

Graphic created by James Wrinn

With it being Superbowl Sunday and not a bar in sight to sit down and order your favourite football comfort food, this is an amazing opportunity to support your local businesses. Our family over at The Senate Tavern locations, Clarence and Bank St, have tasked Chef Jae Anthony in curating their Superbowl Sunday take-out menu. With a “Side Piece” twist on your favourite football snacks, be on the lookout for: Jerk Chicken Nachos, Big Mac Sliders, Pineapple Scotch Bonnet Wings and the ever anticipated Cardiac Arrest dish. Visit www.thesenate.ca to place your order today!

Photo taken by Eric Stone 

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FFA NEWS: City Fidelia truly is the Mayor of Ottawa

By Matthew Kyazze

FFA NEWS: City Fidelia truly is the Mayor of Ottawa

Luigi "City" Fidelia has always been someone we look up to at FFA. By constantly working on his craft and showing it in every release, City embodies everything we strive for here at Far From Average. Since returning to Ottawa, he has taken it upon himself to truly elevate the culture of our fine city. The level of creativity that stems from his home studio, "The Real House of Ensemble," sets a new standard for recording artists working out of Ottawa. His commitment couldn't be deterred as he handled putting together the space through this Pandemic caused by COVID-19. How thankful we are for his hard work as we now have this staple creative space to flourish from the heart of the downtown core. 

Today we would like to take some time to congratulate City Fidelia on his newly appointed position of Program Director for CHUO 89.1FM. For those who don't know, CHUO 89.1FM is a community-based campus radio station located right here in Ottawa. The station itself pride's itself on playing what they want, not simply one genre of music or whats popular at the time. We are beyond confident that City Fidelia will have a massive impact on the radio station and provide a platform to showcase local creatives.

Tune in to City's newest release titled "Legacy" featuring Ottawa based Artist Hueso. One of our favourite songs from Hueso as he reveals a darker, more raw tone with his voice to show his versatility from his previous R&B releases. The hometown hero City Fidelia shows exactly what he's made of with a powerful and lyrically sound verse to solidify this single. We are looking forward to seeing what else these two bring to the table in the upcoming months. Congratulations on an amazing first release of the year!

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FFA Artist: Black Iri$h releases "Can't be real" with Airborn

By Matthew Kyazze

FFA Artist: Black Iri$h releases

First single of the year for Black Iri$h! To start the year off we have a new tune from Black Iri$h and Ottawa artist Airborn. Things are constantly changing in the new world of today and some days, life doesn't feel real. We hope everyone can relate when they hear Airborn's catchy chorus. Iri$h comes in strong with his verse and the two both show up with the delivery. This is a collaboration we would like to see again in the future.

Keep an eye out for the music video, Black Iri$h had Ottawa's own 3FiftyCo film the video back in December 2020!

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FFA Releases: Worldwide Press Clout

By Danny Fiddaoui

FFA Releases: Worldwide Press Clout
WWPC- Worldwide Press Clout
The three amigos, Newagehip, Dashype, and Kyazzeare back together with a new classic that will keep your head bobbing! We get two verses from each of them. The boys have their own distinct flow which compliments one another. You can tell the crew had a lot of fun making this song, they even did each others ad-libs!
Keep your eyes opened for a Quarantined inspired Music Video. But for now enjoy Lurking by Dashype & Kyazze below. 
Filmed by FFA member Bait James and edited by Matt Kyazze. This is his first edited music video completely done by Matt Kyazze. Co-directed by Sean Corby from Callcorbs productions. 

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New Music Video- Trap House by Black Iri$h & Nickeal

By Matthew Kyazze

New Music Video- Trap House by Black Iri$h & Nickeal

After delivering Space Drip 2, iRI$h & Nickeal have just released some quality visuals for their first single off the tape. They seem to be enjoying some fresh air at a cottage, with the help of some A1 kush.

Edited by Nash Browin, and filmed by Bait James from the FFA team.

 

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Meet- Newagehip & Dashype

By Matthew Kyazze

Meet- Newagehip & Dashype

If you're looking for a new wave of hip hop, you’ll need to meet two of my favourite artists right now. Newagehip aka Hippie & Dashype!

Newagehip

Photo taken by @matkyazze

Newagehip aka Hippie received his first shot at the Capcity showdown back in December, 2014. He was offered a spot in the competition after dropping freestyles at a bush party in Embrun. Since then Hip has performed over 70 shows in the city of Ottawa. Opening for artists such as MGK at Algonquin Commons, Freddie Gibbs at Babylon Nightclub, & Comethazine at the Bourbon Room!

A big turning point was when Hip crossed paths with Kyazze & Black Irish in 2015 after opening for Jazz Cartier at Ritual Nightclub with Swift Crew. Kyazze & Hip have since thrown countless parties & shows all over the city and Hip never throws a show without his partner Dashype.

Photo taken by @ericstone.co

Presently Das & Hip have been spending the year off performing, and have been stacking up music in the studio. The goal is to start dropping a song a week. 

Dashype

Photo taken by @scottyv__

After a couple of relatively quiet years, Dashype is back and releasing more new music than ever. Revered easily as one of Ottawa’s most versatile up-and-coming vocalists and producers; fusing elements of bass heavy lyrical rap, rnb, trap, pop, and choir style singing; Dashype’s sound is growing much more intricate and calculated moving into 2021. 
Das has worked with and preformed alongside many of the city’s underground heavyweights including DUKESs, and Deucio; experimental rap artists like Newagehip, and producer Trench Foot to be able to craft a sound that is within it’s own realm in comparison to other artists in the city.
As of late, Das has been working closely with FFA’s very own Kyazze, and is releasing a series of back-to-back EP’s with Newagehip leading into the new year.
  Photo taken by @ericstone.co

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Song of the Day- Yung Heat x Eros North x City Fidelia

By Matthew Kyazze

Song of the Day- Yung Heat x Eros North x City Fidelia

Ottawa artist Yung Heat has jumped the scale with his newest song featuring Eros North and the Ottawa Mayor himself, City Fidelia. 

Originally born in Scarborough but now considered an Ottawa Native. Yung Heat has been involved in the music game for the past 8 years. He started making mixes and mashups for two years which then transitioned to producing.

This song would be a club banger if that were a thing in 2020, but for all my gym lovers, this one's for you. 

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