Motel Ben
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Motel Ben

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Folk Shoegaze




"Motel Ben: eclectic, dreamy artistry uncoupled from musical trends - Critique - Tara Ryan - en francais / in English"

Motel Ben est un mélange éclectique et rêveur de mélodies soul et parfois mélancoliques, de blues, de poésie, de reggae, de rythmes funky et de nuances classiques. Motel Ben est un mélange d'artistes uniques et d'un art découplé des tendances musicales, qui saura assurément divertir une foule ! ---- Motel Ben is an eclectic, dreamy mix of soulful and at times melancholic melodies, blues, spoken word, reggae, funky beats and classic undertones. Motel Ben is a blend of unique artists and artistry uncoupled from musical trends, sure to entertain a crowd! - Tara Ryan, Ottawa, August 2022

"Outtakes from the Spiritual Drink Machines video found randomly on the Internet"

Don't know when this turned up, but it's from footage taken in late 2021. We found it when we looked up "Spiritual Drink Machines" on the Internet. It's been posted publicly and is credited to the videographer at the end of the video footage, although the song was written by Allan Kinney in January 2009. - Allan Kinney, Motel Ben - Vimeo

"Motel Ben's Strike the Anvil While the Iron is Hot Tour"

"August 28, 8 pm
"The Mansion
"Check out Motel Ben at The Mansion and experience funky, shoe-gaze folk music from this unique Ottawa band. The Mansion has live music nearly every weekend in their upstairs “Living Room,” and on their patio many afternoons. Keep checking their event list on Facebook for updates on acts.
"Cost: $5" - Emily Coppella - Taken from >>> - Visit Kingston

"Strike the Anvil While the Iron is Hot in Kingston!!"

Gig II of Motel Ben's Southeast Ontario "Strike the Anvil" tour! Door: $5 - band starts at 8:30 PM...let's lift each other up out of the swamps of nothingness! #motelrebs #newartpop -

"Strike the Anvil While the Iron is Hot in Napanee!!"

Gig I of Motel Ben's Southeast Ontario "Strike the Anvil" Tour - at the Loaf 'n' Ale, 25 Dundas Street East, Napanee 613-354-5247! Come by after a day in the fun and sun of Quinte! -

"Allan Kinney's music: The Everything Bagel / Motel Ben"

"Melissa McLeod, Tansy Etro-Beko, Kim Lovell, and the late JoAnn Brooks singing give us a folky, soulful vibe while Allan gives us more of a classic musical vibe, like Phantom of the Opera.

"Surfer vibes meets a modern indie band. Vocals like pomplamoose with haunting harmonies. Folky, storytelling, spoken word, stories about everyday life; the hustle and bustle of the city life, ragtime classic instruments - talk of money, buses and trains, losing one's mind in the city, relationships, spirituality, phantom of the opera vibes, Beethoven vibes - moonlight sonata.

"This is the kind of music that grows on you: the more you listen, the more you enjoy it." - Jessica and Joanne Martin, Arnprior, Ontario, Canada - Jessica and Joanne Martin

"Hallowe'en: DeTOUR!!"

"On est de RETOUR!!! Featuring Motel Ben; guest star Melissa McLeod. Door: Free - at Fernandino Hair and Nail Spa, Rideau Centre (Mackenzie King level). Get all dolled up for Hallowe'en night!!!" - Available at >>> -

"Birdsong Announces Artists"

"Almost three years since beginning the process of asking Canadian applicants to apply for the BIRDSONG Fund, the newly registered national charity is pleased to announce a list of artists from across the country whose original songs are included on Birdsong’s first compilation album. Ten singer/ songwriters worked throughout the pandemic in music studios in three cities to finish the album titled: 'BIRDSONG - First Flight 101.'

"BIRDSONG composers/performers include Ashley Bell from Hagersville, ON; Anthony Jordon Gow from Kanata, ON; Prairie Soul (Dustin Harder) from Winnipeg, MB; Robin Benedict from Hamilton, ON; Paakwesi (PK) from Toronto, ON; Allan Kinney from Ottawa, ON; Matthew Johnston from Vernon Bridge, PEI; and Thomas Messenger from Fredericton, NB. Two songs written and performed previously by the Founder’s son, David Martin, are also featured on the album." - Taken from >> - Birdsong Foundation


Still working on that hot first release.



Scratch demos of the Ben's Motel albums Cyclical Argument and The Step Beyond - Last updated 17 September 2022 - Motel Ben, c'est la branche francophone de l'ancien groupe Ben's Motel, récemment connu sous le nom Ben's Motel and the GuruRebels. Avec le batteriste Marco Mésile, Motel Ben est l'ensemble plutôt responsable pour les enregistrements des albums The Step Beyond, Cyclical Argument et Self See Us, tandis que la branche anglophone du groupe maintenant connu sous le nom de Everything Bagel avec le batteriste Howie Inniss est en train de compléter l'album Bucolica qui va paraître en 2023. Venez nous voir  en vedette dans le cadre de DeTOUR à Fernandino, centre Rideau, Ottawa dimanche le 30 octobre 2022 ainsi qu'à Dom Polski, Ottawa jeudi le 6 octobre, pour le lancement de la compilation Birdsong !

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