Ottawa is the capital of the nation of Canada. The word "ottawa" is derived from a word meaning "to trade" in Algonquin, the dominant native tribe in the area before it was taken over by Europeans. It's location on the Ottawa River made trade an early activity for the settlement, primarily in terms of timber. Ottawa was the location of some of the largest timber mills in the world in the 19th century. Today, Ottawa is a thoroughly modern city and though it is the political center of Canada, it is still a place where commerce is important. Thus, "trade" has always been in the very DNA of the place, going back before Europeans ever laid eyes upon it.
Electric Six will take the stage at Maverick's in Ottawa on Friday night. Maverick's has been good to Electric Six in the past and Electric Six expects it to be good once again. In fact, Electric Six celebrated New Year's Eve 2011 with the Ottawa Crazies...that's how much Electric Six appreciates Maverick's and Ottawa. One of the main reasons Electric Six likes Ottawa and Maverick's is that it is a safe environment within which to trade. What does Electric Six trade, a Crazy might ask? Music, most obviously, but it's more than that. It's also more than merchandise, though that too is very important. What Electric Six REALLY trades is a sense of joy, a feeling of elation in the psyche of a Crazy witnessing the performance. Can you put a price on elation, Crazy of Ottawa? Well, Electric Six and their partners at Maverick's in Ottawa have done so. That price is $17 Canadian. Sounds like a pretty good deal, huh? What if Electric Six told you that in addition to elation, it would offer you shock and awe for free? You can't beat that deal, Crazy. Elation, shock AND awe, all for $17 Canadian? Look, you may be crazy, Crazy, but Electric Six and Maverick's are clearly insane to offer elation, shock and awe at these prices.