Author: Dina MacLeod

Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good‘s 28-date cross-Canada Beautiful Midnight Revisited tour stopped in Ottawa on March 16th for a show in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre. The tour was announced with the release of the  I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited EP, a new twist on a handful of the songs from the 1999 Juno winning album. Accompanied by Blake […]

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Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor debuted her two-month North American tour at Metropolis as part of Montréal en Lumière, the city’s annual Winter Festival. In 2016, she released her 7th album, Remember Us To Life, and its tracks were featured almost in their entirety during her performance. Song from her deep discography, such as “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” from […]

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Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Citizen Of Glass by Agnes Obel On a chilly first Friday of March, a very expectant audience filled the theatre-style seating of the Bronson Centre. The stage was softly stroked by red light as Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel appeared to greet the crowd. A trio of adept musicians all clothed in white, her moon cult, accompanied her with cello, clarinet, and […]

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Meg Remy

JUNO Concert Series: The MEGAPHONO Edition (photo essay)

The Ottawa based music festival and conference Megaphono 2017 recently played host to music industry professionals from North America and abroad. Held February 1st to 3rd at a diverse selection of venues in the area, festival attendees were treated to a talented selection of artists from Ottawa-Gatineau and Eastern Ontario. On the closing night, The Juno Awards & the Ottawa 2017 Juno […]

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Dina’s Picks for Favourite Pics of 2016

Dina’s Picks for Favourite Pics of 2016

Though 2016 does not mark my initial year of taking photos at concerts, this year has afforded me a few photographic firsts. I was lucky enough to be able to work from a photo pit of an arena, take more intimate yet still candid photos of artists during interviews, and photograph a pair of venerated international music festivals as approved […]

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Diana

DIANA dazzle at House of Targ (photo essay)

On December 9th, Toronto’s indie darling DIANA held a Friday evening synth-pop show at Ottawa’s perogie and pinball hot-spot House of Targ. Recently releasing Familiar Touch, the second album following 2013’s acclaimed Perpetual Surrender, their tracks grabbed the crowd by the ear and got everyone dancing. From sweet backing harmonies to striking sax solos, it all meshed to make a memorable night. Though this show […]

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Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf and Chris Cohen at the National Arts Centre

The Party by Andy Shauf The National Arts Centre curates a unique program entitled NAC Presents, which is a series aimed at highlighting the depth of talent that can be found among Canadian artists. As part of this season’s lineup, 2016 Polaris Music Prize nominee Andy Shauf visited the NAC Studio on December 8th. With a trio of adept accompanying musicians, […]

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Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell brings the Summerland Heat to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

It’s a Thursday evening in late November at the packed Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe. Amid the ever-increasing heat and an eyeful of pulsating lights, a female’s voice beckons your inner flower child on a languid expedition towards a destination called Summerland. You follow, smitten, staring at the stage where you find your guide decked in an ivory brocade coat, tinted […]

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Brendan Canning

Zaphod’s Welcomes Brendan Canning (photo essay)

On November 19th, Brendan Canning headlined a Saturday night show at Ottawa’s infamous nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox. Recently releasing his album Home Wrecking Years, this third solo offering of the founding member of Broken Social Scene hit all the right notes with the crowd. Despite a broken guitar string at one point, the tunes flowed, rocked and, at times, got sweet and jammy. […]

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Culture Club

A double shot of the 80s – Culture Club & Platinum Blonde at TD Place (photo essay)

After more than a 30-year void from performing in Ottawa, Culture Club kicked off their Canadian leg of their 2016 tour at Ottawa’s TD Place. The over 2000-strong crowd were treated with a nod to new wave and nostalgia, starting with 1983’s “Church of the Poison Mind” and extending through to the encore anthem that had you singing singing red, gold […]

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Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Montreal’s 3-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga, was held July 29th through 31st. With this year’s sold-out event showcasing over 100 international acts, there was ample opportunity to take in a favourite band or discover someone new. The festival showcased numerous musical genres including up-and-comers, of-the-moment musicians, and sought-after, top-tier talent, which included headliners  Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. […]

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Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

For over a decade, summer heralds the arrival of Montreal’s famed 3-day music and visual arts festival Osheaga. Now in its 11th installment, it brings music lovers from far and wide to Parc-Jean Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. Last year, over 135,000 people took part in the event. The festival includes six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Trees and Zone Picnik Electronik) […]

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Alvvays

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part II

Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make […]

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July Talk

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part I

Since 1994, Ottawa has annually been hosting the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. It has grown to be the largest of its kind in North America, and raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. As part of the festivities, the event hosts on the grounds of Mooney’s Bay Park free concerts […]

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Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

I first saw Adam Baldwin perform as a solo artist in the Fall of 2013, opening for and then playing with Matt Mays at the Wakefield institution, Blacksheep Inn. Now several years since, I was pleased as punch to see he made his way back here on June 16th with a new album in hand. Though officially available as of June 24th, fans were […]

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Northcote

Josiah, Jordan Klassen and Northcote: hat trick at House of Targ (photo essay)

If I had to pick a random day of the week to peg as being a highlight, more often than not it would reflect the weekend. When pondering the week past, that would have been wrong. For it was not a Friday or a Saturday, but a Tuesday that would hold that memory. On June 7th, House of Targ hosted […]

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Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

Courtney Barnett – Live at Metropolis (photo essay)

This has been a performance I’ve been waiting excitedly on, having picked up tickets when it was originally announced some time ago. Most certainly the prospect of seeing Courtney Barnett live was worthy of enduring a groggy Monday that always manifests after shuttling myself to Montreal and back in an evening. I expect others were anticipating good things too as the venue […]

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Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

On the heels of a pair of performances at CMW, Van Damsel made a stop at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa to hold an all ages show. The BC hailing band recently (April 22nd) launched their first self-titled album, which proceeded a couple of EP releases including Say Hello To Your Mother and The Sunshine, Girl.  The intimate but enthusiastic group in […]

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Cage The Elephant

Spring Fling 2016 at Main Street Armory Pt. 2 (photo essay)

The Spring Fling Rock AF tour is concluding today, however during its final week it made a stop at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. This synergistic lineup featured four fabulous bands: Bear Hands, Foals, Silversun Pickups and Cage The Elephant. The first two acts to take the stage were Bear Hands and Foals, who were featured in yesterday’s photo essay. Next up were […]

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Foals

Spring Fling 2016 at Main Street Armory Pt. 1 (photo essay)

On March 26th, the Spring Fling Rock AF tour rolled into the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. With a lineup including Bear Hands, Foals, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant, it was chock-a-block with of-the-moment music and fully worthy of a road trip to attend. The Brooklyn natives Bear Hands led off the evening with a 7-song set featuring songs […]

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