Author: The Revue (Staff)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Mackenzie Rhythm Section

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Mackenzie Rhythm Section

One of the great joys of going to festivals is discovering new bands that sound like nothing you already listen to. This is a feeling many people will experience when they first hear Mackenzie Rhythm Section. Equal parts rock, funk, reggae and old school punk, Mackenzie Rhythm Section have a completely one of a kind sound and are an absolute […]

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UnChained Preview: Amnesia Rockfest

UnChained Preview: Amnesia Rockfest

The Little Festival That Could: Rock lives on in Montebello Good old fashioned rock is becoming a dinosaur on the festival circuit. In an industry dominated by folk rock, indie, EDM and other genres, the days of big guitar riffs, live heavy drums and overpowering vocals seem to be a fading memory. Thankfully, for those of us that need to […]

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Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

An oldie is coming out with a newie; a Brooklyn trio finds new landscapes; a legendary Canadian hip-hop act returns; and rocking blues from Vancouver. All this music is streaming for free in advance of the record releases on Tuesday, June 17. Willie Nelson returns with his 69th studio record – yes, 69th – with Band of Brothers.  You can […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, but now an Ottawa resident, the young Kalle Mattson has become a critical darling over the last few years. A grad of Classical Music (guitar) from the University of Ottawa, Kalle’s pop sensibilities are seemingly innate. When he was 17, in high school, he wrote his first 10 songs as a project to test out […]

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Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly from BC and Ottawa’s own Shannon Rose & The Thorns will be playing Mavericks on Saturday June 14. Tickets are $10 in advance at Vertigo Records and www.spectrasonic.com/event/555149 Shred Kelly is an alternative/folk/pop band based in British Columbia. They are a high energy, foot stomping fun band with an amazing banjo player. Shannon Rose & The Thorns are a folk/pop band […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

I once heard someone say that there is nothing like the sound of a guy who’s been through it all and lived to tell the tale. John Allaire has that sound. With their contagious mixture of modern alternative and old bar room country, John Allaire and the Campistas sound like no one else you will hear at Bluesfest. Allaire’s voice […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

These guys know what’s what. They play the blues, but they play it like jazz. Each song features a healthy dose of improvisation and each member gets room to stretch out and keep things interesting. Fredy Carriere (guitar and vocals), Mathieu Gagnon (harmonica and vocals), Daniel Grewal (bass), and Mike McNeill (drums) are musicians’ musicians, inspired by traditional soul and blues styles, and […]

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Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

If you’re lazying around on the weekend and excited to hear new albums before their official release dates next week, here are some you might wish to check out. The great Americana, folk, blues singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier, is releasing her 10th studio album, Trouble & Love. You can listen to it on CBC Music and NPR. First Aid Kit, the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

Farewell Davidson could be one of the big surprises of Bluesfest 2014. With a melodic but rocky sound reminiscent of Kings of Leon or Sloan and well written, relatable lyrics, Farewell Davidson are a throwback to the kind of folky alternative music that was made popular in the 1990’s and, still, holds favor today. Live, Farewell Davidson are a fun […]

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Rock & Blues: Joe Gaspar and Crunchy Flower at Irene’s June 6

Rock & Blues: Joe Gaspar and Crunchy Flower at Irene’s June 6

What happens when Joe Gaspar comes across a crunchy flower? You get an explosion of rock and blues madness! The Joe Gaspar Band and Crunchy Flower play Irene’s Pub on Friday, June 6, starting at 9:30pm. The Joe Gaspar Band | Website: joegasparband.ca | Facebook: facebook.com/joegasparband Crunchy Flower | Website: crunchyflower.com | Facebook: facebook.com/crunchyflower

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Mugshots Tea Light Concert Series ft Little Suns, Ash & Bloom and The Visit on June 5th

Mugshots Tea Light Concert Series ft Little Suns, Ash & Bloom and The Visit on June 5th

This is the third monthly edition of The Tea Light Concert Series presented by Mugshots located at 75 Nicholas Street in the Byward Market. The line-up includes  The Visit, Ash & Bloom and Little Suns. Show is on Thursday, June 5th at 9pm, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Click here to to to Facebook Event […]

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Gig Pick: Elder Sister Plum and The Sun Harmonic @ The Rainbow on June 5

Gig Pick: Elder Sister Plum and The Sun Harmonic @ The Rainbow on June 5

You dig yourself some low-key folk music? Yes? This is going to be your gig to check out at The Rainbow on June 5. The Sun Harmonic (aka Kaleb Hikele) is one of those not-too-well-known-but-really-prolific artists and producers. He has released a whack of albums on his Moon Melody label (some good, some not so much). One of the big […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton has been everywhere, man. She’s been everywhere. She’s played in punk bands in Japan, she’s played across Canada with her electric guitar, screeching harmonica, and powerful voice. This young woman plays traditional blues, in a new and adventurous way. She’s going to rip up the stage at the Barney Danson Theatre on Saturday July 12 @ 5:15 pm. […]

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Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Some great albums can be streamed now in advance of their releases on Tuesday, including Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal – CBC Music and NPR (look for a review on Wednesday) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Only Run – NPR (review coming on Wednesday) F**cked Up, Glass Boys – CBC Music Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours – CBC Music and NPR (review by Rich […]

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Crowded Room Concert Series Presents The Split and Moonfruit

Crowded Room Concert Series Presents The Split and Moonfruit

If you’ve ever wanted to be in a music video, here’s your chance! There is a brand new concert series at the Gallery Recording Studio called The Crowded Room Concert Series. Bands and audience are mixed together in the old chapel of the recording studio and will be recorded by the Dan Rascal crew. The Split and Moonfruits will be […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

There’s something to be said for artists who take something that’s been done and turn it on its head. BlakDenim, a hip hop band out of Ottawa, is the perfect example of this. While maintaining the tight lyricism and sharp wordplay of many traditional rappers, BlakDenim ups the ante with a vast sound and an orchestra’s worth of instruments (including […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

Average Times…why is it only now that I’ve heard of you guys? Not since The Polymorphines have I immediately felt my punk rock muscles ache listening to a local rawk act like this. Listening to their self-titled (and brilliantly cover-photo’d) album is a pleasure. Musically inspired by equal parts Buzzcocks and Ramones, with vocals akin to Bad Cop (with the […]

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Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend is  the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada. 48,000 people will run to help generate fundraising dollars for participating charities such as The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association and The Isaac Foundation Hope. Whether you’re a runner or part of a cheer squad, make sure to check out the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

There’s an old saying that goes, “Age is nothing but a number”. Angelique Francis, with her booming and majestic voice that begets images of a classic 1970s soul singer, is proof of that. She first performed at Bluesfest in 2011 and has performed, among other places, at Canada Day festivities, the Super Ex, and the Canadian War Museum. Oh, and […]

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Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Up & Up Music Presents Phil Motion and BlakDenim at the Blacksheep Inn on May 24th at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Phil Motion & The Easy LO-Fi take what’s old and make it new again. Their inspiration comes from one-offs and one-hit-wonders that many of us have never even heard of until now. Their energy is contagious and they […]

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