Author: The Revue (Staff)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Today I got an email from Kevin Lynn, who has played bass in King Cobb Steelie in all of its incarnations over the past 20 odd years. It was a one-liner: “Here’s a streaming link to the new KCS EP due out next week. Enjoy!” I’ve been in touch with Kevin a few times over the years. I interviewed him […]

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Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

I first heard Skydiggers when I was in high school, which seems like a long time ago. In fact, it was a long time ago. 25 years to be exact. The band has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with 4 (that’s right, 4) releases including their latest holiday-themed EP, Angels. It’s a beautiful album, with somewhat melancholy takes […]

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The Revue with John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

The Revue with John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

John Carroll is both enigmatic and down-to-earth. As a Kemptville resident, and as a husband and father, John lives a life that is typical of most in this part of the world. However, he’s a rare breed as he is making his living as a working musician. That’s very rare. He hosts weekly shows at Ottawa’s historic Chateau Lafayette (a […]

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Cur Comix (number 6)

Cur Comix (number 6)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

Ottawa rockabilly/jump blues/jazz/country/swing/rock ‘n roll combo The Kingmakers just finished recording their fourth album Chicago Hi-Style, and they’re celebrating the release of this brand new high-energy collection at Irene’s Pub on Friday. Visit the Kingmakers’ bandcamp page to listen to the new album, and even grab a free download! The show on Friday is bound to be a blast, and […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and educator Phil Nimmons has done pretty much everything it’s possible to do in jazz over the course of a career that has stretched over six decades. After taking up the clarinet in a Vancouver high school he played in and wrote arrangements for local dance bands, earned a scholarship to Julliard in New York City and studied at […]

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UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

Attending a live show, be it as a fan or critic, always comes with a certain set of expectations. You know the music, you know the audience and you know the energy. Gauging whether the show is good or not is often a by-product of those expectations. So what happens when there are no expectations? I’ll be the first to […]

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DUTCH TREAT

DUTCH TREAT

  Jackie (The Netherlands) directed by Antoine Beumer  Sunday, December 1, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Why do rabbits go to bed so early? Because they only have to brush two teeth. Bad jokes only work well in the right setting, as in a beautiful desert night around a roaring campfire, over a couple of […]

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Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Greg Ball is an upcoming singer-songwriter from Kingston (currently on tour with Paul Langlois and Pete Murray). Just before their Ottawa gig, I got in touch with Greg to hear about what makes him tick. He’s an interesting fellow, who’s worked as a bartender and spent a lifetime watching people around him. He’s a storyteller, and songwriter from the Lightfoot […]

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TEENAGE KICKS

TEENAGE KICKS

Les Geants (Belgium) directed by Bouli Lanners Saturday, November 30, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Drinking, toking, stealing, driving and squatting teenagers, equals a charming and leisurely slice of summer life film – in Belgium that is. Brothers Seth (15 year old driver) and Zack (13 & 3/4 year old booze hound) turn a […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Truck

Vintage Vinyl – Truck

Straight outta Ingersoll, Ontario, the rock band Truck was originally named Sound Spectrum. Formed in 1966, by the end of the decade they’d changed their name and decamped for the relatively big city lights of London. Relentless gigging and a name which lent itself to the then-trendy catchphrase “Keep On Truckin’” gained them a modest following and gigs opening for acts like Emerson, […]

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Cur Comix (number 5)

Cur Comix (number 5)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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HOOP DREAMS

HOOP DREAMS

Dream Team 1935 (Latvia) directed by Aigars Grauba Friday, November 29, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Jump ball! What is now but a ceremonial opening tap of inconsequence, used to be a major advantage in the early days of basketball. There was a jump ball after every score, which meant a team with the tallest […]

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Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Toronto’s Lindi Ortega has been gigging non-stop for the last few years, and her infinite tour is coming to Ottawa this week for two shows at the NAC (Nov 28 and 29). This time she’s supporting her third record, Tin Star, which was recorded in her new hometown of Nashville. I got Lindi on the phone as she was driving […]

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CRIMINALLY YOUNG

CRIMINALLY YOUNG

Shifting the Blame (Germany) directed by Lars-Gunner Lotz Thursday, November 28, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Part of Ben’s rehabilitation as a violent young criminal is to ask forgiveness of his victim, a monumental task spiked to excruciating tension in a clever plot twist. The human condition is on bare bones display here, as wrong […]

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Odenkirk as Auteur III

Odenkirk as Auteur III

The final entry in our three-part series on the directorial oeuvre of Bob ‘Better Call Saul’ Odenkirk. Melvin Goes to Dinner has a lot of talk, but also manages to be a highly compelling look at a troubled man on the cusp of big change.

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Rev: Maggie Padlewska has One Year to see One World

Rev: Maggie Padlewska has One Year to see One World

I first connected with Maggie Padlewska a few years back, when I was working on a documentary pitch and needed some video help. A mutual friend connected us via email so we could compare notes. Sadly, she was unavailable to take on other projects because she was kicking off something of her own. Maggie is a journalist and producer by […]

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INTERSEX

INTERSEX

  LOVE.NET (Bulgaria) directed by Ilian Djevelekov Wednesday, November 27, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Hey kids, have you heard about the Internet? How about online dating? Crazy right? Love.Net explores the seedy cyberspaces of Bulgaria, where men are extremely sexist, and kids are North American savvy. Filmed in slick Hollywood fashion, the bevy of […]

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Communist Haggle

Communist Haggle

I’M AN OLD COMMUNIST HAG (Romania) directed by Stere Gulea Monday, November 25, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival With the very messy and grisly end to his totalitarian rule, it’s hard to fathom how Nicolae Ceausescu can be seen in anything but a lousy light. Yet the end of communism, as in all the former […]

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Going Up?

Going Up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp9vwJk0SLc Up There (U.K.) directed by Zam Salim Sunday, November 24, 4pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Pasty skinned, hunched waddler Martin (Burn Gorman) is perfectly deadpan in the post mortem world. Not being one the chosen few allowed to climb the stairs to enlightenment, he must prove worthiness by guiding the recently deceased through the […]

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