Author: The Revue (Staff)

Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Yes, I know. Paul Langlois is the headliner of this show, and he gets top billing. We even gave away some tickets to the gig (you’re welcome!). But today, we get to tell you about Pete Murray, one of the openers on this Canadian tour that is arriving at Zaphod’s on November 21. Pete is a huge success in his […]

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Czech Out

Czech Out

A Night Too Young (Czech Republic) directed by Olmo Omerzu Thursday, November 21, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Adults are idiots. It’s a no-brainer topic of many a film that choses the lens of a child’s eye. A Night Too Young uses that classic formula to vicariously peek at the goings on in a dead-end […]

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How A Dress Code Request Became Arcade Fire’s “In Utero” Moment

How A Dress Code Request Became Arcade Fire’s “In Utero” Moment

I have read with great pleasure, all the great displeasure from fans over Arcade Fire’s request that those in attendance at their concerts dress up (either in smart suits, dresses, or fun costumes). The power of the internet in this case has led to a lot of condemnation towards the band. They’re sellouts, they’re big headed rock stars. “What if […]

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I’m An Old Communist Hag!

I’m An Old Communist Hag!

– EURO FILM TALK WITH TOM MCSORLEY – Poor, poor Tom McSorley. Imagine, having to globe trot in search of fabulous film to debut for us lucky voyeurs. As Executive Director of the annual European Union Film Festival, he spies offerings from places like Cannes, Berlin and TIFF, then plays movie Santa Claus for Ottawa movie buffs. As the festival […]

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Rev: Photographer Mark Schacter launches Gallery 5

Rev: Photographer Mark Schacter launches Gallery 5

Ottawa-based photographer Mark Schacter has been taking industrial and natural photography for a couple of decades, and has developed an impressive body of work. On the eve of two significant events in his photography career (launching his third book and his new occasional gallery), we sat together at a downtown coffee shop so he could give me the scoop. Mark […]

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Discovering Roxy Roca

Discovering Roxy Roca

Once upon a time on the internet… All of us at The Revue are obsessive music/arts addicts, always on the hunt for new stuff. I honestly can’t tell you the Google loop that led me to Roxy Roca, but I found them through a series of web searches and links while hunting down some new music. Roxy Roca are the […]

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It’s Time for an Interview with Andrew Austin

It’s Time for an Interview with Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is doing some pretty great stuff these days. He just released While It’s Still Light Out, and it’s full of lovely acoustic melodies and intense lyrics. He’s often name-checked as “The Tim Hortons guy” because his jingle has become as ubiquitous as the donut chain itself. As you should expect, he’s got a lot going on, and a […]

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Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Hello, meet the sprightly gang of sonic messengers that is Paterson Hall. Before I get into this, I’d like to share a few extraneous nuggets from my recent conversation with the band, which endeared them to me greatly: “One of my favourite things to do in life is to just imagine people as apes. The grocery store is the best […]

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Lost Durangos - Evil Town

Vintage Vinyl – Lost Durangos

 This blog describes Vancouver’s Lost Durangos as a cowpunk band, one example of a very ’80s mashup of country and punk which included bands like Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Social Distortion and The Gun Club. And they’ve definitely got more than a touch of that, but there’s a sunnier, new wave edge to their sound that brings to mind bands […]

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Today, we Remember

Today, we Remember

Please remember their sacrifices.

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UnChained Reviews: “The Kennedy Suite” by Cowboy Junkies

UnChained Reviews: “The Kennedy Suite” by Cowboy Junkies

It’s been 50 years since that fateful day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. A lot has been written and a lot of movies have been made about it. Musicians, on the other hand, have rarely approached the topic. Cowboy Junkies aim to change that. Their sprawling epic record The Kennedy Suite (also being staged as a post-modern musical) doesn’t […]

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The Revue with Slo’ Tom

The Revue with Slo’ Tom

There is a long and (not too) interesting story about this episode. First of all, Slo’ Tom is an indie legend here in the Nation’s Capital. Dood was in furnaceface, for pete’s sake. He’s also known as the nicest guy in town, so we were super happy when he agreed to be our first interview subject for this series. We […]

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Cur Comix (number 4)

Cur Comix (number 4)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Vintage Vinyl – Shirley Field

Country singer/songwriter Shirley Field was born in Armstrong, B.C. and began singing in school operettas and local stampedes at the tender age of five. Her first recordings were with Evan Kemp and His Trail Riders, she had her own radio program (“The Cowboy’s Sweetheart Show”) on CFJC Kamloops, and she made appearances on both the CBC, CTV’s “Cross Country Barn […]

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Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

VEARA is coming to Ottawa for a gig on November 6 at the Luneta Café. I recently connected with Brittany Harrell (their kick ass drummer) for a little chat about life with the band, and what it’s like to be on a label like Epitaph. First of all….holy shit, you’re on Epitaph Records. What did you do when you got […]

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Cur Comix (number 3)

Cur Comix (number 3)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Odenkirk as Auteur II – Let’s Go to Prison

Odenkirk as Auteur II – Let’s Go to Prison

Bob Odenkirk’s Let’s Go to Prison is a darkly hilarious argument that prison only makes bad people worse. It’s also a beautiful love story.

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: Kinetic Ideals

Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: Kinetic Ideals

Toronto’s Kinetic Ideals lived very much under the radar in their original 1980-1985 existence. Like a lot of darker new wave bands, they made an impression on certain segments (those folks who loved Joy Division, for example), but their moody tunes never traveled too far afield. In fact, their final EP was never released after the band completed it in […]

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What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

What the Hell, Wiwichu, What the Hell?

I love this. Love it. It’s weird, it’s outlandish…it’s music on instruments (mostly). It’s been called a “punk rock approach to jazz”. Words (well, at least my words) can’t really capture what this is. It’s a gloriously bizarre experimental record from a group of Montreal musicians keen on playing whatever the hell they want, whenever they hell they want. After […]

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