Author: The Revue (Staff)

DISTRO FEVER IN THE GREAT WEIRD NORTH

DISTRO FEVER IN THE GREAT WEIRD NORTH

Canadians spend a lot of time clearing snow off things. Conditions may not be so great for driving but they are, apparently, just right for producing a bountiful sonic harvest. Despite (or maybe as a result of) spending half the year subdued by a relentless winter, Canada keeps delivering top-notch independent music from bedrooms and garages in its every corner. […]

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The Revue with Orienteers

The Revue with Orienteers

How cool is this? I get to sit with the most amazing people and just shoot the shit about music. All while drinking beer. Best job ever. In today’s episode, I sat down with Ben Wilson and Tom Thompson from Orienteers to hear about their life on the low end. If you’re not familiar, these guys perform a sort of […]

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Capital Revue: This is the Strangest Album Cover I’ve Seen in a While

Capital Revue: This is the Strangest Album Cover I’ve Seen in a While

Jimmy Hunt, you’re a brave man. Well, not as brave as the guy riding this elephant, but still. Great song, too.

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Vintage Vinyl – Ray Griff

Vintage Vinyl – Ray Griff

Vancouver-born Ray Griff has had a very successful career as a songwriter, having penned hits for country artists including but not limited to Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Porter Wagoner and Faron Young, but he’s made a pretty good go of it as a recording artist, too. He had his first taste of success in the late ’60s with a cover […]

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Capital Revue: Matt Ouimet is the busiest Musician in Ottawa

Capital Revue: Matt Ouimet is the busiest Musician in Ottawa

If you’re a fan of great pop, rock, country, folk, and just about any other style you can imagine, check out Matt Ouimet. The “gig” page on his website reads like a who’s who of Eastern Ontario artists, as he’s playing with someone, somewhere, just about every night. http://www.mattouimet.com/Matt_Ouimet_Muiscball/Live_Shows.html Here’s a track from 2010. True to form, it’s great. Mellow, […]

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He Had a Hat

He Had a Hat

When Jews Were Funny directed by Alan Zweig February 7th – 10th Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Classic joke: when a lifeguard presents a mother her barely saved son, she deadpans “He had a hat”. The answer to the title of doc maker Alan Zweig’s latest is of course, “always”. On some sort of strange quest, Zweig tries to explore […]

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The Rider

The Rider

Moonrider  (Denmark) directed by Daniel Dencik Saturday, February 8th, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival Grainy film alert! Grainy film alert! Fans of classic raw sports docs will be in geek heaven here. “Moonrider” mixes choppy, super 8 glory with a trippy soundtrack to tell the tale of one Ramsus Quaade, a young Danish cycling god. A physical […]

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St. Vincent — Be Ready to be AMAZED

St. Vincent — Be Ready to be AMAZED

31-year-old Annie Erin Clark, mostly recognized by her stage name, St. Vincent, is a baroque pop, art rock indie musician from Oklahoma, United States.  Annie’s stellar vocals accent her eccentric melodies by stringing some of the most beautiful stimulating chord progressions to construct her musical masterpieces. Annie said, “I always look at any instrument as just a tool, an expressive […]

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STUFF IT!

STUFF IT!

My Stuff  (Finland) directed by Petri Luukkainen Wednesday, February 5th, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival In an early life crisis, filmmaker Petri Luukkainen decides to ditch all of his worldly possessions, in a storage locker. But instead of heading to the hills in search of communal living, Petri allows himself the trickle luxury of retrieving one item […]

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Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Recorded in Winnipeg, Del Barber’s fourth record is a success on a number of fronts. He continues to display his soulful country voice and songwriting, but on this record he’s really gone experimental in terms of his recording process. A plain old studio isn’t enough for this guy, no sir. Most of the tracks were recorded in a fairly traditional […]

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KRASH

KRASH

Into The Dark (Norway) directed by Thomas Wangsmo Saturday, February 1st, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival It’s dark, it’s late, it’s cold. 2000 kilograms of steel glides along shiny pavement. 20 kilograms of steel glides on the same shiny pavement, but at a right angle. Physics ensues. “Into The Dark”, Norway’s entry in this year’s tight […]

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Shelby Taylor: Art Warrior!

Shelby Taylor: Art Warrior!

I recently had the good fortune of attending the Art Battle held in Ottawa on January 15th at the Arts Court.  What’s an art battle, you say?  Allow me to set the scene… In an art battle, competitive painting occurs at center stage for 20-minute rounds. Six artists face off in a hexagon, their backs to a swelling crowd of […]

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Vintage Vinyl – SMI

Vintage Vinyl – SMI

The sum total of information on the internet about hip-hop crew SMI is almost entirely limited to one comment on a HipHopCanada.com message board, so that plus the information on the record label is everything I know about them. Written and performed by Simple and Simplicity, with DJ duties handed by Kid Ebony The Light Skin Assassin, “(Hold The) Toe Print […]

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10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

Ok, so I was going to Tweet my thoughts on the Grammy Awards last night, but didn’t get to it. So, here, especially after my appearance on CTV Morning Live today, here are my most tweetable moments from the show, in no particular order. 1 The greatest rock show of all time was cut short by producers, with ads playing […]

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Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s birthday is coming up soon, so here’s something about a bunch of people that aren’t Johnny Cash. In the minds of the uninformed, Johnny Cash probably invented country music, if only because he’s the earliest country singer they can think of. Any avid country music fan will quickly list off a slew of Cash’s contemporaries that contributed equally. […]

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LLOYD KAUFMAN – the toxic director

LLOYD KAUFMAN – the toxic director

[youtube id=”SIhxM3AufYA” width=”620″ height=”360″] RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOL. 1 directed by Lloyd Kaufman Friday, January 24, and Saturday, January 25, 9:45pm, – the director in attendance The Mayfair Theatre Legendary B-movie mogul Lloyd Kaufman is in town to whip up a frenzy over his latest slice of celluloid sleaze. In true travelling salesman fashion Lloyd presents his sales […]

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The Revue with TBWNIAS

The Revue with TBWNIAS

Meet The Band Whose Name is a Symbol; TBWNIAS for short. They listen to music as seriously as they play it, which isn’t surprising given that the band coalesced around Ottawa’s coolest record store, Birdman Sound. While they’re conscious of their place on a musical continuum that recalls all sorts of cool improvisational/psych business, TBWNIAS effortlessly bend those traditions to their […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

Vintage Vinyl – The Shakers

The Hamilton power-poppers known as The Shakers may have come and gone without leaving much of a lasting mark on rock history, but they do have one thing in common with legends like U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; they recorded at Grant Avenue Studio. Long before Daniel Lanois was a world-famous producer and artist in his own […]

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Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Folks, this is Alex Silas. He’s one of those guys who has a vision that’s a bit all over the place. He’s strongly influenced by hip hop, rock, folk, country. I haven’t seen a lot of jazz yet, but I’m sure that’s coming soon. I really dig his work because Alex finds a common space for all these sounds and […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

I had a dream recently about a video store my dad used to take me to. We’d rent a couple of VHS tapes every weekend and sometimes would watch them all, sometimes just one. I had a knack for re-watching a tape I liked a good 50 times over. It is a fond memory of mine but, realistically, is nothing […]

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