Category: Ottawa Revue

THE LOW WAY

THE LOW WAY

Alcan Highway (Finland) directed by Aleksi Salmenpera Saturday, November 23, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Hese is a man on a mission. A “restore and frankenstein a skeleton of a truck into a mobile home and drive it from its Alaskan junkyard down to Vancouver Island” kind of crazy mission. Why anyone would want […]

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The Revue with Ian Tamblyn

The Revue with Ian Tamblyn

With all due respect to the other guests we’ve had on our first season of The Revue, this interview with Ian Tamblyn ranks as one of my favourites. I’ve long been a fan of his music and songwriting, and I’ve long respected him for being such a unique personality. He’s a traveller, a tour guide, a man of the world, […]

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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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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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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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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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Open your eyes to Blinker the Star

Open your eyes to Blinker the Star

While it undoubtedly comes across loud and clear in this episode, allow me to offer full disclosure: I am a huge fan of Jordon Zadorozny. His first record as Blinker the Star set the bar high for so-called low-fi music. Those songs are heavy, ethereal, melancholic; brash and youthful, showing a nascent pop genius. The music business, at this point […]

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Gig: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Gig: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Our pals at Zaphod Beeblebrox are welcoming UK band Elephant 12 to the stage this Thursday along with Ottawa’s own Sons of Pluto. Sons of Pluto formed in 2010 to play a series of shows around the University of Ottawa, adding two new members in 2011 and 2013 to further enrich their sound. Their musical influences are so wide-ranging that […]

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Gig pick: The Famines w/ Average Times & Finderskeepers @ Pressed, October 23rd

Gig pick: The Famines w/ Average Times & Finderskeepers @ Pressed, October 23rd

Wednesdays are usually pretty boring but this week the great Ottawa Explosion is putting on a super cool show at Pressed featuring the Famines, Average Times, and Finderskeepers. It’s going to kick your hump day right in the rump. Or the hump, I guess. Sorry. All of these bands rock and I saw Average Times play back in August and […]

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The Revue with Ana Miura

The Revue with Ana Miura

I’ve long been a fan of Ana Miura, and for about a hundred reasons. She’s an incredible guitar player and has one of those voices that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like poetry. Of course, she’s also the founder of Babes4Breasts (who have their annual concert coming up on October 24 2013). That particular project earned her […]

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Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

This is my pick for the week. Go check out Pony Girl if you like to have your senses overwhelmed, and to question what you know about pop music. In pedestrian terms, they’re “arty”. In musical terms, they’re astonishing.

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The Revue with Gerry Griffin

The Revue with Gerry Griffin

Gerry Griffin (to quote myself) has the kind of life story that would keep many Hollywood screenwriters quite busy for a long time. He has been playing in bands around Ottawa since the mid-1960s, and in that time has watched the scene change, moving from trend to trend. He hasn’t change much, really. He’s a bluesman, through and through. In […]

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Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

In keeping with our Shannon theme (from our fine first episode of The Revue), here’s her balloon-filled video for Wild Wind.

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The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

So, here’s how things went down. I contacted Shannon to say “we’ve got this idea…we’re interviewing local bands at Zaphod’s, and filming it and doing live performances and stuff. You interested?” I was delighted that Shannon wrote back and said “Yes!”. She and Steve Matylewicz (guitar, husband) didn’t really know what we were doing, but they came out to the club […]

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