Category: Festivals

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

On Day 2 I did not recognize any of the artists before the Arkells so in the week before the festival I started to research the earlier acts, the one that most caught my attention was Leisure Cruise so I altered my plans to make it in for them. My research paid off as they turned out to be a great […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

The second half of day 1 kicked off for me with twenty one pilots. I admit I was not familiar with the band until seeing Osheaga‘s schedule earlier this year. I like to research as many of the bands playing as I can so that I don’t miss out on great acts. This was one of the bands I had […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

For the concert addict like myself the summer festival season is our playground. Since it is in our backyard the Ottawa Bluesfest is a no-brainer but just two hours away there is another great summer festival called Osheaga that takes place at Parc Drapeau in Montreal. I first attended this festival in 2012 and have been back every year since. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

So here it is folks, Day 11, the final day of Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue. I only caught the last three songs from the Temperance Movement but I can tell I missed something special. Anyone who did catch their entire act was talking about it for days. One of the most anticipated acts of Bluesfest, and the first to be […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Day 10 at Ottawa Bluesfest was a long and storied affair. My plan was to start the day with The Beaches. I have been following them for a few years now and had seen them last year at Osheaga. I got in early though and went to Riishi Von Rex and I’m glad I did. They were a great local band […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

I went in early for Day 8 of  Ottawa Bluesfest to see The Yips. I was first introduced to The Yips last year at the Arboretum Festival so I knew they were a a great live band and wanted to see more of them. Last year at the Ottawa Folk Festival I was caught completely off guard by a band called Dear […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 8

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 8

Day 8 of Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest names in country music, Keith Urban performing. He certainly drew one of the larger crowds of the season but personally my tastes were more aligned with Mother Mother. They seem to play Bluesfest on a fairly regular basis and I do enjoy catching them there when I can. Personally I first disovered […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 7

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 7

I started Day 7 of Ottawa Bluesfest with the Current Swell. I had seen them before, but I was surprised to find their stage performance was much stronger than the last time I had seen them, granted it has been a good number of years since I last saw them. They were a very pleasant surprise for me. I followed the Current […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Day 6 was the start of the second “half” of Ottawa Bluesfest after our one day break. There were some Southern acts that flirted with the controversy of the confederate battle flag but I missed all that because other than Future Islands I was not at either of the main stages. Future Islands have quickly gained a reputation of being an amazing […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Sunday marked Day 5 of Ottawa Bluesfest and the last day before our silent day of rest, but what a great day it turned out to be. Sadly I only caught the end of the OBGMs set because they were fantastic, I will definitely make an effort t see them the next chance I get. They were followed by an act I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off the first weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest. This year the festival started a bit later on the weekends and as a full festival pass holder I did not mind too much because I always had to be a little careful not to overdo it on the weekends. This Saturday had a lot of options available to the music lover. There […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Day 3 at Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest and most controversial acts in the world headline the festival. As you might guess, Kanye West drew a very significant crowd and it was one of the biggest I have seen in my many years attending Bluesfest. From appearances it appeared to me to be the biggest crowd since KISS performed. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Day 2 was a more typical day at Bluesfest than Day 1. There were many different genres in play for you to choose from. The main stages featured quite a bit of country, including local rising star Kira Isabella and mega-star Jason Aldean. But if country was not your thing, there were plenty of options available amongst the other stages. I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest is the biggest event in Ottawa for the music lovers of the city. It’s a 10-11 day festival that is a smorgasbord of music each and every day. There are some great acts to check out regardless of the genres of music you like. In fact, the more genres you like, the better you will be served because the festival […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

The first two days of the Newport Folk Festival have been wonderful. It’s the most memorable NFF that I’ve attended. Roger Waters supported by My Morning Jacket, G.E. Smith, and Lucius plus appearances by Amy Helm and Sara Watkins made for a special Day 1. Yesterday’s surprises weren’t as dramatic, although to see Gillian Welsh join The Decemberists along with […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 25th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 25th Guide

Some people might be a bit groggy getting up this morning after spending the evening at one of Newport’s fine eateries or watering holes or possibly at Deer Tick’s post-Newport Folk Festival shows at the Newport Blues Cafe (like us!). But with another full slate of great music starting “bright and early,” it’s time to get ready and head down […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 24th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 24th Guide

It was just on Sunday that the Ottawa Bluesfest finished, but back on the road for another festival. This will mark the 4th consecutive year that my wife and I will attend the Newport Folk Festival. No offence to the many festivals we have attended, but NFF is by far our favorite. It’s an extremely intimate festival, where roughly 10,000 […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Favourite Shows Part 2

RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Favourite Shows Part 2

The 21st edition of the RBC Bluesfest has come to a close. At eleven days, it marked the second longest in the festival’s history. We, Ben and Darren, looked back on the first 5 days last Monday. We now reflect on the shows that impressed us the most for days 6 to 11. Words are by both Ben and Darren, […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks

It’s the last day of Bluesfest. It’s probably safe to say that we’re all feeling a little relieved that this marathon of a music festival is almost over yet disappointed that we have to wait another year to be able to see some 300 acts over 10-11 days. Anyway, here’s the RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks. Today is a microcosm […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 18th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 18th Gig Picks

For those individuals who have gone to Bluesfest for all nine days so far, you might be telling yourself, “Only two more days. Only two more days.” I sure am. Yet despite the exhaustion, the anticipation of seeing performers I’ve long wanted to see and discovering an unexpected gem energizes me.Many will likely be coming to see either Deep Purple […]

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