Category: Festivals

Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

There is an increasing number of musicians and bands who are bucking the trend of being categorized under a single genre. They’re moving seamlessly between pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, synth-pop, dream-pop, electronica, folk, and you name it. Some have done it with varying degrees of success while others are still trying to find that sweet spot. For Winnipeg’s Royal […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

Peter D. Harper is an Australian-American singer-songwriter who specializes in blues and roots music. Actually, Peter was born in England before moving to Australia as a young child and now he calls Detroit home. Together with his band Midwest Kind, Harper makes foot-stomping, hand-clapping music. Harper, by the way, doesn’t just sing, but he’s an accomplished didgeridoo and harmonica player. […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

In our continuing series of interviews and other events with artists at this summer Ottawa Bluesfest, we (which includes the gents at Tacklebox Productions and me) had an opportunity to sit down and hang out with Deltron 3030 before their set. What’s not shown in the video is that after the interview, Del hung out with the gang from BlakDenim […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – “What’s His Name” with Mac DeMarco

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – “What’s His Name” with Mac DeMarco

During the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, we walked around with Canadian indie star Mac DeMarco, asking people if they knew his given first name. We even gave hints in our Pick-4 for that day’s Bluesfest lineup. If they responded correctly, they got a hug from Mac (and those who didn’t respond correctly still got to embrace the goofball of indie rock). […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part II)

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part II)

This is Part II of a series of interviews with Ottawa-area performance that we did at this year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. In this video compilation, you’ll find: Indie band, Amos the Transparent, who are building a national following Bella Cat, a singer-songwriter with an incredible, soulful voice Indie rockers, Cold Capital Local, blues-rock icons, The Fiftymen The garage rock of […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

At this year RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, we had a chance to meet with all 32 Ottawa acts performing at the 10-day festival. Today, we present to you the first of four videos. In this video, you’ll find: Hip hop, producer, and entertainer extraordinaire Atherton Veteran blues-soul band Firebelly Singer-songwriter James Leclaire The alt-country rock of Jonathan Becker & The North […]

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NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle is a band I discovered when I won a CD from a radio station several years ago. The CD was XOK and I had never heard of the band, but loved the CD at first listen. I noticed that they played the Black Sheep Inn on a fairly regular basis and eventually I was able to sync up to […]

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Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

On September 11th, the Ottawa Folk Festival hosted one of the hottest names in music right now, Lorde. This talented young artist from New Zealand is not even 18 years old, yet she has topped the pop charts in several countries and has a massively successful album. Popularity does not always equal quality but in the case of Lorde I think […]

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Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

I am a concert addict. I have been averaging around 130 live performances a year once you factor in all the concerts and festivals I go to. Sometimes it surprises me how many bands I see for the first time each year but I am usually at least familiar with their music before seeing them. This year on Thursday night […]

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Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Last night kicked off the 20th Annual Ottawa Folk Festival, which acts as a sort of closing ceremony for the outdoor festival circuit in this area. It’s the last chance to see a great selection of musical talent in a short period of time. As has been typical lately, the festival opened with limited performances, not making use of all […]

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Mundo 5: A List Dedicated to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Newport Folkfest Coverage

Mundo 5: A List Dedicated to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Newport Folkfest Coverage

  Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Magazine listed the 15 best things they saw at Newport Folkfest, which you can find here. This was the third year Rolling Stone has been covering the landmark festival. It only took 53 years, but who’s counting? Some of the categories were, to be honest, unusual, and some of the information was incorrect (Jordan […]

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In Revue: 2014 Newport Folk Festival

In Revue: 2014 Newport Folk Festival

Fifty-five years since it started, the Newport Folk Festival has expanded in more ways than one. As for 2011 when it had a special Friday night addition with Wilco, the Festival has become a three-day event. The music is more diverse as Jay Sweet, the Festival’s producer, and his management team try to appeal to younger audiences without compromising the […]

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Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

It’s the third and final day of the Newport Folkfest. Like with yesterday, here is a quick summary of some of the acts to see and three that are given more of a marquee spot. Granted, they are all worth seeing. I probably should have written summaries for all of them. I digress.   Ages and Ages – 11:30 to […]

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Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Today’s lineup is full of conflicts. There are at least 8 artists I would like to see today, and this doesn’t include tonight’s headliner Jack White. Ah, what the heck, I’ll list all 8 recommended acts, although those with videos in their profiles could be considered my Pick-3. The Haden Triplets – 11:05 to 11:55 on the Quad Stage – […]

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Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Since 2012, my wife and I have made the annual trek to the Newport Folkfest – the historic and terrific 3-day music gathering held at Fort Adams State Park and one of the few truly green festivals around the world (it operates on solar panel, resulting in the final performance finishing at 7:30). Approximately 10,000 people from around North America […]

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In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

It’s been three days since the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest ended, and like many festival goers withdrawal is in full force. There’s a part of me that wishes the festival would be re-starting tonight, which is quite the opposite of what I was feeling on Sunday night when exhaustion had overcome me. This was my 11th Bluesfest, and every year I […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

It’s the last day with another eclectic array of music. Be sure to catch some of the aspiring young artists at the Black Sheep Stage during Be in the Band and get any last-minute t-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia at the merch tent. The Sam Roberts Band – 8:00 on the Claridge Homes Stage There was a period where Sam […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

It’s the last day, and, if you’re like us, depression might be setting in since it will be another 364 days before Bluesfest returns. But, let’s make the most of it and what a better way to start than to see some emerging, young artists perform. You can commence the day at the Black Sheep Stage to see elementary, junior […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

The folks at Bluesfest are offering a wide range of music today – hip hop, rap, blues, blues-rockk, electronic, rock, punk, you name it. With so much diversity, what do you see and where do you go? Well, hopefully we can assist you with your decisions. Thornetta Davis – 8:00 on the Black Sheep Stage Long-time and celebrated singer-songwriter, Thornetta […]

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