Category: Festivals

Q&A with the charismatic Danielle Caruana aka Mama Kin

Q&A with the charismatic Danielle Caruana aka Mama Kin

In 2011, Danielle Caruana – a.k.a. the woman behind Australian band Mama Kin – graced the Ottawa Bluesfest for the first time. It was an early afternoon time slot, and the sun was blazing down on her and and her band. It was one of those rare scorching days, but Mama Kin was unfazed. Caruana and her band seemed to be at home, […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 8th Gig Pick: Tycho

RBC Bluesfest July 8th Gig Pick: Tycho

So the Ottawa Bluesfest – excuse me – the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest kicks off today. If you’re looking for a variety of music that has come to characterize the annual ten-day festival, well, tonight isn’t that night. Instead, Bluesfest kicks off with an EDM and hip hop showcase as the “Full Flex Express” arrives. Organized by EDM megastars Skrillex and […]

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Let it fall, let it go: Into Failure’s dark heart

Let it fall, let it go: Into Failure’s dark heart

Article written by Steven Fouchard (retired) Failure’s The Heart is a Monster ends with “Segue 9”, the last of six sound pieces interspersed throughout. It takes you into an oppressively industrial (post-apocalyptic?), dank space. It’s almost unbearably nightmarish. Until the beat kicks in. It would be foolish to try and reduce this album, and this band, down to any one thing […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers The Jivewires Jazz July 17 @ 6:00pm – Calridge Homes Stage The Lucas Haneman Express Blues, Jazz July 14 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage The Reverb Syndicate Surf Rock July 11 @ 3:15pm – Canadian Stage The Superlative […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Saint Clare Rock, Pop, Psychedelic July 9 @ 6:00pm – Claridge Homes Stage Silvergun and Spleen Alternative Rock July 12 @ 3:00pm – Canadian Stage Slimmoore and TheNewSoulProject Soul July 10 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage Tara Holloway […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (7)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (7)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Ray Harris and The BSOBs Alt-Country, Americana, Folk July 19 @ 8:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Renee Landry Pop, Jazz, Blues July 19 @ 630pm – Barney Danson Stage Riishi Von Rex Rock, Blues, Folk July 18 @ 4:00pm […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (6)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (6)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Musk Ox Progressive Chamber Folk July 18 @ 5:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Myers Brothers Band Blues, Americana July 18 @ 3:00pm – Myers Brothers Band New Swears July 14 @ 6:00pm – Canadian Stage Ornaments Rock July 16 […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (5)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (5)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers HILOTRONS July 16 @ 8:15pm – Canadian Stage Joe Gaspar Band July 12 @ 3:30pm – Monster Energy Stage Kaleigh Watts July 10 @ 6:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions July 9 @ 6:00pm […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (4)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (4)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Moroccan Sun July 18 @ 3:30pm – Bell Stage Flight Distance July 15 @ 8:15pm – Monster Energy Stage G. Grand July 11 @ 4:00pm – Claridge Homes Stage Gold and Marrow www.goldandmarrow.com Folk, Pop July 14 @ 7:15pm […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (3)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (3)

With so many great Ottawa local perfomers, who are you most excited to see? Share your picks in the comments below! Local Performers Drew Nelson www.drewnelson.ca Blues, Rock, Alt Contemporary July 17 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage Eddie Quotez www.eddiequotez.com Rhythm and Poetry July 11 @ 3:00pm – Bell Stage Ella Berman July 19 @ 5:00pm – Barney FET.NAT […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (2)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (2)

We’re continuing our list of local Ottawa performers with BONE, Bosveld, Brandon Allan, Brea Lawrenson Band and Buck N’ Nice. Check back daily to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Complete list of all performers can be found at www.ottawabluesfest.ca/lineup/ or by date at www.ottawabluesfest.ca/lineup/by-date/ www.ottawabluesfest.ca Local Performers BONE July 12 @ 9:30pm – […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers

Bluesfest is just two weeks away and there are a ton of great performers such as Nas, Simple Plan and The Tragically Hip as well as 49 local acts such as Gold and Marrow, Hilotrons and The Revue’s very own Kristine St-Pierre. In support of Ottawa’s summer music festival we will posting information about the local musicians that will be […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (10)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (10)

Here’s the last list of local performers at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for gig picks, photos and interviews with Ben and Darren! Local Performers The Yips Rock July 17 @ 6:00pm – Canadian Stage AIR LOOM by THE YIPS Thrifty Kids. Pop July 9 @ 6:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Winchester Warm Folk July 15 @ 6:00pm – Barney […]

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SXSW Recap #4

SXSW Recap #4

Here is the final recap and last round of bands witnessed during the festival. There would have been at least two more recaps if I could have helped it, but life happens and my schedule was cut short because of family obligations which for me as much as I love music, family is first. I loved gallivanting around Austin for […]

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Memories of SXSW – Artist Edition (Part II)

Memories of SXSW – Artist Edition (Part II)

Yesterday, eight artists shared their favorite memories of SXSW, reflecting on everything from movie stars Bill Murray to Elijah, eating at notable eateries like Torchy’s Tacos, searching for an iconic record store in the rain, creating souvenirs to hand out to the audience, and seeing some top-notch acts like The Zombies, Angel Olsen, and The Damned. Today, seven more artists […]

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SXSW Recap #3

SXSW Recap #3

We continue on with our SXSW shows, this time focusing on some of the great day shows. I mostly camped between Hype Hotel and the Beautiful Buzz/TBD Austin showcase which had some great under the radar talent, along with a few big time names in my book. This year I finally got to check out The Fader Fort which even […]

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SXSW Recap #2

SXSW Recap #2

Let’s not waste any time – this is a recap of the first rounds of bands I was able to catch at a few different places. First off, there was a great day showcase that kicked off the Sunday before the official festival put on by an awesome group of ladies that are behind Beats Delicious. If you are in the Austin area […]

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Memories of SXSW – Artist Edition (Part I)

Memories of SXSW – Artist Edition (Part I)

While Wendy is recounting her experiences at SXSW, like at Hype Hotel and then checking out some cool bands, we’ve also asked some artists and bands who were at SXSW to share with us their most memorable moments, experiences, interactions, what have you. We’ll be doing this again tomorrow, so keep an eye out. As always, this is in random, […]

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SXSW Festival – Recap #1

SXSW Festival – Recap #1

The SXSW Festival is a music festival that is hard to describe if you have never attended before. It is quite massive. Over 2,000 bands descend upon Austin, TX, and it is a challenge to search and find all of the unofficial parties or events that are happening and to plan the almost week long schedule. It is overwhelming at times […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/20

SXSW Picks – 3/20

We are nearing the end of the festival. We are choosing our picks for today Friday – 3/20 although the festival continues through the weekend. The schedules for Sat/Sun can be found here. By far the best part of today are the day shows – it’s very possible the majority of the best names played last night (Friday also seems […]

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