Category: Festivals

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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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

Two more days left, and there’s a 6-pack of local performers to check out. As usual, they are listed in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list of Ottawa artists here. 1:30 Sound of Lions have the privilege of opening the final Saturday of Bluesfest. Their trip-hop/pop sound is riveting, and […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

It’s the last weekend of Bluesfest, and Mark Monahan and friends have put together a stellar lineup to get the weekend off to a rollicking start. July Talk – 9:30 on the River Stage The RBC Bluesfest has a long history of bringing in some of the emerging Canadian indie bands just as they are about to hit their peaks, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

Just two Ottawa-area performers on the slate for Bluesfest today. It’s an interesting pairing as one is a veteran singer-songwriter who has been recognized among the best in the region and Canada and the other is a young singer-songwriter who is well on her way to becoming a star. Both perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Today, the pick-3 focuses on three bands that have earlier time slots – none are headlining any of the stages. So get to the festival grounds early (and you’ll want to get there early) to hear some fantastic music Royal Canoe – 8:15 on the River Stage Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe is difficult to describe. They’re not exactly a rock band, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

Only four days left of Bluesfest including today, so take every advantage you can to catch some great acts. Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today. They all perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. Firebelly isn’t just another blue-jazz-soul band – they’re an […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 9 – Phantogram, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Bombino

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 9 – Phantogram, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Bombino

In the ongoing goal to promote indie and global music, here are three more to see on this great night. We only list three here, but you may also wish to check out Royal Canoe (6:00 in the Barney Danson Theatre) and The Districts (7:00 on the Black Sheep Stage). More on these two great, young bands tomorrow (both have […]

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