Category: Festivals

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

“OH HELL YES” – My first reaction when I hit play on their self-titled LP Fiftymen. This Ottawa five-piece band play some badass hardcore country music.  The first track, “Wedding Band” is a bluesy, gritty, swingin’ track that’s just freakin’ awesome.  It’s followed up by some great country ballads, “Laureen” and “Don’t Cry” before we get back to pure rockin’ […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

Farewell Davidson could be one of the big surprises of Bluesfest 2014. With a melodic but rocky sound reminiscent of Kings of Leon or Sloan and well written, relatable lyrics, Farewell Davidson are a throwback to the kind of folky alternative music that was made popular in the 1990’s and, still, holds favor today. Live, Farewell Davidson are a fun […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

We’ve covered nearly the waterfront of music genres on the RBC Bluesfest Revue, and today we feature a blues-roots band that has only been around for two years, yet has played in some pretty impressive festivals. Cold Capital is a blues-roots band that was formed in “rural hills of Ontario”. Combining the sounds of former Canadian blues-roots-rock stalwarts Staggered Crossing, The […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton has been everywhere, man. She’s been everywhere. She’s played in punk bands in Japan, she’s played across Canada with her electric guitar, screeching harmonica, and powerful voice. This young woman plays traditional blues, in a new and adventurous way. She’s going to rip up the stage at the Barney Danson Theatre on Saturday July 12 @ 5:15 pm. […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Boyhood

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Boyhood

Ottawa’s Caylie Runciman, also known as Boyhood plays some awesome, experimental rock and roll and pop music.  They have an LP, I’m Hungry, which has a bit of a psychedelic garage feel to it, with a little bit of shoegaze goodness thrown in. They’ve also released a self-titled EP that is a little more lo-fi and experimental.  They also have recently released […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

RBC Bluesfest Revue: BlakDenim

There’s something to be said for artists who take something that’s been done and turn it on its head. BlakDenim, a hip hop band out of Ottawa, is the perfect example of this. While maintaining the tight lyricism and sharp wordplay of many traditional rappers, BlakDenim ups the ante with a vast sound and an orchestra’s worth of instruments (including […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

Bella Cat arguably has the most enthralling, soulful voice in the area. Belting lyrics reminiscent of the great soul-blues singers of the past, the young woman from Old Chelsea, Quebec – which is about 15-minutes north of Ottawa – released a terrific debut EP this year entitled, Corrupted, which was reviewed earlier this year. While the blues, soul, and jazz […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

Average Times…why is it only now that I’ve heard of you guys? Not since The Polymorphines have I immediately felt my punk rock muscles ache listening to a local rawk act like this. Listening to their self-titled (and brilliantly cover-photo’d) album is a pleasure. Musically inspired by equal parts Buzzcocks and Ramones, with vocals akin to Bad Cop (with the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Atherton

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Atherton

ATHERTON Hip hop artist Devin Atherton goes by his last name Atherton. The Ottawa based artist released his third album, No Threat in 2012. His previous releases were collaborations with other artists.  His lyrics are surreal but sobering at time, and his flow is great.  The music is catchy, and the production is top notch. His live shows are described […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

There’s an old saying that goes, “Age is nothing but a number”. Angelique Francis, with her booming and majestic voice that begets images of a classic 1970s soul singer, is proof of that. She first performed at Bluesfest in 2011 and has performed, among other places, at Canada Day festivities, the Super Ex, and the Canadian War Museum. Oh, and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

Like with anything in life, the more time you invest into something, the better you become at it and the more you are able to master your craft. Such is the case with Amos the Transparent, the brainchild of Jonathan Chandler and one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands. In the eight years since the band was formed, Amos the Transparent […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

Our first featured artist for the RBC Bluesfest Revue series is local legend, Amanda Rheaume. Few artists are as passionate, articulate, and dedicated to their craft as Amanda. Her 2013 album, Keep a Fire, was not only spellbinding in its songcraft, it was critically acclaimed and nominated for  Juno Award. Of Métis heritage, Amanda’s most recent album was full of wonderful […]

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Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

The Ottawa Folkfest this morning released the lineup to its 21st edition of the annual festival, and the lineup is fantastic. There’s something for everyone at the five-day festival, which runs from September 10-14 at Hog’s Back Park in the middle of Ottawa. The headliners – Lorde, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Foster the People, and The Gaslight Anthem – […]

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