Category: Festivals

Alvvays

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part II

Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make […]

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Limp Bizkit

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part II

Day 1 featured most of the bands I highlighted in my preview, so I entered Day 2 with room to be surprised, and I am pleased to report that was very much the case. The day started with one of the remaining bands from my preview, Corrosion of Conformity. The veterans rockers gave us an excellent set of rock showing us […]

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Twisted Sister

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part I

I had the great pleasure of attending this year’s Amnesia Rockfest. It was the 11th edition of the festival that focuses on heavy metal and punk rock. This festival transforms the small getaway destination of Montebello, Quebec into a rock n’ roll party lasting the entire weekend. There were so many great bands playing that I cannot write about all […]

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July Talk

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part I

Since 1994, Ottawa has annually been hosting the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. It has grown to be the largest of its kind in North America, and raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. As part of the festivities, the event hosts on the grounds of Mooney’s Bay Park free concerts […]

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Dragonette

Glowfair 2016 – Day 2

Friday night was a great start to Glowfair. With several bands I love on Saturday’s night bill, I knew the evening would be special. Rising talent Gang Signs kicked things off, and they sure didn’t disappoint. They played a number of tracks from their well-received album Geist. Check it out if you aren’t familiar with it. Follow Gang Signs at: Website | […]

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Keys N Krates

GlowFair 2016 – Day 1

On June 17-18, Glowfair took over ten city blocks along Ottawa’s Bank Street, turning it into one huge street party. The festival welcomed all sorts of artists and the downtown become a beautiful celebration of Music, Light and Art. The weather this year was absolutely perfect, and Glowfair turned into a wonderful kick off to the summer season (even if […]

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Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Montebello is mostly known as a summer getaway destination for those living in Ottawa and Montreal as well as for its world-famous Chateau Montebello, the largest log structure ever built. Once a year, however, this sleepy town of 1039 permanent residents hosts Canada’s largest rock festival and the entire community is taken over by tens of thousands of fans and […]

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Brian Wilson

Northside Music Day 4 Recap and Review

Over the last three days, we have recapped each day of Northside Music. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and today we cover the fourth and final day of this year’s festival. The fourth day was headlined by the legendary Brian Wilson on the main stage, with openers Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend, and Madrid’s Hinds. Much […]

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Kacey Musgraves

Northside Music Day 3 Recap and Review

Over the last two days we covered the first two days of Northside Music, the music portion of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. On this day, there were tons of bands to see, from Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst, PWR BTTM, Grouper, and many, many others. It was another fun day of great music, despite the difficult choices. If you missed the last […]

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Northside Music Day 2 Recap and Review

Yesterday, we covered Northside Festival’s first day of music. Today I take a look at Day two, which again was full of incredible, varied acts including Grandmaster Flash, The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Colleen Green, M.A.K.U. Soundystem, and No One and the Somebodies among many, many others. Again, difficult choices had […]

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Wolf Parade

Northside Festival Day 1 Recap & Review

This past weekend, Brooklyn’s Northside Festival’s music portion was in full swing. From Thursday to Sunday, some of the best acts in music played in various venues throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick.  The festival as a whole is way more than just music, we caught a keynote from Samsung about Virtual Reality, describing their plans to get the technology into the […]

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Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

It’s summer and that means it’s prime music festival season. From Bonnaroo to Governors Ball to Firefly, they all seem to blend together. One of the best alternatives out there is the independently run Northside Festival in Brooklyn. It’s a week-long festival, beyond music, featuring content and innovation programming as well. The festival gets its name from where it is held, […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Summary

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Summary

Over the past week, we shared the stories of artists who attended SXSW last month. Fifty-three (53) musicians and bands told us about late nights, encountering the characters of Austin, broken vans, last-minute gigs, illnesses, Bill Murray, thunderstorms, sneaking into gigs, finding solace away from the chaos, attending frat parties that are just out of a movie, and, of course, […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Podcasters Edition

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Podcasters Edition

For the last five days, we shared artists’ Memories of SXSW. Today, we have the Podcasters’ Edition, where we get insights of the business side and how those in the media experience the Mecca of music. Some of the stories aren’t too different from the escapades of the artists, showing that no one is immune to the entices of Austin. […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 10

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 10

We’ve reached the end of our the Artist portion of the Memories of SXSW ’16. Over fifty artists have shared with their fondest memories of THE indie music festival on the planet. Here are the final five, where we follow the exploits of an under-21 band, a couple making their SXSW debuts, and the realization that a band has “made […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 9

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 9

The Memories of SXSW ’16 continue to flood in, and we have six more for your reading pleasure. Each story reveals the magic that exists in Austin for five days, where the unexpected happens. It’s a display rarely seen in this world – that so many different people can come together and celebrate one common thing – a love for […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 8

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 8

Part 8 of The Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition series actually has an underlying moral – even the smallest events and moments that at the time may seem frustrating can be memorable. Enjoy the moment because you may never get another chance, and the five artists featured today are living by this mantra. And so are the other […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 7

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 7

We have ten more stories to share with you today. Four of the five share common themes – music, food, beer, and the people of Austin – while the fifth from an Austin resident sheds light on what SXSW is slowly becoming. They’re all interested reads, as are Parts One, Two, Three, Four,  Five, and Six. The Dirty Nil (Canada) […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 6

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 6

In this edition of the Memories of SXSW ’16, we have our first Bill Murray sighting, the movie-like escapades of a young band, some Panda-headed men, a “life-and-death” situation, and a band who found a little solace with friends. This might be the wildest of collection of memories of the bunch. And in case you missed them, find Parts One, […]

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Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 5

Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition Part 5

We hit the halfway mark of the Memories of SXSW ’16 – Artist Edition series. Five more indie acts, five more great stories. Read everything from adrenaline rushes to an impromptu gig by one of indie folk-rock’s great artists to a band’s inaugural show to meeting Randy Jackson to missing drumsticks to playing in a sex shop. And don’t forget […]

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