Category: Gigs

Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is a small venue and it’s layout encourages what is usually a very intimate show between performer and audience. It almost feels like they are performing in your living room. Sean McCann‘s performance was no exception and in fact was even more so. Sean McCann has been very open about some of the problems he has been […]

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Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is probably my favourite venue for seeing live music in the Ottawa area, even if it is technically not only not in Ottawa nor even in Ontario. There is something very special about this venue, and it brings me back time and time again. The Black Sheep typically hosts singer-songwriters, and there is a great intimacy […]

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Swervedriver Let the Notes Hang

Swervedriver Let the Notes Hang

Article written by Steven Fouchard (retired) The current line-up. Longtime bassist Steve George (second from left) is sitting out the Canadian tour. “It’s all kind of unresolved. Things always are, really.” That’s Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin, sounding contemplative over the phone from his New York City home base. It’s a few weeks before the start of the band’s Canadian tour, […]

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Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

You need to really bring it for the Tuesday night crowd. They’re hard core! Danko Jones returned to the Capital Tuesday night, and he brought the rock to Mavericks. He always brings the rock! When you go to a Danko Jones concert, there are no surprises – you’re going to get a solid Rock and Roll performance with the and […]

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Gig Pick: Cody Allen CD Release Party w/ Miss Polygamy @ Irene’s Pub May 2nd

Gig Pick: Cody Allen CD Release Party w/ Miss Polygamy @ Irene’s Pub May 2nd

Cody Allen is releasing a brand new album ‘Ignite’ at Irene’s Pub on Saturday, May 2nd at Irene’s Pub at 9pm, $10 cover. Buy Tickets RSVP to the Facebook Event Cody Allen Cody Allen brings together a refreshing sound that is bold, vulnerable, mysterious, and intimidating at a moment’s notice – and sometimes all of those things at once. Their style […]

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Gig Pick: Gold and Marrow w/ The Oxford Wild

Gig Pick: Gold and Marrow w/ The Oxford Wild

Gold & Marrow will be at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W) this Saturday, April 11 with Toronto’s The Oxford Wild. Doors open at 8pm, Admission $10. RSVP to the Facebook Event Gold & Marrow Gold and Marrow are a Canadian indie folk duo made up of singer Shannon Rose, and guitarist Steven James. Their music reveals a love of […]

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The Dirty Sheep Homecoming with Parker Estabrooks @ Irene’s Pub

The Dirty Sheep Homecoming with Parker Estabrooks @ Irene’s Pub

The Dirty Sheep will be at Irene’s Pub on Saturday, April 4 with Parker Estabrooks. Doors open at 9pm, $6 admission. RSVP to the Facebook Event. The Dirty Sheep Listen to The Dirty Sheep on CBC Radio 3: music.cbc.ca/artists/The-Dirty-Sheep Website: www.dirtysheep.com Facebook: @dirtysheep Twitter: @otownsheep Parker Estabrooks      

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Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

You know how when you live in a city you often don’t visit the tourist destinations because well, you could always go tomorrow? Sometimes a local artist is like that. Lynn Miles plays the Ottawa area several times a year, so I’ve fallen into the trap of just thinking I’ll see her the next time. I must admit, I didn’t really […]

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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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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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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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Gig Pick: Rock On Spring with Doldrum Music Festival March 27 & 28

Gig Pick: Rock On Spring with Doldrum Music Festival March 27 & 28

The 2015 Doldrum Music Festival is here! Two nights, two venues and eight Ottawa musicians. Sounds like a great way to beat away winter! Line-up Day 1 – Friday, March 27 at 8pm @ Pressed $8 adv. / $10 at the door Winchester Warm Tindervox Black Dogs Quarter Life Crisis by Black Dogs Riishi Von Rex RSVP to the Facebook […]

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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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SXSW Picks – 3/19

SXSW Picks – 3/19

We are nearing the tail end of the week for the SXSW Festival. The music continues through the weekend and we will highlight two of our favorite day shows today along with some suggestions for the evening. We have seen some great music the past few days and we can’t wait to share a nice recap with you all next […]

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SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

Today is where the daytime shows start becoming very competitive and overwhelming. We are highlighting only a few – it is very hard to decide where you want to spend most of your day. We are sharing 3 of our favorite day showcases that are definitely worth checking out and quite a few bands in the evenings, as the quality […]

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“An Introduction of Myself to You” An Evening with Amanda Cottreau

“An Introduction of Myself to You” An Evening with Amanda Cottreau

Amanda Cottreau was the eighth to perform RedLeaf Music’s acoustic music series called Simple Sounds at A Thing For Chocolate in Ottawa. Every Thursday evening from January 22 to May 14, one local indie musician has a two hour spotlight surrounded by delicious sweet and savoury crepes and chocolate drinks. A very emotional Amanda, thankful for the chance to spend the […]

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Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

My brother first introduced me to The Box when I was still quite young. He borrowed a copy of their second album, All the Time, All the Time, All the Time, from a friend. I was quite intrigued, so much so that when they released their next album, Closer Together, in 1987, I made it one of the few albums I had […]

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SXSW Picks – Tuesday 3/17

SXSW Picks – Tuesday 3/17

We shared our top-20 SXSW picks two weeks ago, which is definitely a hard task with how many great bands are in Austin this week. Today, we look at some bands to see as well as some very awesome day and night showcases that you do not want to miss. We decided on a few choice bands in the evening to […]

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Gig Pick:  FOLK IT ALL: Ottawa’s Heaviest Folk, Country and Celtic Music Festival

Gig Pick: FOLK IT ALL: Ottawa’s Heaviest Folk, Country and Celtic Music Festival

Folk It All is a brand new festival of the loudest and proudest independent folk, county and Celtic artists in Ottawa. The event takes place at The Rainbow (76 Murray Street) on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are available at Compact Music Inc. (206 Bank St), Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank St), Antique Skate Shop (9 Florence Ave) or online at www.universe.com/folkitall. Get […]

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