Category: Gigs

Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

There are so many great acts at a festival like Ottawa Bluesfest that it is inevitable that you will miss some good ones. Last year, one of those acts for me was Pokey LaFarge. There was a buzz amongst the Bluesfest faithful about this man after his show, but it was too late for me. The project of Andrew Heissler […]

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Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

On Saturday the Dragon Boat Festival had another solid line-up of artists lined up for their concert series.  The Acorn, Jeremy Fisher, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Unfortunately due to other personal commitments I was only able to make it to Jeremy Fisher. I have seen Jeremy Fisher live many times before but I try to go […]

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Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

On the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival there was another solid line-up of musical talent slated. It started with Kalle Mattson who I unfortunately personally missed because I could not get to the site on time. I did manage to catch the following two acts. The Franklin Electric have been on my radar since Osheaga announced their line-up earlier this year. When […]

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Photo Essay: Day 1 – Dragon Boat 2015 begins with a roar

Photo Essay: Day 1 – Dragon Boat 2015 begins with a roar

Strictly speaking the Dragon Boat Festival is not a music festival. It is a not for profit event that raises money for charities and their primary activity is of course the dragon boat races as their namesake would suggest. The festival is much more than just those races though, there are all sorts of great activities that take place and one […]

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Photo Essay: GlowFair lights up downtown

Photo Essay: GlowFair lights up downtown

I found my original plans for the weekend dashed but it didn’t take long for me to find alternative plans. Late in the week I had heard about some great acts that were playing GlowFair and I decided to go check some of them out on Saturday. The first act I made it to was The Peptides. If you have not […]

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American Wrestlers jam in Ben’s Basement

American Wrestlers jam in Ben’s Basement

There’s no question that life is full of surprises. On most occasions, they are things that occur unexpectedly and unplanned. Sometimes, they are organized events that catch the unsuspecting birthday girl, soon-to-be fiancée, or anniversary couple off guard. Then there are those moments where it requires taking a chance and luck – and a lot of it. For Gary McClure […]

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Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

My summers are filled with live music and a big part of that are festivals. One of the first festivals of the season in Ottawa is Westfest, which is a great festival in the community of Westboro that has much more than music to offer but I mainly go for the music. Not only does WestFest get interesting acts each year, […]

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Show Revue: The Who Hits 50! At Barclays Center

Show Revue: The Who Hits 50! At Barclays Center

If you asked me who the most influential bands of my life were, The Who would be at the top of that list.  I never really identified with Led Zeppelin’s music or was a Deadhead, but from a young age, I loved the music of The Who.  Since I’m a bit younger than the old school Who fans, I’ve only […]

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Purple Reign: Prince’s dazzling and imaginative performance

Purple Reign: Prince’s dazzling and imaginative performance

I still remember my first Prince concert. Even though I had been a fan since a kid, it wasn’t until 2002 when I got my first taste of Prince’s live performance. He was touring around the continent as part of his One Night Alone… Tour, backed by a reincarnation of the New Power Generation that included the ultra-talented trumpet player […]

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Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Without a doubt the best way to spend Monday night in Montreal was in the company of Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb. Playing the Divan Orange for the second time in two years, Lady Lamb’s audience keeps growing and she picks up new admirers with every passing show. Following a memorable opening performance by New York’s Rathborne (their first tour […]

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Kristine St-Pierre Celebrates the end of this year’s Simple Sounds Series

Kristine St-Pierre Celebrates the end of this year’s Simple Sounds Series

Our very own Kristine St-Pierre will be at A Thing For Chocolate tomorrow evening. Hosted by RedLeaf Music, Simple Sounds is a series that presents some of Ottawa’s finest folk musicians. Tomorrow concludes this year’s series with Kristine, who will be performing from 7pm to 9pm. RSVP to the Facebook Event Connect to Kristine St-Pierre: www.kristinestpierre.com | facebook.com/kspmusic | twitter.com/kristinestp | instagram.com/kristinestp

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Gig Pick Ottawa: Destroy Clocks REANIMALIZE CD Release

Gig Pick Ottawa: Destroy Clocks REANIMALIZE CD Release

Destroy Clocks will be dropping their brand new CD, REANIMALIZE, on Friday, May 8th at Avant Garde Bar (135 1/2 Besserer Street) with The Haig, Young Offenders and Blue Hills. Doors open at 8pm, $5 cover. RSVP to the Facebook Event Destroy Clocks “Destroy Clocks are a hypnotic and exciting trio based out of Ottawa, Ontario. Drawing from shoegaze, jazz […]

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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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