Category: Gigs

A Raw Sugar Experience with Jordan Thomas, Doug Wallace and Jay Carson

A Raw Sugar Experience with Jordan Thomas, Doug Wallace and Jay Carson

It’s Friday night and I did not expect to be in the center of a full house at Raw Sugar Cafe with a chilling outside temperature of -32 degrees Celcius and three guys I’ve never heard of performing acoustic folk/country sets. Raw Sugar is located in Ottawa’s Chinatown, right beside the Royal Arch that was built in the latter part […]

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Gig Pick: Onionface, Tindervox. Sans Foulard @ Avant Garde Sat Jan 24

Gig Pick: Onionface, Tindervox. Sans Foulard @ Avant Garde Sat Jan 24

Tindervox will be at Avante Garde this Saturday with Onionface and Sans Foulard! Doors open at 8:30pm, $5 cover. RSVP to the Facebook Event. Demos by Onionface SILENCE -EP- by Sans Foulard Tindervox is one of my favorite newly discovered bands of 2014. They describe themselves as a love child between the Pixies and Arcade Fire. Born in 2011, Tindervox […]

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Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow @ Black Sheep, Fri Jan 16

Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow @ Black Sheep, Fri Jan 16

The Black Sheep Inn hosts: Gold & Marrow with John Jacob Magistery from Montreal on Friday, January 16. Show starts at 8:30pm, admission is $10. RSVP to the Facebook Event Gold & Marrow “…an Ottawa-based indie pop band that revels in the darkness and light that are integral to the human experience.” – Where.ca John Jacob Magistery  

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Gig Pick: Showcase Mondays @ Zaphod Beeblebrox

Gig Pick: Showcase Mondays @ Zaphod Beeblebrox

Zaphod Beeblebrox presents Showcase Mondays hosted by Eric St-Cyr of Archy and Mehitabel. This is a FREE show. Yes, I said free. There are so many great people in this city who are volunteering their time and offering free events so that everyone can enjoy what Ottawa has to offer. “We are pleased to re-launch this great event and continue to be […]

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Gig Pick: Please Spring! with The Visit and Musk Ox

Gig Pick: Please Spring! with The Visit and Musk Ox

Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) hosts: Please Spring! with guests The Visit and Musk Ox on Friday, January 9. Show starts at 8:00pm, admission is $10. Please Spring! is from Berlin, Paris and are currently doing their Canadian Tour making a stop in our great city! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Ottawa’s The Visit numerous times and can bet you’ll be amazed […]

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Gig Pick: The Ven Dreddies, Dirty Sheep, Animal Confession @ House of TARG, Thu Jan 8

Gig Pick: The Ven Dreddies, Dirty Sheep, Animal Confession @ House of TARG, Thu Jan 8

House of TARG hosts: The Ven Dreddies with Animal Confession and Dirty Sheep on Thursday, January 8. Show starts at 9pm, admission is $5. RSVP to the Facebook Event The Ven Dreddies  Animal Confession Dirty Sheep

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Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

I am really more of a photographer than I am a writer. My concert reviews are usually light on words and heavy on photos, but I arrived too late to get a good spot for Jenn Grant so I just took some photos from the back of the room. Unfortunately a bit too far for the equipment I had with […]

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Gig Pick: Craig Cardiff @ Black Sheep Inn Saturday December 6 & 7,

Gig Pick: Craig Cardiff @ Black Sheep Inn Saturday December 6 & 7,

The Black Sheep Inn hosts: Folk artist Craig Cardiff with special guest Ken Yates on Saturday, December 6 at 8pm and Sunday December 7 at 4pm. Doors open a half hour prior to show times. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets go to: http://www.agentless.ca/craigcardiff?dGlja2V0cz0yNDk1. RSVP to the Facebook Events: December 6 – https://www.facebook.com/events/674813932599626/ December 7 – https://www.facebook.com/events/791328324232851/ […]

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Gig Pick: Dear Blackwolf, Brandon Allan, Cougars in America @ Lunenburg December 6

Gig Pick: Dear Blackwolf, Brandon Allan, Cougars in America @ Lunenburg December 6

Dear Blackwolf from Toronto and Cougars in America from Brussels join Ottawa’s own Brandon Allan & The Bad Decisions at Lunenburg Pub & Bar on Saturday, December 6. Doors open at 9pm, cover is $5. RSVP to the Facebook Event Brandon Allan & The Bad Decisions a and b by Brandon Allan Dear Blackwolf Safe At Home by Dear Blackwolf […]

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Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan exploded onto the scene just as I moved to Ottawa from Halifax. It’s almost like I just missed them, but thankfully they quickly became a national sensation. I clearly remember the album Twice Removed being pretty much on regular play for an entire year, I absolutely love that album and it has since achieved the accolades it deserves often […]

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Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church and the Soul Station brought their soul inspired show to Orleans last week. You may remember Jarvis Church as the lead singer of The Philosopher Kings. The current project is a beautiful tribute to soul music, mostly inspired by the legendary Sam Cooke. He played the Shenkman Arts Centre which is a beautiful little theatre in Orleans. The […]

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Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

I first heard of Kandle in 2012 when a song of hers was the free download of the week on iTunes. It led to me catching her set at Osheaga that year. She was very good but she only had an EP under her belt at that time. Fast forward two years, and a fantastic new album and she was […]

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

I first discovered Maylene and the Sons of Disaster in 2009. I used to make lists of my favourite albums of the year and their third album, logically titled “III” made my list. It was such a great rock album and caught me totally by surprised since I had never even heard of the band before. I had never had […]

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Gig Pick: Claude Munson @ Raw Sugar Cafe November 7

Gig Pick: Claude Munson @ Raw Sugar Cafe November 7

Before Claude Munson departs to Europe for a few months he’s making one last stop at Raw Sugar Cafe this Friday night. Along with Justice R.F. and Brandon Wint, Claude promises an unforgettable night! Show starts at 9pm, doors open at 8pm. Although there is no cover charge for this event, donations are greatly appreciated. RSVP to the Facebook Event […]

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Jeff Tweedy

Mundo Musique: 3 Nights of Wilco

There’s always that one band that I love that I always seem to miss whenever they come around. For example, before this year, the only time I ever saw St. Vincent was in Tennessee, five years ago.  My attempts to see Wilco over the year have been a series strange stories. I’ve always managed to show up late, or miss […]

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Gig Pick: Halloween Party @ Rainbow w/ Bearshark, The Wicked Mercy, Cody Allen, Miss Polygamy and Sick Sick Sicks Oct 31

Gig Pick: Halloween Party @ Rainbow w/ Bearshark, The Wicked Mercy, Cody Allen, Miss Polygamy and Sick Sick Sicks Oct 31

Miss Polygamy, The Wicked Mercy, Cody Allen and Sick Sick Sicks Halloween Party at the Rainbow (76 Murray Street) on Friday, October 31st at 9pm. Admission is $10 at the door, $7 if you wear a costume — It’s Halloween after all! RSVP to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/246946035491460/ Miss Polygamy Dirty indie rock with a textured folky elegance. […]

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Sofar Sounds Review: Austin, TX ACL Edition-10.11.14

Sofar Sounds Review: Austin, TX ACL Edition-10.11.14

If you are not familiar, Sofar Sounds is a great way to discover new music with very good up and coming or not quite “discovered” bands. If you peruse the Sofar Sounds global you tube channel you will find the likes of Bastille, Sylvan Esso, Hozier and many other great artists that agreed to play in a secret location, most likely […]

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Gig Pick: Saturnfly Album Release Party @ Gallery Recording Studio October 18

Gig Pick: Saturnfly Album Release Party @ Gallery Recording Studio October 18

The Gallery Recording Studio Hosts Saturnfly is celebrating their Sci-fi Album Debut, Cyborg’s Lament, with special performances by author and radio host Dorianne Emmerton and drone artist Shane Whitbread on Saturday, October 18 at 7:30pm sharp at Gallery Recording Studio (2 Monk Street). Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance only by contacting Saturnfly at saturnflymusic@gmail.com with your name and […]

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The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The second day of Beau’s Oktoberfest was looking like it could be a disaster, at least as far as the weather goes. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, never a good combination when there are thousands of people trouncing around a big open field. I’m sure there was heavy rain in the afternoon but I purposely timed my arrival […]

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Gig Pick: Cooper MacLaren CD Release October 11 @ Atomic Rooster

Gig Pick: Cooper MacLaren CD Release October 11 @ Atomic Rooster

Cooper MacLaren is celebrating their CD Release this Thanksgiving weekend. On Saturday, October 11, 2014 head down to The Atomic Rooster (303 Bank Street) for a FREE concert of old and brand new music from the band. RSVP to the Facebook Event Facebook – facebook.com/coopermaclarenmusic Twitter – twitter.com/CooperMacLaren

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