Category: Gigs

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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Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Ottawa and surrounds is blessed with a lot of music festivals, and I go to almost all of them. Usually my festival season ends with the Folk Festival in September but I have been hearing great things about Beau’s Oktoberfest for the past couple years. Last year’s lineup looked great, but the day I wanted to go sold out before […]

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Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

The Neat Cafe is a venue I have lots of good things about but for some reason I had not yet gone to a show there. For some reason it felt like it was far away but yet I frequently go to Wakefield for shows and I have even drive to Montreal for shows so really it was a pretty weak […]

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Gig Pick: Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers Sunday October 5

Gig Pick: Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers Sunday October 5

Spectrasonic and punkottawa.com Present Larry and His Flask, Good For Grapes and Steamers on Sunday, October 5 at 8:30pm at Mavericks (221 Rideau Street). Admission is $12 advance + service charge. Tickets are available at tickets available at Vertigo Records and Spectrasonic.  RSVP to this event at www.facebook.com/events/327478704073345. Larry and His Flask Musical anthropologists interested in the study of just how fast a band […]

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Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow Album Release Party October 4 @ Black Sheep

Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow Album Release Party October 4 @ Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn Hosts Gold & Marrow’s Album Release Party with special guest The Visit on Saturday, October 4 at The Black Sheep Inn (753 ch Riverside, Wakefield, Quebec) at 8:30pm. Admission is $10. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.theblacksheepinn.com. RSVP to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/1485613605027864. Order a digital copy of Forever at www.goldandmarrow.com/store. Gold & Marrow Gold […]

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The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen were one of my favourite bands in the 90s. Near the peak of their fame, I saw them perform at Barrymore’s when it still hosted live music. It was so long ago a new young band called Weeping Tile opened for them. Weeping Tile of course was Sarah Harmer‘s band before she went solo. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg band […]

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You Had Me at Joss Stone

You Had Me at Joss Stone

When the Ottawa Folk Festival announced their line-up and I saw Joss Stone‘s name, my tickets were sold. I have been a huge fan of hers since her first album. For awhile, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to see her. In the fall of 2012, I made the drive to Montreal to see her, and […]

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Concert Pick: O-Town Hoedown Concert Tour 2014

Concert Pick: O-Town Hoedown Concert Tour 2014

The O-Town Hoedown‘s 8th Annual Concert Series was formed in 2007 by Ottawa songwriter, musician and radio personality Lefty McRightly. The music festival starts on September 24th and runs until October 5th at various music venues throughout Ottawa. RSVP to Facebook event pages here: www.facebook.com/otownhoedown/events Incorporating music from a cross-section of country-related genres including alt-country, honky tonk, bluegrass, rockabilly, roots rock and […]

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Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen is the son of a famous artist from Montreal. He likes to joke about that in his act. I will not ruin his joke in case you have not seen him live yet. It has been said that children of famous entertainers may have some doors opened for them, but they still have to have the talent to […]

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Gig Pick: Danielle Allard & Friends September 22 @ Lowertown Brewery

Gig Pick: Danielle Allard & Friends September 22 @ Lowertown Brewery

Stella Luna Gelator Cafe Hosts Danielle Allard and Friends on September 22, September 29 and October 6 at the Lowertown Brewery (75 York Street) at 9:00pm. RSVP to the Facebook event page here: www.facebook.com/events/766893816687959 Danielle Allard Danielle Allard is an award-winning vocalist from Ottawa, Canada. A graduate of the Canterbury music program with a specialization in vocal performance, Danielle has been singing publically […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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Gig Pick: Kris and Dee with Special Guest Megan Hamilton – Saturday, September 20 @ Raw Sugar

Gig Pick: Kris and Dee with Special Guest Megan Hamilton – Saturday, September 20 @ Raw Sugar

Raw Sugar Cafe Hosts Kris and Dee with special guest Megan Hamilton on Saturday, September 20 at 8pm at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset Street West). Admission is $10 at the door.   Kris and Dee Kris and Dee are Kingston, Ontario folk-pop duo Kris Abbott (The Pursuit of Happiness) and Dee McNeil (The Strap-Ons) Intimate. With a contemporary take on a […]

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NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle is a band I discovered when I won a CD from a radio station several years ago. The CD was XOK and I had never heard of the band, but loved the CD at first listen. I noticed that they played the Black Sheep Inn on a fairly regular basis and eventually I was able to sync up to […]

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