Category: Gigs

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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Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

I discovered Serena Ryder soon after her release of If Your Memory Serves You Well. My full blown live music addiction didn’t start until 2009 or so which also coincided with her break for a few years. I did manage to catch her opening for Melissa Etheridge and her performance at the 2011 Folkfest. By the time her next album came […]

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Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

On September 11th, the Ottawa Folk Festival hosted one of the hottest names in music right now, Lorde. This talented young artist from New Zealand is not even 18 years old, yet she has topped the pop charts in several countries and has a massively successful album. Popularity does not always equal quality but in the case of Lorde I think […]

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Gig Pick: Friends of Community Radio Launch Party Thursday September 18

Gig Pick: Friends of Community Radio Launch Party Thursday September 18

Pressed Present The National Campus and Community Radio Association charity event on Thursday, September 18 at 8pm at Pressed located at 750 Gladstone Avenue. Pay what you can at the door, $5 – $10 suggested price. Show your support and RSVP to this great charity event at www.facebook.com/events/658864787543922.   Tindervox Tindervox is a 4 piece Ottawa based band. The heart of […]

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Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

I am a concert addict. I have been averaging around 130 live performances a year once you factor in all the concerts and festivals I go to. Sometimes it surprises me how many bands I see for the first time each year but I am usually at least familiar with their music before seeing them. This year on Thursday night […]

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Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Last night kicked off the 20th Annual Ottawa Folk Festival, which acts as a sort of closing ceremony for the outdoor festival circuit in this area. It’s the last chance to see a great selection of musical talent in a short period of time. As has been typical lately, the festival opened with limited performances, not making use of all […]

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Arboretum Schedule is Out

Arboretum Schedule is Out

Ottawa’s best-kept music festival secret, Arborteum, released its schedule today. The week-long event starts on Monday, August 18 and features great artists like Ought, Chad VanGaalen, PS I Love You, WTCHS and many more, plus local acts such as Pony Girl, Her Habour, and The Fiftymen. You can check out the schedule by clicking the link.

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Gig Pick: Hydrothermal Vents with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel at House of Targ – Friday, July 25

Gig Pick: Hydrothermal Vents with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel at House of Targ – Friday, July 25

House of Targ presents Montreal’s THE HYDROTHERMAL VENTS with Jesse Dangerously and Grinkel on Friday, July 25th at 10pm, doors open at 9pm. $5.00 cover. House of Targ is located at 1077 Bank Street, Ottawa. The Hydrothermal Vents are a pop-rock-punk-dance duo from Montreal. The duo which consists of John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman are influenced by bands such as The Pixies, Talking […]

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Avant-Garde’s 10 Year Anniversary Party: July 11

Avant-Garde’s 10 Year Anniversary Party: July 11

Avant-Garde Bar is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with The Cowards, Tindervox and The Ven Dreddies with FREE ADMISSION on Friday, July 11. Show starts at 9:00pm. Line Up: THE COWARDS Website – reverbnation.com/cowardsmusic Facebook – TheCowards Twitter – The_Cowards TINDERVOX Website – tindervox.com Facebook – Tindervox Twitter – Tindervox THE VEN DREDDIES https://soundcloud.com/thevendreddies/tvd-doctrine Website – thevendreddies.com Facebook – thevendreddies Twitter – thevendreddies Avant-Garde Bar […]

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No King for Countrymen, The Stringers, City Limits at Pressed June 27

No King for Countrymen, The Stringers, City Limits at Pressed June 27

The Indie Scene and Pressed present an all ages event at Pressed featuring No King for Countrymen, The Stringers and City Limits. Admission is $5 and runs from 8pm to 11pm. No King For Countrymen is an alt-punk-pop band from Stoney Creek, Ontario. They are actively touring Canada and parts of the U.S. making a stop in our great city. Their newest album Sick […]

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Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

On Sunday night, three fantastic, young punk bands will be melting the faces of audience members. Swearin’ returns to Ottawa for the second time in 3 months, having played at Luneta Cafe back in March. Comprising of front-woman Allison Crutchfield, guitarist Kyle Gilbride, bassist Keith Spencer, and drummer Jeff Bolt, these indie punk rockers from Brooklyn are shredding up guitarists […]

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Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Pressed located at 750 Gladstone Avenue will be hosting three indie rock bands that will get you moving on the dance floor! Nature OF (Edmonton), Miss Polygamy (Ottawa) and Das Blankout (Montreal) will be performing on Friday, June 20th. Tickets are $8.00 at the door. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUKhnQcZdME

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Hintonburg Happening Festival of Art, Music and Fashion June 21- 29

Hintonburg Happening Festival of Art, Music and Fashion June 21- 29

The Hintonburg Happening is a nine-day festival of art, music, fashion and food all within the Hintonburg neighborhood. The festival kicks off at the Somerset Square located at 2 Spadina Ave on June 21st from 1-8 pm {FREE or BY DONATION} Local performances, art, poetry food and drinks. June 21 1-2:30 pm – Watercolour Demonstration on how to paint dynamic flowers […]

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UnChained Preview: Amnesia Rockfest

UnChained Preview: Amnesia Rockfest

The Little Festival That Could: Rock lives on in Montebello Good old fashioned rock is becoming a dinosaur on the festival circuit. In an industry dominated by folk rock, indie, EDM and other genres, the days of big guitar riffs, live heavy drums and overpowering vocals seem to be a fading memory. Thankfully, for those of us that need to […]

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