Category: Gigs

Black Mountain storms in to Wellington’s Bodega

Black Mountain storms in to Wellington’s Bodega

“Take some tape to re-affix your face afterwards!”, wrote my friend and The Revue colleague Hollie Daugherty to me. It was important advice, as I was leaving to see Black Mountain‘s first appearance in Wellington, New Zealand. After traveling across the Pacific and playing in Auckland the night before, the Vancouver-based, psychedelic prog-rockers could have mailed it in, and no […]

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Operators

Arboretum Festival 2016 in Photos

The 5th edition of Arboretum Festival ran from August 17th until August 21st. Although the Festival had numerous venues participating, all of the photos were taken in the final two evenings at the Festival Village at Ottawa City Hall. Ottawa is blessed with many music festivals throughout the summer, but ArboretumFest has quickly carved out a niche for themselves by […]

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A Night with Wellington Gems: Pales, Paperghost, and night pilot

A Night with Wellington Gems: Pales, Paperghost, and night pilot

While people are familiar with the likes of Lorde, Flight of the Conchords, and The Naked and Famous and the fabulous label Flying Nun, the New Zealand indie music scene is flourishing. Artists such as The Phoenix Foundation, Nadia Reid, and Salad Boys are making names for themselves overseas. So who will be among the next wave of Kiwi musicians […]

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Screaming Females scorch Wellington’s Valhalla with Street Chant and Bozo

Screaming Females scorch Wellington’s Valhalla with Street Chant and Bozo

As Marissa Paternoster, Jarrett Dougherty, and King Mike walk up to the stage at Wellington’s Valhalla, they virtually go unnoticed. Or maybe it is just the politeness of Wellingtonians. Regardless, the trio take their spots and do some last minute adjustments and tuning. Not a word is said between the three, and only the chatter of the crowd can be […]

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Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

For over a decade, summer heralds the arrival of Montreal’s famed 3-day music and visual arts festival Osheaga. Now in its 11th installment, it brings music lovers from far and wide to Parc-Jean Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. Last year, over 135,000 people took part in the event. The festival includes six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Trees and Zone Picnik Electronik) […]

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Mitski Live at The Sidewinder (photo essay)

Mitski Live at The Sidewinder (photo essay)

For the past couple of months, I’ve been photographing soldout shows hosted by large venues, so I was delighted that Mitski’s show at SideWinder had a small-scaled crowd and intimate setting. The two opening acts were Jay Som, a soft spoken singer-songwriter who performed with just her electric guitar set to a clean tone and sang “cute” songs that had […]

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Alvvays

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part II

Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make […]

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Lake Street Dive Live at Stubbs

Lake Street Dive Live at Stubbs

On June 25th, Lake Street Dive played for a sold out crowd at Stubbs amphitheater. It was a hot night in Texas but the heat in no way falter the band’s entire 22 song set list. Most of the songs performed are off the band’s most recent album Side Pony. The band, however, played two covers (“Lola” by the Kinks and “Bohemian […]

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Limp Bizkit

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part II

Day 1 featured most of the bands I highlighted in my preview, so I entered Day 2 with room to be surprised, and I am pleased to report that was very much the case. The day started with one of the remaining bands from my preview, Corrosion of Conformity. The veterans rockers gave us an excellent set of rock showing us […]

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Helado Negro

Other Music Forever

It’s rarely fun to say goodbye, especially to one of the most beloved New York City record stores. Other Music was a treasure, a beautiful place of music discovery and truly an influential place in the New York music scene. Last week was the final week of operations for the legendary store, and this past Tuesday was a farewell party […]

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Twisted Sister

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part I

I had the great pleasure of attending this year’s Amnesia Rockfest. It was the 11th edition of the festival that focuses on heavy metal and punk rock. This festival transforms the small getaway destination of Montebello, Quebec into a rock n’ roll party lasting the entire weekend. There were so many great bands playing that I cannot write about all […]

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July Talk

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part I

Since 1994, Ottawa has annually been hosting the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. It has grown to be the largest of its kind in North America, and raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. As part of the festivities, the event hosts on the grounds of Mooney’s Bay Park free concerts […]

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Old Crow Medicine Show Live at Stubbs (photo essay)

Old Crow Medicine Show Live at Stubbs (photo essay)

I’ve been a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show since the early aughts but never saw them in concert until last Friday. Oh boy did I get my fix. The band performed about 20 songs for a sold-out crowd at Stubbs. Their music can range from being driven by fast-picking banjos to a dragging, drunken, swaying waltz. Old Crow Medicine […]

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Dragonette

Glowfair 2016 – Day 2

Friday night was a great start to Glowfair. With several bands I love on Saturday’s night bill, I knew the evening would be special. Rising talent Gang Signs kicked things off, and they sure didn’t disappoint. They played a number of tracks from their well-received album Geist. Check it out if you aren’t familiar with it. Follow Gang Signs at: Website | […]

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Keys N Krates

GlowFair 2016 – Day 1

On June 17-18, Glowfair took over ten city blocks along Ottawa’s Bank Street, turning it into one huge street party. The festival welcomed all sorts of artists and the downtown become a beautiful celebration of Music, Light and Art. The weather this year was absolutely perfect, and Glowfair turned into a wonderful kick off to the summer season (even if […]

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Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Montebello is mostly known as a summer getaway destination for those living in Ottawa and Montreal as well as for its world-famous Chateau Montebello, the largest log structure ever built. Once a year, however, this sleepy town of 1039 permanent residents hosts Canada’s largest rock festival and the entire community is taken over by tens of thousands of fans and […]

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Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

I first saw Adam Baldwin perform as a solo artist in the Fall of 2013, opening for and then playing with Matt Mays at the Wakefield institution, Blacksheep Inn. Now several years since, I was pleased as punch to see he made his way back here on June 16th with a new album in hand. Though officially available as of June 24th, fans were […]

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The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

Vancouver rock duo The Pack A.D. is one of those bands you must see live! Although certainly their recordings are excellent, it is the energy and power of their live performances that will convert new fans. Similar to The Black Keys, they manage to create a sonic offering that is hard to imagine coming from just two people. Their reputation […]

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Northcote

Josiah, Jordan Klassen and Northcote: hat trick at House of Targ (photo essay)

If I had to pick a random day of the week to peg as being a highlight, more often than not it would reflect the weekend. When pondering the week past, that would have been wrong. For it was not a Friday or a Saturday, but a Tuesday that would hold that memory. On June 7th, House of Targ hosted […]

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Brian Wilson

Northside Music Day 4 Recap and Review

Over the last three days, we have recapped each day of Northside Music. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and today we cover the fourth and final day of this year’s festival. The fourth day was headlined by the legendary Brian Wilson on the main stage, with openers Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend, and Madrid’s Hinds. Much […]

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