Category: Gig Picks

Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

It’s summer and that means it’s prime music festival season. From Bonnaroo to Governors Ball to Firefly, they all seem to blend together. One of the best alternatives out there is the independently run Northside Festival in Brooklyn. It’s a week-long festival, beyond music, featuring content and innovation programming as well. The festival gets its name from where it is held, […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/19

SXSW Picks – 3/19

Today we have Saturday band picks for SXSW. We hope the weather stays nice today and we have no more cancellations from bad weather like we did last night. So far it looks like no rain, but it’s definitely windy and calls for a jacket. We haven’t seen high in the 60s here in a month or so. Let’s get […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/18

SXSW Picks – 3/18

It’s Friday. We have today and tomorrow left with tons of music and bands still to see. It might possibly rain today so bring a raincoat or umbrella if you are going to be at any of the outside shows, and also keep watch on twitter handles and Facebook pages in case anything has to be canceled. DAY SHOW Almost […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/15

SXSW Picks – 3/15

It’s back! Another year of the massive music festival that is South By Southwest. South By for locals. Many locals do their best to avoid the craziness during SXSW, but of course being a music lover it is amazing to know that thousands of bands will be descending upon Austin for almost an entire week. It is always mind blowing […]

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ACL Festival 2015 – Bands You Need To Know

ACL Festival 2015 – Bands You Need To Know

Festival band pick lists are never easy. This list could quickly include 50 bands as there are that many great bands that will be playing at ACL this weekend. Since we will be providing a daily schedule starting tomorrow, this post is just a quick highlight of some of the bands you are probably not familiar with that are worth […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

The first two days of the Newport Folk Festival have been wonderful. It’s the most memorable NFF that I’ve attended. Roger Waters supported by My Morning Jacket, G.E. Smith, and Lucius plus appearances by Amy Helm and Sara Watkins made for a special Day 1. Yesterday’s surprises weren’t as dramatic, although to see Gillian Welsh join The Decemberists along with […]

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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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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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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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Gig Pick: Rock On Spring with Doldrum Music Festival March 27 & 28

Gig Pick: Rock On Spring with Doldrum Music Festival March 27 & 28

The 2015 Doldrum Music Festival is here! Two nights, two venues and eight Ottawa musicians. Sounds like a great way to beat away winter! Line-up Day 1 – Friday, March 27 at 8pm @ Pressed $8 adv. / $10 at the door Winchester Warm Tindervox Black Dogs Quarter Life Crisis by Black Dogs Riishi Von Rex RSVP to the Facebook […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/20

SXSW Picks – 3/20

We are nearing the end of the festival. We are choosing our picks for today Friday – 3/20 although the festival continues through the weekend. The schedules for Sat/Sun can be found here. By far the best part of today are the day shows – it’s very possible the majority of the best names played last night (Friday also seems […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/19

SXSW Picks – 3/19

We are nearing the tail end of the week for the SXSW Festival. The music continues through the weekend and we will highlight two of our favorite day shows today along with some suggestions for the evening. We have seen some great music the past few days and we can’t wait to share a nice recap with you all next […]

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SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

SXSW Picks – Wednesday 3/18

Today is where the daytime shows start becoming very competitive and overwhelming. We are highlighting only a few – it is very hard to decide where you want to spend most of your day. We are sharing 3 of our favorite day showcases that are definitely worth checking out and quite a few bands in the evenings, as the quality […]

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SXSW Picks – Tuesday 3/17

SXSW Picks – Tuesday 3/17

We shared our top-20 SXSW picks two weeks ago, which is definitely a hard task with how many great bands are in Austin this week. Today, we look at some bands to see as well as some very awesome day and night showcases that you do not want to miss. We decided on a few choice bands in the evening to […]

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Gig Pick:  FOLK IT ALL: Ottawa’s Heaviest Folk, Country and Celtic Music Festival

Gig Pick: FOLK IT ALL: Ottawa’s Heaviest Folk, Country and Celtic Music Festival

Folk It All is a brand new festival of the loudest and proudest independent folk, county and Celtic artists in Ottawa. The event takes place at The Rainbow (76 Murray Street) on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are available at Compact Music Inc. (206 Bank St), Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank St), Antique Skate Shop (9 Florence Ave) or online at www.universe.com/folkitall. Get […]

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Gig Pick: Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen @ Mavericks Mar 14

Gig Pick: Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen @ Mavericks Mar 14

Toronto Roots Folk band Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen are making their way to Otown on Saturday, March 14 with their newest album, Huron. Opening the night are Alex R Newman and Silvercreek. Doors open at 9pm, $8 admission. RSVP to the Facebook Event Community EP by Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen Princes and Kings by Silver Creek  

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Aqua Alta – “Dreamsphere”

Aqua Alta – “Dreamsphere”

This album is the product of a unique collaboration between some of the East Coast’s finest talents. The voice is Jenn Grant (Juno-nominee and keeper of one of Canada’s finest voices) along with producers Charles Austin (Super Friendz, Al Tuck, Buck 65) and Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Jerry Granelli). Even as a side project, it comes off really well. The […]

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