Category: Gig Picks

The Loft Board Game Lounge – Grand Opening, Thursday, May 22

The Loft Board Game Lounge – Grand Opening, Thursday, May 22

The Loft located at 14 Waller Street is a lounge with a library of over 700 board games to play. For a $5 ‘Stay-and-Play’ charge, you will be able to choose from a variety of different board games with staff on hand to help you with playing instructions or game recommendations. During the grand opening on Thursday, May 22nd, all proceeds […]

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Farewell Davidson & Andrew Cassara close the Tulip Festival on May 18, 2014

Farewell Davidson & Andrew Cassara close the Tulip Festival on May 18, 2014

This years Canadian Tulip Festival comes to an end on Monday, May 19. Each May for the past 61 years Ottawa celebrates the symbolic tulip with stunning tulip displays and entertainment for all ages. One of my favorite parts of the Tulip Festival is Capital Sounds, a series of free shows performed by local and touring artists. Farewell Davidson will […]

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Capital Revue Westfest: A Tribe Called Red Perform on June 15, 2014

Capital Revue Westfest: A Tribe Called Red Perform on June 15, 2014

I had only just heard about this band a few weeks ago and with over 43 thousand Facebook likes I decided to give this unique sound some extra attention. A Tribe Called Red mixes traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. ATCR brings the aboriginal culture to those who have not been exposed to it with their colorful performances and club […]

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Gig Picks: Six Nights with Singer-Songwriter Marta Pacek

Gig Picks: Six Nights with Singer-Songwriter Marta Pacek

If you have yet to make your plans for the long weekend, let me offer a suggestion – go see Marta Pacek. Pacek – the Polish-born, Australian resident who lives part of the year in Canada – will be spending the next week in the National Capital Region, performing six shows over nine nights before heading to Montreal, Hamilton, and […]

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Gig Pick: Souljazz Orchestra @ Blacksheep Inn on May 10

Gig Pick: Souljazz Orchestra @ Blacksheep Inn on May 10

Ottawa’s finest purveyors of afrobeat rhythms, cosmic jazz modes and soulful thump: $12, a steal at twice that price.

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Gig Pick: Secret Broadcast and FEVERS on May 9 @ Zaphod’s

Gig Pick: Secret Broadcast and FEVERS on May 9 @ Zaphod’s

It’s my birthday, so go see these two bands and you can buy me a soda pop. All the info is here on the Facebook Event page. Watch Secret Broadcast kill Nirvana’s Breed: Watch FEVERS get groovy (which is the only thing they know how to do):

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Gig Pick: Ninety Pounds of Ugly & Muffler Crunch and Ginger St. James, May 2 @ The Rainbow

Gig Pick: Ninety Pounds of Ugly & Muffler Crunch and Ginger St. James, May 2 @ The Rainbow

It’s tonight! Check out the details here. Check out Ninety Pounds on The Revue: Check out Muffler Crunch on Couch Assassins: And of course, check out Ginger St. James:

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Gig Pick: Orienteers and Tilda on May 3 @ Irene’s

Gig Pick: Orienteers and Tilda on May 3 @ Irene’s

All details here! Watch Orienteers on our Revue super show: Listen to Tilda and their slow country groove:

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Gig Pick: MANPOWER (with Flying Fortress and The Unknown Wrestler) on May 3 @ Zaphod’s

Gig Pick: MANPOWER (with Flying Fortress and The Unknown Wrestler) on May 3 @ Zaphod’s

Get your metal on this Saturday night. (Details here)

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Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Tonight you can see three of Ottawa’s best instrumental bands putting Ottawa’s newest live venue through it’s paces. While each band is instrumental, each band has their own specific take on the genre. From the teen trash style of Dead Wrestler to the surf-go-go of The Reverb Syndicate and the stoner riff-wizardry of Monobrow, there is enough there to keep everyone’s […]

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Gig Pick: Slo Tom and Lynn Jackson @ The Manx on Sunday April 20

Gig Pick: Slo Tom and Lynn Jackson @ The Manx on Sunday April 20

You love Tom. You love Lynn. Show them the love on Sunday night. For details, click here! To hear some of Lynn’s beautiful country sounds, check out http://www.lynnjackson.net/ And to hear some of Tom’s (less beautiful, but still awesome) country mania, check out http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SloTomandtheHandsomeDevils    

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Gig Pick: Laurent Bourque @ BlackSheep Inn on April 5

Gig Pick: Laurent Bourque @ BlackSheep Inn on April 5

Get yourself over to the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night to check out Laurent Bourque as he celebrates the release of his brand-new record, Pieces of Your Past. Laurent has a wonderfully whispery vocal style, and composes some beautiful songs. Here’s a sample from the new record: The album features some beautiful production, rich strings and instrumentation. It’s bold, […]

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Mundo Musique: The Head and the Heart Coming to the Bronson Centre – Thursday, March 27

Mundo Musique: The Head and the Heart Coming to the Bronson Centre – Thursday, March 27

 THE HEAD AND THE HEART For Those Who Like: Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show For the past decade, the popularity of Americana and indie folk has exploded. With the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Lumineers, mainstream radio stations are increasingly playing music that once was restricted to small bars and clubs […]

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Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

I first heard Skydiggers when I was in high school, which seems like a long time ago. In fact, it was a long time ago. 25 years to be exact. The band has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with 4 (that’s right, 4) releases including their latest holiday-themed EP, Angels. It’s a beautiful album, with somewhat melancholy takes […]

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Gig Pick: Rock for Seth @ Greenfield’s on Friday November 22

Gig Pick: Rock for Seth @ Greenfield’s on Friday November 22

Music and art, in most cases, is about community. The artists work together, inspire each other, and they can do great things. In this case, we’ve got some local acts gathering at Greenfield’s in Barrhaven to remember Crystal Szybowski (nee Turner). She was 34 years old when she died from cancer in August 2013. She left behind her young son, […]

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Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Yes, I know. Paul Langlois is the headliner of this show, and he gets top billing. We even gave away some tickets to the gig (you’re welcome!). But today, we get to tell you about Pete Murray, one of the openers on this Canadian tour that is arriving at Zaphod’s on November 21. Pete is a huge success in his […]

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Random Orbit Records and Pressed present: Tilda with special guests The Flats play Pressed on October 26th . Its been a long time coming for these two local bands to come together and share a stage again. Tilda’s Michael Peterson left The Flats to re-unite Tilda and record his recient release Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. The Album was recorded at […]

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Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Thought Beneath Film are the next big thing out of Hamilton. They’re pop, they’re punk, and they’re kinda in your face. They borrow a lot from their pop-punk peers (Blink 182, Green Day, etc), but they have a very classy Knack-style sheen and (frankly) some really great vocals. Here’s their latest single Cartographers. Now, if that wasn’t enough coolness for […]

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Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

This is my pick for the week. Go check out Pony Girl if you like to have your senses overwhelmed, and to question what you know about pop music. In pedestrian terms, they’re “arty”. In musical terms, they’re astonishing.

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