Category: Show Reviews

Matt Mays

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto (Part 2 of 3)

Though Canadian Music Week festival has drawn to a close, you’re likely still remembering fondly some fabulous nights with some fantastic bands. The massive event, held in over 60 venues and featuring approximately 1000 artists, really hit the music loving spot. Get a glimpse of some of the showcases held mid-festival in our Part 2 of Canadian Music Week in […]

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Lost Cousins

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto for the week (Part 1 of 3)

Toronto’s massive Canadian Music Week festival has wrapped up for another year and if you took in all it had to offer, you’re likely still catching up on your sleep. With over 60 venues and approximately 1000 artists, choices for how to spend an evening were almost endless. Our Part I of Canadian Music Week is a photographic revisiting of […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

London was the place to be on Thursday night as Desperate Journalist headlined at a busy Scala. The night started with a selection from the London band’s new album, Grow Up, such as the brilliantly Gothic “Hollow” and latest single “Be Kind”. Singer Jo Bevan spend the night tangling herself up in her microphone lead, and you could see that […]

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JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

  Saturday night in Ottawa during JUNOFest meant there were eighteen shows to choose from, though unfortunately mostly running concurrently. It was a tough choice, but with two JUNO nominees, an intriguing new band I really wanted to see, and a local favourite all on the same bill, I chose the show at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The show opened with local artist […]

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JUNOFest: The Strumbellas give back to the kids (photo essay)

JUNOFest: The Strumbellas give back to the kids (photo essay)

The Strumbellas have been enjoying a lot of success lately, and all well deserved. In 2016, they made appearances at some of North America’s premier festivals. I saw them at both Osheaga and the Newport Folk Festival. Each time I’ve seen them live, they seem to perform with more confidence, and based on the strength of their latest album, Hope, they […]

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French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

A lot has changed since French for Rabbits first formed in 2012. At the time, Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald were two friends living in the cozy, seaside town of Waikuku Beach on New Zealand’s South Island and writing whispery, wind-swept dream-folk and dream-pop. After the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Spirits, the duo saw their popularity heighten […]

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Whitehorse w/ Tanya Tagaq

JUNOFest: Outlaws & Gunslingers create a fantastic night of music (photo essay)

The JUNO Awards descended upon Ottawa this past weekend, and the city was a flurry of activity. For the live music lover, there was an abundance of events to attend. On Friday night alone, JUNOFest had eighteen shows to choose from spanning a wide variety of genres showcasing a plethora of Canadian talent. After some serious thought, I decided on the […]

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ELBRÅNO live at The Horn

ELBRÅNO Rock Out The Horn, UK (photo essay)

ELBRÅNO completely rocked out The Horn in St Albans last Wednesday with their take on Groove Metal. ELBRÅNO’s bio makes a really interesting read. Alex, the lead singer, is from Norway and was influenced by Hard Rock and Blues. Marios, from Greece, is the bassist who brings on the element of Stoner Rock. Bruno has been a drummer in Death […]

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Against Me!

Against Me! rock the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

A couple years ago, the Bronson Centre was renovated, removing many rows of seats to make room for a “standing” area in front of the stage. This is exactly the kind of show this change was made for, as one does not go see Against Me! and sit through the performance. Sure enough, when the band hit the stage and […]

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She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

I’m not lying when I say I’ve fallen in love a little with She Drew The Gun, the Liverpool-based indie-rock band who are among the UK’s fastest-rising bands. Earlier in the week, they were in Austin at SXSW, showcasing their talents to new fans. They returned to the UK in time to kick off their mini-tour in support of their […]

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Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good‘s 28-date cross-Canada Beautiful Midnight Revisited tour stopped in Ottawa on March 16th for a show in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre. The tour was announced with the release of the  I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited EP, a new twist on a handful of the songs from the 1999 Juno winning album. Accompanied by Blake […]

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The Staves

The Staves Impress at the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Last summer before heading to the Newport Folk Festival, I did some research of bands I was unfamiliar with so I would be sure not to miss any unknown-to-me gems. The Staves were one of the bands I had identified during my homework, and I was rewarded with a wonderful live performance. When I heard they were playing Zaphod Beeblebrox, I […]

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Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

Reflecting with Lydia Cole (interview and concert photography)

As she was about to start the fourth song of her final New Zealand date, Lydia Cole spoke of a young woman – a long-time fan from Gisborne who had planned to attend the show. A family accident, however, prevented her from coming, and Cole dedicated “Time Is A Healer” to her, singing it with the grace and power of a person […]

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Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor debuted her two-month North American tour at Metropolis as part of Montréal en Lumière, the city’s annual Winter Festival. In 2016, she released her 7th album, Remember Us To Life, and its tracks were featured almost in their entirety during her performance. Song from her deep discography, such as “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” from […]

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Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Citizen Of Glass by Agnes Obel On a chilly first Friday of March, a very expectant audience filled the theatre-style seating of the Bronson Centre. The stage was softly stroked by red light as Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel appeared to greet the crowd. A trio of adept musicians all clothed in white, her moon cult, accompanied her with cello, clarinet, and […]

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Bella Cat

Riishi Von Rex, Bella Cat and Nile Groove join forces at House of Targ (photo essay)

Last week, three of Ottawa’s favourite bands joined together to deliver a fantastic evening of musical entertainment at House of Targ. Riishi Von Rex started the night off right with some no-nonsense rock. This band made an impression during our initial encounter at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2015. Like several years ago, they delivered a solid set and they are well worth checking out […]

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The Ramblin' Valley Band

The Ramblin’ Valley Band rumble on Elgin Street (photo essay)

Farm Days by The Ramblin’ Valley BandThis past weekend, The Ramblin’ Valley Band was joined by Canadian champion fiddler Louis Schryer and together filled Live! on Elgin with a full evening of entertainment. The band played three sets, comfortably performing various genres, including country, folk, blues and rock, all the while alternating lead vocal duties between Matt, Trev, and Joe. They […]

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An evening with Kane Strang, Fazerdaze, and girlboss (photo essay)

An evening with Kane Strang, Fazerdaze, and girlboss (photo essay)

On Saturday night at one of Wellington’s newest venues, Caroline, which is known for its Tetris-patterned lights, hosted a bill featuring three of New Zealand’s fastest rising artists. And none of them were the same, displaying the depth of talent in this small country of roughly four million people. Opening the gig was Wellington’s own girlboss, project of former Wet […]

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Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Austin, Texas was in for a treat when Sara Watkins and her band took stage this past Thursday night at Antone’s. The concert was intimate with an active crowd containing longtime Nickel Creek fans and others who have only been exposed to Watkins solo career. As a songwriter, Watkins has evolved with every album she releases. Her debut solo album, Sara […]

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