Category: Show Reviews

SXSW Recap #4

SXSW Recap #4

Here is the final recap and last round of bands witnessed during the festival. There would have been at least two more recaps if I could have helped it, but life happens and my schedule was cut short because of family obligations which for me as much as I love music, family is first. I loved gallivanting around Austin for […]

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SXSW Recap #3

SXSW Recap #3

We continue on with our SXSW shows, this time focusing on some of the great day shows. I mostly camped between Hype Hotel and the Beautiful Buzz/TBD Austin showcase which had some great under the radar talent, along with a few big time names in my book. This year I finally got to check out The Fader Fort which even […]

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SXSW Recap #2

SXSW Recap #2

Let’s not waste any time – this is a recap of the first rounds of bands I was able to catch at a few different places. First off, there was a great day showcase that kicked off the Sunday before the official festival put on by an awesome group of ladies that are behind Beats Delicious. If you are in the Austin area […]

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SXSW Festival – Recap #1

SXSW Festival – Recap #1

The SXSW Festival is a music festival that is hard to describe if you have never attended before. It is quite massive. Over 2,000 bands descend upon Austin, TX, and it is a challenge to search and find all of the unofficial parties or events that are happening and to plan the almost week long schedule. It is overwhelming at times […]

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“An Introduction of Myself to You” An Evening with Amanda Cottreau

“An Introduction of Myself to You” An Evening with Amanda Cottreau

Amanda Cottreau was the eighth to perform RedLeaf Music’s acoustic music series called Simple Sounds at A Thing For Chocolate in Ottawa. Every Thursday evening from January 22 to May 14, one local indie musician has a two hour spotlight surrounded by delicious sweet and savoury crepes and chocolate drinks. A very emotional Amanda, thankful for the chance to spend the […]

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Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

My brother first introduced me to The Box when I was still quite young. He borrowed a copy of their second album, All the Time, All the Time, All the Time, from a friend. I was quite intrigued, so much so that when they released their next album, Closer Together, in 1987, I made it one of the few albums I had […]

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Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Aqua Alta is a new band made up of Jenn Grant, Graeme Campbell (Buck 65) and Charles Austin (Superfriendz). They recently released their first album and kicked off their tour with Ottawa being the second gig of their national show. Taking place at Ottawa institution Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 5th, the show was well attended and, like me, many were […]

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Concert Revue: AllNew Live’s Folk It Friday Launch at Georgetown Pub

Concert Revue: AllNew Live’s Folk It Friday Launch at Georgetown Pub

There’s a new monthly music series in town featuring indie-folk bands such as The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band, Moonfruits and JBKD, who were the performers at the launch event last month at The Georgetown in Old Ottawa South. Old Ottawa South is a small neighbourhood that runs between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. This compact area shares a strip of […]

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Concert Revue: Screaming Females ‘Rose Mountain’ Release Show

Concert Revue: Screaming Females ‘Rose Mountain’ Release Show

Screaming Females have been one of our favorite bands to cover on The Revue, and we were stoked to be invited to their Rose Mountain record release show in Brooklyn this past weekend. It was the first of two sold-out shows at The Knitting Factory. Both had a fantastic Don Giovanni Records Showcase lineup of Vacation, Tenement, Priests, and Screaming […]

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Concert Revue: Barstool Prophets celebrate Crank

Concert Revue: Barstool Prophets celebrate Crank

I may have been late to the Barstool Prophets bandwagon in Ottawa only becoming a fan at the time of the release of Crank. In my defense, I only moved to Ottawa in 1995. However, I did love what I heard on Crank and was instantly a fan. Crank is now one of my favourite albums, so I was excited to be […]

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Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Rising Canadian talent Lowell brought her combination of performance art and music to the House of TARG on Jan 29th. She performed with the confidence of a seasoned performer in front of a sold out crowd. We even managed to meet up with her before the show for a few photos of her enjoying The House of TARG’s other speciality […]

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A Raw Sugar Experience with Jordan Thomas, Doug Wallace and Jay Carson

A Raw Sugar Experience with Jordan Thomas, Doug Wallace and Jay Carson

It’s Friday night and I did not expect to be in the center of a full house at Raw Sugar Cafe with a chilling outside temperature of -32 degrees Celcius and three guys I’ve never heard of performing acoustic folk/country sets. Raw Sugar is located in Ottawa’s Chinatown, right beside the Royal Arch that was built in the latter part […]

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Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

I am really more of a photographer than I am a writer. My concert reviews are usually light on words and heavy on photos, but I arrived too late to get a good spot for Jenn Grant so I just took some photos from the back of the room. Unfortunately a bit too far for the equipment I had with […]

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Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan exploded onto the scene just as I moved to Ottawa from Halifax. It’s almost like I just missed them, but thankfully they quickly became a national sensation. I clearly remember the album Twice Removed being pretty much on regular play for an entire year, I absolutely love that album and it has since achieved the accolades it deserves often […]

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Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church and the Soul Station brought their soul inspired show to Orleans last week. You may remember Jarvis Church as the lead singer of The Philosopher Kings. The current project is a beautiful tribute to soul music, mostly inspired by the legendary Sam Cooke. He played the Shenkman Arts Centre which is a beautiful little theatre in Orleans. The […]

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Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

I first heard of Kandle in 2012 when a song of hers was the free download of the week on iTunes. It led to me catching her set at Osheaga that year. She was very good but she only had an EP under her belt at that time. Fast forward two years, and a fantastic new album and she was […]

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

I first discovered Maylene and the Sons of Disaster in 2009. I used to make lists of my favourite albums of the year and their third album, logically titled “III” made my list. It was such a great rock album and caught me totally by surprised since I had never even heard of the band before. I had never had […]

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Sofar Sounds Review: Austin, TX ACL Edition-10.11.14

Sofar Sounds Review: Austin, TX ACL Edition-10.11.14

If you are not familiar, Sofar Sounds is a great way to discover new music with very good up and coming or not quite “discovered” bands. If you peruse the Sofar Sounds global you tube channel you will find the likes of Bastille, Sylvan Esso, Hozier and many other great artists that agreed to play in a secret location, most likely […]

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The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The second day of Beau’s Oktoberfest was looking like it could be a disaster, at least as far as the weather goes. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, never a good combination when there are thousands of people trouncing around a big open field. I’m sure there was heavy rain in the afternoon but I purposely timed my arrival […]

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Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Ottawa and surrounds is blessed with a lot of music festivals, and I go to almost all of them. Usually my festival season ends with the Folk Festival in September but I have been hearing great things about Beau’s Oktoberfest for the past couple years. Last year’s lineup looked great, but the day I wanted to go sold out before […]

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