Category: Show Reviews

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

My day 2 continued with Alvvays. I had just seen them in Ottawa a couple weeks earlier but they were excellent so I was looking forward to a repeat helping. Speaking of repeat helping, I was also up for another repeat helping of Interpol‘s solid rock. I’ve been hearing so much about Patrick Watson in my circles that I decided […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

On Day 2 I did not recognize any of the artists before the Arkells so in the week before the festival I started to research the earlier acts, the one that most caught my attention was Leisure Cruise so I altered my plans to make it in for them. My research paid off as they turned out to be a great […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

The second half of day 1 kicked off for me with twenty one pilots. I admit I was not familiar with the band until seeing Osheaga‘s schedule earlier this year. I like to research as many of the bands playing as I can so that I don’t miss out on great acts. This was one of the bands I had […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

For the concert addict like myself the summer festival season is our playground. Since it is in our backyard the Ottawa Bluesfest is a no-brainer but just two hours away there is another great summer festival called Osheaga that takes place at Parc Drapeau in Montreal. I first attended this festival in 2012 and have been back every year since. […]

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The Human Rights, Old Stereo and Riishi Von Rex at The Rainbow

The Human Rights, Old Stereo and Riishi Von Rex at The Rainbow

The night of August 7th is cooling off, but the atmosphere in The Rainbow warms, like a lazy summer night should, as people drift in, greeting friends and exchanging small talk while the final touches to the stage and sound mingle with their conversations. The mood is relaxed, laid-back, like the headline band they have come to see, The Human […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

So here it is folks, Day 11, the final day of Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue. I only caught the last three songs from the Temperance Movement but I can tell I missed something special. Anyone who did catch their entire act was talking about it for days. One of the most anticipated acts of Bluesfest, and the first to be […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Day 10 at Ottawa Bluesfest was a long and storied affair. My plan was to start the day with The Beaches. I have been following them for a few years now and had seen them last year at Osheaga. I got in early though and went to Riishi Von Rex and I’m glad I did. They were a great local band […]

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The Aristocrats Tres Caballeros Tour At The Rainbow

The Aristocrats Tres Caballeros Tour At The Rainbow

Informed mainly by word-of-mouth, instrumental rock-fusion fans lined up around the block awaiting the chance to participate in a rare event… experiencing first-hand the artistry and talents of the three premier musicians who are The Aristocrats – Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller – and their tour-mates, The Travis Larson Band, as they trek across North America on their […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

I went in early for Day 8 of  Ottawa Bluesfest to see The Yips. I was first introduced to The Yips last year at the Arboretum Festival so I knew they were a a great live band and wanted to see more of them. Last year at the Ottawa Folk Festival I was caught completely off guard by a band called Dear […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 8

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 8

Day 8 of Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest names in country music, Keith Urban performing. He certainly drew one of the larger crowds of the season but personally my tastes were more aligned with Mother Mother. They seem to play Bluesfest on a fairly regular basis and I do enjoy catching them there when I can. Personally I first disovered […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 7

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 7

I started Day 7 of Ottawa Bluesfest with the Current Swell. I had seen them before, but I was surprised to find their stage performance was much stronger than the last time I had seen them, granted it has been a good number of years since I last saw them. They were a very pleasant surprise for me. I followed the Current […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Day 6 was the start of the second “half” of Ottawa Bluesfest after our one day break. There were some Southern acts that flirted with the controversy of the confederate battle flag but I missed all that because other than Future Islands I was not at either of the main stages. Future Islands have quickly gained a reputation of being an amazing […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Sunday marked Day 5 of Ottawa Bluesfest and the last day before our silent day of rest, but what a great day it turned out to be. Sadly I only caught the end of the OBGMs set because they were fantastic, I will definitely make an effort t see them the next chance I get. They were followed by an act I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off the first weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest. This year the festival started a bit later on the weekends and as a full festival pass holder I did not mind too much because I always had to be a little careful not to overdo it on the weekends. This Saturday had a lot of options available to the music lover. There […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Day 3 at Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest and most controversial acts in the world headline the festival. As you might guess, Kanye West drew a very significant crowd and it was one of the biggest I have seen in my many years attending Bluesfest. From appearances it appeared to me to be the biggest crowd since KISS performed. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Day 2 was a more typical day at Bluesfest than Day 1. There were many different genres in play for you to choose from. The main stages featured quite a bit of country, including local rising star Kira Isabella and mega-star Jason Aldean. But if country was not your thing, there were plenty of options available amongst the other stages. I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest is the biggest event in Ottawa for the music lovers of the city. It’s a 10-11 day festival that is a smorgasbord of music each and every day. There are some great acts to check out regardless of the genres of music you like. In fact, the more genres you like, the better you will be served because the festival […]

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Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

There are so many great acts at a festival like Ottawa Bluesfest that it is inevitable that you will miss some good ones. Last year, one of those acts for me was Pokey LaFarge. There was a buzz amongst the Bluesfest faithful about this man after his show, but it was too late for me. The project of Andrew Heissler […]

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Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

On Saturday the Dragon Boat Festival had another solid line-up of artists lined up for their concert series.  The Acorn, Jeremy Fisher, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Unfortunately due to other personal commitments I was only able to make it to Jeremy Fisher. I have seen Jeremy Fisher live many times before but I try to go […]

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Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

On the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival there was another solid line-up of musical talent slated. It started with Kalle Mattson who I unfortunately personally missed because I could not get to the site on time. I did manage to catch the following two acts. The Franklin Electric have been on my radar since Osheaga announced their line-up earlier this year. When […]

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