Category: Show Reviews

Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

My music addiction is mostly satisfied in Ottawa but sometimes there is a band I want to see whose tour does not bring them to Ottawa, and for those cases Montreal is my next choice. It’s within a reasonable drive and many of the acts that skip Ottawa do go to Montreal. This was one of those times. I have […]

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Photo Essay: Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde

Photo Essay: Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde

Now in its 5th year since its inception, NAC Presents strives to showcase the depths of the musical talent within Canada’s borders. On November 22nd, as part of that series, the evening’s entertainment spanned coast to coast. Yukon Blonde, hailing from British Columbia, paired with Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta!, both took to the Southam Hall stage in front of a […]

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Photo Essay: Iconoclast EP Release Party

Photo Essay: Iconoclast EP Release Party

After a three-year wait, the Ottawa-based band Iconoclast recently delivered its 4th release They Were Right About Us. The EP release party, supported by local acts Crossing Jane and Lemon Cash, was held November 7th at Mavericks. The event drew out a lively crowd of long-time fans, well-wishing friends and the rock & roll curious. Their 16-song set generated lots of love […]

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Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Canadian-born and Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega played to an almost sold-out crowd at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening began with Toronto artist Sam Cash. The roots-rocker, whose style resembles that of Elvis Costello and Joel Plaskett and two artists he admires, played songs from his debut album, 2011’s Teenage Hunger  and his most recent album, 2013’s Stand Together, Fall Together. For those […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

There was another strong line-up of music on Day 2. When I first saw The Beaches at Osheaga in 2014 they played early in the day on the small stage but I knew there was something special there and have been following them since. When I saw them again this summer at Bluesfest I was thrilled to see how their […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest is not strictly a music festival, it’s really an autumn festival celebrating great beer and food but their music line-up rivals many of the smaller festivals of the area so it has definitely earned it’s position in my list of music festivals. Plus I enjoy great beer and food too! Last year was my first time going to […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

From the beginning it was Day 5 I was most looking forward to. It began with the amazing Lucius who I discovered at Bluesfest a couple years ago and they were great once again. Following them, it was a personal favourite. In my opinion Lucinda Williams is one of the very best songwriters there is and her new album is […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

  I started Day 4 with Evening Hymns. I first saw Evening Hymns open for Basia Bulat in 2013. I’ve been waiting for another opportunity to see them again so this was a perfect start of the day for me. They were also celebrating their new CD release so the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of some of […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 3

CityFolk 2015 – Day 3

I was a little torn on whether to go see Jenn Grant or Amy Helm. I am a big fan of Jenn Grant and because of that I have seen here many times, and usually as many times as she comes to Ottawa in a year. After hearing about some of the issues with getting into Ravenlaw for Wintersleep and […]

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Introducing CityFolk – Days 1 & 2

Introducing CityFolk – Days 1 & 2

The Ottawa Folk Festival moved to the city and re-branded itself CityFolk. As one should probably have expected, moving a festival of this size to a new venue would not be perfect in it’s first attempt. It’s taken Bluesfest many years of tweaking before they ironed out most of the kinks at at their location. There are only a couple […]

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CityFolk & Marvest from an Artist’s Point of View

CityFolk & Marvest from an Artist’s Point of View

I just played a set surrounded by olive oil vats and balsamic vinegars! While The Unrefined Olive provided the savoury flavours, local musicians brought the melodic magic. I was lucky enough to be one of 60 local musicians selected to perform at this year’s Marvest, a new music festival on the margin of CityFolk, showcasing local musicians at different venues in the Glebe. As a quaint little space […]

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Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Saturday continued with quite an eclectic assortment of acts. Again only two of the acts on the bill had I managed to see before Austra and U.S. Girls. A couple others were on my list of acts I wanted to see (The Weather Station and Hayden), and others I had honestly never even heard of before. I love that this […]

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Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 1

Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 1

I first discovered the Arboretum Festival in 2014. I go to so many musical festivals that I wasn’t really looking to add another one but I had been waiting such a long time to see the Constantines that I decided to go so I committed to yet another festival. I enjoyed myself so much last year that I added it […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

My final evening at Osheaga started with The War on Drugs. Following that was another heart breaker for me. The last time Hot Chip played Osheaga it was perfect. They headlined the Green stage and the intimacy of the smaller stage and the dark evening suited them. This was another top 3 artists I regret missing. I instead went to Brand […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

On Day 3 I knew I wanted to get in early to check out SZA. Unfortunately I encountered a huge lineup at the gate and missed the first half of the set. The second half was excellent and I will try to catch them again on my next opportunity. After SZA I did not know artists in the next couple […]

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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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