Category: Show Reviews

Purple Reign: Prince’s dazzling and imaginative performance

Purple Reign: Prince’s dazzling and imaginative performance

I still remember my first Prince concert. Even though I had been a fan since a kid, it wasn’t until 2002 when I got my first taste of Prince’s live performance. He was touring around the continent as part of his One Night Alone… Tour, backed by a reincarnation of the New Power Generation that included the ultra-talented trumpet player […]

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Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Without a doubt the best way to spend Monday night in Montreal was in the company of Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb. Playing the Divan Orange for the second time in two years, Lady Lamb’s audience keeps growing and she picks up new admirers with every passing show. Following a memorable opening performance by New York’s Rathborne (their first tour […]

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Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is a small venue and it’s layout encourages what is usually a very intimate show between performer and audience. It almost feels like they are performing in your living room. Sean McCann‘s performance was no exception and in fact was even more so. Sean McCann has been very open about some of the problems he has been […]

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Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is probably my favourite venue for seeing live music in the Ottawa area, even if it is technically not only not in Ottawa nor even in Ontario. There is something very special about this venue, and it brings me back time and time again. The Black Sheep typically hosts singer-songwriters, and there is a great intimacy […]

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Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

You need to really bring it for the Tuesday night crowd. They’re hard core! Danko Jones returned to the Capital Tuesday night, and he brought the rock to Mavericks. He always brings the rock! When you go to a Danko Jones concert, there are no surprises – you’re going to get a solid Rock and Roll performance with the and […]

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Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

You know how when you live in a city you often don’t visit the tourist destinations because well, you could always go tomorrow? Sometimes a local artist is like that. Lynn Miles plays the Ottawa area several times a year, so I’ve fallen into the trap of just thinking I’ll see her the next time. I must admit, I didn’t really […]

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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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