Category: Show Reviews

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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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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