Category: Show Reviews

FRAGILE ROCK Show Review – #StayFelt

FRAGILE ROCK Show Review – #StayFelt

This past Tuesday I received a notification from Facebook that two of my friends were going to a show at Empire Control Room that night to see Fragile Rock. The ad caught my attention because my mind read Fraggle Rock (you know, that one badass Jim Henson show from the 80s?) when I first saw the band’s name. The event […]

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Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin brings acoustic show to Mavericks

Jeff Martin is the lead singer of one of Canada’s greatest rock bands, The Tea Party. I only managed to see The Tea Party once before they went on hiatus. During their hiatus I twice caught Jeff Martin’s solo shows and very much enjoyed them. Clearly his solo performance is a completely different experience. Where The Tea Party put on […]

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Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

Mac DeMarco reigns over Wellington

It’s been 18 months since I last saw Mac DeMarco. It was at the 2014 edition of the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest, and before his gig we walked around the grounds to see if a) people recognized him and b) fans knew his full name. This little game of “What’s His Name” was amusing to say the least (you can watch […]

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Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Platinum Blonde pictorial – December 26th, 2015

Over the holidays, a quick trip to Toronto included an excursion to see Platinum Blonde perform at Danforth Music Hall on Boxing Day.  The set spanned several decades of music, thick with memorable selections from albums past and balanced with several songs from their last release Now & Never (2012). As hinted at on the band’s Facebook page prior to the […]

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The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

When I first moved to Ottawa in the mid 1990s, Barrymore’s was the place for live music for all the hot new bands on the scene. I saw many bands inside that venerable club over the next decade; no band left a bigger impression on me than The Headstones as the energy of their performance had unmatched. I have seen The […]

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Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Thornley is probably best known as the front man and guitarist of Big Wreck, a band he formed in 1993 and enjoyed considerable success with, especially in Canada. They recorded two albums before they broke up in 2002. Ian Thornley formed a new band known simply as Thornley with whom he recorded two more albums. In 2011 Big Wreck reunited […]

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Matthew Good brings Chaotic Neutral to the NAC

Matthew Good brings Chaotic Neutral to the NAC

On November 26th, Matthew Good brought his cross-Canada tour to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre backed by Blake Manning on drums, previous tour alumni Stuart Cameron on guitar, and newly added Bones Hillman on bass.  The set was framed with a copious selection of songs from his latest and 7th solo studio release, Chaotic Neutral, an album highly anticipated by the fans […]

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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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