Category: Photography

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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Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church and the Soul Station brought their soul inspired show to Orleans last week. You may remember Jarvis Church as the lead singer of The Philosopher Kings. The current project is a beautiful tribute to soul music, mostly inspired by the legendary Sam Cooke. He played the Shenkman Arts Centre which is a beautiful little theatre in Orleans. The […]

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Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

I first heard of Kandle in 2012 when a song of hers was the free download of the week on iTunes. It led to me catching her set at Osheaga that year. She was very good but she only had an EP under her belt at that time. Fast forward two years, and a fantastic new album and she was […]

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

I first discovered Maylene and the Sons of Disaster in 2009. I used to make lists of my favourite albums of the year and their third album, logically titled “III” made my list. It was such a great rock album and caught me totally by surprised since I had never even heard of the band before. I had never had […]

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The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The second day of Beau’s Oktoberfest was looking like it could be a disaster, at least as far as the weather goes. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, never a good combination when there are thousands of people trouncing around a big open field. I’m sure there was heavy rain in the afternoon but I purposely timed my arrival […]

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Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Ottawa and surrounds is blessed with a lot of music festivals, and I go to almost all of them. Usually my festival season ends with the Folk Festival in September but I have been hearing great things about Beau’s Oktoberfest for the past couple years. Last year’s lineup looked great, but the day I wanted to go sold out before […]

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Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

The Neat Cafe is a venue I have lots of good things about but for some reason I had not yet gone to a show there. For some reason it felt like it was far away but yet I frequently go to Wakefield for shows and I have even drive to Montreal for shows so really it was a pretty weak […]

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The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen were one of my favourite bands in the 90s. Near the peak of their fame, I saw them perform at Barrymore’s when it still hosted live music. It was so long ago a new young band called Weeping Tile opened for them. Weeping Tile of course was Sarah Harmer‘s band before she went solo. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg band […]

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You Had Me at Joss Stone

You Had Me at Joss Stone

When the Ottawa Folk Festival announced their line-up and I saw Joss Stone‘s name, my tickets were sold. I have been a huge fan of hers since her first album. For awhile, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to see her. In the fall of 2012, I made the drive to Montreal to see her, and […]

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Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen is the son of a famous artist from Montreal. He likes to joke about that in his act. I will not ruin his joke in case you have not seen him live yet. It has been said that children of famous entertainers may have some doors opened for them, but they still have to have the talent to […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle is a band I discovered when I won a CD from a radio station several years ago. The CD was XOK and I had never heard of the band, but loved the CD at first listen. I noticed that they played the Black Sheep Inn on a fairly regular basis and eventually I was able to sync up to […]

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Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

I discovered Serena Ryder soon after her release of If Your Memory Serves You Well. My full blown live music addiction didn’t start until 2009 or so which also coincided with her break for a few years. I did manage to catch her opening for Melissa Etheridge and her performance at the 2011 Folkfest. By the time her next album came […]

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Rev: Photographer Mark Schacter launches Gallery 5

Rev: Photographer Mark Schacter launches Gallery 5

Ottawa-based photographer Mark Schacter has been taking industrial and natural photography for a couple of decades, and has developed an impressive body of work. On the eve of two significant events in his photography career (launching his third book and his new occasional gallery), we sat together at a downtown coffee shop so he could give me the scoop. Mark […]

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