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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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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 6

Day 6 was the start of the second “half” of Ottawa Bluesfest after our one day break. There were some Southern acts that flirted with the controversy of the confederate battle flag but I missed all that because other than Future Islands I was not at either of the main stages. Future Islands have quickly gained a reputation of being an amazing […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Sunday marked Day 5 of Ottawa Bluesfest and the last day before our silent day of rest, but what a great day it turned out to be. Sadly I only caught the end of the OBGMs set because they were fantastic, I will definitely make an effort t see them the next chance I get. They were followed by an act I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off the first weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest. This year the festival started a bit later on the weekends and as a full festival pass holder I did not mind too much because I always had to be a little careful not to overdo it on the weekends. This Saturday had a lot of options available to the music lover. There […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Day 3 at Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest and most controversial acts in the world headline the festival. As you might guess, Kanye West drew a very significant crowd and it was one of the biggest I have seen in my many years attending Bluesfest. From appearances it appeared to me to be the biggest crowd since KISS performed. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Day 2 was a more typical day at Bluesfest than Day 1. There were many different genres in play for you to choose from. The main stages featured quite a bit of country, including local rising star Kira Isabella and mega-star Jason Aldean. But if country was not your thing, there were plenty of options available amongst the other stages. I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest is the biggest event in Ottawa for the music lovers of the city. It’s a 10-11 day festival that is a smorgasbord of music each and every day. There are some great acts to check out regardless of the genres of music you like. In fact, the more genres you like, the better you will be served because the festival […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

Well, the first five days of the RBC Bluesfest 2015 has come and gone. Today is mercifully an off day, where the festivalgoers get to recharge their batteries. It’s also been fairly hot and the past few days humid, so the reprieve is most welcome (thanks Mark Monahan and gang!). It’s also a good opportunity to reflect back on the […]

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Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

There are so many great acts at a festival like Ottawa Bluesfest that it is inevitable that you will miss some good ones. Last year, one of those acts for me was Pokey LaFarge. There was a buzz amongst the Bluesfest faithful about this man after his show, but it was too late for me. The project of Andrew Heissler […]

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Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

On Saturday the Dragon Boat Festival had another solid line-up of artists lined up for their concert series.  The Acorn, Jeremy Fisher, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Unfortunately due to other personal commitments I was only able to make it to Jeremy Fisher. I have seen Jeremy Fisher live many times before but I try to go […]

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Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

On the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival there was another solid line-up of musical talent slated. It started with Kalle Mattson who I unfortunately personally missed because I could not get to the site on time. I did manage to catch the following two acts. The Franklin Electric have been on my radar since Osheaga announced their line-up earlier this year. When […]

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Photo Essay: Day 1 – Dragon Boat 2015 begins with a roar

Photo Essay: Day 1 – Dragon Boat 2015 begins with a roar

Strictly speaking the Dragon Boat Festival is not a music festival. It is a not for profit event that raises money for charities and their primary activity is of course the dragon boat races as their namesake would suggest. The festival is much more than just those races though, there are all sorts of great activities that take place and one […]

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Photo Essay: GlowFair lights up downtown

Photo Essay: GlowFair lights up downtown

I found my original plans for the weekend dashed but it didn’t take long for me to find alternative plans. Late in the week I had heard about some great acts that were playing GlowFair and I decided to go check some of them out on Saturday. The first act I made it to was The Peptides. If you have not […]

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Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

My summers are filled with live music and a big part of that are festivals. One of the first festivals of the season in Ottawa is Westfest, which is a great festival in the community of Westboro that has much more than music to offer but I mainly go for the music. Not only does WestFest get interesting acts each year, […]

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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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