Tag: Gig

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Omnibus Theatre was the venue in August for the first of hopefully many Music Makers Festivals. The cute little theatre was the perfect setting for the two days of music, which were brilliantly organized by Albert Man and Manoja Ullmann. The festival showcased some of the underrated (and even quirky) talent from around the UK and Ireland. Here’s a run […]

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

Before I start, I have to confess to being a bit of a fan of !!! (Chk Chk Chk). They are one of those bands that gets everyone in the room moving. I last moved to their groove in London’s trendy Hoxton – in a converted Victorian warehouse full of beards, checkered shirts, and jeans that were turned up to […]

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Centre Excuse

Four-band showcase at Cargo, London – 27 April 2017 (photo essay)

Cargo is one of those trendy nightclubs housed in a Victorian, red brick, railway arch, in the now gentrified East End of London. In years gone by, it would have housed broken down trains, but now it boasts a stuffed lioness above the bar. Tonight, it welcomed a four-band showcase as part of the regular Upsurge event. Nadia Sheikh The […]

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Gig Pick: Souljazz Orchestra @ Blacksheep Inn on May 10

Gig Pick: Souljazz Orchestra @ Blacksheep Inn on May 10

Ottawa’s finest purveyors of afrobeat rhythms, cosmic jazz modes and soulful thump: $12, a steal at twice that price.

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Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Gig Pick: THE REVERB SYNDICATE + MONOBROW + DEAD WRESTLER @ House of Targ, Friday April 25

Tonight you can see three of Ottawa’s best instrumental bands putting Ottawa’s newest live venue through it’s paces. While each band is instrumental, each band has their own specific take on the genre. From the teen trash style of Dead Wrestler to the surf-go-go of The Reverb Syndicate and the stoner riff-wizardry of Monobrow, there is enough there to keep everyone’s […]

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Gig: Tilda and The Flats @ Pressed on October 26

Random Orbit Records and Pressed present: Tilda with special guests The Flats play Pressed on October 26th . Its been a long time coming for these two local bands to come together and share a stage again. Tilda’s Michael Peterson left The Flats to re-unite Tilda and record his recient release Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. The Album was recorded at […]

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Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

I had the opportunity to chat with Marc Sherlock from Mad Anthony, in anticipation of their upcoming Zaphod’s gig (October 24). This is a trio that lives on the road about 90% of the time, cranking out the big rock noise to the good folks smart enough to check out their shows. They’ve had some great successes, like a lot […]

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