Tag: Live Music

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2017 – Part 1 of 2

The Spring thaw ushers in the start of Canadian Music Week, a festival intent on entertaining, educating, and featuring music, comedy, film, along with both trade/award shows and a conference. This year brings the 35th installment, and music lovers have a plethora of options over the 6-day stretch to scratch their new music itch. The Music Festival is held in […]

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Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

London was the place to be on Thursday night as Desperate Journalist headlined at a busy Scala. The night started with a selection from the London band’s new album, Grow Up, such as the brilliantly Gothic “Hollow” and latest single “Be Kind”. Singer Jo Bevan spend the night tangling herself up in her microphone lead, and you could see that […]

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JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

JUNOFest: Holy Fuck that was a great show! (photo essay)

  Saturday night in Ottawa during JUNOFest meant there were eighteen shows to choose from, though unfortunately mostly running concurrently. It was a tough choice, but with two JUNO nominees, an intriguing new band I really wanted to see, and a local favourite all on the same bill, I chose the show at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The show opened with local artist […]

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French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

French for Rabbits & Secret Knives perform at San Fran in Wellington (photo essay)

A lot has changed since French for Rabbits first formed in 2012. At the time, Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald were two friends living in the cozy, seaside town of Waikuku Beach on New Zealand’s South Island and writing whispery, wind-swept dream-folk and dream-pop. After the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Spirits, the duo saw their popularity heighten […]

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ELBRÅNO live at The Horn

ELBRÅNO Rock Out The Horn, UK (photo essay)

ELBRÅNO completely rocked out The Horn in St Albans last Wednesday with their take on Groove Metal. ELBRÅNO’s bio makes a really interesting read. Alex, the lead singer, is from Norway and was influenced by Hard Rock and Blues. Marios, from Greece, is the bassist who brings on the element of Stoner Rock. Bruno has been a drummer in Death […]

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She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

She Drew The Gun Capture the Crowd at The Horn UK (photo essay)

I’m not lying when I say I’ve fallen in love a little with She Drew The Gun, the Liverpool-based indie-rock band who are among the UK’s fastest-rising bands. Earlier in the week, they were in Austin at SXSW, showcasing their talents to new fans. They returned to the UK in time to kick off their mini-tour in support of their […]

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Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good Gets the Crowd Going at Ottawa’s NAC (photo essay)

Matthew Good‘s 28-date cross-Canada Beautiful Midnight Revisited tour stopped in Ottawa on March 16th for a show in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre. The tour was announced with the release of the  I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited EP, a new twist on a handful of the songs from the 1999 Juno winning album. Accompanied by Blake […]

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No Joy

No Joy packs Pressed in a sold-out show (photo essay)

Montreal-based No Joy made a recent stop in Ottawa in support of their new EP Creep, which is to be released Feb 24th. The band’s wall of sound washed over the packed house, as they delivered their shoegaze style to the faithful crammed into Pressed. The band let the music do their talking as they moved through the setlist without banter. After a […]

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PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

PJ Harvey casts a spell on Wellington (review and photo essay)

Polly Jean Harvey – or simply PJ Harvey – is arguably the most complex and cerebral artist in music. She is a chameleon, constantly evolving with each and every album so that no two records in her 25-year career as a frontwoman and solo artist sound alike. Whether it is the theatrical and symphonic, avante-garde rock, mythical and mystical, or […]

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Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

Fly My Pretties soar on a windy night in Wellington (photo essay)

There are music collectives and then there are Fly My Pretties. There are very few bands in the world that could match the talent and size of the Kiwi group, who currently are at fifty members. For their current tour around New Zealand, however, “only” fourteen made the trip. Their stop in Wellington on Sunday was a special event. For […]

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MuteMath Show Review – Live and Loud at Emo’s

MuteMath Show Review – Live and Loud at Emo’s

After MuteMath played their opening song “Used To”, Darren King – the drummer for the band – securely duct taped his headphones to his head. I knew I was in for a good show! I’ve seen MuteMath numerous of times since their debut, self-titled album released in 2006, and they always put on a high-energy performance. Their January 7th show […]

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New Swears

Pup and New Swears tear up Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Toronto-based quartet Pup sold out back-to-back shows at Zaphod Beeblebrox near the end of a three-month tour supporting their new album The Dream is Over. The last time the trio were in town was in the summer when they played an early time slot at Ottawa Bluesfest. Seeing them play in the intimate confines of Zaphod Beeblebrox filled with hard […]

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Diana

DIANA dazzle at House of Targ (photo essay)

On December 9th, Toronto’s indie darling DIANA held a Friday evening synth-pop show at Ottawa’s perogie and pinball hot-spot House of Targ. Recently releasing Familiar Touch, the second album following 2013’s acclaimed Perpetual Surrender, their tracks grabbed the crowd by the ear and got everyone dancing. From sweet backing harmonies to striking sax solos, it all meshed to make a memorable night. Though this show […]

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Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf and Chris Cohen at the National Arts Centre

The Party by Andy Shauf The National Arts Centre curates a unique program entitled NAC Presents, which is a series aimed at highlighting the depth of talent that can be found among Canadian artists. As part of this season’s lineup, 2016 Polaris Music Prize nominee Andy Shauf visited the NAC Studio on December 8th. With a trio of adept accompanying musicians, […]

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Diemonds

Diemonds bring a dose of hard rock to the House of Targ (photo essay)

Diemonds is a Toronto-based hard rock band that is influenced by many of the great hard rock and metal bands of the 80s and 90s, such as Guns n’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. Their music is filled with bold guitar riffs and their stage theatrics suit their style. If you love your rock heavy, you will love Diemonds. Hopefully these […]

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DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats work crowd into frenzy at House of Targ (photo essay)

Ottawa got a taste of DZ Deathrays this summer at RBC Bluesfest Ottawa, and this viewer was especially impressed with their performance. So when I heard they were returning to town to play House of Targ, I was very intrigued. This time, they were performing with Dine Alone Records label-mates Dune Rats in what has been dubbed the International Disaster […]

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Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell brings the Summerland Heat to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

It’s a Thursday evening in late November at the packed Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe. Amid the ever-increasing heat and an eyeful of pulsating lights, a female’s voice beckons your inner flower child on a languid expedition towards a destination called Summerland. You follow, smitten, staring at the stage where you find your guide decked in an ivory brocade coat, tinted […]

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Culture Club

A double shot of the 80s – Culture Club & Platinum Blonde at TD Place (photo essay)

After more than a 30-year void from performing in Ottawa, Culture Club kicked off their Canadian leg of their 2016 tour at Ottawa’s TD Place. The over 2000-strong crowd were treated with a nod to new wave and nostalgia, starting with 1983’s “Church of the Poison Mind” and extending through to the encore anthem that had you singing singing red, gold […]

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Live at Stubbs (photo-essay)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Live at Stubbs (photo-essay)

Nathaniel Rateliff has been making music for over a decade but hasn’t had much national attention until this past year. With his newest album Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Rateliff has gone from being a small indie artist to being placed among the ranks of other world wide acclaimed folk bands like The Avert Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and […]

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A Night with Wellington Gems: Pales, Paperghost, and night pilot

A Night with Wellington Gems: Pales, Paperghost, and night pilot

While people are familiar with the likes of Lorde, Flight of the Conchords, and The Naked and Famous and the fabulous label Flying Nun, the New Zealand indie music scene is flourishing. Artists such as The Phoenix Foundation, Nadia Reid, and Salad Boys are making names for themselves overseas. So who will be among the next wave of Kiwi musicians […]

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