Tag: Quebec

Beach Slang

Osheaga 2017 in photos

Montreal always has a plethora of things to do, but the weekend of August 4th–6th was full of fun, namely the 3-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga. Given the magnitude of the festival and the number of local and international artists it hosts, it was easy as a fan to find your favourites and discover the new and cool. One attraction […]

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At the Drive-In

Montebello Rockfest 2017 Part 2 (photo essay)

The second day of Rockfest had a beautiful start as the day began sunny and warm, giving everyone a chance to dry out. I ventured over to the smaller Tony Sly stages for the first time to see Pup who drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to their relatively early show. People chose well as this band never disappoints! Eagles of […]

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Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2017

Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2017

At the end of June for the past eleven years, the small community of Montebello, Quebec hosts one of Canada’s largest rock festivals. A town with a population barely over a thousand somehow manages to host a crowd that is estimated at around 200,000. Many festivals chase popular artists of any genre in order to attract concert goers, but Montebello […]

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Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Osheaga 2016 in Photos

Montreal’s 3-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga, was held July 29th through 31st. With this year’s sold-out event showcasing over 100 international acts, there was ample opportunity to take in a favourite band or discover someone new. The festival showcased numerous musical genres including up-and-comers, of-the-moment musicians, and sought-after, top-tier talent, which included headliners  Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. […]

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Limp Bizkit

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part II

Day 1 featured most of the bands I highlighted in my preview, so I entered Day 2 with room to be surprised, and I am pleased to report that was very much the case. The day started with one of the remaining bands from my preview, Corrosion of Conformity. The veterans rockers gave us an excellent set of rock showing us […]

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Twisted Sister

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part I

I had the great pleasure of attending this year’s Amnesia Rockfest. It was the 11th edition of the festival that focuses on heavy metal and punk rock. This festival transforms the small getaway destination of Montebello, Quebec into a rock n’ roll party lasting the entire weekend. There were so many great bands playing that I cannot write about all […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 2

My final evening at Osheaga started with The War on Drugs. Following that was another heart breaker for me. The last time Hot Chip played Osheaga it was perfect. They headlined the Green stage and the intimacy of the smaller stage and the dark evening suited them. This was another top 3 artists I regret missing. I instead went to Brand […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

On Day 3 I knew I wanted to get in early to check out SZA. Unfortunately I encountered a huge lineup at the gate and missed the first half of the set. The second half was excellent and I will try to catch them again on my next opportunity. After SZA I did not know artists in the next couple […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 2

My day 2 continued with Alvvays. I had just seen them in Ottawa a couple weeks earlier but they were excellent so I was looking forward to a repeat helping. Speaking of repeat helping, I was also up for another repeat helping of Interpol‘s solid rock. I’ve been hearing so much about Patrick Watson in my circles that I decided […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

On Day 2 I did not recognize any of the artists before the Arkells so in the week before the festival I started to research the earlier acts, the one that most caught my attention was Leisure Cruise so I altered my plans to make it in for them. My research paid off as they turned out to be a great […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

The second half of day 1 kicked off for me with twenty one pilots. I admit I was not familiar with the band until seeing Osheaga‘s schedule earlier this year. I like to research as many of the bands playing as I can so that I don’t miss out on great acts. This was one of the bands I had […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

For the concert addict like myself the summer festival season is our playground. Since it is in our backyard the Ottawa Bluesfest is a no-brainer but just two hours away there is another great summer festival called Osheaga that takes place at Parc Drapeau in Montreal. I first attended this festival in 2012 and have been back every year since. […]

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Gig Picks: Share Your Love with Ottawa’s Musicians on Valentine’s Day

Gig Picks: Share Your Love with Ottawa’s Musicians on Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day? February 14th was once dedicated to Saint Valentine of Rome, but now it is a romantic date in which we are all familiar with. Card shops stock cards with poems that tell your lover how you feel. Special floral arrangements are arranged and special gifts are packaged and marked “To My Valentine”. On this day special […]

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Gig Pick: Craig Cardiff @ Black Sheep Inn Saturday December 6 & 7,

Gig Pick: Craig Cardiff @ Black Sheep Inn Saturday December 6 & 7,

The Black Sheep Inn hosts: Folk artist Craig Cardiff with special guest Ken Yates on Saturday, December 6 at 8pm and Sunday December 7 at 4pm. Doors open a half hour prior to show times. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets go to: http://www.agentless.ca/craigcardiff?dGlja2V0cz0yNDk1. RSVP to the Facebook Events: December 6 – https://www.facebook.com/events/674813932599626/ December 7 – https://www.facebook.com/events/791328324232851/ […]

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Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow Album Release Party October 4 @ Black Sheep

Gig Pick: Gold & Marrow Album Release Party October 4 @ Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn Hosts Gold & Marrow’s Album Release Party with special guest The Visit on Saturday, October 4 at The Black Sheep Inn (753 ch Riverside, Wakefield, Quebec) at 8:30pm. Admission is $10. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.theblacksheepinn.com. RSVP to the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/1485613605027864. Order a digital copy of Forever at www.goldandmarrow.com/store. Gold & Marrow Gold […]

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49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

My first exposure to Trois-Rivières happened when I was a kid, and my brother’s hockey team hosted another team from Trois-Rivières. We lived in Sarnia, and I was about 10, and spoke roughly five words of French. The kid who stayed with us (all the families billeted these kids for a few nights) spoke less English than I spoke French, so […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Renee Martel

Vintage Vinyl – Renee Martel

Quebecois chanteuse Renee Martel was born in Drummondville in 1947, and over the course of a career that has spanned almost 50 years she’s sold 10 million records, won multiple Felix Awards (Quebec’s version of the Junos) and become a cultural icon in la belle province. Early successes as a pop singer were followed by struggles with alcohol, a switch to country […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

Vintage Vinyl: Les Alexandrins

This 1966 album was the first Capital (and first overall) album by Les Alexandrins, a duo made up of Lise Vachon and Luc Cousineau. These two were a very popular Quebec duo for several years, well into the mid 1970s. As with many of the Quebec music I find, I can get a bunch of videos on YouTube, but not a lot […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Anna Bell

Vintage Vinyl: Anna Bell

I found this one at a thrift store in Vanier. Anna Bell provides a pretty great Franco-pop record on the well-known Trans-Canada label. It came out in 1971, and has a great post-psychedelic pop vibe, with a pounding organ riff and some sweet clangy guitars. From one of my favourite Vinyl finds, here’s a track called La Moustache A Papa.

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