Tag: Zaphod Beeblebrox

Xavier Rudd
Ottawa Bluesfest
Ottawa, Ontario

Darren’s favourite photos from 2017

Another year and another opportunity to photograph some amazing bands. Whether it was a world famous artist or a rising indie band, it was my privilege to capture some of the essence of the live performance. I was able to cover multiple festivals: Canadian Music Week, Dragonboat, Montebello RockFest, Ottawa Bluesfest, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, CityFolk, and Beau’s Oktoberfest as well […]

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The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective Help Fans Say So Long to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

The rumours had been swirling for some time, but on May 3rd the official announcement we were all dreading was finally made – Zaphod Beeblebrox was going to be closing its doors as of May 14th. Zaphod’s is a club any music lover in Ottawa in the last 26 years is well aware of as they have played host to […]

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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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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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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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Brendan Canning

Zaphod’s Welcomes Brendan Canning (photo essay)

On November 19th, Brendan Canning headlined a Saturday night show at Ottawa’s infamous nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox. Recently releasing his album Home Wrecking Years, this third solo offering of the founding member of Broken Social Scene hit all the right notes with the crowd. Despite a broken guitar string at one point, the tunes flowed, rocked and, at times, got sweet and jammy. […]

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Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

On the heels of a pair of performances at CMW, Van Damsel made a stop at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa to hold an all ages show. The BC hailing band recently (April 22nd) launched their first self-titled album, which proceeded a couple of EP releases including Say Hello To Your Mother and The Sunshine, Girl.  The intimate but enthusiastic group in […]

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The Zolas at Zaphods (photo essay)

The Zolas at Zaphods (photo essay)

On March 29th, The Zolas highlighted tracks from their third studio LP Swooner to a sold-out crowd at the Nighclub at the Edge of the Universe. The 80s-tinged pop tunes of the new release, like “Molotov Girls” and “Get Dark”, were mingled in with older sing along favourites such as “Escape Artist” and “Strange Girl”. The crowd was enthusiastic and up for it all, […]

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Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Language Arts play Zaphods (photo essay)

Art-pop group Language Arts brought their compelling sound to Ottawa and played Zaphod Beeblebrox on Wednesday, March 16th. They are currently touring in support of their recent sophomore release Able Island available on MapleMusic Recordings. The album is dedicated to their home province Nova Scotia. This dedication was demonstrated by having photos of Nova Scotia projected onto themselves during the performance. I […]

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Wild Rivers play Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Wild Rivers play Zaphod’s (photo essay)

Wild Rivers is a folk band originally formed by Devan Glover and Khalid Yassein. They released their debut EP as Devan and Khalid, and it is available from their Bandcamp site via donation. Though they met in Kingston, they have since relocated to Toronto, Ontario. A couple of new members have since joined the lineup, namely Ben Labenski (drums) and […]

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Gig Pick: Showcase Mondays @ Zaphod Beeblebrox

Gig Pick: Showcase Mondays @ Zaphod Beeblebrox

Zaphod Beeblebrox presents Showcase Mondays hosted by Eric St-Cyr of Archy and Mehitabel. This is a FREE show. Yes, I said free. There are so many great people in this city who are volunteering their time and offering free events so that everyone can enjoy what Ottawa has to offer. “We are pleased to re-launch this great event and continue to be […]

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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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Interview with BESTiE (Zaphod’s tonight!)

Interview with BESTiE (Zaphod’s tonight!)

I tried to connect with BESTiE singer Tristan on the phone, but through various technical issue it didn’t happen. So, I managed to quickly send a few questions to him via email, and he responded! I wish we had audio, but this is the best we could do with this one! BESTiE are based in Vancouver, and have a very […]

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Gig Pick: Secret Broadcast and FEVERS on May 9 @ Zaphod’s

Gig Pick: Secret Broadcast and FEVERS on May 9 @ Zaphod’s

It’s my birthday, so go see these two bands and you can buy me a soda pop. All the info is here on the Facebook Event page. Watch Secret Broadcast kill Nirvana’s Breed: Watch FEVERS get groovy (which is the only thing they know how to do):

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Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

I was a little young for the first run of Bauhaus, but was prime age for Love and Rockets in the late 80s and early 90s (I don’t know what colour your eyes are, baby, but your hair is long and brown), and immediately recognized that these guys were my kind of people. The music from both those bands was […]

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Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Gig Pick: Pete Murray with Paul Langlois and Greg Ball

Yes, I know. Paul Langlois is the headliner of this show, and he gets top billing. We even gave away some tickets to the gig (you’re welcome!). But today, we get to tell you about Pete Murray, one of the openers on this Canadian tour that is arriving at Zaphod’s on November 21. Pete is a huge success in his […]

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Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Conversation (and existential despair) with Paterson Hall

Hello, meet the sprightly gang of sonic messengers that is Paterson Hall. Before I get into this, I’d like to share a few extraneous nuggets from my recent conversation with the band, which endeared them to me greatly: “One of my favourite things to do in life is to just imagine people as apes. The grocery store is the best […]

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The Revue with Slo’ Tom

The Revue with Slo’ Tom

There is a long and (not too) interesting story about this episode. First of all, Slo’ Tom is an indie legend here in the Nation’s Capital. Dood was in furnaceface, for pete’s sake. He’s also known as the nicest guy in town, so we were super happy when he agreed to be our first interview subject for this series. We […]

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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: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Gig: Elephant 12 + Sons of Pluto @ Zaphod Beeblebrox on October 24th

Our pals at Zaphod Beeblebrox are welcoming UK band Elephant 12 to the stage this Thursday along with Ottawa’s own Sons of Pluto. Sons of Pluto formed in 2010 to play a series of shows around the University of Ottawa, adding two new members in 2011 and 2013 to further enrich their sound. Their musical influences are so wide-ranging that […]

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