Author: Darren Boucher

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Two weeks ago, indie quartet Islands released two new albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. This ambitious project showcased the two sides of the Montreal now Los Angeles-based group – the guitar-driven, indie-rock and art-rock sound we have grown accustomed to and a new more electronic-oriented approach. The beginning of the show focused primarily on material from […]

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Philip Sayce returns to The Rainbow (photo essay)

Philip Sayce returns to The Rainbow (photo essay)

I remember the moment I discovered Philip Sayce clearly. I was at the Ottawa Bluesfest and didn’t recognize any of the artists on stage. It was dinner time, so I decided to get something to eat. While waiting in line to order, I heard some of the most incredible guitar playing I have ever heard coming from across the field. […]

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An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

An Evening with Said the Whale at House of Targ (photo essay)

Said the Whale is one of Canada’s fastest rising, indie-rock bands. In 2011, they awarded the Juno for New Group of the Year, and 2013’s hawaii was a hit. The Vancouver-based band hasn’t released any new material since that time, which makes a tour seem puzzling, until you realize that this isn’t any ordinary tour. Their current cross-Canada tour could be […]

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The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols’ long awaited return to Ottawa (photo essay)

The Dandy Warhols had not played Ottawa since 2000, but the Portland-based, indie-rockers’ fanbase was not adversely affected. The show as originally scheduled to be at Ritual Nightclub but was moved to the Bronson Centre to accommodate the high demand. The band is currently touring in support of their new album Distortland, which will be released this Friday via Dine Alone […]

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The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague rocks the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Motorleague are currently on tour in support of their 3rd album, Holding Patterns, which recently brought them to House of Targ in Ottawa. Most of the songs on the latest album were road tested before being recorded, which allowed the band to craft the songs for optimum live effect. I have to admit the music sounded great live, and […]

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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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Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

Tinashe energizes Theatre Corona (photo essay)

I stopped listening to radio several years ago preferring to choose an individualized soundtrack to accompany me throughout the day. The downside is this sort of behaviour could result in missing out on other new artists as they emerge, which would be unfortunate, as I absolutely love discovering new music. My methods to unearth new artists vary; sometimes I read […]

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Young Empires

Young Empires bring The Gates to Ottawa at Ritual (photo essay)

On February 26th, Young Empires played Ritual Nightclub in support of their debut, full-length album The Gates. I was lucky enough to see them open for Dragonette in Montreal last November, but it was great to experience a longer set where they could really show their capabilities as a band. Lead singer Matt Vlahovich led by example as his on-stage […]

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Photo Essay – Australian duo Peking Duk bring it to Barrymore’s

Photo Essay – Australian duo Peking Duk bring it to Barrymore’s

Peking Duk are an Australian electronic music duo made up of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles. They’ve already enjoy considerable success and and have achieved accolades in their home country and are now taking their show on the road. On Feb 20th they brought their high-energy show to the faithful at Barrymore’s. As you can see from the photos, the duo […]

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Photo Essay – Infected Mushroom takes over Flybar

Photo Essay – Infected Mushroom takes over Flybar

Infected Mushroom are an Israeli, sound-sculpting duo and for the second time in less than a year they brought their unique sonic experience to Ottawa. This time, they performed a DJ set at Flybar. They are currently touring in support of their new LP Converting Vegetarians II. Below are some pics from their sweat-inducing, high-energy set. Needlessly to say, there were […]

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Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin brings acoustic show to Mavericks

Jeff Martin is the lead singer of one of Canada’s greatest rock bands, The Tea Party. I only managed to see The Tea Party once before they went on hiatus. During their hiatus I twice caught Jeff Martin’s solo shows and very much enjoyed them. Clearly his solo performance is a completely different experience. Where The Tea Party put on […]

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Darren’s Top Photos from 2015

I was fortunate to have been able to cover more events than ever before this past year. I had media credentials for: Dragonboat Festival, Bluesfest, Osheaga, FolkFest and Beau’s Oktoberfest as well as a number of one of concerts. In addition I did manage to photograph some events where media credentials were not required. From all of these events of I […]

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The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

The Headstones’ triumphant return to Barrymore’s

When I first moved to Ottawa in the mid 1990s, Barrymore’s was the place for live music for all the hot new bands on the scene. I saw many bands inside that venerable club over the next decade; no band left a bigger impression on me than The Headstones as the energy of their performance had unmatched. I have seen The […]

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Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Fletcher Thornley brings solo show to Ottawa

Ian Thornley is probably best known as the front man and guitarist of Big Wreck, a band he formed in 1993 and enjoyed considerable success with, especially in Canada. They recorded two albums before they broke up in 2002. Ian Thornley formed a new band known simply as Thornley with whom he recorded two more albums. In 2011 Big Wreck reunited […]

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Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

Photo Essay: Dragonette at Theatre Corona

My music addiction is mostly satisfied in Ottawa but sometimes there is a band I want to see whose tour does not bring them to Ottawa, and for those cases Montreal is my next choice. It’s within a reasonable drive and many of the acts that skip Ottawa do go to Montreal. This was one of those times. I have […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 2

There was another strong line-up of music on Day 2. When I first saw The Beaches at Osheaga in 2014 they played early in the day on the small stage but I knew there was something special there and have been following them since. When I saw them again this summer at Bluesfest I was thrilled to see how their […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest is not strictly a music festival, it’s really an autumn festival celebrating great beer and food but their music line-up rivals many of the smaller festivals of the area so it has definitely earned it’s position in my list of music festivals. Plus I enjoy great beer and food too! Last year was my first time going to […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

From the beginning it was Day 5 I was most looking forward to. It began with the amazing Lucius who I discovered at Bluesfest a couple years ago and they were great once again. Following them, it was a personal favourite. In my opinion Lucinda Williams is one of the very best songwriters there is and her new album is […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

  I started Day 4 with Evening Hymns. I first saw Evening Hymns open for Basia Bulat in 2013. I’ve been waiting for another opportunity to see them again so this was a perfect start of the day for me. They were also celebrating their new CD release so the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of some of […]

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