Author: Dina MacLeod

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Osheaga 2018 in photos

When in Montreal, you are never short of things to see, do, eat, or drink. That said, the weekend of August 3th–5th has something unique, namely the three-day music and visual arts festival, Osheaga. It’s appeal has grown, given the magnitude of the festival and the number of local and international artists it hosts. One of its many attributes is that the […]

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Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2018 – Preview and Picks

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2018 – Preview and Picks

If the sunshine doesn’t suggest summer in Canada, then the August long weekend with its famed 3-day Osheaga Arts & Music Festival surely will. This August 3rd to 5th brings the 13th Chapter of this event, causing music fans to descend on Parc-Jean Drapeau on Île Ste-Hélène. Having garnered over 135,000 attendees in previous years, it’s a music and arts […]

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Our Lady Peace

Matthew Good & Our Lady Peace Delight on Double Bill (photo essay)

On March 8th, a double dose of Canadian music makers stopped at TD Place in Ottawa. Matthew Good and Our Lady Peace, currently on a co-headlined, 20-date cross-country tour, gave the arena attendees a solid 2.5-hour performance. The wedding tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue seems a bit fitting to describe their collective sets.   Good […]

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Dina’s Picks for Favourite Photos of 2017

Dina’s Picks for Favourite Photos of 2017

This year was a whirlwind of festivals and club shows, both close to home and in cities afar. I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the final live show at an Ottawa institution, take candid photos of an incredibly personable band during an interview, and had the privilege to return for a second year to photograph a pair […]

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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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Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2017 – Preview

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2017 – Preview

Summer brings with it a few favourites like lazy days on the beach, the smell of ice cream waffle cones in the air, and the famed 3-day Osheaga Arts & Music Festival. August 4th to 6th, 2017, heralds the arrival of its 12th installment, and it brings music lovers from far and wide to Parc-Jean Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. Having […]

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Half Moon Run

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2017 (photo essay)

The city of Ottawa recently hosted the annual and highly-anticipated Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. Twenty-three years since the festival’s inception, it has developed international acclaim, drawing 150 teams from across North America. Besides the competition on the water, it raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. To complement the event, […]

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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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Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Regina Spektor Shines Bright at Metropolis (Photo essay)

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor debuted her two-month North American tour at Metropolis as part of Montréal en Lumière, the city’s annual Winter Festival. In 2016, she released her 7th album, Remember Us To Life, and its tracks were featured almost in their entirety during her performance. Song from her deep discography, such as “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” from […]

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Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Agnes Obel Beguiles at Bronson Centre (photo essay)

Citizen Of Glass by Agnes Obel On a chilly first Friday of March, a very expectant audience filled the theatre-style seating of the Bronson Centre. The stage was softly stroked by red light as Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel appeared to greet the crowd. A trio of adept musicians all clothed in white, her moon cult, accompanied her with cello, clarinet, and […]

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Meg Remy

JUNO Concert Series: The MEGAPHONO Edition (photo essay)

The Ottawa based music festival and conference Megaphono 2017 recently played host to music industry professionals from North America and abroad. Held February 1st to 3rd at a diverse selection of venues in the area, festival attendees were treated to a talented selection of artists from Ottawa-Gatineau and Eastern Ontario. On the closing night, The Juno Awards & the Ottawa 2017 Juno […]

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Dina’s Picks for Favourite Pics of 2016

Dina’s Picks for Favourite Pics of 2016

Though 2016 does not mark my initial year of taking photos at concerts, this year has afforded me a few photographic firsts. I was lucky enough to be able to work from a photo pit of an arena, take more intimate yet still candid photos of artists during interviews, and photograph a pair of venerated international music festivals as approved […]

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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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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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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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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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Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

Preview of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – 2016

For over a decade, summer heralds the arrival of Montreal’s famed 3-day music and visual arts festival Osheaga. Now in its 11th installment, it brings music lovers from far and wide to Parc-Jean Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. Last year, over 135,000 people took part in the event. The festival includes six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Trees and Zone Picnik Electronik) […]

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Alvvays

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016 Concert Series in Pictures – Part II

Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make […]

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