Author: The Revue (Staff)

Cur Comix (number 8)

Cur Comix (number 8)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Vintage Vinyl – Guido Basso

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Guido Basso was born in Montreal in 1937, apprenticed in several dance bands as a young man, toured throughout North America with U.S. singers Vic Damone and Pearl Bailey and wound up settling in Toronto in 1960, where he became a highly in-demand studio musician and music director for radio and television programs. His name pops up on a lot […]

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Vertigo Picks for December

Top Sellers: 1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2. V/A – Tribute To Tony Sly 3. Tim Hecker – Virgins 4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life / Fopp 5. Vince Guaraldi – Charlie Brown Christmas Local Pick: Crusades – ‘Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It’ The long anticipated new release from local heroes Crusades, does not […]

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Cur Comix (number 7)

Cur Comix (number 7)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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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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The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The story is very common in musical circles, and it goes something like this: Band forms. Band gets really good really fast. Band tours a lot, makes a great first album. Band does not make a lot of money. Band hooks up with cool producer, releases more records, goes on more tours. Band still does not make a lot of […]

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Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Today I got an email from Kevin Lynn, who has played bass in King Cobb Steelie in all of its incarnations over the past 20 odd years. It was a one-liner: “Here’s a streaming link to the new KCS EP due out next week. Enjoy!” I’ve been in touch with Kevin a few times over the years. I interviewed him […]

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Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

I first heard Skydiggers when I was in high school, which seems like a long time ago. In fact, it was a long time ago. 25 years to be exact. The band has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with 4 (that’s right, 4) releases including their latest holiday-themed EP, Angels. It’s a beautiful album, with somewhat melancholy takes […]

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The Revue with John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

The Revue with John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

John Carroll is both enigmatic and down-to-earth. As a Kemptville resident, and as a husband and father, John lives a life that is typical of most in this part of the world. However, he’s a rare breed as he is making his living as a working musician. That’s very rare. He hosts weekly shows at Ottawa’s historic Chateau Lafayette (a […]

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Cur Comix (number 6)

Cur Comix (number 6)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

Ottawa rockabilly/jump blues/jazz/country/swing/rock ‘n roll combo The Kingmakers just finished recording their fourth album Chicago Hi-Style, and they’re celebrating the release of this brand new high-energy collection at Irene’s Pub on Friday. Visit the Kingmakers’ bandcamp page to listen to the new album, and even grab a free download! The show on Friday is bound to be a blast, and […]

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Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Vintage Vinyl – The Phil Nimmons Group

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and educator Phil Nimmons has done pretty much everything it’s possible to do in jazz over the course of a career that has stretched over six decades. After taking up the clarinet in a Vancouver high school he played in and wrote arrangements for local dance bands, earned a scholarship to Julliard in New York City and studied at […]

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UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

Attending a live show, be it as a fan or critic, always comes with a certain set of expectations. You know the music, you know the audience and you know the energy. Gauging whether the show is good or not is often a by-product of those expectations. So what happens when there are no expectations? I’ll be the first to […]

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DUTCH TREAT

DUTCH TREAT

  Jackie (The Netherlands) directed by Antoine Beumer  Sunday, December 1, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Why do rabbits go to bed so early? Because they only have to brush two teeth. Bad jokes only work well in the right setting, as in a beautiful desert night around a roaring campfire, over a couple of […]

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Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Greg Ball is an upcoming singer-songwriter from Kingston (currently on tour with Paul Langlois and Pete Murray). Just before their Ottawa gig, I got in touch with Greg to hear about what makes him tick. He’s an interesting fellow, who’s worked as a bartender and spent a lifetime watching people around him. He’s a storyteller, and songwriter from the Lightfoot […]

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TEENAGE KICKS

TEENAGE KICKS

Les Geants (Belgium) directed by Bouli Lanners Saturday, November 30, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Drinking, toking, stealing, driving and squatting teenagers, equals a charming and leisurely slice of summer life film – in Belgium that is. Brothers Seth (15 year old driver) and Zack (13 & 3/4 year old booze hound) turn a […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Truck

Vintage Vinyl – Truck

Straight outta Ingersoll, Ontario, the rock band Truck was originally named Sound Spectrum. Formed in 1966, by the end of the decade they’d changed their name and decamped for the relatively big city lights of London. Relentless gigging and a name which lent itself to the then-trendy catchphrase “Keep On Truckin’” gained them a modest following and gigs opening for acts like Emerson, […]

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Cur Comix (number 5)

Cur Comix (number 5)

Cur Comix by Greg Kerr (click to enlarge)

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HOOP DREAMS

HOOP DREAMS

Dream Team 1935 (Latvia) directed by Aigars Grauba Friday, November 29, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Jump ball! What is now but a ceremonial opening tap of inconsequence, used to be a major advantage in the early days of basketball. There was a jump ball after every score, which meant a team with the tallest […]

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Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Toronto’s Lindi Ortega has been gigging non-stop for the last few years, and her infinite tour is coming to Ottawa this week for two shows at the NAC (Nov 28 and 29). This time she’s supporting her third record, Tin Star, which was recorded in her new hometown of Nashville. I got Lindi on the phone as she was driving […]

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