Category: Festivals

Zeds Dead

RBC Bluesfest 2018 In Photos – Part 3

 All good things eventually come to an end and, as such, this review covers the final weekend of RBC Bluesfest 2018. Day 8 – Friday, July 13th Country music is often a divisive genre. People seem to either love it or hate it, yet Sturgill Simpson is somehow different. To quote one patron overheard at Bluesfest, “I don’t like country […]

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Blue Rodeo

RBC Bluesfest 2018 In Photos – Part 2

As in previous years, Monday following the first weekend was a “dark” day at Bluesfest with no shows on the schedule. This allows the festival to tweak the grounds as needed while pass holders get a day of rest. Below we share Days 5 through 7. Take a look back of the first four days over here. Day 5 – […]

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Benjamin Booker

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – First Week in Photos

 Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest can be a logistical challenge to see everyone on your list. With the number of performers featured on the multiple stages at one time, schedule conflicts are inevitable. Since we couldn’t attend every gig, here are some quick highlights of memorable sets from the first four days of the fest. Day 1 – Thursday, July 5th It’s finally […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 10 Picks (July 15th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 10 Picks (July 15th)

Where have the 10 days gone? Tonight, RBC Bluesfest 2018 draws to a close. Though your legs may be tired and you seem to have misplaced your Ray-Bans, those are concerns for Monday. There’s still plenty of fantastic music ahead for the Sunday, so slather on the sunscreen, grab a blanket and put it in your bag (regulation size of […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 9 Picks (July 14th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 9 Picks (July 14th)

We’re at the home stretch of RBC Bluesfest 2018  There’s still plenty of good music to come, room for that third slice of pizza, and if you haven’t gotten your ride on the ferris wheel yet, what are you waiting for ? As The Revue has done in previous years, the following are a few names of artists you should […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 7 & 8 Picks (July 12th & 13th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 7 & 8 Picks (July 12th & 13th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 is now past the half-way hump, and there’s still plenty of talented musicians slated to take to the stages. So, grab your potato tornado and find a bit of shade. The headliners for Thursday and Friday offer something different from the rock bands to grace the City Stage the past two nights. Day 7 will be like […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 5 & 6 Picks (July 10th & 11th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 5 & 6 Picks (July 10th & 11th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 week 2 is here! If you’ve been in attendance, you’ve likely already figured out which food vendor is your favourite, which bathrooms have the shortest line at 8 PM, and grabbed some glow-in-the-dark Mardi Gras beads. However, you may still not be sure who to see and with six days of music still ahead, the choices can be […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 4 Picks (July 8th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 4 Picks (July 8th)

Three days are in the books for RBC Bluesfest 2018, and, other than a few hiccups, things gone relatively smoothly (especially the weather!). As we have done in previous years, here are our picks for Days. As usual, we try not to focus on the main-stage headliner unless they are an absolute must-see (like Van Morrison). Though the previews will […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 3 Picks (July 7th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Day 3 Picks (July 7th)

The first Saturday of RBC Bluesfest 2018 is packed with plenty of music to offer. To help you with your selection, we, as usual, offer our non-main-stage-headliner selections as well as profiling local performers who will be gracing one of the four stages. We hope you discover a new favorite artists or band today. Though the previews will highlight smaller […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 1 & 2 Picks (July 5th & 6th)

RBC Bluesfest 2018 – Days 1 & 2 Picks (July 5th & 6th)

Summer has finally arrived, and it brings a heatwave of record-breaking proportions and the annual RBC Bluesfest 2018. This year’s edition is 10 days long (July 5-15) and once again features music appealing to a broad collection of tastes, spanning several eras, and even more genres. As The Revue traditionally does, we will be offering suggestions for each day of […]

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Matt Mays

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2018 (photo essay)

Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2018 was recently held in the Nation’s capital. Having been in existence for a quarter century, the Festival has cultivated quite a following, drawing 200 teams from across North America. The sporting event hosts races in competitive, corporate, and community categories, and the Foundation raises funds to support local charitable organizations. The event is family […]

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Steel Panther

Montebello Rockfest 2018 Part 2 (photo essay)

 The weather for the final day of Rockfest was perfect, possibly even a little too hot in the afternoon. Concert-goers enjoyed the cooling spray of the fire hose at the day’s most oppressive moments to keep from overheating. The bands on offer for Saturday covered many metal and punk sub-genres as well as a double dose of alternative rock […]

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Godsmack

Montebello Rockfest 2018 Part 1 (photo essay)

The 2018 edition of Montebello Rockfest again hosted an eclectic mix of rock music ranging from comedy rock to thrash metal, somehow taking all these disparate sub-genres and turning it into one gigantic party. The Thursday night crowd had to deal with inclement weather, but when I was able to attend on Friday the weather had turned pleasant. My day started […]

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Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2018

Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2018

Once again, Montebello, Quebec will be hosting 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. Rockfest has a well-earned reputation for bringing in many of the world leading Metal and Punk bands, often scoring artists that aren’t even playing other festivals. In […]

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Sloan

Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 2 of 2

Toronto’s massive Canadian Music Week festival has wrapped up for another year. If you took in all it had to offer, you’re likely still catching up on your sleep. With 35 venues and over 600 artists, choices for how to spend an evening were almost endless. Our Part II of Canadian Music Week is a photographic revisiting of some of […]

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Matt and Kim

Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 1 of 2

Canadian Music Week, the annual Spring festival held in Toronto, has come to a close for 2018. With over 600 artists in over 35 venues, you’re likely still reeling from the fun (we are!). The options were expansive for each evening, but with a bit of bar hopping and pre-planning, you could see a ton of talent. Our Part I […]

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Fortress Festival 2018 Review

Fortress Festival 2018 Review

Fortress Fest 2018 returned to Fort Worth’s cultural district last weekend, building upon and developing its previous year’s performance. Re-mapping of the festival grounds was the most noticeable improvement. Last year, the two stages were too far apart, forcing concertgoers to make a tedious back and forth walk from Will Rogers to the Modern Art Museum. The festival this year […]

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Preview of Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 2 of 2

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 2 of 2

Canadian Music Week, the week long festival featuring music, comedy, film, along with both trade/award shows and a conference, is almost here! Now in its 36th year, May 7th through 13th will see Toronto ablaze with musical fire! Held in about 35 venues in downtown, venture out to see some of the home grown and international talent. Grab a bracelet, check […]

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Preview of Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 1 of 2

Preview of Canadian Music Week 2018 – Part 1 of 2

Spring has been a long time coming, so we’re all due for some excitement to shake away the Winter woes. With that in mind, consider taking in Canadian Music Week. CMW is a festival intent on entertaining, educating, and featuring music, comedy, and film, and along with both trade/award shows and a conference. Now in its 36th year, the week-long festival […]

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Fortress Fest 2018 Preview

Fortress Fest 2018 Preview

Fort Worth is known for its deep country roots. Cowboys roam the historic stockyards, tourist ride the mechanical bull at the legendary honky-tonk venue Billy Bobs while the locals line dance, and in the past, the city was one of the primary filming locations for Walker Texas Ranger (can’t get more country than that). But there has been a steady […]

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