Category: Show Reviews

Friday night at Café Dekcuf with Wild Planes (photo essay)

Friday night at Café Dekcuf with Wild Planes (photo essay)

 I first discovered Wild Planes at a late-night show during Canadian Music Week in 2017 at The Painted Lady. It was crowded, it was late, but no one left early as the band entertained into the wee hours. When I saw they were playing Ottawa, I made sure to go out and see them. The band played Café Dekcuf […]

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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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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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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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The Damn Truth

The Damn Truth Deliver a Night of Rock at Mavericks (photo essay)

Get With You | Single by The Damn Truth In the summer of 2017, a last minute schedule change at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival introduced me to The Damn Truth. The band, taking over the River Stage, had a comfortable swagger, as they gave the crowd a solid taste of rock ‘n roll music and attitude and won […]

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Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng is the incarnation of joy. He plays his guitar with the enthusiasm of a novice and the intensity of a virtuoso. When he took to the stage at the Hojoko Tavern (The Verb Hotel) on April 3rd, the atmosphere was cold. People talked, uninterested in the drums and microphones set up before them. A couple arrived late, laughing […]

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October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

October Drift and 485C – Birthdays, London (photo review)

Birthdays is an underground venue in a bar in Dalston. Dalston is an area of London that seems to sport more mobile phone repair shops per head than any other part of the capital. It is real Eastenders country, although more grime than soap. Before the gig started, I had a chance to share a vodka and slimline with the […]

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Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Florist blossoms at Espace B in Paris (photo review)

Words and photos are from Elissa Vinh, a photographer and writer based in Paris, France and London, England. An assertive, high-pitched scream from the audience filled the whole room as the band came up on stage. “We do it really soft”, Florist front woman Emily Sprague quietly replied in the microphone, alluding to her blend of calm folk and electronic […]

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The Foreign Resort bring Canadian tour to the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Foreign Resort bring Canadian tour to the House of Targ (photo essay)

After playing several shows during SXSW, The Foreign Resort headed north for an 11-date tour in Canada, starting in Quebec City and driving across to Vancouver. On March 21st, the Danish post-punk/darkwave trio brought the show to the House of Targ, giving people a great excuse to bundle up and go out on a Wednesday night. The band was one of […]

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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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Losing All Senses with Grizzly Bear at the Wellington Opera House (photo review)

Losing All Senses with Grizzly Bear at the Wellington Opera House (photo review)

The last time I saw Grizzly Bear was June 2013 in Montreal when they co-headlined a tour with The xx. The outdoor venue was a make-shift one in an industrial part of the city, where parking was limited and the closest Metro stop was a kilometre away. Fortunately, the two performances were stellar. Five years later, Grizzly Bear find themselves […]

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Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Thunder on the Left – Rough Trade East, London (photo review)

Gig in a shop. Not a bad idea. Thirty years ago today, I was the Assistant Manager of an Our Price Music branch, which was a national chain of record stores in the UK that got rid of vinyl in favour of CDs and then got rid of those in favour of VHS and mobile phones. No wonder it no […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies’ Last Lunge at The 27 Club (photo essay)

If you’ve been following live music in Ottawa for the past ten years, it would have been difficult to not have run into The Balconies and impossible to have forgotten them. They were regulars in several of the local festivals as well as frequent performers in clubs, both as headliners and as an opening act for some international bands. They […]

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Tyler Childers live at Omeara, London

Tyler Childers – Live at Omeara, London (photo essay)

Tyler Childers “You guys have one hell of a setlist worked out. Wish I was watching that show!”. The crowd called throughout for their favourites last Tuesday, but American country singer Tyler Childers knew exactly what he was going to perform before he packed his guitar up and strolled off into the night. Despite being only 26, the man from […]

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John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

“I’m starting to feel super country right now,” he said, drawing out the word super, standing with his guitar in front of a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking 59th street. It was impossible not to look behind him. “And I’ll get more redneck as we go. Ok, let’s get started! Are you into…sadness?” The crowd cheered.   John Paul White and his band, […]

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