Category: Photography

Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

Photo Essay: Sarah Harmer & Craig Cardiff impress at Westfest

My summers are filled with live music and a big part of that are festivals. One of the first festivals of the season in Ottawa is Westfest, which is a great festival in the community of Westboro that has much more than music to offer but I mainly go for the music. Not only does WestFest get interesting acts each year, […]

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Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Without a doubt the best way to spend Monday night in Montreal was in the company of Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb. Playing the Divan Orange for the second time in two years, Lady Lamb’s audience keeps growing and she picks up new admirers with every passing show. Following a memorable opening performance by New York’s Rathborne (their first tour […]

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Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

Concert Review: Sean McCann returns to the Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is a small venue and it’s layout encourages what is usually a very intimate show between performer and audience. It almost feels like they are performing in your living room. Sean McCann‘s performance was no exception and in fact was even more so. Sean McCann has been very open about some of the problems he has been […]

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Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

Concert Review: Hilotrons Vinyl Release at Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Inn is probably my favourite venue for seeing live music in the Ottawa area, even if it is technically not only not in Ottawa nor even in Ontario. There is something very special about this venue, and it brings me back time and time again. The Black Sheep typically hosts singer-songwriters, and there is a great intimacy […]

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Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

Concert Review: Danko Jones in full Rock and Roll mode

You need to really bring it for the Tuesday night crowd. They’re hard core! Danko Jones returned to the Capital Tuesday night, and he brought the rock to Mavericks. He always brings the rock! When you go to a Danko Jones concert, there are no surprises – you’re going to get a solid Rock and Roll performance with the and […]

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Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

Concert Revue: Lynn Miles thrills the faithful at the Black Sheep

You know how when you live in a city you often don’t visit the tourist destinations because well, you could always go tomorrow? Sometimes a local artist is like that. Lynn Miles plays the Ottawa area several times a year, so I’ve fallen into the trap of just thinking I’ll see her the next time. I must admit, I didn’t really […]

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Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

Concert Revue: The Box return to the Brass Monkey

My brother first introduced me to The Box when I was still quite young. He borrowed a copy of their second album, All the Time, All the Time, All the Time, from a friend. I was quite intrigued, so much so that when they released their next album, Closer Together, in 1987, I made it one of the few albums I had […]

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Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Aqua Alta is a new band made up of Jenn Grant, Graeme Campbell (Buck 65) and Charles Austin (Superfriendz). They recently released their first album and kicked off their tour with Ottawa being the second gig of their national show. Taking place at Ottawa institution Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 5th, the show was well attended and, like me, many were […]

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Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Rising Canadian talent Lowell brought her combination of performance art and music to the House of TARG on Jan 29th. She performed with the confidence of a seasoned performer in front of a sold out crowd. We even managed to meet up with her before the show for a few photos of her enjoying The House of TARG’s other speciality […]

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Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

Concert Revue: Jenn Grant nails it at the Fourth Stage

I am really more of a photographer than I am a writer. My concert reviews are usually light on words and heavy on photos, but I arrived too late to get a good spot for Jenn Grant so I just took some photos from the back of the room. Unfortunately a bit too far for the equipment I had with […]

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Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan returns to Ottawa, Rocking Mavericks

Sloan exploded onto the scene just as I moved to Ottawa from Halifax. It’s almost like I just missed them, but thankfully they quickly became a national sensation. I clearly remember the album Twice Removed being pretty much on regular play for an entire year, I absolutely love that album and it has since achieved the accolades it deserves often […]

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Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church brings soul to Orleans

Jarvis Church and the Soul Station brought their soul inspired show to Orleans last week. You may remember Jarvis Church as the lead singer of The Philosopher Kings. The current project is a beautiful tribute to soul music, mostly inspired by the legendary Sam Cooke. He played the Shenkman Arts Centre which is a beautiful little theatre in Orleans. The […]

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Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

Rising star Kandle plays Zaphod’s

I first heard of Kandle in 2012 when a song of hers was the free download of the week on iTunes. It led to me catching her set at Osheaga that year. She was very good but she only had an EP under her belt at that time. Fast forward two years, and a fantastic new album and she was […]

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster rock Mavericks

I first discovered Maylene and the Sons of Disaster in 2009. I used to make lists of my favourite albums of the year and their third album, logically titled “III” made my list. It was such a great rock album and caught me totally by surprised since I had never even heard of the band before. I had never had […]

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The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The Weather Can’t Stop Beau’s Oktoberfest – Day Two

The second day of Beau’s Oktoberfest was looking like it could be a disaster, at least as far as the weather goes. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, never a good combination when there are thousands of people trouncing around a big open field. I’m sure there was heavy rain in the afternoon but I purposely timed my arrival […]

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Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Photo Essay: Beau’s Oktoberfest – Joel Plaskett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Groenland, & Zeus

Ottawa and surrounds is blessed with a lot of music festivals, and I go to almost all of them. Usually my festival season ends with the Folk Festival in September but I have been hearing great things about Beau’s Oktoberfest for the past couple years. Last year’s lineup looked great, but the day I wanted to go sold out before […]

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Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

Grapes of Wrath put on a Neat show

The Neat Cafe is a venue I have lots of good things about but for some reason I had not yet gone to a show there. For some reason it felt like it was far away but yet I frequently go to Wakefield for shows and I have even drive to Montreal for shows so really it was a pretty weak […]

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The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen were one of my favourite bands in the 90s. Near the peak of their fame, I saw them perform at Barrymore’s when it still hosted live music. It was so long ago a new young band called Weeping Tile opened for them. Weeping Tile of course was Sarah Harmer‘s band before she went solo. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg band […]

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You Had Me at Joss Stone

You Had Me at Joss Stone

When the Ottawa Folk Festival announced their line-up and I saw Joss Stone‘s name, my tickets were sold. I have been a huge fan of hers since her first album. For awhile, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to see her. In the fall of 2012, I made the drive to Montreal to see her, and […]

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Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen is the son of a famous artist from Montreal. He likes to joke about that in his act. I will not ruin his joke in case you have not seen him live yet. It has been said that children of famous entertainers may have some doors opened for them, but they still have to have the talent to […]

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