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The Headstones

The Headstones celebrate 25 years of Picture of Health

Twenty-Five years ago The Headstones released their debut album Picture of Health, heralding the arrival of one of the great Canadian rock bands of the 90s. They quickly made a name for themselves with an intense live show and exhaustive touring of Canada. This album remained so important to their repertoire that even, twenty-five years and nine albums later,  it still […]

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LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

 A mélange of dark and introspective sounds, the British band LOCKS recently released their debut album, Skeletal Blues, which is a collection of Gothic blues that explores the complex darkness inside everyone of us. The string-based quartet (guitar, fiddle, and double bass plus drums) works from where Lou Reed or even an older Leonard Cohen might have left it […]

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Snail Mail – “Habit”

Snail Mail – “Habit”

Habit, the debut EP from Baltimore’s Snail Mail, is a perfect, late-summer record. Lindsey Jordan, who is 17-years-old, wrote Habit in her suburban Maryland bedroom between shows and school. She teamed up with her friend and drummer Shawn Durham and bassist Ryan Viera to record the six-track EP in DC this past spring. The result is six really amazing indie-pop […]

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2015-08-01

Darren’s Top Photos from 2015

I was fortunate to have been able to cover more events than ever before this past year. I had media credentials for: Dragonboat Festival, Bluesfest, Osheaga, FolkFest and Beau’s Oktoberfest as well as a number of one of concerts. In addition I did manage to photograph some events where media credentials were not required. From all of these events of I […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

From the beginning it was Day 5 I was most looking forward to. It began with the amazing Lucius who I discovered at Bluesfest a couple years ago and they were great once again. Following them, it was a personal favourite. In my opinion Lucinda Williams is one of the very best songwriters there is and her new album is […]

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Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Saturday continued with quite an eclectic assortment of acts. Again only two of the acts on the bill had I managed to see before Austra and U.S. Girls. A couple others were on my list of acts I wanted to see (The Weather Station and Hayden), and others I had honestly never even heard of before. I love that this […]

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Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 1

Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 1

I first discovered the Arboretum Festival in 2014. I go to so many musical festivals that I wasn’t really looking to add another one but I had been waiting such a long time to see the Constantines that I decided to go so I committed to yet another festival. I enjoyed myself so much last year that I added it […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 3 Part 1

On Day 3 I knew I wanted to get in early to check out SZA. Unfortunately I encountered a huge lineup at the gate and missed the first half of the set. The second half was excellent and I will try to catch them again on my next opportunity. After SZA I did not know artists in the next couple […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 2 Part 1

On Day 2 I did not recognize any of the artists before the Arkells so in the week before the festival I started to research the earlier acts, the one that most caught my attention was Leisure Cruise so I altered my plans to make it in for them. My research paid off as they turned out to be a great […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 2

The second half of day 1 kicked off for me with twenty one pilots. I admit I was not familiar with the band until seeing Osheaga‘s schedule earlier this year. I like to research as many of the bands playing as I can so that I don’t miss out on great acts. This was one of the bands I had […]

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Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

Osheaga in Revue – Day 1 Part 1

For the concert addict like myself the summer festival season is our playground. Since it is in our backyard the Ottawa Bluesfest is a no-brainer but just two hours away there is another great summer festival called Osheaga that takes place at Parc Drapeau in Montreal. I first attended this festival in 2012 and have been back every year since. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 11

So here it is folks, Day 11, the final day of Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue. I only caught the last three songs from the Temperance Movement but I can tell I missed something special. Anyone who did catch their entire act was talking about it for days. One of the most anticipated acts of Bluesfest, and the first to be […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 10

Day 10 at Ottawa Bluesfest was a long and storied affair. My plan was to start the day with The Beaches. I have been following them for a few years now and had seen them last year at Osheaga. I got in early though and went to Riishi Von Rex and I’m glad I did. They were a great local band […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 9

I went in early for Day 8 of  Ottawa Bluesfest to see The Yips. I was first introduced to The Yips last year at the Arboretum Festival so I knew they were a a great live band and wanted to see more of them. Last year at the Ottawa Folk Festival I was caught completely off guard by a band called Dear […]

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Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

Pokey LaFarge – Photo Essay from Ritual Nightclub

There are so many great acts at a festival like Ottawa Bluesfest that it is inevitable that you will miss some good ones. Last year, one of those acts for me was Pokey LaFarge. There was a buzz amongst the Bluesfest faithful about this man after his show, but it was too late for me. The project of Andrew Heissler […]

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Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

Photo Essay: Day 3 – Dragonboat 2015

On Saturday the Dragon Boat Festival had another solid line-up of artists lined up for their concert series.  The Acorn, Jeremy Fisher, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Unfortunately due to other personal commitments I was only able to make it to Jeremy Fisher. I have seen Jeremy Fisher live many times before but I try to go […]

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Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

Photo Essay: Day 2 – Dragon Boat 2015 continues to soar

On the second day of the Dragon Boat Festival there was another solid line-up of musical talent slated. It started with Kalle Mattson who I unfortunately personally missed because I could not get to the site on time. I did manage to catch the following two acts. The Franklin Electric have been on my radar since Osheaga announced their line-up earlier this year. When […]

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Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Chantal Hackett is well-known in the Ottawa music community. As a singer-songwriter, Hackett has two albums and she is currently putting the final touches on a new CD, which she hopes to release this summer. But while she is well-known as a singer-songwriter and performer, she has been gaining attention and accolades as a voice and performance teacher. She founded Sing House Studios in […]

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All In A Day: CBC Searchlight Ottawa Day 10 FOLK

All In A Day: CBC Searchlight Ottawa Day 10 FOLK

Out of the thousands of entries all over Canada and the hundreds from Ottawa, there are handfuls of great singer-songwriter Folk tunes. We’ve selected a few of those entries to spotlight: Click here for the playlist: http://music.cbc.ca/play/The-Revue/playlist/Searchlight-Ottawa-10-FOLK similkameen – Dogwood Direct Link to Vote: http://music.cbc.ca/play/artist/Dogwood/similkameen Gold & Marrow – Hold My Fire Direct Link to Vote: http://music.cbc.ca/play/artist/Gold-Marrow/Hold-My-Fire The Dirty Sheep – Salt of […]

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All In A Day: CBC Searchlight Ottawa Day 4

All In A Day: CBC Searchlight Ottawa Day 4

Did you know that CBC has a band listings page? Find out who’s playing this weekend by visiting music.cbc.ca/gigs and select your city. This Friday Dave Norris & Local Ivan are playing at Pressed in Ottawa. Here’s today’s set of 5 randomly chosen entries from the Ottawa region. Remember, you can vote up to 10 times a day, per region. Click […]

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