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RBC Bluesfest July 17th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 17th Picks

The final day of RBC Bluesfest has arrived. As is tradition, get there early to watch the Youth Ottawa Showcase, Blues in the School, Be in the Band, and the Bluesfest Choir perform on The Black Sheep Stage from 1:00 to 6:15. Bluesfest has also added a Rock U Showcase for new rock bands from the area to test their […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 16th Picks

Another band from the ’80s headlines the penultimate day of RBC Bluesfest. Duran Duran – the four Brits who gave us “The Reflex”, “Hungry Like a Wolf”, and “Girls on Film” – will have the 40-and-over crowd and their children swooning and partying like it is 1985. And yes, I am old enough to remember when every teen boy wanted […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 15th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 15th Picks

It’s the night of the two heavyweights going toe-to-toe. Who will win the battle of the co-headliners – Red Hot Chili Peppers or ZEDS DEAD (is this not their third straight year at Bluesfest?)? If you’re not that concerned with the main ticket and are more interested in the undercard, there are a handful of electronic acts, a couple of […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 14th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 14th Picks

A lot of people are probably really excited about today since The Monkees are in town! I’m sure you have heard a few people singing the band’s anthem. But if you are more interested in other acts, here are some selections for you, including the three Ottawa-area bands performing today.   AWOLNATION – Monster Energy Stage, 9:00 PM For the […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 13th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 13th Picks

After two days off, RBC Bluesfest is back on with another eclectic schedule. Expect to see a lot of a ten-gallon hats, boots, and huge belt buckles as country-music star Brad Paisley headlines the night while thousands of teenagers and college kids will descend to the festival grounds early to see rising star Alessia Cara. There are, however, other acts […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 10th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 10th Picks

Yesterday’s lineup featured a heavy dose of local bands. Today, the organizers have arranged a lineup filled with more artists from outside the region, many of whom are making their debut at Bluesfest and are among indie music’s rising stars. Needless to say, they are must-see acts today.   San Fermin – Barney Danson Theatre, 9:30 PM The eclectic collective […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 9th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 9th Picks

The first Saturday of Bluesfest arrives and the lineup is pretty deep. There is a bit of everything for everyone, including one of the most anticipated shows of the 9-day festival – at least for me anyway and I am not referring to The Lumineers (who do put on a fine show). There is one disappointment, though – Brandi Carlile […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 8th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 8th Picks

There will probably be a huge flock of people descending upon the City Stage to catch Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with many likely there to hear what might he say during the show and whether he and his band will break out a few, classic, Oasis tunes. There are, however, plenty of other acts to catch this evening.   […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 7th Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 7th Picks

Ottawa Bluesfest – or RBC Bluesfest – is back for another year! The festival has been reduced to 9 days, taking the Monday and Tuesday off. For music lovers, this is a slight disappointment, as not that long ago (9 years ago to be precise), the festival was actually a full twelve days. That said, we cannot really complain about […]

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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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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers The Jivewires Jazz July 17 @ 6:00pm – Calridge Homes Stage The Lucas Haneman Express Blues, Jazz July 14 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage The Reverb Syndicate Surf Rock July 11 @ 3:15pm – Canadian Stage The Superlative […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Saint Clare Rock, Pop, Psychedelic July 9 @ 6:00pm – Claridge Homes Stage Silvergun and Spleen Alternative Rock July 12 @ 3:00pm – Canadian Stage Slimmoore and TheNewSoulProject Soul July 10 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage Tara Holloway […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (6)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (6)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Musk Ox Progressive Chamber Folk July 18 @ 5:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Myers Brothers Band Blues, Americana July 18 @ 3:00pm – Myers Brothers Band New Swears July 14 @ 6:00pm – Canadian Stage Ornaments Rock July 16 […]

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Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

There is an increasing number of musicians and bands who are bucking the trend of being categorized under a single genre. They’re moving seamlessly between pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, synth-pop, dream-pop, electronica, folk, and you name it. Some have done it with varying degrees of success while others are still trying to find that sweet spot. For Winnipeg’s Royal […]

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Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

On Sunday night, three fantastic, young punk bands will be melting the faces of audience members. Swearin’ returns to Ottawa for the second time in 3 months, having played at Luneta Cafe back in March. Comprising of front-woman Allison Crutchfield, guitarist Kyle Gilbride, bassist Keith Spencer, and drummer Jeff Bolt, these indie punk rockers from Brooklyn are shredding up guitarists […]

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Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

For many festival goers, the highlights usually involve seeing their favourite bands and artists performing outdoors, rain or shine. But for me, the best shows are the ones that you weren’t planning to see, where you are wandering the festival grounds, especially early in the day, and hear something that captures your attention. This was the case when Ruthie Foster […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Jonathan Becker & The North Fields

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Jonathan Becker & The North Fields

Jonathan Becker has been performing since 2005, and as himself since 2009.  He, along with his band, The North Fields bring post-punk and folk music together, along with Becker’s raspy vocals that are almost a growl. It’s a really cool blend, and I really dig it, think Frank Turner, but more post-punk than just straight punk.  They have two EPs […]

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