Posts by David Haddad

Bluesfest Day 7; the Steve Adamyk Band & the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Friday, July 15th was probably the most highly anticipated day of the entire Bluesfest. This was due to the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be headlining the City Stage later that night. At 7pm, however, the stage belonged to the local pop-punk quartet, the Steve Adamyk Band. They really couldn’t have asked […]

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PUP Keep The Dream Alive At Bluesfest

On Thursday, July 14th, I headed to the Lebreton Flats in the late afternoon to assure I would get a good spot to catch the 6pm performance of Toronto’s PUP. A little late to the game, I was introduced to PUP in early October of last year when a friend insisted I watch their full […]

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Bluesfest Day 3; Earl Sweatshirt & Preoccupations

Saturday, July 9th marked the third day of Ottawa’s Bluesfest. With tons of awesome acts to pick from, I’m sure plenty of people had a hard time deciding how to organize their viewing for the day, but I certainly did not have that issue. Bands like London Souls, the Cult, and the Lumineers had people […]

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Eric Daigle: Migrating from Moncton

Punk rocker Eric Daigle spent years in the Moncton punk scene, but finds himself at home after moving to Ottawa Every city has many different music communities and scenes, and nine times out of 10, you’ll be able to track down a local group of punks and a handful of loud, fast punk bands. During […]

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I Very Well May Be Dead in 100 Days: An Interview with Jason Mooney

An Interview with Jason Mooney of We Were Sharks We Were Sharks is an Ottawa pop punk/hardcore band that mixes poppy, catchy melodies with chunky and powerful instrumentals. Starting in 2010, the band immediately began playing as often as possible, developing and honing their sound over the years. Just before the New Year, they released […]

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Vancouvers Peregrine Falls Bring Experimental Noise to Zaphods

On May 5th, Peregrine Falls and the Summer Brothers will be bringing their combined Vancouver weirdness to Zaphod Beeblebrox. Peregrine Falls are described as “heavy-handed improv with sticks, guitars, and strings.” That’s certainly not a misrepresentation of the band, if their Two Fish EP is anything to go by. Having never seen them, I’m curious […]

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Royal Canoe and Hannah Epperson to Join Ottawa’s High Waters at Ritual

On Thursday, May 5th, Ritual Nightclub will be hosting an atmospheric evening with Royal Canoe, Hannah Epperson, and High Waters. Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe is a band that seems to truly be doing whatever it wants. Drawing from a deep well of sounds and influences, the band approaches the standard pop formula from seemingly any angle […]

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Bearings Double Down On Their Sound With Latest Release

Pop punk can be a tricky genre to nail down sometimes. While some would consider bands like the Queers or Screeching Weasel to be primary examples of the genre, others might reference Blink-182, All Time Low, or Fallout Boy when describing it. The truth is, neither are really wrong. While the genre started with just […]

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Hervana’s MTV Unplugged Singalong Packs House of Targ

I’d been to House of Targ many times for shows, but the night of April 15th was the first time I’d ever seen a line spilling out the door and down the sidewalk. It’s a testament to how iconic Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York album has remained, which Toronto’s Hervana were paying tribute to […]

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Amnesia Rockfest: From Dream to Giant

To some, summer simply means nice weather, afternoons by the pool, and maybe a road-trip. To others, it means something far more awesome: festival season. There are seemingly endless options between your Coachellas and Osheagas, but on the weekend of June 23-26, you’re definitely going to want to be in Montebello, Quebec for Canada’s largest […]


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