Concerts

Mount Eerie delivers emotionally impactful concert at St Albans Church

September 21st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Mount Eerie delivers emotionally impactful concert at St Albans Church

Walking into St. Alban’s Church for the first time, my first thought was that it was much smaller than I had anticipated. As the beauty of Ottawa’s oldest church started to settle in, the second thing I noticed was the music that was playing through a pair of speakers towards the front of the stage: […]

Father John Misty: Live at CityFolk

September 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Father John Misty: Live at CityFolk

“The only bearded weirdo that matters” Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, joked to a fan asking for a hug at Saturday’s CityFolk Festival. It was one of few things he said to the audience that night; for an hour and fifteen minutes, Tillman and his band offered a variety of piano rock and ballads […]

Chilling with Jack Johnson at CityFolk

September 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Chilling with Jack Johnson at CityFolk

Jack Johnson‘s show at CityFolk was a laid back affair, something anyone familiar with his music would have expected. Despite the setting of the great lawn at Lansdowne, the outdoor show still had a a fairly intimate feel to it with the way the food and drink vendors surrounded the perimeter of the lawn. For […]

Fun times at Project Mantra’s cd release show

August 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Fun times at Project Mantra's cd release show

I headed out to Avant-Garde to get my first taste of Project Mantra. Other than having met frontman Leigh Bursey a couple of times and recently interviewing him ahead of of the show, I was largely unfamiliar with the band and their music. Unfortunately I missed the openers as I arrived just as the band […]

Muse caps off an entertaining day 9 at Bluesfest

July 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Muse caps off an entertaining day 9 at Bluesfest

I was excited to catch Muse for the first time. I’ve been following the band for a few years now. They brought the big rock show production one would expect with a cool stage setup, with moving parts and a cool lighting setup. As they show was drawing to an end, I started to fear […]

Lightening crashes the party at Bluesfest on Day 8

July 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Lightening crashes the party at Bluesfest on Day 8

Ottawa Bluesfest featured great performances from start to finish on Day 8. My first stop was the Barney Danson Theatre to check out Ottawa’s Old Man Grant. Despite the early start, there was a good sized audience in the theatre. The trio played a fun set and weren’t shy about encouraging a little audience participation […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 – Day 4 highlights

July 12th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 - Day 4 highlights

Pink was the big draw and day 4 at Ottawa Bluesfest and that saw the biggest crowd of the festival so far. Despite some rain, and her show was a full on spectacle. Since she’s had plenty of mainstream coverage, I’ll focus on some some of my highlights from the night. The first act I […]

Ottawa Bluesfest Day 3 kicks off with a slew of great sets from local artists

July 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Ottawa Bluesfest Day 3 kicks off with a slew of great sets from local artists

I headed out early on this Saturday afternoon to take in what I could of the locals starting off the day. My oldest son was also in tow, coming to see what Bluesfest was like for the first time. I figured this would be the best opportunity with the smaller crowds that are present at […]

Sam Roberts Band, Pokey LaFarge and Death From Above 1979 cap off day 1

July 9th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Sam Roberts Band, Pokey LaFarge and Death From Above 1979 cap off day 1

The first main act on day 1 that I had to catch was the Sam Roberts Band. I’ve been a fan since he burst on to the Canadian music scene with his break out hit Brother Down 15 years ago. It was great to hear some of the new tunes off of Terra Form live […]

Ottawa’s locals lead an impressive opening to Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

July 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Ottawa's locals lead an impressive opening to Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

It never ceases to amaze me how much local musical talent we have in this city. Heading to Ottawa Bluesfest early is one great way to discover them. The first band I caught this year was Tribe Royal. I had first seen them at Barrymore’s a month or so ago and was excited to catch […]