Concerts

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 […]

The Powergoats and leMeow Bring the Party to the Black Sheep

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

The Powergoats and leMeow Bring the Party to the Black Sheep

This past Saturday night, Wakefield’s landmark venue the Black Sheep Inn, was alive with the music of two of Ottawa’s cream-of-the-crop bands, The Powergoats, and leMeow. I was whisked away via shuttle bus, along with a healthy crowd of fellow ticket holders, who were in store for what was to be a memorable and highly […]

Wise, Young & King, Riishi Von Rex and The Wicked Mercy heat up House of TARG

December 21st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Wise, Young & King, Riishi Von Rex and The Wicked Mercy heat up House of TARG

The temperature may have been bitterly cold outside last Thursday, but that didn’t stop a trio of local bands from keeping things hot inside House of TARG. Wise, Young & King started the night off. This was only their second show since reforming. I first noticed these guys back in the days of the Big […]

Eagleson, Old James and Cast In Cadence entertain Zaphods

December 2nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Eagleson, Old James and Cast In Cadence entertain Zaphods

Last Friday, Zaphods was taken over by a trio of energetic indie rock bands which made for a fun night out. The night was headlined by Ottawa’s own Eagleson who are back with a new singer and an grittier bite to their sound. It’s been a couple of years since I last saw them and […]

North Easton releases “One of the Lucky Ones” with intimate show at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

October 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

North Easton releases "One of the Lucky Ones" with intimate show at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts

This past weekend, North Easton released his latest album One of the Lucky Ones with an intimate performance at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. At heart, North is a story teller and this evening was all about stories. From a deeply personal tragedy, to more light hearted moments about coffee and tales of those […]

Crown Lands, Onionface & Trunk at Live on Elgin 2016-08-31

September 3rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Crown Lands, Onionface & Trunk at Live on Elgin 2016-08-31

On the advice of a good friend, I trucked on down to Live on Elgin on Wednesday last to take in Oshawa duo Crown Lands. Teamed up with Ottawa heavy-rockers Onionface and Trunk, these three nuclear-energy bands served up one hell of a monster night of full-tilt Rock&Roll and manic Psychedelic Rock. Trunk blasted open […]