Concerts

The National close out Bluesfest on the RBC Main Stage, July 17, 2022

July 19th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Concerts

The National close out Bluesfest on the RBC Main Stage, July 17, 2022

On a sweltering July night, I‚Äčndie rock mainstays The National brought their own kind of heat to the Ottawa RBC Bluesfest main stage. Simmering Emotion “If you want to see me cry, play Let it Be or Nevermind” sang Matt Berninger on the show opener, “Don’t Swallow the Cap,” setting the stage for a band […]

Ottawa local OK Naledi brings a personal touch to the final night of Bluesfest

July 19th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Bluesfest locals, Concerts

Ottawa local OK Naledi brings a personal touch to the final night of Bluesfest

An Intimate Setting The coffeehouse vibes of the Barney Danson Theatre in the Canadian War Museum made a perfect setting for OK Naledi’s heartfelt, joyful, and intimate set on the final night of Bluesfest. A local to both Ottawa and Botswana, OK Naledi (AKA Kimberly Naledi Sunstrum) brought her signature Afro house sound to a […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 – Day Eight – July 15

July 16th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 - Day Eight - July 15

The headliner on day 8 was none other than Rage Against The Machine. It was the band’s first Canadian show since 1999. It was a busy night, probably the busiest of the whole festival, and not surprising, given that they were originally supposed to play in 2020. With the ongoing pandemic and the cancellation that […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 – Day Six – July 13

July 14th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 - Day Six - July 13

Day 6 was the first heavy night of the festival with Alexisonfire headlining the main stage, supported by Sum 41 and Millencolin. There was a good sized crowd on hand for the evening of heavy riffs. Alexisonfire was touring in support of their first album – Otherness – in 13 years. The group last played […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 – Day Two – July 8

July 10th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Bluesfest locals, Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 - Day Two - July 8

Jack Johnson was the headliner on day 2 of this year’s festival. I was looking forward to his performance as he had just released a new album recently. I’ve only seen him once previously, at Cityfolk back in 2017. His hummable mellow tunes are perfect for an outdoor show under the night sky. The surprise […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 – Day One – July 7

July 10th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Bluesfest locals, Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 - Day One - July 7

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest got off to a great start this year with Sarah McLachlan closing out the evening on the main stage with a wonderful performance. While attendance on the first night was average, the thing that surprised me was the number of people showing up earlier. I don’t recall seeing that many people right […]

Said The Whale Thrill A Sold Out Crowd In Ottawa To Kick Off Their Dandelion Tour

March 11th, 2022  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Said The Whale Thrill A Sold Out Crowd In Ottawa To Kick Off Their Dandelion Tour

It was a great feeling to get back to a packed house for live music here in Ottawa as we come out of the 2 year long pandemic. Even better, is when it happens to be one of my favorite bands – Said The Whale! It’s been a few years since I saw them last, […]

Steven Page Trio find a melody at the Shenkman Arts Centre

November 17th, 2021  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Steven Page Trio find a melody at the Shenkman Arts Centre

Ottawans were treated to one of our first indoor concerts in some time. The sold out, social distanced, indoor show made for an exciting return to live music with the Steven Page Trio. The former Barenaked Ladies frontman was joined by Kevin Fox (Sarah Harmer) on Cello and Craig Northey (The Odds) on electric guitar, […]

Bluesfest 2021 – Day 2

September 25th, 2021  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features, News

Bluesfest 2021 - Day 2

Day 2 of Bluesfest was a mix of blues and some classic rock. No strangers to local music fans, Ottawa’s own Monkey Junk kicked things off with a solid set. While festival audiences quite often trickle in slowly, a large crowd showed up early to catch the openers. It was an older crowd on day […]

Bluesfest 2021 – Day 1

September 24th, 2021  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features, News

Bluesfest 2021 - Day 1

There was a large crowd on hand for the first night of this year’s shortened Ottawa Bluesfest. On and off rain through the early part of the evening eventually turned into a steady downpour by the time Half Moon Run hit the stage, drenching the crowd. That didn’t dampen spirits however, as the majority of […]