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Project Mantra set to release new album at Avant-Garde Bar

July 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, New Music, News, Show Announcements

Project Mantra set to release new album at Avant-Garde Bar

Project Mantra will be releasing their latest album, Moonlight Over Vagabond, on Wednesday July 26th at Avant-Garde Bar from 7PM until 11PM. I recently spoke with them about the album and upcoming show. The group is thrilled with their latest project, which you could say has been in the works for the last 10 years. […]

Liam Lloyd to release new single – The Ghost of Buck Hill

July 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, New Music, News

Liam Lloyd to release new single - The Ghost of Buck Hill

Liam Lloyd is set to release his brand new single and video The Ghost of Buck Hill on July 20th, 2017. You can hear the song before it’s released on LiVE 88.5 today (July 17) at 2:20PM. I recently spoke with Liam about the song. Buck Hill is a piece of Ottawa Valley folklore. It […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Riishi Von Rex

July 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Riishi Von Rex

I recently spoke with Riishi of Riishi Von Rex about their upcoming appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch them on Saturday July 8th at 3:30PM on the Black Sheep Stage. You can call the band Bluesfest veterans now as this will be their third appearance. The duo is looking to put together a stronger […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Pony Girl

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Pony Girl

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Yolande Laroche (Clarinet, Vocals, Keys) of Pony Girl about their upcoming appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch Pony Girl on opening night (Thursday July 6th) at 7:30PM in the Barney Danson Theatre. I started things off asking how the band felt about making their second appearance […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Sparklesaurus

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Sparklesaurus

I recently had the chance to interview Ottawa’s Sparklesaurus ahead of their debut appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch the band on the City Stage at 3PM on Sunday July 9th. SO: You’ve been a band for a relatively short period of time. You recently opened for Bif Naked and you’ll soon be playing […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Tribe Royal

July 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Tribe Royal

I recently spoke with Terry O’Brien of Tribe Royal about the band’s upcoming debut appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch the guys opening night (July 6) at 6PM on the Claridge Homes Stage. I asked Terry if the band felt any pressure kicking off this year’s festival to which he responded, “A bit. It’s […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 – Discover some great local artists while you’re there

July 2nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Show Announcements

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 – Discover some great local artists while you’re there

Summer is here and that means it’s almost time for another addition of the Ottawa Bluesfest! While all the hype typically surrounds the headliners, there is loads of local talent performing as well. So if you’re going, head out early and discover some of the great local music that our city has to offer. Once […]