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THE PEPTIDES BRING THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH TO BLUESFEST

THE PEPTIDES BRING THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH TO BLUESFEST
  Ottawa’s 9-piece larger-than-life ensemble, The Peptides, closed out Bluesfest’s final day on the Claridge stage, and were as far as I’m concerned, the best-kept secret of performances. The Peptides are more than just your average band – they are a Broadway musical on acid that combines showtune-worthy music, choral vocal magic, choreography, and theatrics that hit the entertainment factor... Read More

COLIN JAMES ROCKS A BLUES-HUNGRY CROWD

COLIN JAMES ROCKS A BLUES-HUNGRY CROWD
  Bluesfest’s Blacksheep stage was the place to be Saturday night as blues-rock guitar virtuoso Steve Hill warmed up the crowd with his one-man act of bombastic rock-heavy blues. He more than set the stage for headliner, Colin James, who gave his friend Hill a tip of the hat for his performance.     Armed with an arsenal of drums,... Read More

BLUESFEST DAY 1 – BANK STREET BONBONS DELIVER CHAOTIC COOLNESS – Part 1

BLUESFEST DAY 1 – BANK STREET BONBONS DELIVER CHAOTIC COOLNESS – Part 1
Ottawa’s 8-piece jazz ensemble, The Bank Street Bonbons, brought their incredible big band sound to open Bluesfest festivities on the Claridge stage Thursday night. Situated where the River stage once was, the covered structure that now houses the Claridge stage provided welcoming shade and seating amidst the tropical heat. Two trombones, two saxes, and two trumpets ensued in a whirling... Read More

HOPPED & CONFUSED FESTIVAL 2017

HOPPED & CONFUSED FESTIVAL 2017
    Mill St. Brewery and Dine Alone Records present the 2nd annual Hopped & Confused Festival this coming weekend (Fri., Aug. 25 & Sat., Aug. 26) that will once again celebrate 2 days of great music, beer, and food, located at Ottawa’s Mill St. Brewery near the banks of the Ottawa River. The outdoor event is a well laid... Read More

DARBY MILLS – ON HER 40 YEARS, THE PROJECT, & HER 10-YEAR PLAN

DARBY MILLS – ON HER 40 YEARS, THE PROJECT, & HER 10-YEAR PLAN
    “I’ve had an incredible journey. I’m very grateful to have done everything that I’ve done. I’ve met some incredible people and learned some valuable lessons…and now I have this opportunity to try to redo it.”   The musical story of Canadian rocker Darby Mills began 40 years ago in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan area, where generations... Read More

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE

THE COOPER BROTHERS – “RADIO SILENCE” CD RELEASE AT CENTREPOINTE
    Ottawa’s rock ‘n roll cowboys, The Cooper Brothers, treated their fans to an exceptional and extra special performance at Centrepointe Theatre Friday night, which was jam-packed with special guests in celebration of their newest album release, “Radio Silence”. In addition to the band’s seven members, a four-piece horn section added a colourful boost to the first half of... Read More

THE COOPER BROTHERS SET TO UNLEASH “RADIO SILENCE”

THE COOPER BROTHERS SET TO UNLEASH “RADIO SILENCE”
Ottawa’s own, The Cooper Brothers, are set to release their 7th album, “Radio Silence”, and plan to do it in style. Their upcoming show at Centrepointe Theatre this coming Fri., Apr. 28 will celebrate the CD’s official launch, and feature a series of great special guests, along with a vast repertoire of past/present material plucked from the band’s 43-year history.... Read More

JUNO MANIA 2017 HITS THE CAPITAL

JUNO MANIA 2017 HITS THE CAPITAL
By Terry Steeves   The 46th Juno Awards found it’s home for the third time in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, appropriately located as the nation celebrates its 150th birthday. And the third time was certainly the charm, as the city celebrated not only Canada’s Juno-nominated musicians, but also many national and local Canadian artists in a vast array of... Read More

MATTHEW GOOD BRINGS CHAOTIC NEUTRAL TO NAC

MATTHEW GOOD BRINGS CHAOTIC NEUTRAL TO NAC
    Ottawa NAC’s imperial Southam Hall, was turned into a full-fledged rock stadium on Thursday night, with nearly sold-out performances by Matthew Good, and fellow Canadian supporting artist, Scott Helman.   Toronto’s fast-rising phenom, Scott Helman, captivated the audience earlier in the evening with a brief, but highly entertaining set, which featured his spirited pop/rock originals from his debut... Read More

THE SHEEPDOGS TALK MUSIC…AND “FUTURE NOSTALGIA”

THE SHEEPDOGS TALK MUSIC…AND “FUTURE NOSTALGIA”
 Canada’s beloved, The Sheepdogs, are at it again, shaping up to release their fifth studio album, “Future Nostalgia” on Oct. 2, 2015. Now officially a 5-member band, multi-instrumentalist, Shamus Currie, who has toured with the band since 2012, also appears on the album playing keys, trombone, and tambourine. The boys are currently on a North American/European tour in support of... Read More

BLUESFEST…THE VISION, THE EVOLUTION & THE FUTURE

BLUESFEST…THE VISION, THE EVOLUTION & THE FUTURE
Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest, one of the top ten outdoor music festivals in North America, is now in its 21st year, but has grown to become something much more than a phenomenally successful music festival. It’s an enterprise that has not only brought some of the biggest world talents to our city, but has also focused a great deal on our... Read More