Terry SteevesMusic Writer
Terry has been immersed in the music industry for the past 20 years as a musician, performer, writer, lyricist, teacher, and in recent years as a photojournalist. Her ability to capture and convey the essence and energy of the artist and the performance brings the magic of the experience to the reader.
The Zombies closed the Bluesville stage Tuesday night with a 75-minute set that stole the hearts of listeners and brought back an enormously endearing wave of nostalgia in a combination of mega-hits, covers, and career off-shoot material.
The Harea Band got things off to an energetic start early Tuesday night under the Bluesville tent, with their sophisticated brand of pop funk jazziness that had the crowd unable to sit still.
Bluesfest’s All-Star Blues Revue celebrates the age old musical melange of the jam. Musicians who gather in a communal and unscripted release of their talents, often times resulting in some of the most magical creativity that is as wonderful to be a part of as it is to witness. This year celebrates the second series of these jams, seven in total, all held inside the Barney Danson Theatre.
Pink more than got the party started Sunday night at Ottawa’s Bluesfest. It seemed like every inch of the grounds was covered with fans as she walked onto the City Stage, which was decked out with a catwalk out front, pyro works on either side, and a gigantic backdrop that projected music videos and onstage antics.
Day 3 of Bluesfest brought Seattle, Washington’s folk rock artist Brandi Carlile to the Claridge Stage and with her, some hair-raising, rebel-rousing musical magic that had the audience under her spell from start to finish.
The third day of Bluesfest got off to a vibrant mid-afternoon start with Ottawa’s dynamic duo, Riishi Von Rex on the Black Sheep Stage. Their music was a completely unique whirling dervish of styles that ranged from gypsy rock to a sort of punk polka straight from Transylvania.
The first song, “Woe Is Me”, opened with gospel flavours of organ and pristine vocal harmonies before it erupted into a double-timed, train-chugging groove. Suddenly, I was transported to a sawdust-floored saloon on a Saturday night, and my feet sprang into action.
When Melissa Etheridge hit the music scene nearly 30 years ago, she took the world by storm with her strong raspy vocals, her fiery songs, her fearless words, and blazed a trail for women in Rock. But last night on the City Stage at Bluesfest, she not only delivered many of her classic hits, but showed us the deeper side of her musical roots that made it abundantly clear she was born to sing the blues.
Ottawa songstress Crystalena has been busy building herself a name in this town as a serious singer/songwriter
Ottawa songstress, Crystalena, has been busy building herself a name in this town as a serious singer/songwriter over the past few years. Her efforts have culminated in the recent release of her single, “Water”, inside her headlining show at Bar Robo. Her set included a mix of other originals, along with some creatively rearranged covers, […]
Canada’s true testament to our performing arts, the National Arts Centre, opened its doors on Canada Day to reveal the completion of Phase I of its $114.9 million Architectural Rejuvenation Project. It is the first large-scaled renovation done of its kind on the building since its original construction in 1969.
One of Ottawa’s leading, long-time photographers, Paul Couvrette, celebrates 40 years in the art of creating pictures, which he turned into a thriving business that has stood the test of time. He owns and maintains the longest running photography studio in Ottawa, and has run the gamut from journalist, to photojournalist, then to photographer, with enough stories and experiences throughout his long journey to not only fill a book, but a volume of encyclopedias.
Musical duo Etoile Noire, composed of Justin Trudeau and Fabien Melanson, are a perfectly well-rounded union of great guitar picking and strong vocals and sense of rhythm.
Ottawa’s North Easton is a man who never stops thinking, learning, creating, dreaming, re-inventing himself, and delving deep to learn more about the human condition and the world we live in. He has taken this drive and created STRONGwriter, a one day workshop based on his own experiences and data gathered throughout years of research and actual songwriting.