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Bluesfest Review: Goddo

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Drummer, Doug Inglis and bassist/lead vocalist, Greg Godovitz of Goddo. All photos by Terry Steeves.Drummer, Doug Inglis and bassist/lead vocalist, Greg Godovitz of Goddo. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa braced themselves for the return of the pretty bad boys of hard rock on the River stage on July 13. This would be the last show I would see at Bluesfest this year, and what a way to go out…with high decibel power chord rock…just the way I like it! Goddo is a Canadian 3-piece hard rock band originating from Scarborough, Ontario that formed in 1975. Greg Godovitz (bass/lead vocals), Gino Scarpelli (guitar), and Doug Inglis (drums) unleashed a brand of powerhouse arena rock featuring heavy riffing guitar and... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Moist

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David Usher, lead vocalist of Moist. Photo by Terry Steeves.David Usher, lead vocalist of Moist. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Moist is a Canadian alternative rock band that formed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1992. They released their first album, Silver (1994), which was noted for its hits, “Silver”, “Believe Me” and their very signature song, “Push”. They released two more albums, Creature (1996), Mercedes 5 and Dime (1999) and a compilation DVD, Machine Punch-Through: The Singles Collection (2001) before entering a hiatus period that lasted 12 years. During this period, lead vocalist/songwriter, David Usher, set out on a successful solo career, with 7 albums to his credit. In May of... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: The Red Rails

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The Red Rails perform inside the Barney Danson Theatre. All photos by Terry Steeves.The Red Rails perform inside the Barney Danson Theatre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This would be my first and only show inside the comfortable Barney Danson Theatre at the Canadian War Museum. I caught local act, The Red Rails, an enormously textured rock band who have been stirring up quite a fuss in the last year. They are made up of three incredibly gifted musicians: Kim Vincent (guitar/lead vocals), Chris Slaney (bass/bkg vox), and Steve Brogno (drums). In the short time they’ve been together, they have so far put out a debut self-titled EP of 6 in-your-face tracks, and their newly released CD,... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Reviews: Little Freddie King and Dr. Hook ft. Ray Sawyer

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Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terrey Steeves.Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terrey Steeves.

Picks on the 12th day of July had me delved into some authentic Delta blues and some down home and gritty, countrified rock. Each of the men fronting their band, both in their seventies, grew up in the deep south, less than 200 miles from each other. They would each bring their stories to tell, some song favorites, and their gentle spirits. Little Freddie King “One thing about the blues…you got to play ‘em a long time. The longer you play em, the better they get.“ – Little Freddie King... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Adventure: Wakefield Village

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Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

Whenever I find myself planning a weekend trip to get out of town, the two usual suspects come in mind: Montreal with its great restaurants and music scene, and Toronto, with its sports teams, art galleries, and incredible city landscapes. Now, don’t get me wrong, Toronto and Montreal are both great options for a weekend gateway. But for those lazy weekends when a 4-hour drive might sound like a bit of a drag, it’s nice to opt for a day-trip to a local destination for a more relaxing small-town experience.... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

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From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves. From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves.

Canada’s beloved Barenaked Ladies took the stage with a lengthy performance that lasted nearly an hour and a half. They are known for their comedic stage show antics, made-up-on-the-spot songs, medley covers, 4-part acoustic routines, great harmonies, and very catchy original material, making this band always a must-see. Tonight they played for an enormous crowd, which stretched nearly the entire length of the main Bluesfest grounds, who tremendously enjoyed everything this band of four delivered. The Barenaked Ladies was born from the duo songwriting efforts of schoolmates, Ed Robertson and... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves. Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Slash – the name itself brings to mind his heavy-riffing style merged with iconic classical arpeggios, and the mega hits of Guns & Roses which catapulted him into fame. And then there’s his signature stage look…full of mystique…the expressionless face hidden behind those dark, curly locks, donning that ominous black leather top hat. I had no idea what to expect from Myles Kennedy and the members of Slash’s band, which carry their own name, The Conspirators. Would they match up to the muscle of a guitar giant like Slash? Were... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Procol Harum

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Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.

British progressive/symphonic rock band, Procol Harum, was formed in 1967 by multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Gary Brooker, and his friend and lyricist, Keith Reid, who has remained as Brooker’s collaborator to this day. Their first release of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” in the same year, was a number one hit on a global scale. The combination of Brooker’s melancholy vocals, baroque style organ, and mystical lyrics would set the tone for the band’s unique sound. Their music was often backed by symphony orchestras to create a full symphonic sound. Over the years, the... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Vintage Trouble

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Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Day 3 of Bluesfest brought plenty of sun, and the grounds of LeBreton Flats began to fill up early in the afternoon. I could already see traces of Gaga fever present as I ran across the odd pink and blue beehive clad females, anticipating what I knew would be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest act this year. But I wasn’t here for Ms. Gaga. I decided to take full advantage of catching an act that has been stirring up some fuss in the last couple years… I... | Continue reading article

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