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Singer/songwriter and frontman for Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Third Eye Blind

A band that entered the 90’s with their refreshing and very rhythmic alternative rock took us on a journey back into half our lives ago, including lead singer/songwriter/guitarist, Stephan Jenkins, who turns 50 later this year. San Francisco band, Third Eye Blind, started as the songwriting duo between Stephan Jenkins (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), and […]

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

Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

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, […]

All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.

The word of God is hilarious

It’s not always easy to write reviews; sometimes the art you’re asked to critique is mediocre or unoriginal or it just plain sucks and you’re forced to stretch your imagination to find anything positive to write… The Book of Mormon is not one of those cases. The award winning Broadway musical composed by Trey Parker, […]

Festival Matsu Matsuri

Basement 819 du 16 juillet :: Le tour du monde en trois événements! La programmation du Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi nous sourit. Des concerts? Éric en fabrique!

Basement 819 cette semaine vous convie à trois événements d’envergure internationale. L’instant d’un moment, vous croirez que vous vivez le plus beau voyage de votre vie! Trois occasions en OR pour titiller vos papilles gustatives et sortir l’aventurier qui vit en vous. Des prestations d’arts martiaux, des shawarmas réinventés, la culture créole ET la découverte […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got […]

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

Bluesfest Review: Procol Harum

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 […]

One of our younger generation enjoying the music of Foreigner. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Day 5 – Styx, Don Felder, Foreigner

Day five of Bluesfest brought a night of classic powerhouse rock to both the Bell main stage and the River stage with a return to the music of my youth. On May 16th, the combined forces of Styx, Don Felder, and Foreigner, launched their massive U.S. Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014, with an off-the-beaten-path stop […]

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

Bluesfest Review: Vintage Trouble

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 […]

Matt Andersen. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Review: Matt Andersen and The Mellotones

Imagine if you will, a booming soulful voice somewhere between that of Joe Cocker and the warm tone of Jeff Healey. And then try to imagine that voice being backed up by a 9-piece band of amazing proportions, complete with a full horn section, and some great vocal harmonies. Matt Andersen’s songs are soulful tales […]

F is For Fake - Galerie SAW

Basement 819 du 9 juillet :: F is for Fake à la Galerie Saw, 10e anniversaire de l’Avant-Garde Bar tout en concerts. Le Bluesfest tire à sa fin! Quand faut y aller…

Basement 819 célèbre l’apogée de l’été avec une myriade d’événements à exploiter. L’histoire se répète, on vous gave de culture régionale. Notre sélection de la semaine :: Exposition F is for Fake Notre coup de coeur de la semaine va à la Galerie Saw qui présente tout l’été des projections de films gratuites. C’est dehors! […]

Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend. The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while […]

From left to right: Jason Cote (drums), Nick Hertzberg (guitar/keys/vocals), 
Andrew Erlandson (bass/vocals), and Matt Muir (guitar), of Ottawa's Cold Capital. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest: Cold Capital and Journey hit the stage

Bluesfest is an outdoor music event like no other. Over the span of 20 years, it has grown from a one stage – three day Blues event, to one that now has multiple stages with ten days of local, national, and international acts incorporating a wide range of musical tastes from around the world. It […]