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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Jordan McIntosh

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Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.Photo courtesy of Jordan McIntosh.

There’s a bit of a country flavour to this year’s Bluesfest with Dixie Chicks, Zac Brown Band and others. You can clearly see where Jordan McIntosh takes his influence. Heck, by the looks of his photo above, he could play a young Johnny Cash (if they were to do another movie on the man in black). McIntosh is still in high school, but could be considered a veteran of the stage. He’s been singing from a young age. Wanting to imitate his older sister, who was also a singer, Jordan... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Kelly Sloan

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Sloan.Photo courtesy of Kelly Sloan.

Kelly Sloan‘s a country girl at heart. She was born in the Ottawa Valley and still plays most of her shows there. Proof of this is her series of recent past gigs: Almonte, Perth, Calabogie, Ashton… so it will be a special treat to have Kelly at Bluesfest, even if it’s off-site at the Rideau Centre. She (re)discovered her singing voice living on the East Coast and has since been performing all over Ontario. She has two albums under her name, Always Changes (2008) and Kelly Sloan (2010), on which she brought musicians like... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest, here we come!

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Björk. Photo by Danny Clinch.Björk. Photo by Danny Clinch.

I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of festival season. That means that the biggest festival of them all is knocking at our door: Bluesfest. In spite of last year’s electro success with the young’uns, Bluesfest bosses have decided to tone down the electro-vibe and give us a more balanced line-up for 2013. What does this mean? Well, there’s still lots to get excited about in my opinion, although I’m a bit more excited about mid-level bands than the big headliners. (Also, this must be the first year ever... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Camp Radio

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Photo by Kenneth Locke.Photo by Kenneth Locke.

Maybe Chris Page should have been born in Halifax, because when I listen to Camp Radio, it makes me think of old the East Coast. Camp Radio’s got that 90s Halifax sound to it. The band, made up of Chris Page, producer extraordinaire Dave Draves and are drummer Scott Terry able to play with the young kids at Ottawa Explosion Weekend and are equally comfortable with the more folksy artists comprising the Kelp Records stable. Their last album – Campa Socialista – dates from September 2011. It’s pretty awesome. Sound... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Sarah Jean & The Wild Vines

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Photo courtesy of the Wild Vines.Photo courtesy of the Wild Vines.

The official billing is Sarah Jean and The Wild Vines but maybe it should be Sarah, Samantha and The Wild Vines as the band has not one but two female singers – Sarah Jean and Samantha Marie. Nevertheless, their career seems to be going really well. The band is back from a successful 3-country European tour and putting the finishing touches on their latest album “Pretty Little Liars”. How would you describe your sound?  We are a 5 piece, country infused band with a sound of our own. Fronted by... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: City Fidelia

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Photo courtesy of City Fidelia.Photo courtesy of City Fidelia.

People tend to say Ottawa’s hip hop scene is small and tight – I know some of the guys, Flight Distance, Philly Moves, Cashtro Crosby – but then I discover a guy with smooth beats like City Fidelia and ask myself: Why haven’t I seen this guy live yet? Well, it’s maybe because the man grew up in Montreal and has split his time between La Belle Province and Brooklyn. He is in Ottawa probably (unfortunately) short term, studying criminology and business at Carleton. City Fidelia’s already opened for folks... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Brock Zeman

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Photo courtesy of Brock Zeman.Photo courtesy of Brock Zeman.

Brock Zeman is far from being a newbie to the music scene, the roots man from Lanark is on his 9th album in ten years and has been on the touring circuit for the last decade, easily doing a hundred plus shows a year. Often compared to Fred Eaglesmith, Zeman’s  song  writing has been praised by many including Exclaim!, Lynn Miles  and Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster. By Sylvie Hill’s Twitter account he’s the dreamiest man in all of the Ottawa Valley, and a must see live. On why he... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Canada Day edition

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Before we get into Monday’s activities, you’ll have to wade through the busy weekend. It’s well worth braving the rain and getting a little wet! The Fringe Festival continues – if you haven’t caught any of the plays as yet, don’t worry. We’ve reviewed them all for you, so pick your favourite and catch it while you can. They’re also having some musical (not theatre, but bands) stop by their main tent – tonight, The Elwins stop by. If you love royalty, the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League is... | Continue reading article

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The Herbaliser comes to play After Dark

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Photo from Droppin' Science Productions.Photo from Droppin' Science Productions.

When Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry met, they immediately shared a love for all that was hip hop, funk, soul and jazz. They knew when they started making music that hip hop writ large was what they wanted to do but none of them were rappers. Throughout their career, the Herbaliser ended up working with an impressive list of “indie” rappers from MF Doom, Blade and Roots Manuva. On their latest album “There Were Seven”, they return to their origins, a darker sound to create their first record on their own label,... | Continue reading article

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David Byrne and St. Vincent thrill under thunderous skies

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Photo courtesy TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.Photo courtesy TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

It was an exceedingly humid night in Ottawa as hundreds gathered in Confederation Park to see David Byrne & St. Vincent at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Sunday. Initially conceived for a one-night performance at a SoHo bookstore, the multi-generational collaboration between David Byrne (most notably of the Talking Heads) and Annie Clark (performing under the moniker St. Vincent) was so successful that it resulted in an album, Love This Giant (released last fall), and the ensuing tour which brought them to the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival on Sunday night.... | Continue reading article

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