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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 Terry Steeves.Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terry 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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Bluesfest Review: Third Eye Blind

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

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 Kevin Cadogan (lead guitar) back in the early 1990’s. They brought in musicians, Arion Salazar (bass), and Brad Hargreaves (drums) to put together a full band and record their first album, self-titled Third Eye Blind,... | 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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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | 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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The word of God is hilarious

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All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.

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, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone is witty, funny and, surprisingly endearing. It is, hands down, the best production this writer has ever seen at the NAC. Jonathan Cullen did a fantastic job playing Elder Price,... | Continue reading article

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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!

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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 de l’île Pétrie à Orléans. Tout ça et bien plus encore. Oh que oui. Festival Haïti en Fête Festival libanais d’Ottawa Festival d’été japonais Natsu Matsuri Programmation du bout du monde :: Festival de musique... | Continue reading article

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