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Bluesfest Local Highlights: Danielle Allard

Local singer/songwriter Danielle Allard boarded the Barney Danson Stage last night and gave a compelling performance, showcasing songs from her latest album, Chameleon (2015). Like her album cover, Allard was once again given the reptilian treatment with bright colours of body paint, designed by artist May Mutter, which made her entrance onto the stage all the more striking. […]

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The Split

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

Bluesfest Review: The Red Rails

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 […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Trevor Alguire

Trevor Alguire may be better known in Nashville than Ottawa. After all, Music Nashville News touted him as having “depth and breadth found in few artists on the current music scene” Alguire, born in the Ottawa Valley (is it me or are there just a huge number of amazing musicians in the Valley?) is playing his […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Her Harbour

I’m beginning to think Gabrielle Giguere isn’t a summe person. Her profile photo and her album under the Her Harbour moniker (Winter’s Ghosts) all speak to a colder time of year. It may be fitting that her lush, folky sounds will be heard at the Barney Danson Theatre as opposed to one of the outdoor […]

Blogging the Bluesfest: Joseph Pollock

Song: “Dwellers” by Joseph Pollock, from his “Migrate” EP. Joseph Pollock isn’t a person. The pseudonym began as a place for band leader Isaac Vallentin to pour his creativity. Now an eight-piece, the band played Bluesfest’s Barney Danson stage last Sunday. Like a regular Dylan, Vallentin assembled a band of cronies to play his music […]