Concert review

Concert review

Ottawa Bluesfest Opening night.. Smoking!

Crossing the Eddy bridge, approaching the festival, I saw smoke rising from the City Stage.  It was appropriate. We are under a heat advisory. It‘s early evening, yet it’s still 37 degrees with the humidity.  Wow! Photo Credit : Christophe ...
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Shari Ulrich album release, June 18 at the Centennial Theatre, ...

I start this with a disclaimer. I know Shari Ulrich. I adore Shari Ulrich. We are kindred spirits in many ways. And though I haven’t known her for that long, I feel like I’ve known her forever. I suspect many ...
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Downchild Blues Band 50th Anniversary Party at the Toronto Jazz ...

L.to R.: Paul Shaffer, Donny Walsh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Chuck Jackson, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Kendall, Pat Carey “What a great night to be playin’ the blues, eh?” ~ Chuck Jackson The stained alleyways and decrepit staircases that germinated the talent and ...
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Oh Susanna – June 7 at the Longboat Hall in ...

I was fortunate enough to catch Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider) at the Longboat Hall in Toronto on Friday, June 7. It was a very special concert as it marked the 20th anniversary of her debut full-length album Johnston, which was ...
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Steve Poltz – Shine On (album and concert review)

I always seem to get nervous when I meet an artist. I presume it’s because I’m in total awe of their ability to create a work of art right in front of my eyes. However, whenever I get the chance ...
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Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

If the world was fair and just Suzie Vinnick would not be a “Canadian treasure.” She would not be known for winning the Canadian Maple Blues Award ten times, or for receiving dozens of other Canadian music nominations and awards. ...
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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival – Apr. 25-28

If ever there was a music festival that deserved the moniker “grassroots” it would be the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who share a common love of local homegrown folk music. Southminister United ...
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Toronto’s unsung musical heroes pay tribute to Pete Otis

  The avenue known as The Danforth has become the nexus of east-end Toronto’s musical culture and heritage, and the Black Swan Tavern has evolved into its unlikely headquarters, thanks primarily to a series of tribute shows held there over ...
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Donovan Woods – March 28 at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver

  Only once in my life did I vote for a U.S. president that won. Not once have I ever voted for any record to win “best something” and seen that album win. Until this year. The album in question ...
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Titans of Toronto Reggae – Mar. 2 at the Opera ...

In the late 60s, thanks to the addition of a provision to the Immigration Act by Mr. Trudeau senior, Jamaican-born workers and professionals who had already emigrated to Toronto were able to invite their families to join them in Canada. ...