Ottawa Bluesfest 2015: Friday July 17 Roundup 8

(All photos copyright Roch Photos) Celebrating 50 years since their formation in 1965, venerable American blues-rockers CANNED HEAT kept the week-long streak alive at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 of fielding a superb blues set in the 7pm slot at the Monster Energy Stage. ‘Classic era’ members – drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra and bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor – were joined by relative newcomers Dale Spalding (harmonica, guitar and vocals) and John “JP” Paulus (lead…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015: Tuesday July 14 Roundup 2

Following a day of respite on Monday, Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 rebooted on Tuesday July 14 with a diverse menu served up amidst the adversity that only several hours of steady drizzle can provide. For the early Bell Stage set held on the main field, Baltimore’s FUTURE ISLANDS virtually did serve as an oasis against the climatic conditions – indeed, it would be difficult to imagine a modern rock act that could top them at the…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 - Friday July 10 Roundup

While the July 10 Ottawa Bluesfest mainstage field gradually filled to bursting with Kanye West fans, once again the side-stage nooks and crannies buzzed with the sounds of substance. Blues once again held court in the daylight slot at the Monster Energy Stage, with one my very favorites from the British Blues Rock Boom of the late-‘60s/early-‘70s, KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN, celebrating 50 years on the boards with their current tour. At the same…

Fringe ’15 Review: “Finished Girls” A Tale of Colonial Sex Trade

 A Fun Fringe Frolic Through Ottawa’s Den of Sin “Finished Girls” A Tale of Colonial Sex Trade is a fun Fringe frolic through Ottawa’s den of sin. But not the one on Parliament Hill. This one is Cluster Armstong’s Finishing School for Young Ladies in the Byward Market. Set at the time when Ottawa was a bustling lumber town of bear wrestling, brothels and turnip probers, the play’s language is clever, dancing around euphemisms, playing…

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RBC Bluesfest is exploring the world of fashion this summer, highlighting the styles worn by performers and found in the crowd. The campaign, which is influenced by what is seen at major music festivals like Coachella and Osheaga, will give festival-goers an immersive fashion experience. This includes access to hair and make-up tents, samples of fragrances and regular video updates where musicians are interviewed about their outfits. “Fashion has always been a part of music…

The Luke Austin Band Rocks The Bourbon Room 4

  The Luke Austin Band is not a country band. Despite the Stetson and spurs imagery their name conjures, their style is as far from country and country alternative as you can get which is exactly the way they like it. Comprised of Luke Austin (Vocals), Bryan Swartz (Bass Guitar), Kenny Pollard (Lead Guitar), and Mike Ferguson (Drums), The Luke Austin Band has been searing a trail across Canada. Their sound is reminiscent of The…

Fringe ’15 Review: The Cock Whisperer "A Love Story"

Aural sex in a theatre has never been so hilarious! Lest anyone has the impression they have come to a show about a lady who can charm a rooster, Colette Kendall begins this fun-filled hour with a dildo demonstration and keeps the laughs coming from there on in. The Cock Whisperer “A Love Story” is a euphemistically endowed history o Kendall’s amore de… well, the title says it all. Of course, the contradiction between a…

Fringe ‘15 Review: WEIRD: The Witches of Macbeth 2

Reviewed by Don Fex Something wicked this way comes… The iconic line from Macbeth stirs dark images of the three witches who possess magic powerful enough to turn the fates to their favour. The cauldron scene from Macbeth is one of the English language’s most iconic passages and set the groundwork for witch imagery up to modern day. But let’s face it: the witches come out of nowhere in Macbeth. They are a collection of…

Fringe ’15 Review: The Grandfathers 2

Reviewed by Don Fex 547. This is the number of days that each person conscripted into war must serve their country. From their early days on the training grounds to their final deployment into the field, The Grandfathers presents the story of nine young people going through the cycle that generations before them have endured. The experience provides them with a chance to connect with the past and harden them for the future. A chance…