LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC
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Article by Ian Boyd Lee Harvey Osmond invaded the NAC last night as part of the Canada 150 celebrations and they nailed it. Lee Harvey Osmond is Hamilton artist and singer-songwriter, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie a/t Rodeo Kings) and his cast of characters. This time out…

A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Lynn Miles/Keith Glass "Road"
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Music Review by Ian Boyd What can you say about Lynn Miles? Gracious, honest, talented, a great song writer, collaborative, front person, arranger, producer, a national treasure, diverse, entertaining, funny, multiple Juno award nominee and winner, or just plain Lynn. She is an Ottawa original…

Debut Album for Prayer Wheels
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Ottawa ‘choir-rock’ band Prayer Wheels will be releasing their debut EP, “Spring“, on Monday, June 27. Made up of an ensemble cast of friends and family, the band layers harmonized vocals over a relentless rhythm section. Lyrics cover many different facets of life, from philosophy to relationships….

Comments Off on Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest: The Brothers Chaffey are pulling up their bootstraps

As the sun warmed the Subway stage area on Wednesday afternoon, it was with great interest that I found a shady spot and chatted with Curtis Chaffey about his experience playing at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest this year. Curtis is the lead guitar player working…

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Where can a local musician “go” musically after becoming identified with a genre and therefore fitting into a specific category of music? Is there room to experiment outside of what the  public expects? Steve Marriner believes that there is not only room to experiment, but…

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Telling the life story of the rock legend Gram Parsons in the form of a concert that includes story-telling results in some pretty hefty monologues for Anders Drerup. Acting in theatre is not always a part of the repertoire for local artists who write songs…

I knew from the moment I walked in the doors of the Elmdale Tavern on Friday night that it wasn’t going to be your typical evening. Though it was only 8:30pm, the joint was already happening – most of the little round tables were full,…