Bluesfest 2017: The good, the bad, and the bluesy

The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest was back at Lebreton Flats from July 6 to 16 with a series of fantastic and memorable performances from world-class headliners and smaller-scale performers alike. Overall, the festival was a positive experience for most people. However, weather, security issues, and health problems cast a shadow over a few of the acts. BLUESFEST’S TOP 10 ACTS 10. High Valley: From the small Northern Alberta town of La Crete, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel brought their fresh style to the Claridge Homes Stage in what was perhaps the most outstanding country performance of the festival. 9. Death From Above 1979: For a two-person band, Death From Above 1979 showed they can produce a big and full sound. The […]

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Bluesfest Day Five: Fetty Wap, Jake Owen, RL Grime, and July Talk

After a one-day break, Bluesfest was back with its most diverse single-day lineup yet on July 11. Kicking things off on the Bluesville Stage was Harea Band. The up-and-coming band from Ottawa brought their unique fusion style to the stage, which they describe as “sexy soul and disco infused pop,” using instruments such as synthesizers, electric drums, and keytars. Lead singer Matt Harea made the show even more exciting with his strong, soulful vocals and by leading the rest of the band in choreographed funk dance moves. Opening the City Stage for the evening was a highly-anticipated performance by Fetty Wap and Monty. From the moment the concert began, the hip-hop superstars kept the mostly teenage crowd engaged, as they […]

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Juno Awards take over Ottawa for the week

Legends were honoured, diversity was recognized and Canadian music was celebrated at the 2017 Juno Awards in Ottawa. The week-long festivities ran from March 27 to April 2 and featured a variety of events and performances to celebrate Canada 150, all culminating in the Juno Awards show at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mayor Jim Watson said he was pleased the Juno Awards were back in Ottawa for the third time. “This is a very exciting time in our city’s history,” Watson told The Charlatan in an interview. “We worked really hard to attract them here, so we’re delighted with all of the programs leading up to the big awards.” The awards helped bring many popular local artists back to Ottawa. […]

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Guide to Ontario 2016 summer music festivals

As the warm weather rolls in and students begin recovering from months of exams, there is nothing better to do than experience the best music has to offer at one of the many festivals Ontario-wide. So grab your sun screen, your friends, and a gallon of water because no matter where you go, you’re in for an unbelievable time. There are tons of local festivals for students who are able to commute around Ontario this season. Festival: Field Trip Location: Fort York and Garrison Common, Toronto Dates: June 4-5 Price Point for Weekend Pass: $125 Field Trip is a quaint, family friendly festival in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core. The venue is really convenient, featuring two main stages and […]

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Commentary: Alabama Shakes play TD Place

On Sept. 24, Ottawa received a dose of some down-south medicine when soulful rockers Alabama Shakes shook TD Place with their presence. Accompanied by alt-rock band July Talk, the night’s performance was perfectly contrasted in both sound and energy. Opening act July Talk, a Toronto-based band, featured curiously opposing vocals due to Peter Dreimanis’ rough and edgy growls and Leah Fay’s sweet-sounding melodies. A strange act, to say the least, but July Talk kept the audience interested with strong crowd interaction and by regularly jumping into the pit to get up close and personal with the already enthusiastic fans. Although the focal point of their set was watching the strange and romantic dynamic that existed between Dreimanis and Fay, the […]

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