RBC Bluesfest – July 14, 2016

The only downside to an outdoor music festival is having to compete with Mother Nature. Although it was nothing close to the wild storm of Bluesfest 2011 (re: when the stage collapsed on Cheap Trick), the thunderstorm that delayed the final performances of the night was one hell of a storm. Fortunately it moved quick, causing only a half hour delay before the night’s closing performances were able to continue. And those who waited out the storm were treated to shows well worth the wait. Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk was…

RBC Bluesfest – July 13, 2016

It was country night at RBC Bluesfest last night, and even though there were no official signs dictating so, festival goers were donned with cowboy hats, plaid, and cowboy boots, and with the sun shining above everyone, farmer’s tans were setting in as well. With country music all-star Brad Paisley hitting the main stage as the night’s headliner, it was an exciting summer’s night full of country twang and kicking guitar licks. But before the country music took over, there was plenty of talent to be shared around the festival including…

RBC Bluesfest July 7, 2016

“Drink lots of water” was the motto for the first night of RBC Bluesfest. The heat and the sun were an unstoppable duo and if you weren’t sweating – you’re lying. It was a hot one. But Thursday evening was too much fun to care, with some even hotter acts heating up the festival. Sunshine, dancing, and some of the biggest names in music made for one hell of a night. Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk kicked off her photo coverage of the festival Thursday evening, and you can browse through her photos…

Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 24, 2016

With the sun shining bright above Mooney’s Bay, the second day of Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was also arguably one of the most beautiful days of the year. The perfect weather made for excellent racing conditions, as the Dragon Boat teams celebrated with their opening ceremonies. Across the grounds, music lovers were taking advantage of the summery conditions and came to check out some solid Canadian talent. Browse through the Concert Gallery below featuring The Beaches, Ria Mae, and Mother Mother from the talented Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more of…

Sights & Sounds – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: June 23, 2016

Although the races don’t start until Friday, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was off with a bang with a handful of exciting and highly anticipated free concerts. Bringing in artists from Ottawa and beyond, Dusty Organ was there to capture all the action. Between the performances from local bands The Lionyls, and chart-topping favourites July Talk, Thursday night at Mooney’s Bay was one for the books. Browse through the Concert Gallery below from Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more pictures from the weekend. As well, you can…

Van Damsel – May 19, 2016: Zaphods Beeblebrox

Four friends, one van, one coast-to-coast tour, and only one speeding ticket. “We were driving through, I think it was Saskatchewan, and there was nothing but road…” Indie electro-pop band Van Damsel have been touring across Canada in support of their debut, self-titled full-length released back in April, and the Kamloops-based quartet have since dipped their toes in the Atlantic Ocean and are on their way back west. Making sure to spend some time in the nation’s capital, Van Damsel brought their energetic live performance to Zaphods Beeblebrox on Thursday night. “It’s always…

Classified & SonReal (w/ JD Era) – March 11, 2016: Algonquin Commons Theatre

The Algonquin Commons Theatre is a fairly elegant venue. Comfortable chairs, a well-sized stage, and crisp sound system provide an ideal setting for, perhaps a theatre production, a school orchestra, or even a professional speaker to discuss politics or motivational behaviour tactics. But when hosting three Canadian Juno-nominated hip-hop artists for a packed show on a Friday night, those comfortable seats become coat holders, the vacant floor area is quickly filled, and the high-quality speakers are pumping energized hip-hop beats and everyone’s favourite songs. Toronto hip-hop artist JD Era, Vancouver…

Radio Radio (w/ Alex Silas & the Subterraneans) – March 4, 2016: Ritual

I hope you brought your dancing shoes. Acadian hip-hop duo Radio Radio certainly wore theirs Friday night, setting off a wild dance party at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa. From the front of the stage to the back bar, the room was packed with energetic and excited fans ready to go all night long. Having just released their latest album Light the Sky – the first to be entirely in English – Radio Radio danced through their hits new and old. Opening for the pair was local indie hip-hop-fusion act Alex Silas & the Subterraneans,…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 5, 2016

Empty art galleries make surprisingly excellent rock concert venues. The minimalist design from the contemporary building leaves plenty of room for equipment, bands, audiences, and most importantly: noise. Ottawa’s Megaphono hauled the festival across the bridge into Hull for the final day of shows, including the closing event at AxeNÉ 7. How were the shows? Let the pictures do the talking… Visit www.megaphono.tv for information on all of the acts, and look back on coverage from Wednesday and Thursday. Michael Rault Toronto-based lo-fi psych rocker Michael Rault shared his gritty, garage…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 3, 2016

If you haven’t head of Megaphono, that’s alright. Only in its second year, the indie festival supports the local Ottawa music scene with concerts scattered across the city in the evening, and informative panel discussions every morning and afternoon. From February 2nd to 5th, Megaphono showcases some of the best music Canada’s capital has to offer. Wednesday night featured a number of highly-anticipated shows from Michael Feuerstack, to Andy Shauf, and local party-band The PepTides. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Catch some of the action from…