Skinny Lister – CityFolk Festival: Thursday September 15, 2016

Skinny Fuckin’ Lister. Pardon my English, the rowdy, fear-not attitude of the London sextet seems to have worn off on me. But that is definitely not a bad thing – what a show. Bringing their unparalleled energy and party-starting tunes to CityFolk Festival, Skinny Lister held a kitchen party in the Aberdeen Pavilion and everyone was invited. Their blend of folk, punk, and good ol’ drinking music makes for a wild night and some great tunes to stomp your feet to. The rambunctious personalities of each member came out to play…

Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 26, 2016

Another successful and exciting year of Ottawa Dragon Boat festival has come to an end. Four days of racing, concerts, and fun in the sun goes by quickly, and the last evening at Mooney’s Bay was no different, with the closing ceremonies turning the beach into a huge party, and the free concerts at the other end of grounds were just as exciting. Between the theatrical performance from Ottawa band Loon Choir, the electrifying performance from synth-pop band Young Empires, and the party-starting show from hometown favourites A Tribe Called…

Wintersleep (w/ Walrus) – March 3, 2016: Ritual

Donair anyone? It was Halifax night at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa, with East Coast indie psych-pop rock quartet Walrus opening for Canadian alternative rock veterans Wintersleep – both of which originate from the Nova Scotia capital – as the headliners promoted their newly released sixth record The Great Detachment. Check out the Concert Gallery below from K.NE – you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. After, don’t forget to read our review of The Great Detachment and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Walrus Dressed in a retro USA ski jacket and an equally as vintage…

The Bright Light Social Hour – November 4, 2015: Mavericks

Wednesday November 4th marked the end of a three-year drought; the last time Austin, Texas psychedelic band Bright Light Social Hour made their way to Ottawa was 2012, which was around the same time their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album was released. Taking to the compact, yet explosive stage at Mavericks Bar on Rideau street, the four members of Bright Light Social Hour brought with them the energy of a much larger size, reaching back to some of their earlier songs (including the 10-minute encore with “Garden of the Gods”), playing songs from…

The Zolas (w/ Rose Quartz) – October 20, 2015: House of Targ

Pinball machines, and hot dogs. Two vital components to any legendary night at Ottawa’s famous arcade bar: House of Targ. Welcoming out of town acts Rose Quartz and The Zolas for the chilly Tuesday night of October 20th, the enthusiastic crowd warmed up fairly quickly with dancing and arcade games.  In case you missed the show, local photographer and Visual Editor at The Fulcrum Kim Wiens captured the concert for your enjoyment! Rose Quartz Denver, Colorado electro-pop group Rose Quartz have escalated their presence in the indie music scene over the past two…

Sights & Sounds: Beau’s All Natural Brewery Oktoberfest – October 2nd, 2015

Oktoberfest is Wunderbar! Pretzels, sauerkraut, beer, and more beer were plentiful Friday evening at Beau’s Oktoberfest. Spanning over two nights in the beautiful town of Vankleek Hill, the beer festival has become a popular right of passage into the fall months. And what else to pair with the stellar local beer than Canadian musicians? Enjoy the concert gallery from Friday night’s performances featuring The Elwins, Pack A.D., The Dears, and headlining act Yukon Blonde! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more photo updates! The Elwins Newmarket indie pop…

Alabama Shakes (w/ July Talk) – September 24, 2015: TD Place, Ottawa

History in the making. Thursday September 24, 2015 was the first visit from southern rock band Alabama Shakes to Ottawa – we can only hope it won’t be the last. Playing to a lively crowd of just over 3,000, the Athens, Alabama natives may seem like an unlikely combination for a rock band, but their ability to swing between low, cool soul, and ’60s-electric guitar, crushing rock is what propelled their popularity in recent years. Alongside the ever-so entertaining July Talk, Thursday night’s appearances were a Friday night in spirit. For more…

Sights & Sounds of CityFolk Festival: September 20, 2015

That’s all, folks! Sunday’s concerts meant the end of the CityFolk festival for 2015. Before the curtains closed, top-notch performers took the stage to dazzle and entertain; anticipated acts included Corb Lund, Built to Spill, Passenger, and Wilco. For the final night, we sent photographer Connor Evans once more to capture the highlights. Check out more of his stunning work at his website, and follow him on Instagram. Don’t forget to follow Dusty Organ on Instagram as well! Click on the photos to view them in full size! Passenger  British…

Sights & Sounds of CityFolk Festival: September 19, 2015

High winds, rain, and good ol’ rock n’ roll. Saturday’s lineup was wonderfully diverse: folk quartet The Barr Brothers opened the day, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs, and Icelandic folk pop group Of Monsters & Men all took the stage. To capture the evening’s performances, we sent out Ottawa-based photographer Connor Evans to CityFolk. Follow him on Instagram, and view more of his work at his website. Barr Brothers You can never quite fully understand how creative and experimental the Barr Brothers are with sound until you experience it live; extra strings, modified cymbals,…