RBC Bluesfest – July 10, 2016

The sun finally decided to make an appearance at Bluesfest on Sunday, making for a beautiful afternoon and evening before heading into the two-day break from the festival. With shows starting early on in the afternoon, Day 4 of Bluesfest was packed tight with exciting and talented acts – three of which made our Top 10 Must-See Non-Headliner Performances. From country pop star Jordan McIntosh, to a surprise visit during Belly’s performance, there was no shortage of action Sunday, and Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk was there to capture it. As you…

Top 10: Must-See Non-Headline Performances at RBC Bluesfest 2016

With almost 200 performances over the span of 9 days, figuring out who to catch at Bluesfest can be a bit of a challenge. This year’s festival boasts some phenomenal headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Future, Billy Idol, Brad Paisley, and The Lumineers, amongst many others, and with so much to offer from the top of the heap, blink and you just might miss some hidden indie gems. So to help, I looked through the full line-up, crossed off some names, added a few back, lost sleep, grew a few grey hairs,…

Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 25, 2016

Could you have asked for better weather? Day 3 at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was once again a beautiful summer day; in fact, the entire weekend has been some of the best weather this year, and what better way to soak up some rays than by catching free concerts at the beach? Although it was a Saturday evening, the lineup was more on the laid-back side of the music spectrum, with experimental art-rock group Pony Girl, lo-fi rock quartet Nap Eyes, and indie garage pop group Alvvays taking the stage. Browse…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 4, 2016

Ottawa’s west end played host on Thursday for the third day of Megaphono. 12 different performers took over various record stores and cafés, as people sipped on lattés, browsing through shelves of vinyls while Ottawa indie acts entertained listeners. But the real party started later that night at Babylon Nightclub… You can head to www.megaphono.tv for more information and a full schedule, and check out Wednesday night’s gallery.   Frayd Just a few months shy of graduating from high school, Ottawa electronic artist Frayd opened the night at Babylon. Playing a…

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…

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…

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,…

Sights & Sounds of CityFolk Festival: September 18, 2015

TGIF! CityFolk Festival-goers on Friday night were not only excited for the arrival of the weekend, but also for the opportunity to see the iconic Van Morrison in concert. By 6pm, the grounds were scattered with lawn chairs (so many lawn chairs) and by 8pm, the grounds were full. But there was plenty more talent to go around; Montreal’s Patrick Watson and indie pop trio Motel Raphaël took the stage, and blues-folk rock ensemble Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers preceded alt-country superstar Elle King. Check out the photos below and follow our…

Sights & Sounds From CityFolk Festival: September 17, 2015

Ottawa, boring? Never. Thursday evening saw an exciting lineup at CityFolk with a small handful of artists performing, drawing crowds to enjoy the warm weather and likes of Walk Off the Earth, Les Soeurs Boulay, and The Avett Brothers, plus those fortunate enough to make the capacity for at the Ravenlaw stage were able to take in the music of Wintersleep. In case you missed the performances, K.NE was there to capture the concerts. If you’re looking for tickets or more information about CityFolk including the FREE shows available, head to www.cityfolkfestival.com! Les Soeurs Boulay Sisters…