Co-Headlining Stage, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa ON, July 14
Seated with his iconic Lucille on his lap, King chatted up the masses before delivering a tranquil rendition of his 1964 single, "Rock Me Baby." Justifiably struggling with his guitar playing, King ambled through "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Guess Who" and "The Thrill is Gone," adding brief and warbled guitar licks while his band proceeded to hold down each song's smooth rhythm. As the show closed with an extended version of "When the Saints Go Marching In," King began to speak boundlessly to select members of the crowd, offering jokes and anecdotes that only those in the first few rows could appreciate. Though B.B.'s live show moved at a senior citizen's pace, the King of Blues gave Ottawa a performance that was nothing less than sincere, passionate and straight from the heart.
ReviewsAug 22, 2015
The SadiesAlbert Island, Ottawa ON, August 21
Deservingly introduced as "a band that needs no introduction," the Sadies wasted no time in delivering a diverse set of kicking alt-country ...
ReviewsAug 10, 2015
First Aid KitStawamus Stage, Squamish BC, August 9
With a gold sheet covering the back of the stage and a banner for their 2014 album Stay Gold on top of it, First Aid Kit concluded a lengthy...
ReviewsAug 09, 2015
Of Monsters and MenStawamus Stage, Squamish BC, August 8
There is little doubt that Of Monsters and Men are good. These Icelanders clearly rehearse a lot, and there was rarely an awkward moment thr...
ReviewsJul 25, 2015
Michael Franti & SpearheadMain Stage, Guelph ON, July 24
It's hard to think of an artist that epitomizes the ideals of Guelph, ON's annual Hillside Festival quite like Californian singer-songwriter...
ReviewsJul 25, 2015
Ryley WalkerIsland Stage, Guelph ON, July 24
The spirit of roving '70s roots artists and (to a lesser extent) the Grateful Dead is alive and well in the sounds of folk-leaning, Midweste...
ReviewsJul 20, 2015
Hundred WatersBass Camp Stage, Pemberton BC, July 19
Falling right into the beautifully crafted "Out Alee," Hundred Waters graced the Bass Camp Stage on the last day of Pemberton (July 19). Cup...
ReviewsJul 13, 2015
Richard ThompsonMonster Energy Stage, Ottawa ON, July 12
Although many associate the term "guitar god" with rock music, the term was originally applied to folk players like Bert Jansch and John Fah...
ReviewsJun 19, 2015
Gina ChavezThe Rivoli, Toronto ON, June 18
Gina Chavez is one of those artists whose music is impossible to pigeonhole. On up.rooted, the exceptional sophomore album that garnered Cha...