Back in Ottawa by popular demand! As close as an old friend, as comfortable as an old blanket, the Ottawa Jazz Festival Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas concert.
Jerry Granelli, as one third of the legendary San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio recorded what is arguably the greatest Christmas album of all time in 1965 – the soundtrack to the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Read More
A review of the final day of Supercrawl Hamilton, in which Daptone takes over and destroys us all, with Antibalas and Charles Bradley closing out a tremendous three day free event. Read More
I was in the midst of coming down from an intense beat experience at the Exclaim! stage when I ran into the most unexpected of visuals: a giant fire spewing steampunk tricycle. Circus Orange had begun its unique performance, and it involved making its way through the densely packed streets of curious onlookers. With fire spewing, the tricycle slowly made its way while the clown conductor narrated some sort of story in a made-up language… but it didn’t matter as the acrobats, stilt walkers, and various performers captivated me enough to get me to drop my plans to see Kevin Drew on the main stage, and follow this menagerie of weird to wherever their final destination was… Read More
Hamilton’s sixth annual street festival Supercrawl came as advertised: a celebration of art, food, fashion, and music in the heart of Hamilton. Last year the festival drew a reported 100,000 people over three days, and expectations were high for the latest edition. The format for the festival is simple: close down James Street to car traffic from King Street to Barton Avenue (pretty much the main stretch of downtown), build four stages along it’s 1km span, fill the streets with local artist exhibits, food trucks, and vendors, and offer visitors three days of roaming, exploring, laughing, eating, and dancing to music. Did I mention that it’s all free? Read More