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Farewell Davidson at Tulip Festival – Ottawa Live Review

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Farewell Davidson at Tulip Festival — Ottawa Live Review

Who: Farewell Davidson
From: Wakefield, Quebec
Where: Capital Sounds Main Stage at Commissioners Park (Tulip Festival), Ottawa
When: Monday May 19, 2014

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Style: Indie/Alternative Rock

Free live music, great local talent and an abundance of vibrant tulips! What’s better than that? The Wakefield, Que. band Farewell Davidson took to the Capital Sounds Main Stage at Commissioners Park on May 19, as part of the Canadian Tulip Festival, headlining the event with an electric, nine-song set.

Infusing their dynamic guitar riffs, infectious bass lines and smooth drums with catchy vocal patterns that were sure to gain the attention of visitors, Farewell Davidson made a beautiful day in the nation’s capital even more special.

The indie and alternative rock band has played a lot of shows at notable venues in and around Ottawa recently, such as Lunenburg Pub and Zaphod Beeblebrox, but this was their first time playing at the Tulip Festival.

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With the sun shining bright on the festival grounds for most of their performance, Farewell Davidson opened with their song “Moths” and then played their hit, “Open Heart Surgery”.

Their one-hour set on Monday evening generated a fairly large crowd, with many onlookers gathering around the stage area to get a glimpse of the performers. A small group in the crowd was very engaged in the band’s performance, which made up for the lacklustre response from the rest of the herd. 

The crowd was a lot more diverse than what you’d usually expect at an indie and alternative rock concert. It was also evident that many onlookers were likely hearing the band play for the first time. Regardless, for an up-and-coming band playing a free outdoor concert at a festival aimed largely at tourists, this was likely expected. 

Either way, they played a great set and definitely gained some new fans from their performance. 

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During the show, the band played only two songs from their previously released six-song EP entitled Hometown Lights, opting to play some newer material as well as two cover songs.

They first covered “Supersoaker” by Kings of Leon and then “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” by Band of Skulls, two bands that have had a strong influence on the group’s sound.

They finished off their set with their song “Fall Down” and by the end of their performance, they received a strong ovation from the crowd. It was a great way to close off the festivities.

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Written by Michael Hanifi

Photographs from Erik Stolpmann

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FRO ONE NIGHT ONLY: Blacks vs. Jews

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Fro One Night Only

 It all goes down this Saturday at Toronto’s famous Comedy Bar. A battle of laughs, centuries in the making. Punchlines clashing on punchlines. Comics clutching the microphone in a hail of laughs, cutting through the air like hilarious bullets!

Winnipeg’s own Aisha Alfa, who has been kicking ass and taking names on the Toronto scene like nobody’s business. Taking on the high-voltage ball of energy Adrienne Fish. They’re goin’ Afro to Afro, like that scene in that movie with Jennifer Connolly. But instead of gross butt stuff it’s afros, and comedy. And it’s going to be fun to watch. And they’re battling it out! So, maybe it’s more like the rap battles in 8 Mile, but with comedy? And definitely NOT shitty because Eminem isn’t in it! 

FRO ONE NIGHT ONLY: Blacks vs. Jews!

Alfa has assembled a cold, hard team of crowd killers:

Sharif, Daniel Woodrow (Perfect 10 Comedy, The Underground Comedy Railroad) Nile Seguin (Just for Laughs, This Hour Has 22 Mins, The Hour)

Going joke for joke with Fish’s brass-witted Jewish comedy mob!

Natalie Norman (The Crimson Wave podcast) Robby Hoffman (Just for Laughs, Sirius XM) Alex Nussbaum (Yuk Yuks, Comedy Now, Video on Trial) 

Headlined by one of Canada’s most notorious coast to coast crowd killers, KATEmotherfuckin’ DAVIS!

(5 time Canadian Comedy Award nominee!! The Mike Bullard Show, Breakfast Television, Comedy Now)

Tickets $10! Just 10 loonies for this all-out comedy maelstrom.

 

SAT MAY 24 9:30pm

COMEDY BAR

945 Bloor W. (@Ossington)

www.comedybar.ca 

 


Kalle Mattson releases new music video

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Kalle Mattson released a video for his track “Hurt People Hurt People” via National Public Radio today; the third music video off his most recent album, entitled Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold.

The video is particularly interesting, featuring plants growing to each beat. Mattson said, “It’s Michael Bay meets nature!” via press release. The video was directed by Kevin Parry, who also worked on Mattson’s “Thick as Thieves” and “Waterfalls”, both of which quickly gained popularity. 

Mattson has had an incredibly busy year already, launching his album Someday, The Moon Will be Gold in early February and completing two European tours since January. He has many tour dates lined up for this summer, including performances at Toronto’s NXNE, Ottawa’s Bluesfest and a handful of festival performances in Europe.

Watch the video for “Hurt People Hurt People” here.

Brianna Harris

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Steel Panther Toronto, May 26, 2014

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Who: Steel Panther
When: Monday, May 26th, 2014
Where: Sound Academy
Price: $40.75 + tax
Event Details: Click Here

Steel Panther return to Toronto in support of their brand new album All You Can Eat. So, if you like metal, babes, beer and funny lyrics, come down to Sound Academy. It’s gonna be a party!

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Ulcerate – The Comfort Zone – Toronto Live Review

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Ulcerate – The Comfort Zone – Toronto Live Review

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Who: Ulcerate
From: Auckland, New Zealand
Where: The Comfort Zone
When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Total Score: 8.2/10

Style: Technical Death Metal

The Comfort Zone is a venue not for the weak. With low ceilings and minimal lighting, it creates the necessary atmosphere for black and death metal acts, however it doesn’t look good on other acts. Luckily, this line-up proved to be perfect for the place.  The bill drew an unusually big crowd for the venue and the fans stood tightly around the stage. Openers Thantifaxath and Castevet drew praise from the crowd in the form of claps, otherwise the crowd was barely moving – hypnotized by the music. A mosh-pit rightfully broke out during the most intense parts of Ulcerate’s set. During Ulcerate’s set the atmosphere got even more suffocating, because all the lights were shut off save for one red lamp above Paul Kelland (vocals, bass guitar). A single white light flashed while people were moshing, which, it felt like, made them even more aggressive.

An always anonymous black metal trio Thantifaxath open up the night, delivering a very tight and mesmerizing performance. Castevet mixed it up a little with progressive riffs and a simple image (black tees and jeans) and served as a great transition from a more traditional black metal to atmospheric tech death of Ulcerate.

Ulcerate opened their set with the leading song off their newest album Vermis “Confronting Entropy”. They played a very intense set focusing mainly on the new album. It is really spectacular how heavy and morose can a trio sound in comparison to bands using three guitar players to achieve similar results.

Overall, this show turned out to be a worthy and memorable one, and I hope Ulcerate will return to Canada shortly.

See photos from the event here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/raimorrison/sets/72157644855234373/

Written by: Raya P Morrison
Photos by: Raya P Morrison


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