Ottawa ComicCon 2018 ran at the EY Centre over the weekend, featuring all manner of geeky guests from the worlds of comics, cosplay, film, and television. On Sunday, I took in Q&As from burgeoning sci-fi icons Karl Urban and Doug Jones, and stopped to chat with comic artist James O’Barr.
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Juno-winning rockers The Beaches played The 27 Club Friday night, demonstrating why they’re one of the hottest bands on the Canadian music scene.
Psychobilly duo The Living Deads headlined a wild show at Mavericks on Saturday night.
East coast indie band Hillsburn treated their Ottawa fans to a sold-out show at LIVE! on Elgin on Monday.
Nearly thirty years ago, Jim Cuddy found himself standing on a New Zealand beach, watching a Blue Rodeo crew member write his wife’s name in the sand.
The return of Michael Buble, a reunited BNL, tributes to Gord Downie, and increased focus on Indigenous and women’s rights made for a particularly moving night at the 2018 Juno Awards.
Singer-guitarist Terra Lightfoot thrilled a rowdy crowd at JUNOfest on Saturday night.
The 2018 Juno weekend kicked off in Vancouver last night, as nominees took the stage at bars, clubs, and churches across the city.
Scottish punks The Real McKenzies celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a sold-out show at Calgary’s Dickens Pub.
East met West on Friday as gregarious folk-rocker Alan Doyle played a packed house in Calgary, Alberta.
Saskatchewan rockers The Northern Pikes played to a sold-out crowd at the National Music Centre on Saturday night. Their eclectic two-hour set included a mix of familiar CanCon hits and surprising deep cuts.
Bruce Cockburn’s show at Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall on January 23rd was a powerful, politically charged evening of Canadian music.