Coming Soon: JUNOFEST 2017 – Ottawa, ON

The JUNOS are coming! The JUNOS are coming! But, before we get to the JUNOS, we’ve got JUNO Week and JUNO Fest.

JUNO Week starts March 30th with the JUNO Cup Jam.2017 JUNO Cup Jam poster Featuring performances at The Bourbon Room with Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall (High Bar Gang), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy Band, Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), JJ Shiplett, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Matthew Barber, Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), Peter Kesper (NQ Arbuckle), Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth), Tim D’eon (Wintersleep) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk/Indian City). I’m overwhelmed at the talent in that list and you’ll be overwhelmed by their performances. Tickets are just $25 and they’re on sale now.

One of my favourite highlights of the week happens next. On March 31st, the JUNO Cup pits NHL Legends against Canadian musical greats. This game is always a hoot and the lineup this year is stacked! Watch as Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders), Brendan Bell (Ottawa Senators), Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Gary Roberts (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jim Kyte (Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators), Luke Richardson (Ottawa Senators), Mark Napier (Montréal Canadiens,Juno Cup Edmonton Oilers), Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) and Troy Crowder (New Jersey Devils) coached by Grey Cup Champion Henry Burris from the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall, Beard Guy (Walk Off The Earth), Chad Brownlee, Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Dallas Smith, Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy , Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/The Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Kathleen Edwards, Matthew Barber, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Sam Roberts, Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk) with Legendary Ottawa 67’s bench boss, Brian “Killer” Kilrea coaching The Rockers.

Watch for more names to be added to these lists! And yes, tickets are $20 and on sale now, you can get one here!

Friday, March 31
and Saturday, April 1 we get JUNOfest, over two nights, the music2017 JUNOfestfestival features more than 100 artists playing on stages in more than 15 venues across Ottawa and it’s an integral part of the 2017 JUNO Week. You can see Kelly Prescott, Caveboy, Repartee, The Dirty Nil, Dilly Dally, Bleecker, The Julian Taylor Band, Sykamore, The Abrams, Cold Creek County, Common Deer, The Strumbellas, Stuck on Planet Earth, The Honest Heart Collective, Colin Linden, The Balconies and so many more acts!

Wristbands are only $30, they’ll get you into all of the venues and you can get them here. You can check out the schedule and plan your weekend by following this link. 

On April 2nd we get to the big show, the JUNOS. This year’s lineup features more than 35 JUNO nominees, including Shawn Mendes, Arkells, The Strumbellas, The Weeknd, Monster Truck, Alessia Cara, The Tragically Hip, Chad Brownlee, Coleman Hell, Marians Trench, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, Tasha The Amazon, Holy Fuck, Cold Creek County, and more! For the full list of nominees check out the official JUNOS page.

There are so many of our favourites are in the lists above and we can hardly wait!

Field Trip 2016 Preview: Dear Rouge

In the top five list of artists I’m looking forward to seeing at Field Trip are Dear Rouge. I really love these guys!

Dear Rouge WayHome Art and Music Festival2013’s I Heard I Had put them squarely on my radar and they’ve just continued to soar. Although it’s only been a few short years, Drew and Danielle McTaggart have taken the music scene by storm. From unknown to playing the Junos and winning the Breakthrough Group of the Year in just over four years, that’s pretty impressive.

Dear RougeWondering how this is possible? They both came into this project with years of individual experience. Add to that great talent, determination and having amazing people working for them in the background. It’s the perfect storm for success. These guys are always amazing live, great to watch, great to listen to and as a photographer, Danielle is a dream subject.

Here they are, my top five Dear Rouge Videos

Dear Rouge Top 5

Thinking About You

The band’s first official single, this is a great live version played at The Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, B.C.

Black To Gold

The title track from the band’s debut studio album, this video is dark, haunting and highlights Danielle’s voice. I love this one.

Best Look Lately

Showing off their fun side, Best Look Lately is a super fun video. Great looks, loving the guitar and keys in this one.


Another one of my favourites, it’s got a great message. Who hasn’t been on the receiving end of the razor blade tongue.

I Heard I Had

You may recall their ridiculously hot performance of I Heard I Had on this year’s Juno’s. Their second single, it’s still my favourite. Loving the blonde hair Danielle!

You can get your tickets to Field Trip here!

More Photos of Dear Rouge from WayHome 2015

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eOne/Gibson All Star 2015 JUNO EXTRAVAGANZA

And just as the title implies the eOne/Gibson All Star 2015 JUNO EXTRAVAGANZA was spectacular!

Where do I even start? How about at the hotel where I picked up our VIP laminates. The hotel was full of musicians and music industry people doing the same things any of us would be doing, in a hotel. Hanging out, having tea, talking to each other, socializing and getting ready for the next event. It was pretty cool and that was just the warm up.

Gibson Bus in front of Liuna Station Junos 2015

Doors were at 9:00 and we were ready and waiting! What you don’t know is that we arrived at the party not knowing who was going to be appearing. We’d been told “It’s all a surprise. But they’re all JUNO winners/noms past and present.” . That’s a little disconcerting to someone who likes to do their research!

Ok. I may have had a little tip the night before from a certain someone’s mom (true story). I knew who one of the performers would be. You’ll find out!

Let’s get started, there’s quite a list to get through! To pull off something like this you can’t possibly be swapping out all the equipment between acts. No chance. So we had the pleasure of a house band, The Julian Taylor Band. Julian was engaging and the band had the challenge of learning songs for almost everyone. We posted an Instagram video and you can see it here – VIDEO!!!

Julian Taylor Band at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

First up was Dallas Smith, hot off his Juno win for Best Country Album of the year. He played Wasting Gas and took a bow. He’s been working very hard!

Dallas Smith at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Next up was the one artist I knew was going to be there, Meghan Patrick. Currently unsigned, but not for long, Meghan killed the performance. We’ve been singing her praises, we think she’s talented and genuine and we think she’s going to be a big star. She sang Shake, Rattle and Roll, Son of a Preacherman, and a recently recorded track. We hope it’s released soon?

Next up was The Once. They were fun and quirky and I really liked them.

The Once at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Alysha Brilla, nominated for Adult Contemporary Album. Alysha was new to me. I really liked her.

Alysha Brilla at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Nominated for Roots and Traditional album was Amelia Curran, she was joined on the stage by Harlan Pepper. They had five guitars! It was spectacular.

Amelia Curran and Harlan Pepper at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

They cleared the stage and a DJ set up and Kardinal Offishall came on. It was loud, really loud, and I needed to drink so I wandered into the lobby at this point. Sorry, no Kardinal photo.

Tom Wilson, Matt Anderson, Steve Strongman, Colin Linden. It was so good! I’m sure I’ve missed someone.

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2014 Juno nominee Amanda Rheaume put on a compelling performance.

Amanda Rheaume at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

The Dead South, I loved this band! I’d never heard of them, and I’m not sure why, but I’ve been listening to them all day and I may have a little crush on their banjo player.
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It was getting late, but we weren’t done yet. Up next was Lindsay Broughton. She was another crowd pleaser. Her rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams may not have been perfect but it was lovely.

Lindsay Broughton at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

And the last act I saw was The Wild! It takes a special kind of band to get the crowd going past 2:00am! The Wild! is that kind of band. Wow! Loved them!

The Wild! at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015The Wild! at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

It was an amazing evening, with amazing performances. Liuna Station is a beautiful building, the staff were friendly and accommodating. It was a great choice for this event and we’re glad we were a part of it.

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