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Andre Gagne

Music Writer and Web Editor

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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Tree-mendous Tremblant!

Tree-mendous Tremblant!

Photos by Andre Gagne and provided by Les Refuges Perchés, Scandinave Spa and Casino Mont-Tremblant When I was ten I wanted a tree house. I mean, hey, who didn’t when they were ten? The idea was a simple one. I’d build it atop the old tree in our backyard, the one with three splintering [...]

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JUNO by Numbers!

JUNO by Numbers!

Photos by Kamara Morozuk We all know the JUNOs are going to be one massive party Sunday night featuring some of the best musicians in the country. But what does it take to put it all together? This year the JUNOs are even bigger than ever and that’s not just the extra half hour of show. [...]

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JUNO Spotlight: A Tribe Called Red

JUNO Spotlight: A Tribe Called Red

Nominated For: Video of the Year (R.E.D.) Jack Richardson Producer of the Year (Sila, R.E.D.) Electronic Album of the Year (We Are the Halluci Nation) When art meets activism something amazing is bound to happen. When that includes an exultant dance party set to pulse pounding dubstep, house, [...]

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Indspirational!

Indspirational!

Photos by Renée Boucher Doiron Looking to the past to change the future, the rousing refrain of the 24th anniversary of the Indspire Awards, was evident even before the uplifting showcase that was to come even began. The grinning and the glamorous started to pour into the National Arts Centre [...]

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JUNO Spotlight: Bria Skonberg

JUNO Spotlight: Bria Skonberg

Nominated For: Vocal Jazz Album of the Year (Bria) When asked how she feels going into the JUNOs next week, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year nominee Bria Skonberg keeps it simple. “Happy,” she says. Her path there, however, hasn’t been as straightforward. Born in Chilliwack, British [...]

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“Feist”y Lineup for TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017!

“Feist”y Lineup for TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017!

Well, you can’t say the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival isn’t daring when it comes to putting together an unique mix of programing. You might say they know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run with it! In case you didn’t guess, [...]

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Lumineers Shine!

Lumineers Shine!

Photos by Renee Doiron In 1933, four years into The Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lang took to the road carrying her camera and the vision to document the downtrodden world around her. Her photos told the stories of migrant workers, browbeaten sharecroppers, drifters and wayward wanderers [...]

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JUNO Spotlight: Heather Rankin

JUNO Spotlight: Heather Rankin

Nominated for: 2017 | Adult Contemporary Album of the Year (A Fine Line) What is it like growing up in one of Canada’s most beloved musical families? Well, if you’re Heather Rankin you sum things up nicely with the word “chaotic”. Born the eleventh child in an already [...]

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Chris Stapleton Leads Rugged Country Caravan as The Traveller Comes to Ottawa

Chris Stapleton Leads Rugged Country Caravan as The Traveller Comes to Ottawa

Photos by Renée Boucher Doiron They say never bring a knife to a gunfight but they say nothing about bringing Chris Stapleton. I figure he could disarm even the vilest of outlaws with a single rumble from his guitar, a thunder felt by 10,000 plus inside the Canadian Tire Centre last night. [...]

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Invitation to the Blues

Invitation to the Blues

Photos courtesy of Blues & Company Before 1993, Kevin Ficzere was living a regular life filled with bills to pay, kids to raise and work to do. Then he got the blues. First he found a guitar God. A still self-professed Hendrix junkie, Ficzere discovered the legend in the late 80’s and [...]

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