Andre Gagne

Features Writer

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 a Faces nominee for journalist of the year. 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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The Tackies Stay Cool Inside Their Rising Blaze

The Tackies Stay Cool Inside Their Rising Blaze

Photo by Andre Gagne Hans Vivian-Wenzel, Galen Cussion, Mathieu Malette, Jamie Orser…remember these names. They are The Tackies, one of Ottawa’s hottest bands. Trust us, that fire isn’t going to be contained to just this city for long. Meeting in their first year of Carleton’s [...]

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Q&A: Getting Graphic with Rocket 57

Q&A: Getting Graphic with Rocket 57

For over 15 years the husband and wife team of Marc Audet and Bérangère Bouffard having been making Ottawa pretty graphic. If you’ve looked at a telephone poll, bus or a magazine chances are you’ve seen their work. With both creating art from the moment they were able to [...]

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Honey Over Grit, Singer/Songrocker Crystalena Is One to Watch

Honey Over Grit, Singer/Songrocker Crystalena Is One to Watch

Photo courtesy of Crystal Paquette “Please help me,” Crystal Paquette shouted, her attacker now turning from fists to rocks. A passer-by just kept walking. There was no escape there. The pain continued to rain down upon her. Thankfully, a group of kids distracted this schoolyard [...]

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Collab Space: How Community Builds Success

Collab Space: How Community Builds Success

Photos by Andre Gagne Emile Salem and Blair Kilrea had a dream. The two serial entrepreneurs saw a place where artists, musicians and small business owners would come together, support one another and exchange ideas with a unified goal in mind: together they could overcome any business challenge [...]

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A Symphony of Choice! Get Classical with These Chamberfest 2018 Concerts

A Symphony of Choice! Get Classical with These Chamberfest 2018 Concerts

Whether you’re a classical music aficionado well-versed in everything from Amadeus to Záviš of Zápy or you simply can’t tell Mendelssohn from Metallica, narrowing down which of the 80+ concerts you can see this year at Ottawa Chamberfest is a pretty daunting task. This [...]

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How Charles Cleyn Left a Six-figure Shopify Salary to Follow His Dreams

How Charles Cleyn Left a Six-figure Shopify Salary to Follow His Dreams

Photo courtesy of Charles Cleyn What lengths would Charles Cleyn go to in order to share his music with the world? A. Quit his high paying job at Shopify to focus on his music career B. Film a video a day discussing music and his journey creating it C. Up and move from his Ottawa, Ontario [...]

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Bluesfest Gets All Kinda’ Groovy with the Dave Matthews Band

Bluesfest Gets All Kinda’ Groovy with the Dave Matthews Band

I’d never seen a man play two saxophones at the same time but, nawww, that wasn’t what was missing the last time I saw Dave Matthews and his band of merry music makers. Mid-way through his 2-1/2-hour RBC Bluesfest set it hit me. That little extra special dollop, that cheery on top, what was [...]

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Finally! Foo Fighters' Fury Unleashed at Bluesfest!

Finally! Foo Fighters' Fury Unleashed at Bluesfest!

All photos by Andre Gagne Kathy Butler and her husband had just become two of the 30,000+ last night that filed the Flats for, damn right, it was finally happening, the freakin’ Foo Fighters! It was one of the few times RBC Bluesfest announced a sellout. The couple had read all about it, the [...]

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Still Cryin’ After All These Years

Still Cryin’ After All These Years

Photo credit: Sean Sisk The Town Cryers RBC Bluesfest / Thursday, July 12 6:30 pm/ Black Sheep Stage “Who the hell are these guys?” Wait, did I say that out loud? Yup, my jaw was adequately dropped, out popped the words, and somebody had just spun dervishly in their seat, [...]

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RBC Bluesfest Rewind: Ten Minutes with Passenger

RBC Bluesfest Rewind: Ten Minutes with Passenger

Photo credit: Jarrad Seng Mike Rosenberg took two steps back to take in his 2015 CityFolk audience. He’d just been willed back on stage by thousands singing his recently released tune “Scare Away the Dark”, a trend that would continue for the next three years. It was the first [...]

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