050816 Pearl Jam, Ottawa, ON

It’s great to see a band when they are still on top of their game, even if they’ve been there for a quarter of a century.  I don’t know how it took so long for me to jump on this band’s wagon but I will definitely be seeing Pearl Jam again and again and as often as I can from now on…

Sandboarding in Peru

This is me taking the inaugural run down the first (and smallest) hill of the afternoon. The best part is when the guy filming says “poof” by chance at the very moment that I wipe out. And if you look really closely, I come out of my tumbling somersault on my feet like a gymnast landing a routine…

Folkalarm, 5

A review I wrote long ago of 5, the fifth album from Kevin Breit’s acoustic ensemble Folk Alarm. Reprinted courtesy of jambands.ca (not like I asked them or anything)

050414 Dead Feat, New Orleans, LA

The concert was a conglomeration of musicians called Dead Feat, a ‘super-group’ of sorts that pairs members of Little Feat and The Grateful Dead with a few local heroes solely for a single (albeit annual) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival aftershow…

050209 The Tragically Hip, Montreal, QC

On May 2nd, 2009 I drove from Ottawa to Montreal to see The Tragically Hip at Metropolis.  Although Montreal has a lot of great small-to-midsized venues, when bands come to town that ought to be playing the Centre Bell but wants to play somewhere more intimate they always seem to book into Metropolis.  The semi-regular opportunity to see arena-level bands in a nice, 2,000-person capacity balconied theatre easily pushes Metropolis to the top of my preferred Montreal concert halls…