010820 Jamcruise II

On January 8th, 2020 I woke up at 9am and was already exhausted. It was day two of Jamcruise and I had been completely, utterly spent when I crawled into my bunk a mere 4.5 hours earlier. I needed much, much more sleep and thankfully, mercifully, and quite unexpectedly I fell back into a deep slumber and stayed that way…

010720 Jamcruise I

By the time 2019 rolled around Jamcruise had been going on for seventeen years and it had been on my radar for about half that time. Of course a cruise stacked with solid live music playing virtually around the clock was right up my alley, but it seemed like every year the dates conflicted with my regular gig at the National Arts Centre, so I always had to give it a pass. But early in the year I had noticed that the dates for Jamcruise 18 meshed perfectly with my calendar…

010696 Bob Wiseman/Velcro Cloud, Ottawa, ON

When I saw Bob Wiseman at The Pit in the summer of ’95 I joined the small enrapt crowd sitting on the grungy floor of the basement dive bar and swooned to every soft, poignant song the acidic balladeer threw our way. Unfortunately my two drunk friends stood by the bar yakking loudly all night…

010497 Moe Koffman, Ottawa, ON

I’m not sure what Generations X, Y, Z is (or was), whether it was a one-time or recurring concert series put on by the NAC or some independent promoter or what, but as long as they were serving up cool, interesting live shows at bargain-basement prices I had no need to ask questions…

010315 Phish, Miami, FL

January 3rd, 2015 marked the final hurrah of a hootenanny-filled New Years extendo-weekend in beautiful, sunny Miami. This had been the first time in a long time that I had spent part of the holiday season in a seasonable clime…