032795 Page and Plant/Rusted Root, Toronto, ON

March 27th, 1995 was the closest I’ve come to seeing Led Zeppelin, and that alone makes it a day of legend in this little concert life of mine. It was the Page/Plant tour, and though John Paul Jones was inexplicably left out of the quasi-reunion (indeed, had he been included there would have been nothing “quasi” about this reunion) the huge crowd collected inside the Toronto Skydome was treated to a truly memorable experience…

030609 Phish, Hampton, VA

This ticket marks a significant blip on my life trajectory. Basically, there is life before March 6th, 2009 and life after March 6th, 2009. I’m not saying that life began on this date for me, not by a longshot, but the return of Phish has certainly had a measurable effect on my life, and I guess I have m’lady to thank for that…

012908 Bob Wiseman/Catherine MacLellan, Ottawa, ON

On January 29th, 2008 I walked down to Sparks Street – the hopelessly underachieving pedestrian mall in Ottawa’s most desirable downtown area – where the CBC had set up shop after moving out of their seemingly endless tenancy in the Chateau Laurier hotel. I had a free ticket for a taping of Fuse, a now-defunct Saturday afternoon radio show that generally focussed on Ottawa musical happenings, and I was excited…

012415 Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA

Preservation Hall in New Orleans must be the most understated famous venue in America. Tucked away on a sidestreet in the French Quarter just steps from the neon stench of Bourbon Street, for more than half a century Preservation Hall has been marked by a simple trombone case hanging over an unmarked door, behind which is the smallest venue you’ve ever heard of…