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…

043010 Mark Knopfler, Montreal, QC

On April 30th, 2010 I woke up in some hotel or another in Montreal following an orchestral Peter Gabriel concert at the big hockey rink downtown. I have no idea how I spent my day – though I suspect it involved a significant amount of poutine – but I know I spent my evening in the presence of one of my favourite rock guitar players, the great Mark Knopfler…

041511 Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa

On April 15th, 2011 I saw Bruce Cockburn at the soft-seat hexagon that is the National Arts Centre. It’s a pretty great room to see a performer like Cockburn, that is once you manage to get up and down the unforgivable slanted staircases that run throughout the venue in strict adherence to the architects apparent love of the six-sided polygon…

040614 Mike Gordon, Burlington, VT

The Higher Ground people are famous for their tight security at the door and it always takes longer than you think it will to get it, no matter how many times you (or in this case, I) go through the process. And for some reason it’s always (always!) much colder waiting in that line than you think it will be…

040491 Paul Simon, Ottawa, ON

April 4th, 1991 was my first time seeing the great, great Paul Simon. The show was relatively small, taking place in the 9,000 seat Ottawa Civic Centre just a short stroll from Carleton University’s campus where I was living in one of the school’s residence buildings…