022701 Question Period, Ottawa, ON

On February 27th, 2001 I slogged through the snowy streets of my adopted hometown to the Parliament Buildings to sit in on Question Period. I am a huge proponent of treating your own city as a tourist might and I make a point of visiting as much as I can of all the splendour this city has to offer…

021398 Oliver Jones/George Shearing, Ottawa, ON

Oh, how I wish this ticket was as it appears to be! I can’t tell you how excited I was to have bought a ticket to see my jazz hero, the great, incomparable Oscar Peterson, at a Valentine’s Day show (almost) right at home at the National Arts Centre! And box seats no less! I was dancing on the ceiling, until…

021220 Five O’Clock Bells, Ottawa, ON

…on one of my final laps around the internet before leaving St. John’s I discovered an interesting tidbit of a musical happening coming up at the tiny Gladstone Theatre: a one-man play that delved into the life and career of one of my favourite guitar players of all time, the inimitable and quite incredible Lenny Breau…

020919 Kevin Breit, Ottawa, ON

After a stellar show the night before (following a less-than-stellar show the night before that) on February 9th, 2019 I committed to see Kevin Breit’s third and final show at the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s brief winter fest. The last-minute decision to attend the show was augmented by my promise to Kevin the night before that I would…