A lot of us are cracking our knuckles and getting ready for the busy summer concert season. We’re going to be starting a new series of photo galleries that give readers an intimate look into some of the shows we go to. Our photographers like getting up close and personal with the artists on stage, so we’d like you to join us front and centre.
Today’s gallery is from a show last month, one that internationally renowned singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk enchanted a packed First Baptist Church with his mystifying lyrical prowess and graceful instrumentation along with support from Ludovic Alarie. Fresh off releasing his acclaimed new album Twin Solitude, Vollebekk appeased the audience with a number of remarkable new songs in his repertoire. Photographer Els Durnford captured the essence of the night in black and white, offering moody shots for a night that was full of smiles. Have a look below.
Leif Vollebekk and Ludovic Alarie at First Baptist Church – April 14, 2017
3 days, 13 venues, and 4147 pictures later, MEGAPHONO 2017 is done for another year. I was honoured to be a part of such an event and help capture moments throughout. The festival brings together individuals from all areas of the industry to appreciate the time and work that goes in to creating their art. I could talk for days about the performances and people I had the chance to experience, but I would much rather let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
We are very happy to be partnering up with Blacksheep Inn and CHUO to make the inaugural WuFest happen! WuFest is a weekend-long celebration of local arts, music, and culture, named after one of Ottawa’s most prolific and omnipresent concert photographers, Ming Wu. Through Ming’s blog Photogmusic, he has provided us with a de facto photo essay of the city’s concerts, festivals, and cultural events since 2008. In fact, when I first started Showbox back in 2012, one of the first people to help me out and allow me to post his photos was Ming (since his were way better than my crappy phone pics at the time). Many of us know of Ming as an institution in Ottawa, and his photos really do tell a story. His passion for music and all things local is something that we should all try to aspire towards.
We recognize the importance of this kind of dedication and commitment to our city’s music scene, and are very proud to be a part of WuFest. The fest will consist of two days of festivities on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 (more info below). We will be giving away prize packs every week leading up to the festival, so be sure to try your luck and participate!
THIS WEEK’S CONTEST
Prizes up for grabs…
– a pair (2) tickets to one of the WuFest days of your choice
– A free pass to take the bus up to Blacksheep Inn on the day chosen
– A free copy of an excellent photo taken by Ming Wu, hand-picked by the master himself
How To Enter
Tweet, Instagram, share, or email us the name of your favourite Ottawa band! Be sure to include the hashtag #WuFest2014…. Easy!
* Bus for both nights leaving the Museum of Nature at 7:30PM and returning after the show. Tickets $10ADV, $12 Door, or $15 for a weekend bracelet. Please follow the Facebook Event to keep up with any updates involving transportation.
On Saturday Aug. 30, the OAG Annex at City Hall opened a photo exhibit by Jamie Kronick, a local musician and photographer. As a drummer, he’s wound a path throughout Ottawa alongside several other artists including Laurent Bourque, Her Harbour & Goodbox Assembly. As a photographer, he’s shot his ass off, as any good photographer should, and taken the time to compose and document along the way. It’s a through a combination of his two designations that Jamie Kronick brought the exhibit The Songwriter to life.
In 2010, the series began as his graduating series at the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO) where Kronick graduated in 2011. The collection on display now showcases 20 of these portraits but the total number is actually 27. Kronick is a photographer who understands his opportunities as they come as well as his subject. The singer-songwriter is a type of artist well know for public expression but less celebrated for creative introspection. There are thousands of moments that lead to the live show or the recorded album to which we are not privy. Being able to convince 27 of this species to be relaxed in these most intimate moments, which they might prize more than most, is a feat.
Songwriters create their work in the comfort of their bedrooms, living rooms, offices or studios, each unique from one to the next. These spaces function as a bridge between an idea and its materialization into music. This series acts as a documentation not only of persons, but also as a visualization of the relationships that take place among person, place and process. – Jamie Kronick
We’re invited to see The Songwriter in his or her creative cocoon as documented by Kronick from now until Oct. 12. The mix is both of emerging and well-known musicians, each in a room that fits her or his expression of distance or intensity. This Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. join Jamie Kronick, and potentially several of his subjects, for the vernissage. Check out the video that Herd Magazine put together below.
In the weeks and months leading up to the Herd Mag release party, I had created an idea in my mind of what the magazine itself would be. Having contributed an article to the first issue, I knew what the spirit of this unique new mag would be: raw, provocative, with local intellectuality seething from its pages. But what does that mean? How can a few people throw together some words, photos and art and realistically expect to have a publication that captures the essence of Ottawa’s cultural nuances? Not that I was skeptical, but this was certainly no small feat.
But founders Steph Vicente and Pat Bolduc weren’t fucking around either. I had been in touch with Steph for a few months before I actually got to meet her and Pat at the Arboretum Festival in September. I immediately felt the passion they were putting into this magazine. Excitement and ideas began to unfurl as we talked, and the anticipation that I had for Herd Magazine grew into a need for it. I simply couldn’t wait any longer for what was to be the new and definitive publication for people like us – those who give a shit about Ottawa, it’s artists, it’s creative visionaries, and those who make this city an interesting and desirable place to be.
As the author of the article titled “The Unconventional Playground” in the first issue, I was originally looking forward to having my first published work included in a magazine. I felt proud about what I had written. But this began to change as the first issue of Herd started coming together, with the release date of October 12 getting closer. I can say now that my sense of pride completely revolves around the team that brought this together and the quality of work that went into making this magazine a piece of art in itself. The final product is incredible – not only for its aesthetics and articles, but because the hard work that went into it is so blatantly obvious with every turn of the page.
I have a tremendous respect for Steph and Pat, as well as the other contributors who poured some of their soul into Herd. You don’t always meet people like that. Herd Mag will become a mainstay for Ottawa and the arts community not only because it is relevant and necessary, but also because it is symbolic (and perhaps the product) of an artistic renaissance here in the nation’s capital. Things are happening here that demand to be heard, read, seen and experienced. That’s why it isn’t going anywhere.
I won’t say too much about the release party for Issue 01 held at Fall Down, just that if you weren’t there then you should have been. Lineups down the block, beats filling the gallery and drinks to celebrate the culmination of the work put into this magazine over the last 7 months. DJ INA was in charge of spinning all night, and Amos the Transparent played a great set as always (the cello always gets me). The raffles were lots of fun, although I didn’t win. I was so impressed with the turnout, it really showed how many people are in support of this kind of publication. Awesome night all-around. I still think there should be a release party for every issue… just saying.
Here are some totally unprofessional photos of the night’s events. Enjoy.