Rapid Fire Q&A with Dear Rouge


Juno-award winning band Dear Rouge are in Ottawa supporting Lights tonight at Algonquin Commons Theatre, and it’s sure to be a fun weeknight on campus. The band released their second full-length album, Phases, last month, and are touring with Lights as a supporting act for a string of shows in 2018. After winning a Juno for breakthrough group of the year in 2016, Dear Rouge have their sights set high. I chatted with power couple Drew and Danielle McTaggart in advance of tonight’s show.

Tickets for tonight’s Ottawa show can be found here. Check out our rapid fire Q&A session below:


Rapid Fire with Dear Rouge


Q: If you had to choose any dream career outside of music, what would it be?

Drew: Vacation tester. I think my mom saw that on Oprah or something.

Danielle – Cirque de Soleil gymnast. One of the ones that does the scary tight rope.


Q: Favourite movie?

Drew: Moneyball.

Danielle: Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Drew: That’s three movies!

Matias: Technically, it’s kind of like one really long 11-hour long movie.

Danielle: Fine, I’ll say the Two Towers then!


Q: Any hobbies that most fans wouldn’t know about?

Danielle: Badminton.

Drew: I like bridges. I don’t know how that’s a hobby, but I like them.

Danielle: Ok, I want to change my answer then. Bald eagles.


Q: Favourite pizza toppings?

Drew: Pepperoni.

Danielle: Cheese…?

Drew: Ok, wait, then if I had to just have one topping on a pizza then I’d say cheese over pepperoni.


Q: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Drew: Star Wars.

Danielle: Star Wars, as of late. But I grew up on Star Trek. It was really hard for me when it switched. It was kind of sad, so now I like Star Wars better.


Q: Best Halloween costume growing up?

Drew: Ohhhh! Robin Hood. Because in my quiver I would be able to put all my candy.

Matias: That’s really, really smart.

Danielle: I think I was a cheerleader a couple times. Made my own pom poms.


Q: Place that you want to visit most, but haven’t yet.

Drew: South America. I’ve been to every other continent except South America and I really want to go there.

Danielle: Um, yeah. I was going to say that. But I’ll say Scotland. That would be cool.


Q: What was the last YouTube video you watched?

Drew: Hah. It’s a Bon Jovi song with R2D2 accompaniment.

Danielle: There’s one with a screaming intro for 20th Century Fox and it’s hilarious.

Drew: It’s one of those videos when we’re really tired, we’ll pull it up and get a good laugh.


Q: Guilty pleasure band or musician?

Drew: There’s this guy named Matt Pond PA, and he’s just so good. I don’t know why I like him, but I do.

Danielle: Dua Lipa, she’s a new artist. She’s from the UK but she’s so good.


Q: Weirdest thing a fan has ever said or done?

Drew: A girl licked my face.

Danielle: Yeah, like right after the show too when he was all sweaty.

Matias: Ok. So “licked sweaty face” it is.

Drew: Yup.

Danielle: This is pretty weird, but a guy came up to me and asked if I “do guys” on the road.


Q: What grosses you out most?

Danielle: Smelling vomit.

Drew: Cheap motels and hotels. I really don’t like them. You couldn’t sell a used mattress to anybody, but people go to hotels all the time.

Matias: Ignorance is bliss.


Q: Boxers or briefs?

Drew: Boxers for me.

Danielle: Briefs for me.


Q: Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone?

Drew: Arnold, all the way.

Danielle: Arnold, too.


Q: Which band or musician—dead or alive—would be your dream to play a show with?

Drew: Freddie Mercury, because I’d be able to see what the audience does while he’s up there. That would be so cool to be a part of that.

Danielle: Debbie Harry, I’m a fan of Blondie and that could still happen. So, you never know.



  • […] Recently interviewed by Ottawa Showbox, Dear Rouge was up next. Let me just say. JACKET ENVY. Unreal fashion choice in the form of a metallic gold crop bomber jacket added extra funk to an already crazy set. Grabbing the mic stand and leaning into the crowd, jumping, hair flips, the whole shebang. The crowd loved this set, and it really warmed them up for the headliner. If you get the chance to see Dear Rouge yourself, I highly recommend it. […]

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