Category Entertainment

Not Just Nostalgia

Led Zeppelin is dead. Robert Plant rocks on. Sunday night at Cityfolk the former Zepp vocalist performed a delicate balancing act, giving the fans the old songs from the seventies that they craved while showcasing his newer material. Songs like “The May Queen” and the title track to his latest work, “Carry Fire,” were blended […]

Friday Night Rocked

I missed most of the music on the nineties. When you lived in Pembroke, Ontario, there wasn’t much choice. The local radio played (as I remember it) country music. Which means, in those pre-internet days, all I knew about the band Live was what I read. I could perhaps have named you a tune or […]

A Whole Lotta Love

Cityfolk starts today, Ottawa’s annual folk music extravaganza. For me it’s a trip down memory lane, as Robert Plant will close the festival Sunday night. You may not think of the former Led Zeppelin frontman as a folk artist, but the “folk” in Cityfolk has some elasticity. After all, the last time I saw Plant […]

Tripping Down Memory Lane

It was billed as John Fogarty’s 50-year trip. It lived up to its billing. Since April the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has been criss-crossing America, sharing his memories and his music. The Woodstock Festival was 50 years ago this month. CCR were headliners. Nostalgia is in full bloom. One thing you didn’t see at […]

Free Trip To Egypt

  It sounded like a scam, which explains why there were so few takers. Maybe as soon as you  arrived in Cairo you would be kidnapped, held for ransom or beheaded. Free Trip To Egypt  wasn’t a scam, but an idea from filmmaker Tarek Mounib ( a fellow Carleton University grad). Take a group of […]

Time To Party!

  Who knew this day would come? It certainly wasn’t something I planned for. On Sunday July 8, 1979, my only thought for the future was next week. Forty years later I look back and realize that my life and that of many others changed that day. Which is a good reason to celebrate. Feel […]

Rolling Thunder Review

I was there. But I didn’t make it into the movie. Marty Scorsese’s latest film was released yesterday, not in theatres but on Netflix, which seems to be taking over the filmmaking world. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story is a look back at Bob Dylan’s landmark 1975 tour. It is an interesting choice […]