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Plaskett and Folkfest and ankles, oh my

August 24th, 2009

I had every intention of checking out much of Sunday at the Ottawa Folk Festival this year, having already missed out on Friday and Saturday (with acts like Amy Millan and Kinnie Starr among others…) due to prior engagements. Then I turned my dang ankle in an ultimate frisbee game on Sunday afternoon, and wimped out on the idea of standing in a crowd for hours on end.

The couple of hours I did catch were worth the ensuing throbbing foot — the highlight for me was, as my friends will guess, Joel Plaskett (whom I’ve posted about before). A few of the many videos I caught:

Rewind Rewind Rewind

Natural Disaster

Nothing More to Say to You

There were masses of people in lawn chairs who had been settled in the crowd all day… and from what I could tell, I think Joel won over many a new fan. He and his Dad were in fine form, despite being teemed by mosquitos throughout the show. Too bad some of the more eager Plaskett fans who wanted to dance were asked by security staff to sit; this might be a sign for the fest to have a standing/dancing area in future.

Wonderful hosting by dear friend Amanda Putz and new cookie buddy Tom Power:

As I hobbled off the festival grounds, I lamented missing out on Mr. Something Something at the Dance Tent, but was pleasantly impressed by the sounds of Jason Lang.

Hopefully, the Ottawa Folk Festival will have just as impressive a line-up next year… and I’ll be able to catch a lot more of it!

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Just call me a Plaskett-case

May 21st, 2009

It might be an understatement to say that I am a big fan of Joel Plaskett. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen him perform — from small-crowd solo shows to rocking band stints, the guy is a true entertainer. He makes a point of connecting with every town he visits, is a terrific storyteller, and never fails to give 100%.

His show tonight at the Bronson Centre was no exception; despite somewhat muffled sound and a few overzealous off-tempo clappers in the crowd, the whack of us enjoyed a stupendous show. Joel was joined onstage by his dad, backed up by Rose Cousins and Ana Egge, then also by the Emergency Band, including Peter Elkas (who, if you’ve paid attention, I’m a fan of too); he also threw in a couple of solo tunes. It was a great mix, overall, and he even got the room to belt out an ode about his earless cat, White Fang.

I will certainly be snagging Joel’s latest triple-cd album (entitled, of course, Three) ASAP.

I took a number of vids, but only have the oomph to upload this one tonight — the clearest & closest-up movie I took of the evening. Enjoy!

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