Here's another helping of Ottawa Explosion: Saturday started way before I did, so I missed the chance to catch Shaped By Society, Voicemail, Pretty Pretty and Wet Brain in the courtyard. When I arrived, Earth Girls were starting things up. You'll recognize Joey Kappel from his Boilerman stint the night before.
And here's Liz Panella and someone who is not Antonio Holguin III, but is in fact Annie Saunders of Bullnettle, This Is My Fist and others (not the only extra hand on board, I might add).
Providing some extra guitar punch, Joey's Boilerman mate Jim Gies.
Rhythm section action!
Even more guitar!
The whole lot!
You want to catch a hot performance? Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band are the men to see. They're from the meat-and-potatoes school of rock'n'roll and made me think a bit of Steve Earle. They rip it up on stage - and how! The BDB has recently had an amicable parting with its bassist, so they had a ringer on hand in the form of Daniel James of infamous glam scumbags Indonesian Junk.
Mike Cranberry hits!
The shouty bit!
Singalong action with Sam Beer!
Nato gets in a little airtime.
Luke de Beaumarchais sweeps the keys.
Blue diamond action!
More jumping? Why not!
Underground Railroad to Candyland invaded the capital next. Plenty of familiar faces, particularly if you caught either or both of Toys That Kill or Benny The Jet Rodriguez's sets since the two are basically a musical Venn diagram. Here's Laura Freeman of BTJR, for one, along with Toys rhythm crew Ferrara and Fleps, plus extra drummer Trevor Roundhouse.
John Predny monkeys around on trombone.
Todd sings some.
Double drumming action!
Lauren gets all Maple Leafy.
Extra Chachi and Lauren!
Singalong action with Emmanuel!
So much drumming action!
Then it was off to Vertigo Records for some in-store action