SonReal came to close of this year’s E.L.E Festival in style. Both he and the crowd were ready to party.
With a large empty stage to work with at this point, he had plenty of room to move about. He made good use of it too! His high energy performance had him bouncing and dancing around the stage while his hands waved about frantically in the air.
Accompanied by DJ Rich-A, there was plenty of interaction between the two, as well as the audience.
A bit of a showman who knows how to work the crowd, he teased them with his hit Everywhere We Go a few times, stating they didn’t want to hear it, which brought loud cheers. When he finally decided to belt it out, there was a roar from the crowd in appreciation. You can check out the video after the photos.
I was not familiar with SonReal before his performance. He had stage presence and the tunes to match which made for a highly entertaining end to the evening. The crowd was in agreement, as their cheers at the end of the show, were enough to get SonReal back on stage for one last jam.
I’ve been following Zoo Legacy for a few years now. I always enjoy seeing them take the stage. Their performance at E.L.E Festival was no exception. With a couple of great EP’s under their belt already, it’s pretty much a given that they’ll be delivering an entertaining setlist.
The band has been busy working on a new album this year, which hopefully will be launched before the end of the year.
This year’s E.L.E Festival gave me my first exposure to City Fidelia and allowed me to dig a little deeper into Ottawa’s hip-hop scene.
I really enjoyed his set. He’s got some great music to share. He made sure to get the crowd involved in the show, taking full advantage of the wireless mic in his hand and planting himself in the middle of the crowd, during one of his songs toward the end of his set.
City was also joined on stage by The Lionyls midway through his set, as the two cranked out their fantastic E.L.E Festival collaboration High!.
What a performance! The Lionyls held nothing back as they took the stage at E.L.E Festival. A great setlist of catchy songs, a mix of rock and soul, were the fuel for vocalist Zach Raynor’s boundless energy, as he left no part of the large stage unused.
I was impressed with guitarist Robbie Rigg. He can really play and knew when to pick his moment and step out to the front of the stage. I also couldn’t leave out drummer Anto Rizzuti and bassist Alex Jee Rodriguez who provided a solid driving rhythm all set.
I’m still amazed that last years festival appearance was their first official show. They looked like a band that has been doing this for years.
Catch The Lionyls next at the Big Money Shot Grand Finals on October 17th at Ritual.
I was blown away by C-Fresh‘s performance at E.L.E Festival this year. It’s no wonder he was crowned Great North Beatbox Battle Champion for 2014. The sounds he can make with his mouth are unreal. If your eyes were closed, you would have sworn he was standing behind a set of turntables. He was that good!!
The first act I had the opportunity to catch at this year’s E.L.E Festival was BlakDenim. I’ve been a fan since I first saw them at the Big Money Shot last year.
I’m used to seeing them cramped on a tiny club stage, often times not even having enough room for all of the members to be on the stage. It was great to finally see them outdoors on a larger stage with room to move.
Their performances are always entertaining and their tunes are a pleasing mix of hip-hop, funk and rock. Be sure to check out BlakDenim the next opportunity you get, and have a listen to their latest release – Vanguard(En) EP.
I was fortunate to get the opportunity to photograph pop sensation Lorde at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival. She put on a stellar show featuring all of her hits. I was glad to hear my favourite track off of Pure Heroine – Buzzcut Season – fairly early in her set. She was clearly the focal point of the show with a minimal band on stage, which consisted of just 2 members. Huge video screens lined the back of the stage showing visuals of Lorde throughout the performance. All in all a great show. Hopefully she’ll be back in Ottawa soon.