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Andre Gagne

Music Writer and Web Editor

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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The FEMpire Strikes Back!

The FEMpire Strikes Back!

Women's March 2018 Gallery / Photos by Andre Gagne

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The Great White North Blues

The Great White North Blues

Photos by Randy MacNeil / Feature photo: Colin Linden The Mississippi Delta, smoky clubs in Chicago, wailing out windows in Memphis and heating up the snowy streets of Toronto, one of these things is not like the other when it comes to what people generally associate with The Blues. Ottawa photographer [...]

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Local History Gets Musical with Paul Weber’s Ottawa Song Project

Local History Gets Musical with Paul Weber’s Ottawa Song Project

Photos by Brian Cote August, 1870. The smell of cedar is in the air. It’s been a dry summer. Rain hasn’t fallen for months. Not terrible news for the men working on clearing the brush for the Central Canada Railway. The dry spell meant they could spend their days on the task at hand [...]

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Rock-a-bye Baby! Music and Beyond Goes Viral

Rock-a-bye Baby! Music and Beyond Goes Viral

Photos by Anastasia Krachkovskaya / Ottawa Life Magazine cover photo by Paul Couvrette Ottawa’s Music & Beyond Festival lived up to its name this week when a clip from their annual Christmas concert ignited classical music fans the world over as it went viral on Facebook. The video [...]

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Hearing Double with The LYNNeS

Hearing Double with The LYNNeS

Feature photo by Brittany Gawley A cold wind blows down Bank Street. Ottawa doesn’t have tumbleweeds but a Loblaws bag waltzes with the wind and vanishes around a corner. A streetlight flickers as two musicians slinging six strings step into the winter sleet. Both are singer-songwriters. Both [...]

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The Milkman Still Delivers On Blast the Radio

The Milkman Still Delivers On Blast the Radio

Photo by Andre Gagne His morning begins in darkness. Most of the city is still sleeping. He clicks off the alarm clock, tries not to wake the wife and slips out of bed to pore over the news. Hearing his trainer's voice at the back of his mind, he makes what is permitted for breakfast --egg whites [...]

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Montréal Heats Up the Winter Months

Montréal Heats Up the Winter Months

Photos by Andre Gagne Right about now you’ve probably heard enough about these cold snaps moving into the Great White North. Welcome to Canada! I mean, it's not called The Great Warm North! While many hibernate like a BC black bear come these frigid months (only with more cranked central [...]

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Peeling Back the Layers of the Ottawa Burlesque Scene with Killsey Van HellSin

Peeling Back the Layers of the Ottawa Burlesque Scene with Killsey Van HellSin

Photo by Kidd Gloves Photography She looks out at the crowd thinking to herself “I don’t want to mess this up”. It is her first time really trying this out. Sure, there was that night at the Rainbow but this...this is different. She's been preparing for this moment for some [...]

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Compassionate Ottawa is Reimagining Palliative Care

Compassionate Ottawa is Reimagining Palliative Care

In November of 2016 a grass roots community based model of care for those facing life threatening illnesses began to take shape in Ottawa. Nearly four dozen representatives of the city and palliative care organizations would reach a consensus that there would be much to gain in what would eventually [...]

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Ottawa's Top 10 Concerts of 2017

Ottawa's Top 10 Concerts of 2017

Photos by Renée Boucher Doiron, Kamara Morozuk, Sean Sisk, Dan Nawrocki and Andre Gagne As a live music junkie, 2017 in Ottawa was a near endless buffet slathered in awesome sauce! Along with the usual crop of fests and club shows, the city brought in even more concerts to celebrate the country's [...]

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