3rd Annual “Solos Going Steady” + Support For Ottawa Food Bank

February 8 2016 | Posted by Chris

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The 3rd annual edition of the Solos Going Steady show!

Spend a wintery Friday night at Irene’s in Ottawa with these fine folks who who will play solo sets, singer-songwriter style.

The evening will also be in support of the Ottawa Food Bank, so please bring a non-perishable food item… we’ll be collecting at the door.

Show details:

Friday February 12th
Irene’s – 885 Bank St.
9:15pm – Patrick Shanks
10 – Jon Hynes
10:45 – Elizabeth McDermott
11:30 – Chris Page

Facebook event


Supporting the Ottawa Food Bank

This year we’ll be once again be accepting donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. After Christmas can be a tough time for charitable causes, so we are hoping to give a little support here in mid-winter.

There are a few ways you can contribute at the show:

1 – Bring a non-perishable food item that we’ll collect at the door…and if you do, we’ll reduce the admission!

2 – Signed posters by each artist: Once again this year, meltingplastic has created a beautiful poster that we will all sign. You can have a signed poster with a ‘pay what you can’ donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. We’ll have jar at the bar.

3 – A straight up $$ donation in the jar!

Shows, Panels, Skating, Bonfires: Megaphono is upon us, Ottawa

February 1 2016 | Posted by Chris


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My upcoming week, in patches

If you’re in Ottawa this week, there are great shows happening as part of the music industry conference MEGAPHONO, which goes down right here in the nation’s capital.

There is a tonne of cool stuff starting with the keynote on Tuesday at 4pm, right through to a close-out bash over in Gatineau late Friday night.

My show is slated for Friday evening at 7:45pm. I’ll be playing with Jack Pine and Chérie at the Bridgehead Coffeehouse near little Italy, just off Preston: 130 Anderson St. The doors for this show are at 6:30, it’s all ages and admission is ‘pay what you can’.

The set times:

Jack Pine: 7pm
Chris Page: 7:45pm
Chérie: 8:30pm

The Facebook event is here.

Here are links to all the key details for the week:

Get your passes

Artists performing

Shows

Panels

Have a listen to the artists throwing down for this year’s event on Megaphono’s Bandcamp site:


The ‘Volume Vs. Voice’ Yearend Lists

January 15 2016 | Posted by Chris


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The limited edition Volume Vs. Voice package which you can order here!


For posterity, here is a fine bunch of 2015 yearend lists that were kind enough to include Volume Vs. Voice!

It’s been a fun year promoting this record and I really appreciate all the continued support.


#8 On CKCU’s Top 50

It’s amazing to me that it’s been 20 years since I first penned The Stand GT’s ‘Sugarbuzz’, a song that pays homage to landscaping, eating candy and the mighty CKCU! This community radio station has been such a great supporter of my music over the years.



Ottawa Showbox Top Albums for 2015

The hardworking folks at Ottawa Showbox continue to cheerlead, support and generally be an integral part helping grow and cement the scene. As a result, they are quickly becoming an institution in these parts. They were a great support to me this year and also presented the Volume Vs Voice record release show at Raw Sugar, here in Ottawa.



PHOTOGMUSIC’s Top 50 – #24

Those of you who follow my work or are involved with the Ottawa music scene in any way, will certainly know the name Ming Wu. His amazing photos and his tireless show-going energy is stuff of local legend. Ming is always so good to let me use his terrific photos as well. Plus, I owe him a vinyl copy of Volume Vs. Voice (I’m on it, Ming!)



Cups N Cakes Podcast – Best of 2015

I met the good folks behind this podcast when I was out west in Edmonton this summer. Subscribe and have a listen. They’ve been terrific champions of VVV this year.



Ottawa Citizen’s The Big Beat – #6

When veteran and well respected Ottawa music lover and critic Peter Simpson compared me to Paul Westerberg, I was beyond flattered. I was also honoured to be listed along side these great records.


MORE REVIEWS AND LOVE FOR THE VVV!

“This is a clever honest album, true to its title, worth taking the trouble with the journey of understanding.” – Americana UK


“PICK OF THE WEEK: The interplay between acoustic and electric guitars is masterful with the electric never overpowering, only enhancing. Chris’ voice also really stands out as it seems to teeter on the edge without ever stepping off. Lyrical content is rich and personal. All in all, this record is a win.” – Cups N Cakes Podcast


“…one of the best discs of the year.” – Michael Doherty’s Music Log


“…while each song is its own unique entity, Page’s earnest vocals, honest lyrics and steadfast guitar work are the unwavering strings that weave the whole record together.” – Exclaim!

“…if gruff-voiced and heartfelt gritty songs are up your alley, check out Volume Vs. Voice.” – New Canadian Music


“A troubadour that sounds as at home penning introspective acoustic songs, like those heard on his new album, as he is indulging in punk-inspired rock and roll.” – The Music Nerd


“…a slowed-down, finger-picking-laden, emotionally-charged acoustic album…The album is beautiful, a reflection of the scenery in which it was recorded.” – Ottawa Showbox

“The combination of Page’s earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well to create catchy folk-punk tunes.” – Apt 613


“…while he’s turned down the volume the songs are still distinctly in his own voice.” – Gray Owl Point


Stream Volume Vs. Voice:


Raw Sugar: A cornerstone of the Ottawa arts scene closes

December 23 2015 | Posted by Chris


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Camp Radio live at Raw Sugar: May 15, 2010. Photo by Andrew Carver.


I’m so bummed to hear the news of Raw Sugar closing and shutting down its cozy environs for good.

While I wish Nadia the very best and expect she’ll go on to even cooler and more magical things, I also can’t thank her enough for the support she’s given me over the years.

I’ve played the Sugs countless times and I’ve seen so many incredible shows in that place.

Nadia took pride in making it a welcoming room for the arts community and over the years, Raw Sugar has really been a cornerstone of the scene.

Whether it was for my own acoustic solo performances or attempting to rip the roof off the place with Camp Radio (one time featuring three guitars…see below), I’m grateful for all of the experiences there and for Nadia letting them happen.

…And hopefully Camp Radio has contributed a small part to immortalize Raw Sugar by putting Andrew Carver’s pics on the inside gatefold of our Campista Socialista LP.

I still love these pics and the moment in time they captured:


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The inside gatefold of Camp Radio’s 2nd LP ‘Campista Socialista‘. Photos by Andrew Carver


I’ve assembled a few pics by some great Ottawa photographers below, highlighting some of my memories at Raw Sugar.

Thanks to Andrew and Ming especially, for always being there to document and share their amazing work.


…And of course, a big thank you to you, Nadia. xo



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Oct 16, 2010. This is one of my very favourite solo shots of me from The Sug. I love the popping colour of the background. That area was essentially a raised cubby hole at the back of the room which often doubled as a small stage. Photo by Ming Wu


Lorrie Matheson @ Raw Sugar

July 2, 2009. This is one of my earliest recollections of a show at Raw Sugar. My pal Lorrie Matheson was in town and played a few shows in the area. While Lorrie still often plays, he’s now also a hot shot producer out of Calgary. Note the sweaty Sleepercar shit. Lorrie gives it when he plays. Photo by Jesse Hildebrand.


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May 15, 2010. Two of Ottawa’s great live music photographers, Ming Wu and Andrew Carver tag teamed this show. It was Kelp’s 16th anniversary and Camp Radio played one of my favourite sets to date. Jim Bryson and Jeff Kainz joined the band during the set as we ripped through new songs from Campista Socialista. Having three cranked guitars made me a bit nervous as I wasn’t sure Raw Sugar could handle it. But it did. It was incredibly loud, but as so many people who were at that show have said to me: “It was a GOOD loud”. Photo by Andrew Carver.


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October 17, 2009. When I think of Raw Sugar, one of the bands that will always come to mind is Winchester Warm. One of my Ottawa faves. Photo by Ming Wu.


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Oct 17, 2009. I rarely play this guitar live! I don’t know the details of this show, but I believe it had something to do with a folk event going on in town. I’m pretty sure Jon Bartlett organized this show. Photo by Ming Wu


Chris Page @ Raw Sugar

July 2009. My Dead Moon shirt. Photo by Jesse Hildebrand


Camp Radio at Raw Sugar

May 15, 2010. Camp Radio (feat. Jim Bryson and Jeff Kainz). There are many great shots of this show on Flickr courtesy Ming Wu and Andrew Carver. This particular one is by Andrew. You can see Ming to my right taking a picture of Dave and Jeff!


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May, 2015. Volume Vs. Voice record launch with Jon Higney, Sarah Wotherspoon and Colin Majid. Jon from Winchester Warm played a solo set as well. Another one of my very favourite nights at Raw Sugar. So many folks came out to help me celebrate the release of VVV after a cross Canada tour. What better place to hold a bit of a homecoming.


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November, 2015. Edmonton’s Mark Davis has played Raw Sugar several times, but this was the first time his new band Concealer played there. I wish more people experienced this show. It was incredible and one of my faves this year. Sadly I had no idea this would be the last time I would play The Sug. But supporting good friends from out of town? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Photo courtesy my iPhone.


The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas

December 16 2015 | Posted by Chris


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As many of you know, for the last few years I’ve been adding festive songs, mostly original, to an ongoing compilation called ‘The Minor Crime At Christmastime‘.

This years addition is a cover of a creepy song from the 1920s by Reverend Edward W. Clayborn called ‘The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas’.

I first heard this song on the amazing compilation ‘Where Will You Be This Christmas‘ put out in 2004 by the wonderful Dust To Digital imprint.

Though the ‘Where Will You Be…’ comp is loaded with rare, vintage, old-timey greats, the dark lyrics and drone-y, bluesy melody of this song in particular became an obsession of mine over the years.

The lyrics preach the evils of vices and the commercialization of Christmas…in the 1920s!

I would love to know what Reverend Clayborn would think of Christmas here in 2015, almost 100 years later.

Here is my cover which you can download for free with the rest of the compilation over at Bandcamp:





You can hear the original here, and be sure to watch the incredibly creepy posters that make up the video. They are an accidental mash-up of Halloween and Christmas…almost Nightmare before Christmas!


Lyrics:

“On the twenty-fifth of December, 1928 it’s a national issue of heaven to the world that it’s Jesus’s birthday.
Some people use the wrong way to celebrate Christmas day.
Some people who work every day and draws good money every pay and here is what the same people said I wanna spend my money and have my way.
Some people use the wrong way to celebrate Christmas day.
While the church is praying on Christmas Day other people are roaming the streets and drinking their soul away.
Some people use the wrong way to celebrate Christmas day. ”


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