Day 3 of Bluesfest felt like a true Saturday night party, featuring Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, rap legend 50 Cent, local gypsy rock band Riishi Von Rex, and many more.
The first song, “Woe Is Me”, opened with gospel flavours of organ and pristine vocal harmonies before it erupted into a double-timed, train-chugging groove. Suddenly, I was transported to a sawdust-floored saloon on a Saturday night, and my feet sprang into action.
When Melissa Etheridge hit the music scene nearly 30 years ago, she took the world by storm with her strong raspy vocals, her fiery songs, her fearless words, and blazed a trail for women in Rock. But last night on the City Stage at Bluesfest, she not only delivered many of her classic hits, but showed us the deeper side of her musical roots that made it abundantly clear she was born to sing the blues.
Day 2 at Bluesfest saw a mix of country, DJs, and local favourites. Melissa Ethridge, Eddie Quotez, Old Whiskey Road, Too Slim and The Taildraggers, and more played to an enthusiastic Friday night crowd.
Encore cette année, le Bluesfest fait la part belle aux artistes de notre région. Ce ne sont pas moins de 70 formations locales qui se produiront sur les différentes scènes du festival au cours des prochains jours. Nous avons sélectionné pour vous cinq performances à ne pas manquer entre deux têtes d’affiche.
Apt613 interviewed April Verch and Karrnell Sawitsky – two fiddlers performing at the National Arts Centre on Saturday, July 8.
The 2017 edition of Bluesfest got off to a roaring start, featuring local bands such as Tribe Royal and Pony Girl. Other opening nights acts included Sam Roberts Band, Pokey Lafarge and Death From Above.
The week was short, but there is no shortage of things to keep you occupied in and around town. Happy summer weekending!
Apt613 music writers select the perfect Bluesfest playlists.
The National Gallery of Canada’s foray to Canada Scene is Our Masterpieces, Our Stories, a visual art exhibition on from June 15 to September 4. It is a sweeping look backwards at the breadth of Canadian art from “time immemorial” to 1967. With a bird’s eye view of Canadian art through the centuries, this exhibit is a good starter before you delve into other visual art exhibits this summer.
This week on the podcast, Apt613 contributor Jessica Ruano is joined by two guests, theatre producer Lesley Parlane and local writer David Currie. They share their thoughts on some of the shows so far at the NAC’s Canada Scene Festival.
DJ Shub will perform alongside Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman at the National Arts Centre on Monday July 3 at 7:30pm.
Hosted by Royal Wood, the concert will feature three other CBC Searchlight finalists Jaryd Stanley, The Wolfe, and WILL.
Prior to leaving for Ottawa and his Jazz Festival appearance this Thursday, Ronnie Earl chatted with Apt613 about his life and his music.
Apt613 sat down with Blue Moon Marquee ahead of their free performance July 1 at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.