Sights & Sounds
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out Bluesfest on Sunday night. Petty seemed at ease and enjoyed himself onstage with his bandmates, as well as with the audience, sending out big smiles, waves, and thank yous throughout the night.
Legendary performers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers closed out year number 24 of Ottawa Bluesfest with a 2-hour long show on the City Stage that drew large-scaled numbers. Earlier in the night, country star Tim Hicks played to an energetic crowd. High Waters, Claude Munson and more also performed on the final night.
Kontinuum, an underground sound and light experience inside the yet to be opened LRT station at Lyon and Sparks premiered over the weekend. Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, the studio responsible for lighting such events as the Sagrada familia in Barcelona, Madonna’s MDNA Tour and NFL Super Bowl halftime show, and most recently the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal.
Local rapper and international sensation Night Lovell took to the stage after arriving at the LeBreton stop on the 97 Bayshore.
Those that wandered into the Barney Danson Theatre during Bluesfest early Friday night were treated to something more than your average bluegrass band. Ottawa trio Old Man Grant whipped up their own brand of bluegrass brew that had flavours of country, folk, New Orleans dixieland, and a hefty heaping of foot-stomping hillbilly goodness.
A stellar line-up of evening acts on both the Claridge and City Stages Friday night were interrupted sporadically due to the threat of approaching thunderstorms.
Jared Davidson: “The concert was very tight, and while Wainwright did three encores, he in no way overstayed his welcome.”
Starry Night, on display in the Lalonde + Doyle Exhibition Space of the Shenkman Arts Centre, displays 24 works by local and national artists celebrating the night sky.
It was a very rainy night at Bluesfest. Unfortunately, lightning cancelled a lot of shows and shortened sets by others. However, Apt613 photographers managed to shoot several performances.
A new, bold and bright mural – painted by four Inuit artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut – is adorning the wall of the Bell Media building on George Street in the ByWard Market. Visual artists and co-founders of Embassy of Imagination Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson are facilitating the project in partnership with the Ottawa School of Art.
Josh “Socalled” Dolgin of Chelsea, Quebec is the kind of artist who defies categorization, in his case openly and verbally. He is different and that will be evident at his Canada Scene concert with Yves Lambert Saturday night in the Babs Asper Theatre at the National Arts Centre.
Day 7 was a crazy night at Bluesfest.
Apt613 contributor Jessica Ruano is joined by a member of the local theatre community, Arden Usin. They share their thoughts on some of the shows seen recently at the Canada Scene Festival (running June 15 to July 23).
It may be one of the rainiest summers we’ve had in a while, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying all the activities this weekend! Summer favourites like the light show at Parliament Hill are back, it’s the final weekend of Bluesfest, and Canada Scene has shows aplenty! Enjoy!
Born out of a collaboration between luminary playwright Hannah Moscovitch, larger-than-life musician Ben Caplan and director Christian Barry, Old Stock blends music, theatre, and storytelling to tell the story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents who arrived in Canada in 1908 as refugees fleeing the pogroms.