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Bluesfest: The dazzling chamber sound of Musk Ox

When Musk Ox released their latest album Woodfall last year, it quickly became the most popular Ottawa record on Bandcamp, as well as being the #3 Bandcamp album in Canada. Listening to the beautiful compositions of this chamber-folk trio, which combine classical guitar (Nathanaël Larochette), cello (Raphael Weinroth-Browne) and violin (Evan Runge), it’s easy to see why […]

Photo from Jan Järvlepp's website, Credit: John Winiarz.

Q&A with Ottawa composer Jan Järvlepp

A prolific and eclectic composer (his Garbage Concerto recently received its second local performance with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra this year), Jan Jävlepp is one of Ottawa’s hidden musical treasures. Thankfully, the Music and Beyond festival saw it right to dedicate an entire concert on Monday, July 13th, with only his works on the program […]

The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

Bluesfest: A summer evening with the superb Hilotrons

Since forming in 2001, the Hilotrons have become one of Ottawa’s most innovative musical groups. They have also gained a reputation for being involved in numerous interesting projects: among other things, their music has been performed at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, they released a special double-sided album that can only be played on a Fisher […]

Bluesfest: The avant-garde soundscapes of Fet.Nat

[youtube][/youtube] Fet.Nat “WTF Jumpin’ Bean” Pop Montreal 2014 / Parlabande – Published on Oct 13, 2014 (courtesy of YouTube) If Ottawa audiences want to hear some interesting musical experiments taking place in our region, then they need look no further than across the bridge to Quebec. Since 2010, the Hull-based collective Fet.Nat has been concocting strange […]

Photo takes from the New Swear's album cover for Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever

Bluesfest: New Swears garage punk

Ottawa’s full-throttle party band New Swears don’t really care what people think of them. As they sing in their song “Main Stream”:     And some band already did that /     we don’t really give a shit /     We’re just having way too much fun /     to care about the […]

Photo by Patrick Lawlor. Modified by Sarah Hallman.

Winchester Warm to warm audiences at Bluesfest

On Wednesday night at RBC Bluesfest, you can look forward to seeing the Ottawa-based indie folk group  Winchester Warm.  They are happy to be playing the festival again having previously performed in 2012. “We are excited to be playing in the Barney Danson Theatre this year as shows always sound so great in there. We will be playing […]

The Ornaments. Photo from Bandcamp.

The Ornaments at Bluesfest

Tonight, Ottawa rock band, the Ornaments play RBC Bluesfest for the second time (first time was in 2011). The group has released one EP, Ornaments in 2010 and one full-length album, Blood Vessels in 2011. Check out our interview with band member David Peirce, who also gives us his insights into the local Ottawa music […]

The Haig - From the RBC Bluesfest Page.

Bluesfest – The Haig: An eclectic bunch with DIY equipment

  Ottawa RBC Bluesfest -it’s not just about out-of-town acts, but about supporting and celebrating local music. I encourage you to add a local band to your must-see list for the festival and watch for our profiles of different local bands this week. The Haig is one such Ottawa-based group, comprised of Chris Davidson (drums), Dean […]

Bluesfest: Grooving with the Lucas Haneman Express

[youtube][/youtube] Lucas Haneman Express perform Real Love (courtesy of YouTube) Kanata-raised guitarist Lucas Haneman is a natural born musician.  Playing the guitar since the age of 6, the now 28-year-old performer has been turning heads for half of his life. As a teenager, he started making a name for himself at the Ottawa JazzWorks jam sessions.  He later […]

Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow in March 2015. Photo by Terry Steeves.

5 ways to put the blues back in your Bluesfest

Looking through the Bluesfest lineup you wouldn’t be alone if you’re finding it tricky to get yourself a good dose of the Blues. I’ve done some digging though and what I’ve seen is there’s definitely some fine blues to go out and hear at this year’s festival. Here’s a little cheat sheet with 5 shows […]