Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, […]
It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds […]
Ottawa Bluesfest was once again the site of a performance by Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, who graced us with a visit two years ago inside the Barney Danson Theatre. This time, he was placed in what seemed a more fitting setting: down by the river’s edge on the Canadian Stage, where the somewhat self-contained […]
The Yips have been a prominent part of Ottawa’s music scene since they got together, in 2012. Since then, they’ve put out two EPs on their own, and a split with Organ Eyes. The band plans on releasing their first full-length album by the end of 2015. Local band the Yips are playing Bluesfest for […]
It’s as much output that can be produced by a set of drums, bass, guitar, and a Hammond organ, by musicians that are masters of their instruments. It’s a wall of sound consisting of music from genres of heavy and progressive rock, with the use of blues, classical, and other scales. Add to this a […]
The combination of the setting sun amidst the ambient sounds of Middle Eastern music cast a spell over the growing audience that quickly assembled in front of the Canadian stage on this final night of Bluesfest. Canadian headliners, The Tea Party, would take us on a magic carpet ride through their vast repertoire, dating all […]
It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans […]
Expect more artists to be announced between now and July.
We want to offer a number of good reasons why the inclusion of French should be considered with respect to the organization itself, the choice of artists and the festival’s mandate.