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Alessia Cara at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Gig Photos: Day 1 of Bluesfest

By Landon Entwistle on July 8, 2022

The opening night of Bluesfest provided a wide variety of artists from far and wide, with something for everyone.

Day one featured several Australian acts on the River Stage. First up was the breezy alt-rock group Ocean Alley serenading the crowd with tunes perfect for a summer night, and singer-songwriter Dean Lewis closing to a set full of sing-alongs with the crowd.

Ocean Alley at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Dean Lewis at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Bombino closed out at the tent stage, with the songs being sung in Tamasheq. Many of the group’s songs are in protest against the governments of Mali and Niger. The band is influenced by a variety of styles, mixing Tuareg guitar with a reggae twist in parts.

Bombino at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

If it was Aussie night on the River Stage, it was all Canadian on the main stage, with Vancouver’s Jessia kicking things off. Alessia Cara was up next, featuring songs from her latest album In The Meantime, as well as hits off of her critically acclaimed 2018 release, The Pains of Growing.

Jessia at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Alessia Cara at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Headlining night one was Sarah McLachlan, the Halifax-born star who has over 40 million records sold worldwide, two Grammy Awards, and four JUNOs. McLachlan had the crowd swaying, singing, and tearing up at points to her beloved songs.

Sarah McLachlan at Blesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Sarah McLachlan at Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

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