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Half Moon Run at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Gig Photos: Day 1 of Bluesfest

By Landon Entwistle on September 24, 2021

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Lauryn Macfarlane at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Lauryn Macfarlane kicked off night one of Bluesfest, reminiscing on playing the fest several years prior as a part of the “She’s the One” Emerging Female Artist Competition.

Aysanabee at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Next up was Aysanabee, Toronto-based singer-songwriter.

Aysanabee at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Aysanabee showed his prowess not only through his stunning vocals, but through his guitar work as well, employing two-hand tapping techniques to add even more layers of sound.

Tokyo Police Club at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

A Canadian indie favourite and no stranger to the Ottawa stage, Tokyo Police Club were up next.

Dave Monks, from Tokyo Police Club, at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Lead vocalist and bass player Dave Monks, reiterating how good it was to be back playing live shows again.

Tokyo Police Club at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

The Newmarket, Ontario band has been together for over 16 years, performing a wide range of songs old and new.

Half Moon Run at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

Headlining night one of Bluesfest was Montreal’s Half Moon Run. As the band walked out, a torrential rain started to pour from the skies.

Half Moon Run at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

With the crowd ready to go with ponchos and garbage bags, nothing could dampen their spirits on the night, which the band resonated, playing through the wind and rain while stagehands draped every piece of equipment in tarps.

Half Moon Run at Bluesfest. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

The dreary weather juxtaposed with a party atmosphere made for an unforgettable night and for many the first show they had seen in far too long.


Bluesfest is presenting outdoor concerts at Lansdowne Park from Sept. 23 to 25. Visit ottawabluesfest.ca for the complete lineup and schedule.

Patrons are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend, and are expected to present their vaccination status information at the gates. All festival goers are expected to wear a mask while on festival premises, and can only be removed when eating, drinking, or for other medical reasons.