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Apartment613’s guide to RBC Bluesfest 2019

By Stephane Dubord on July 2, 2019





It’s almost time!

For live music lovers, the countdown to Ottawa Bluesfest is like the countdown to Christmas, and as the days tick down, the anticipation builds. We’re now on the cusp, so avid festival goers are in the midst of finalizing plans. The weather looks pretty decent, no changes to public transit (unfortunately still practically train-less), and most acts and set times are set.

For those who may not be quite as committed, never fear: Apartment613 has you covered with all you need to know, beyond the basics from the site.

Hometown hip hop collective BLAKDENIM play Friday, July 12 at 6:30pm on Videotron Stage

This year, we will be providing you a one-stop shop with daily articles to help you immerse yourself, including artist-related info, interviews, playlists, and recommendations to help make your day even better. You’ll be able to read up on who some of the lesser known artists are, listen to a few of their songs, and get a better sense of what to expect when you show up.

A few key points to keep in mind:

  • The festival is being held as usual at LeBreton Flats, by the Canadian War Museum.
  • Parking is severely limited, so get there early, or better yet, plan to attend by other means of transportation.
  • There is abundant secure bike parking, and OC Transpo service is easily accessible, either along the Transitway, or you can walk down to Bayview to catch the O-Train south. Again this year, OC Transpo service is free to and from the event with a valid festival pass.
  • Lineups do change due to unforeseen circumstances. For example, First Aid Kit had to pull out this year, and more recently, Mustard cancelled his performance, and is being replaced by Keys N Krates.

Bilingual Ottawa-Gatineau duo Moonfruits perform on Sunday, July 7 at 5:00pm inside Barney Danson Theatre

With that, here are the daily previews. Links will be added each day once the article is published–so keep checking!

And if for some reason you STILL haven’t gotten your pass yet, a few are still available, ranging from $59 for a single day pass (for Day 1 or 3), up to a full festival pass for $249, all available online.

RBC Bluesfest is at LeBreton Flats (Canadian War Museum) from July 4–14, 2019. Visit for tickets, the complete schedule and lineup.