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Bluesfest 2013

613 Style File: Bluesfest Babes Edition

All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File!   Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit:  Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: […]

This is not a review: My Wu-Tang, from Shaolin 1993 to Bluesfest 2013

As we stood in the Bluesfest rain, waiting for the Wu to show, I asked the group of teenage girls next to me: what’s your favourite Wu-Tang song? Blank stares. “Ummm, I dunno.” There we were, those who were infants when Enter the 36 Chambers dropped, mixed with those who held Wu-Tang as rap Gods. […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds have made headlines in the past for the politically driven messages in their music. You’ll get a chance to take in their eclectic mixed-bag of musical influences, which range from country to reggae, when they take the stage at the Rideau Centre on Sunday at noon. Thanks to Three Little Birds for […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

When John Carroll takes the stage at Bluesfest on Sunday, he’ll be a long way from his roots as a street busker. Now a seasoned veteran, playing gigs for the CBC and holding down a long-term residence at the Laff in the Byward Market, John Carroll and his Epic Proportion offer a study in real […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Wicked Mercy

The Wicked Mercy bill themselves as apocalyptic blues and, if their heavy, lick-laden sound is any indication, it’s an apt descriptor. Led by Case Bronson (an assumed name based on local lore?), the band will take the stage at Bluesfest today at 2pm. But first, they were kind enough to answer some questions for us. […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Medhi Cayenne Club

Those that live on the Gatineau side of the river and like to dance party probably already know about Mehdi Cayenne Club. There’s a party groove to their sound but there’s also sentiment in their prose. This is how they describe themselves, in French, on their site: Punky Funk POW-WOW. Pour rêver, danser et réfléchir. MCC, c’est […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Roberta Bondar

We’ve featured Roberta Bondar a few times on Apt613. Last March, contributor Lily Peper wrote: “The group shows that you can play weird, noisy music without being dour or self-important. Their shows are energetic and fun, and show an appreciation for theatricality.” The band has been touring more and more – played last year’s Arboretum […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Miss Polygamy

Miss Polygamy is not a Ms at all but a quintet of long hair, bearded guys that love dirty rock. These guys are ready to rock your socks off on Sunday. How would you describe your sound? Contemporary with a throwback sound. Influences from Yukon Blonde, Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Grizzly […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Loon Choir

This is two years in a row at Bluesfest for Loon Choir. The boys and girls from Loon Choir have certainly not been sitting on their laurels. For all their hard work, the band has received a lot of support from CBC Radio 3. It was in the running for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for Canada’s Best […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Capital Grass and The No Men

Capital Grass and The No Men are practically a local institution – they’ve played all of the classic Ottawa venues, and bring out crowds wherever they go. They’ll be at the Bluesfest Blacksheep stage this Saturday, a perfect chance to catch them live in the act. We got them to answer a few questions, and […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: JW-Jones

JW-Jones is a crowd pleaser – with his groovy, rock ‘n’ roll stylings, you’ll be hard-pressed not to get up and dance. After touring all around the world and back again, JW-Jones has clearly figured out what the people want. His music gets at the more traditional music associated with Bluesfest – the blues themselves. […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: StillNative

The duo behind StillNative have been riding the wave of success this year, with an album, tours, and their first stage appearance at Bluesfest. With their unique sound combining just drums and a guitar, their live shows aren’t to be missed – it seems impossible for so much music to come from just two people. They’ll be […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Les Mosquitos

The past couple of years have been busy ones for Les Mosquitos – entering a music competition, recording an album, and above all, entertaining Ottawans with their unique blend of reggae, pop and latin music. With plans for more singles and videos underway, it’s clear these guys aren’t slowing down for anything. With their show […]

Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Jack Pine and the Fire

Ottawa’s Gareth Auden-Hole is a talented guy – and not just in his day job as an audio engineer and music producer. With Jack Pine and the Fire, Gareth and his bandmates bring a roots-based, catchy country feel with just a bit of rock thrown in. Since their first release in 2011, the band has […]