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Sarah McLachlan at the opening night of Bluesfest 2022. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

What’s on at Bluesfest: Gig Picks for Sunday July 10

By Stephane Dubord on July 9, 2022

Check in next week for a preview of Week 2, featuring six more days of music to enjoy!

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And check out our Spotify playlist for all the best tunes from this year’s artists.

Day 4 at Bluesfest: Sunday, July 10

Main Stage

Arguably one of the most star-studded lineups Bluesfest has hosted in a single day, the Main Stage will start off with Ottawa’s guitar virtuoso Sophia Radisch, who will finally get to wow Bluesfest crowd with her Gibson.

Then, the first of two iconic 90s artists will take the stage, as Garbage will make their very first appearance in Ottawa, after almost three decades of hit-making. A long time coming, fans will be able to relish in hearing classics from their early multi-platinum albums such as “Push It” and “Stupid Girl,” as well as new songs from their 2021 release No Gods No Masters.

If that wasn’t enough, Ottawa’s own Alanis Morrissette will make her long-awaited return to the local stage, almost 15 years in the making. With her groundbreaking Jagged Little Pill recently celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, an entirely new generation has been introduced to the album which dominated the Canadian landscape for the better part of the mid-90s. A rare multi-diamond certified album in Canada, with numerous platinum certifications around the world, the multi-faceted artist will be celebrating the anniversary of that album, as well as her many other successful albums since. Given the ubiquity of her songs, and the length of time since her last appearance, Sunday is bound to be a memorable homecoming.

SiriusXM Stage

While rock may dominate the main stage on Sunday, the SiriusXM stage will feature a double-shot of blues, starting with Rick Fines and his evocative acoustic guitar, which featured prominently on his award-nominated Solar Powered Too album.

The stage will then be set for Sue Foley to plug in her signature pink guitar which both inspired and featured on her own award winning album, Pinky’s Blues, a formidable follow-up to The Ice Queen which also earned her multiple awards and her first million stream song.

After all those blues acts, the evening will close with breakout country star Mackenzie Porter. The Canadian’s Drinkin’ Songs EP, released in 2020, cemented her as one to watch, and her follow up singles have continued to build momentum, as well as her hit collaborations with Dustin Lynch and Dallas Smith.

River Stage

Only two artists have been announced for the River Stage on Sunday, starting with Ottawa’s own Josephine Leone. Gold in the Fire (2019) is their first album since the release of their debut EP in 2016, and offers up a healthy dose of funky-backed guitar rock.

Next up is festival darling Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Their high energy shows are legendary, and their soul and roots rock will have fans dancing along with the lead singer’s signature shuffle. Their performance at CityFolk 2017 showed Ottawa just how fun a live act they are, and this year should be more of the same. Without any other acts planned for that evening, fans can hope they’ll play an extended set and keep the party going.

Barney Danson Theatre

Sunday at the Barney Danson Theatre starts with the rootsy duo Étoile Noir, based in Ottawa, who make sturdy country-rock-roots music. They’ve been gaining some local attention, so their certainly worth seeing. The local talent continues with Renée Landry at 8pm. You’ve heard of northern soul—now get ready for northern Ontario soul, with Landry’s powerful vocals complemented by a full suite of brass, piano, and a grooving rhythm section.

And if you missed Ottawa ex-pat Sue Foley on the SiriusXM stage, you can catch her ice-cold guitar licks at the Barney Denson Theatre at 9:30pm.


RBC Bluesfest runs from July 7–17, 2022 at LeBreton Flats. Visit ottawabluesfest.ca for the full schedule and lineup. General admission Day Passes cost $79.45 and a full Festival Pass is $312.97 including tax and all fees. Follow @apt613 on Instagram for all the sights and sounds of Bluesfest 2022.

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