Bluesfest locals: Elijah Woods

July 16th, 2022 by  |  Published in Bluesfest locals, Features, Interviews, News

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Elijah Woods

The Bluesfest locals series will introduce you to the talented music makers from the Ottawa area performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest. Come on out early to Bluesfest and discover some great new music!

Elijah Woods

Sunday, July 17
8pm to 9pm
River Stage


The multi-faceted singer, songwriter, producer and engineer has been consistently creating and sharing clips of new music with audiences on social media, specifically on TikTok, which has reached over 1M followers. To date, woods has spent over 35 weeks on Billboard’s Canadian Emerging Artist chart (where he remained inside the Top 5 for 20 weeks), reaching #3 for five straight weeks, while hitting #8 at Top 40 and AC radio in Canada with “lights” which is quickly approaching gold certification. Last year woods released the EP “look what i made” which continues his incandescent pop vibe and includes ‘first night’ featuring JUNO award winning pop songstress JESSIA, and most recently released the response track ‘fingers crossed’ which has already surpassed 5M streams and climbing with his clever way of taking a previously recorded song and sharing a different perspective. woods is perched on the cusp of worldwide buzz with huge, kaleidoscopic music that vividly distills his talents as a songwriter, musician, and overall entertainer.

The Talent

Elijah Woods
Isaac Matthews
Jae Kwon Park


What was your reaction to the news you’d be a part of Bluesfest and who was the first person you told?
I was super excited. any chance to play in my home town is amazing, but to share the bluesfest stage with with some of my favourite artists is a dream. the first person I told was my girlfriend.

Please describe your sound.
Emotional easy listening pop. I’m really romantic about great story telling and symbolism in my songwriting.

How did you get started on your musical journey?
My dad taught me how to play the guitar when I was 8 or so. from there I started djing when I was 14 and that turned to music production. Singing my own songs started as a passion project, but I quickly realized people were connecting to the stories. ultimately that gave me the confidence to keep putting my solo stuff out.

What can music fans expect from your show? Will you be playing any new music at Bluesfest and/or releasing new music ahead of your performance?
Definitely some new music. I try and incorporate a mix of high energy and continuous stimulus. Very excited to debut my new song ILU at the festival.

What artists are you hoping to catch during this year’s Bluesfest?
I’m very excited to see JESSIA as she’s just the most incredible human. Also Rage Against The Machine because that’s my entire childhood.

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