Bluesfest day 7 locals: The Yips, Lindsay Ferguson and The Red Rails

July 20th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest day 7 locals: The Yips, Lindsay Ferguson and The Red Rails

Day 7 saw plenty of locals hit the stages around Bluesfest ahead of headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers. First up for me were The Yips. Based on the strength of last year’s performance, it was no surprise to see the band graduate to a spot on the Claridge Homes Stage this year. They followed […]

Bluesfest Day 7; the Steve Adamyk Band & the Red Hot Chili Peppers

July 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest Day 7; the Steve Adamyk Band & the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Friday, July 15th was probably the most highly anticipated day of the entire Bluesfest. This was due to the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be headlining the City Stage later that night. At 7pm, however, the stage belonged to the local pop-punk quartet, the Steve Adamyk Band. They really couldn’t have asked […]

PUP Keep The Dream Alive At Bluesfest

July 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

PUP Keep The Dream Alive At Bluesfest

On Thursday, July 14th, I headed to the Lebreton Flats in the late afternoon to assure I would get a good spot to catch the 6pm performance of Toronto’s PUP. A little late to the game, I was introduced to PUP in early October of last year when a friend insisted I watch their full […]

Bluesfest 2016 Day 5: Half Moon Run, The Decemberists, Craig Cardiff, Carlo and XXYYXX

July 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest 2016 Day 5: Half Moon Run, The Decemberists, Craig Cardiff, Carlo and XXYYXX

If last Saturday was the rain day, day 5 was definitely the hot and sticky day, made worse by the huge crowd on hand for the various acts performing this evening. Every time I passed through the War Museum, it seemed busier than usual, with large numbers heading indoors to enjoy a little air conditioning […]

Bluesfest 2016 Day 3: The Lumineers and the Kirby Sewell Band

July 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest 2016 Day 3: The Lumineers and the Kirby Sewell Band

Day 3 of Ottawa Bluesfest saw lots of rain. Thankfully it was nothing like the downpours we had to endure for the Tragically Hip show last year. Despite the rain, there was a large crowd that came out to see the headliners for day 3 – The Lumineers. While I could see some heading out […]

Despite the steady rain, locals shine on day 3 at Bluesfest

July 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Despite the steady rain, locals shine on day 3 at Bluesfest

Day 3 was a wet one! Early on in the evening it was off and on, before finally turning into a light steady rainfall about the time The Lumineers took the stage. Despite the rain, the locals hitting the stage made the best of it. My first stop was Yusso‘s set at 5pm. Not afraid […]

The Heavy Medicine Band at RBC Bluesfest

July 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

The Heavy Medicine Band at RBC Bluesfest

“No rain! No rain!” was the mantra running through my head – and possibly many other people’s – as The Heavy Medicine Band entered the Claridge Homes Stage yesterday evening. Synonymous with the prophetic overcast skies of RBC Bluesfest‘s second day, the music of this poetic Psychedelic quartet set precisely the right atmosphere. Opening to […]

Dubé are excited to retake the stage at Bluesfest

July 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews

Dubé are excited to retake the stage at Bluesfest

I recently sat down with Jan and Quinn, 2/3 of Dubé to discuss their upcoming appearance at Bluesfest as well as new music. Dubé basically disappeared for the the last year or so and they are now coming out of their self-imposed cocoon with new music in tow. Since their last Bluesfest appearance 5 years […]

Bluesfest Day 3; Earl Sweatshirt & Preoccupations

July 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest Day 3; Earl Sweatshirt & Preoccupations

Saturday, July 9th marked the third day of Ottawa’s Bluesfest. With tons of awesome acts to pick from, I’m sure plenty of people had a hard time deciding how to organize their viewing for the day, but I certainly did not have that issue. Bands like London Souls, the Cult, and the Lumineers had people […]

Bluesfest 2016 – Day 2 highlights

July 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Bluesfest 2016 - Day 2 highlights

Some of the bigger names for day 2 included Noel Gallagher, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Tallest Man on Earth and Coeur de Pirate. I was only familiar with Noel and Ben, so it made for an interesting mix of music and a night of discovery. While the skies looked threatening for most […]