Muse caps off an entertaining day 9 at Bluesfest

July 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Muse caps off an entertaining day 9 at Bluesfest

I was excited to catch Muse for the first time. I’ve been following the band for a few years now. They brought the big rock show production one would expect with a cool stage setup, with moving parts and a cool lighting setup. As they show was drawing to an end, I started to fear […]

Lightening crashes the party at Bluesfest on Day 8

July 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Lightening crashes the party at Bluesfest on Day 8

Ottawa Bluesfest featured great performances from start to finish on Day 8. My first stop was the Barney Danson Theatre to check out Ottawa’s Old Man Grant. Despite the early start, there was a good sized audience in the theatre. The trio played a fun set and weren’t shy about encouraging a little audience participation […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 – Day 4 highlights

July 12th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 - Day 4 highlights

Pink was the big draw and day 4 at Ottawa Bluesfest and that saw the biggest crowd of the festival so far. Despite some rain, and her show was a full on spectacle. Since she’s had plenty of mainstream coverage, I’ll focus on some some of my highlights from the night. The first act I […]

Ottawa Bluesfest Day 3 kicks off with a slew of great sets from local artists

July 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Ottawa Bluesfest Day 3 kicks off with a slew of great sets from local artists

I headed out early on this Saturday afternoon to take in what I could of the locals starting off the day. My oldest son was also in tow, coming to see what Bluesfest was like for the first time. I figured this would be the best opportunity with the smaller crowds that are present at […]

Sam Roberts Band, Pokey LaFarge and Death From Above 1979 cap off day 1

July 9th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Sam Roberts Band, Pokey LaFarge and Death From Above 1979 cap off day 1

The first main act on day 1 that I had to catch was the Sam Roberts Band. I’ve been a fan since he burst on to the Canadian music scene with his break out hit Brother Down 15 years ago. It was great to hear some of the new tunes off of Terra Form live […]

Ottawa’s locals lead an impressive opening to Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

July 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Concerts, Features

Ottawa's locals lead an impressive opening to Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

It never ceases to amaze me how much local musical talent we have in this city. Heading to Ottawa Bluesfest early is one great way to discover them. The first band I caught this year was Tribe Royal. I had first seen them at Barrymore’s a month or so ago and was excited to catch […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Riishi Von Rex

July 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Riishi Von Rex

I recently spoke with Riishi of Riishi Von Rex about their upcoming appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch them on Saturday July 8th at 3:30PM on the Black Sheep Stage. You can call the band Bluesfest veterans now as this will be their third appearance. The duo is looking to put together a stronger […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Pony Girl

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Pony Girl

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Yolande Laroche (Clarinet, Vocals, Keys) of Pony Girl about their upcoming appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch Pony Girl on opening night (Thursday July 6th) at 7:30PM in the Barney Danson Theatre. I started things off asking how the band felt about making their second appearance […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Sparklesaurus

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews, Show Announcements

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Sparklesaurus

I recently had the chance to interview Ottawa’s Sparklesaurus ahead of their debut appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch the band on the City Stage at 3PM on Sunday July 9th. SO: You’ve been a band for a relatively short period of time. You recently opened for Bif Naked and you’ll soon be playing […]

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Tribe Royal

July 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Features, Interviews

Bluesfest locals: An interview with Tribe Royal

I recently spoke with Terry O’Brien of Tribe Royal about the band’s upcoming debut appearance at Ottawa Bluesfest. You can catch the guys opening night (July 6) at 6PM on the Claridge Homes Stage. I asked Terry if the band felt any pressure kicking off this year’s festival to which he responded, “A bit. It’s […]