Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 – Day Eight – July 12

July 13th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 - Day Eight - July 12

Don’t believe the hype. That is, the hype I built the last time we reviewed The Dirty Nil. They took the City Stage for the 6 PM slot on July 12th to diehard fans knowing every word or people waiting for the Offspring. They played a nearly identical show to the last time we saw […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 – Day Six – July 10

July 11th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 - Day Six - July 10

One of the saddest crossovers in the Bluesfest schedule this year was Elle King coinciding with The Sheepdogs. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Elle King was unable to perform. The Sheepdogs instead closed the Videotron Stage on July 10th. The crowd was packed, begging the note that if The Sheepdogs had played the Bluesville stage […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 – Day Four – July 7

July 8th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Concerts

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 - Day Four - July 7

Sunday night was a pleasant mix of different styles. Getting there early, I was lucky to catch partial sets from some great local artists. I was a first timer for Outside I’m a Giant, Moonfruits and River City Junction. Entertaining sets from all of these talented musicians. Bluesfest does a fine job bringing in lots […]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 – Discover some great local artists while you’re there

July 4th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Features, News, Show Announcements

Ottawa Bluesfest 2019 – Discover some great local artists while you’re there

Summer is here and that means it’s almost time for Ottawa Bluesfest 2019! While all the hype typically surrounds the headliners, there is loads of local talent performing as well. So if you’re going, head out early and discover some of the great local music that our city has to offer. Once again this year, […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 6

July 15th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 6

My first stop on this evening was to catch Ottawa’s own Lucas Haneman Express. For those complaining about the lack of blues artists, this local act kept the early arrivals with a scorching set. The band was thrilled to be opening the City Stage for Dave Matthews! I next caught The Suitcase Junket over on […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 5

July 14th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 5

Roland Prince hit the Blacksheep Stage at 6 PM on day 4 of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Local hip-hop and R&B artists are seldom spoken of in the Ottawa Music scene, so Spotlight figured we’d check out the Kanata born artist. We were pleasantly surprised. A self-proclaimed “proud weirdo” with a background in stage acting, […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 4

July 13th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 4

As day 4 rolled in, I was most looking forward to seeing the Strumbellas hit the City Stage. With 3 solid albums under their belts and some strong Ottawa shows over the last few years, they have become one of my favorite bands. Sunday night was no exception as the band delighted the crowd with […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 3

July 9th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 3

Ottawa Bluesfest Day #3, the day that all screaming teens, parents, and people of all ages were waiting for, AKA “Shawn Mendes day!”. Another packed day with a lineup of musical talents would not let anyone down regardless of your genre preferences. Lauv made a strong impact on the City Stage, packing the largest area […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 2

July 9th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 2

While the awful security line overshadowed the opening day of Bluesfest 2018, the cooler weather seemed to calm the crowd on Day 2, allowing everyone to enjoy what these two weeks are all about, the music. Local artist Kelsey Hayes opened up the new Claridge Home Stage. Bluesfest adopted the “tent-over-the-audience model” many bigger festivals […]

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest – Day 1

July 6th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Concerts

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - Day 1

It was opening day for Ottawa’s annual RBC Bluesfest, the temperature was pushing over the 40C mark with humidity at a high, however that did not stop the flocks of music fans from heading down to Lebreton Flats! Opening the show was Jupiter & Okwess on the City Stage.   Next up on the Black […]