Category: Festivals

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 5

Sunday marked Day 5 of Ottawa Bluesfest and the last day before our silent day of rest, but what a great day it turned out to be. Sadly I only caught the end of the OBGMs set because they were fantastic, I will definitely make an effort t see them the next chance I get. They were followed by an act I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off the first weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest. This year the festival started a bit later on the weekends and as a full festival pass holder I did not mind too much because I always had to be a little careful not to overdo it on the weekends. This Saturday had a lot of options available to the music lover. There […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 3

Day 3 at Ottawa Bluesfest saw one of the biggest and most controversial acts in the world headline the festival. As you might guess, Kanye West drew a very significant crowd and it was one of the biggest I have seen in my many years attending Bluesfest. From appearances it appeared to me to be the biggest crowd since KISS performed. […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 2

Day 2 was a more typical day at Bluesfest than Day 1. There were many different genres in play for you to choose from. The main stages featured quite a bit of country, including local rising star Kira Isabella and mega-star Jason Aldean. But if country was not your thing, there were plenty of options available amongst the other stages. I […]

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Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest in Revue – Day 1

Ottawa Bluesfest is the biggest event in Ottawa for the music lovers of the city. It’s a 10-11 day festival that is a smorgasbord of music each and every day. There are some great acts to check out regardless of the genres of music you like. In fact, the more genres you like, the better you will be served because the festival […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 26th Guide

The first two days of the Newport Folk Festival have been wonderful. It’s the most memorable NFF that I’ve attended. Roger Waters supported by My Morning Jacket, G.E. Smith, and Lucius plus appearances by Amy Helm and Sara Watkins made for a special Day 1. Yesterday’s surprises weren’t as dramatic, although to see Gillian Welsh join The Decemberists along with […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 25th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 25th Guide

Some people might be a bit groggy getting up this morning after spending the evening at one of Newport’s fine eateries or watering holes or possibly at Deer Tick’s post-Newport Folk Festival shows at the Newport Blues Cafe (like us!). But with another full slate of great music starting “bright and early,” it’s time to get ready and head down […]

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Newport Folk Festival July 24th Guide

Newport Folk Festival July 24th Guide

It was just on Sunday that the Ottawa Bluesfest finished, but back on the road for another festival. This will mark the 4th consecutive year that my wife and I will attend the Newport Folk Festival. No offence to the many festivals we have attended, but NFF is by far our favorite. It’s an extremely intimate festival, where roughly 10,000 […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Favourite Shows Part 2

RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Favourite Shows Part 2

The 21st edition of the RBC Bluesfest has come to a close. At eleven days, it marked the second longest in the festival’s history. We, Ben and Darren, looked back on the first 5 days last Monday. We now reflect on the shows that impressed us the most for days 6 to 11. Words are by both Ben and Darren, […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks

It’s the last day of Bluesfest. It’s probably safe to say that we’re all feeling a little relieved that this marathon of a music festival is almost over yet disappointed that we have to wait another year to be able to see some 300 acts over 10-11 days. Anyway, here’s the RBC Bluesfest July 19th Gig Picks. Today is a microcosm […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 18th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 18th Gig Picks

For those individuals who have gone to Bluesfest for all nine days so far, you might be telling yourself, “Only two more days. Only two more days.” I sure am. Yet despite the exhaustion, the anticipation of seeing performers I’ve long wanted to see and discovering an unexpected gem energizes me.Many will likely be coming to see either Deep Purple […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 17th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 17th Gig Picks

We’re down to the final three days. While I’ve avoided naming headliners, this one cannot be passed up. There’s also a slew of local artists performing tonight, so get there early to see them. For more information on the Ottawa artists, check out the Ottawa Soundmakers series. Without anymore delay, here are the RBC Bluesfest July 17th Gig Picks, which […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 16th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 16th Gig Picks

It’s country night at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and the variety of artists is a more limited tonight with fewer acts on the slate. The big headliner is Aussie heartthrob Keith Urban. But if you’re not in the mood for country, there are some other options to consider. Here are the RBC Bluesfest July 16th Gig Picks. A few Ottawa artists […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 15th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 15th Gig Picks

We’re halfway through the 11-day Bluesfest. Yesterday’s performances were spectacular and today promises to be another great day, especially the under card (hopefully the weather will cooperate). Here are the RBC Bluesfest July 15th Gig Picks. The Ottawa performers are included, and you can check out the Ottawa Soundmakers series for more info. CHVRCHES – 8:00 PM, Claridge Homes Stage At long last, Scottish trio CHVRCHES […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 14th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 14th Gig Picks

This day sucks not because it’s suppose to rain but rather there are so many conflicts today. These conflicts are what I love and dislike about Bluesfest. And no, I’m not talking about Lynyrd Skynyrd (9:30, Bell Stage) and The John Butler Trio (9:30, Monster Energy Stage) performing closing sets (although those two do present a conflict). The 7:00 slot, in particular, has some tough […]

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RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

RBC Bluesfest 2015 – Fave Shows from the First Five Days

Well, the first five days of the RBC Bluesfest 2015 has come and gone. Today is mercifully an off day, where the festivalgoers get to recharge their batteries. It’s also been fairly hot and the past few days humid, so the reprieve is most welcome (thanks Mark Monahan and gang!). It’s also a good opportunity to reflect back on the […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 12th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 12th Gig Picks

Maybe it was a good idea for the Bluesfest organizers to move the time slots a couple hours later. After a fantastic few days of music, the little bit more rest was needed. Fortunately, tomorrow is an off day! Tonight, Bluesfest favourites Blue Rodeo are the headliners. As such, prepare for one massive campfire outing with the Canadian legends. But […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks

In most years, Bluesfest would start at 1:00 on the weekends, but they’ve pushed the times back to 3:00. As such, festival goers can sleep in a bit, enjoy a nice brunch, and come fully charged for eight hours of solid music. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone today. Our RBC Bluesfest July 11th Gig Picks, though, stray […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 10th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 10th Gig Picks

It’s Day 3 of the RBC Bluesfest, otherwise known as Kanye West day. But if you’re not in the mood to see Kanye or Chance the Rapper, we’ve got some recommendations for you. Here are our RBC Bluesfest July 10th Gig Picks, which includes some awesome local acts. For more information on the Ottawa bands, check out the Ottawa Soundmakers […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 9th Gig Picks

RBC Bluesfest July 9th Gig Picks

For many Ottawa Bluesfest patrons, today is the official start of Bluesfest for them following yesterday’s EDM and hip hop extravanganza. While today’s main headliner is country star Jason Aldean, there are other options available, including a full slate of Ottawa acts and some roots, soul, and Latin music. Here are three acts to check out at the RBC Bluesfest July […]

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