Category: RBC Bluesfest Revue

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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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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Q&A with the charismatic Danielle Caruana aka Mama Kin

Q&A with the charismatic Danielle Caruana aka Mama Kin

In 2011, Danielle Caruana – a.k.a. the woman behind Australian band Mama Kin – graced the Ottawa Bluesfest for the first time. It was an early afternoon time slot, and the sun was blazing down on her and and her band. It was one of those rare scorching days, but Mama Kin was unfazed. Caruana and her band seemed to be at home, […]

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RBC Bluesfest July 8th Gig Pick: Tycho

RBC Bluesfest July 8th Gig Pick: Tycho

So the Ottawa Bluesfest – excuse me – the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest kicks off today. If you’re looking for a variety of music that has come to characterize the annual ten-day festival, well, tonight isn’t that night. Instead, Bluesfest kicks off with an EDM and hip hop showcase as the “Full Flex Express” arrives. Organized by EDM megastars Skrillex and […]

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Let it fall, let it go: Into Failure’s dark heart

Let it fall, let it go: Into Failure’s dark heart

Article written by Steven Fouchard (retired) Failure’s The Heart is a Monster ends with “Segue 9”, the last of six sound pieces interspersed throughout. It takes you into an oppressively industrial (post-apocalyptic?), dank space. It’s almost unbearably nightmarish. Until the beat kicks in. It would be foolish to try and reduce this album, and this band, down to any one thing […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (9)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers The Jivewires Jazz July 17 @ 6:00pm – Calridge Homes Stage The Lucas Haneman Express Blues, Jazz July 14 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage The Reverb Syndicate Surf Rock July 11 @ 3:15pm – Canadian Stage The Superlative […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (8)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Saint Clare Rock, Pop, Psychedelic July 9 @ 6:00pm – Claridge Homes Stage Silvergun and Spleen Alternative Rock July 12 @ 3:00pm – Canadian Stage Slimmoore and TheNewSoulProject Soul July 10 @ 6:00pm – Monster Energy Stage Tara Holloway […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (7)

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ottawa’s Soundmakers (7)

Check back tomorrow to discover more of Ottawa’s local musicians who will be performing at this year’s RBC Bluesfest! Local Performers Ray Harris and The BSOBs Alt-Country, Americana, Folk July 19 @ 8:00pm – Barney Danson Stage Renee Landry Pop, Jazz, Blues July 19 @ 630pm – Barney Danson Stage Riishi Von Rex Rock, Blues, Folk July 18 @ 4:00pm […]

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