Category: RBC Bluesfest Revue

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

Bella Cat arguably has the most enthralling, soulful voice in the area. Belting lyrics reminiscent of the great soul-blues singers of the past, the young woman from Old Chelsea, Quebec – which is about 15-minutes north of Ottawa – released a terrific debut EP this year entitled, Corrupted, which was reviewed earlier this year. While the blues, soul, and jazz […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

Average Times…why is it only now that I’ve heard of you guys? Not since The Polymorphines have I immediately felt my punk rock muscles ache listening to a local rawk act like this. Listening to their self-titled (and brilliantly cover-photo’d) album is a pleasure. Musically inspired by equal parts Buzzcocks and Ramones, with vocals akin to Bad Cop (with the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Atherton

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Atherton

ATHERTON Hip hop artist Devin Atherton goes by his last name Atherton. The Ottawa based artist released his third album, No Threat in 2012. His previous releases were collaborations with other artists.  His lyrics are surreal but sobering at time, and his flow is great.  The music is catchy, and the production is top notch. His live shows are described […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Angelique Francis

There’s an old saying that goes, “Age is nothing but a number”. Angelique Francis, with her booming and majestic voice that begets images of a classic 1970s soul singer, is proof of that. She first performed at Bluesfest in 2011 and has performed, among other places, at Canada Day festivities, the Super Ex, and the Canadian War Museum. Oh, and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

Like with anything in life, the more time you invest into something, the better you become at it and the more you are able to master your craft. Such is the case with Amos the Transparent, the brainchild of Jonathan Chandler and one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands. In the eight years since the band was formed, Amos the Transparent […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

Our first featured artist for the RBC Bluesfest Revue series is local legend, Amanda Rheaume. Few artists are as passionate, articulate, and dedicated to their craft as Amanda. Her 2013 album, Keep a Fire, was not only spellbinding in its songcraft, it was critically acclaimed and nominated for  Juno Award. Of Métis heritage, Amanda’s most recent album was full of wonderful […]

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