Day Eight of RBC Bluesfest 2017 arguably features the most outstanding set of “local” talent with a few bands and artists making waves across Canada and abroad. The Ottawa and area performers may actually overshadow most of the non-local musicians. The full schedule is here, but we offer a few choice selections.

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The Texas Horns – 6:00, Bluesville Stage

Every year, Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, John Mills, and Al Gomez make the 3,000 KM trek from Texas to Ottawa in order to be the festival’s house band and backing whichever performer needs a set of horns. Occasionally, they get to have their own set, like kicking off Friday’s Bluesfest festivities. There will likely be a host of guest performers, so come early to see who joins The Texas Horns on stage.



Headstones – 7:30, City Stage

After a bit of hiatus, as a result of other interests such as frontman Hugh Dillon working on a number of television shows, veteran Canadian rockers Headstones are back in full swing. Just last month, they released their ninth album, Little Army. This should be one event that should see the audience filled with older and younger folks and even possibly being a full family affair (not that the Headstones’ show will be G-rated one).

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Anderson .Paek – 8:00, Claridge Homes Stage

Anderson. Paak is the definition of cool and humble. His soulful R&B is like the music of the greats – a modern-day Marvin Gaye mixed with Stevie Wonder. But instead of the piano, Anderson .Paak’s instrument of choice is the drums. This show should be one funky, groovy, and fun affair. And with his infectious smile, you’ll be hard-pressed to not who your appreciation.

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Local artists performing:

Old Man Grant – 6:00, Barney Danson Theatre

  • A bluegrass/folk ensemble, this trio has been actively on the road, playing venues across the East Coast and Southern Ontario on two separate tours. This summer, they be out and about again, bringing their three-part harmonies across Canada, including the Bluesfest bill.

The Glorious Sons – 6:30, Claridge Homes Stage

  • We’ll claim Kingston close enough to be considered local so that we can point out the rocking awesomeness that is The Glorious Sons. If you’re a rock fan coming out for the likes of the Headstones and Live, by all means come out early and check these guys out. A couple years ago they thrilled the audience at the River stage with their explosive set, don’t miss this one, seriously, don’t!


DRAE – 7:30, Bluesville Stage

  • With his first album release E/scape well in hand from 2016, Ottawa’s own producer/vocalist DRAE brings his contemporary sound to the stage. Blow the roof off the tent and take in his high energy evening.

A Tribe Called Red – 9:00, Bluesville Stage

  • Ottawa’s own A Tribe Called Red are legends, not just within Canada but abroad, including in New Zealand. They have inspired a generation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians with their blend of hip hop, reggae, dub-step, and moombahton. This should be a night to remember.

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