Where have the 10 days gone? Tonight, RBC Bluesfest 2018 draws to a close. Though your legs may be tired and you seem to have misplaced your Ray-Bans, those are concerns for Monday. There’s still plenty of fantastic music ahead for the Sunday, so slather on the sunscreen, grab a blanket and put it in your bag (regulation size of no larger than 12” x 12” x 6”, of course), and get out there and enjoy yourself!
Below you’ll find our final two cents on who to see. You’ll also find a list of the Ottawa bands who will be performing so you can support local. The full final day schedule is posted here. If you haven’t gone to the 2018 edition, this is your last chance to pick up a single-day ticket.
Be sure to follow the Ottawa Bluesfest on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes.
Sunday, July 15th Picks
Dear Rouge – 6:30, City Stage
If you’re into electro indie-rock and shows with energy aplenty, do take the time to see this Canadian duo. Since their debut EP in 2012, the Vancouver-based band has been on our radar, and in 2016 they netted the Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year. This year, they released their sophomore album, Phases, with Bluesfest being one of the first stops on an extensive Summer/Fall Canada-wide tour. We’ve suggested them before as a pick at the festival, but it’s such a good time we can’t help but repeat ourselves!
The Julian Taylor Band – 6:00, Claridge Homes Stage
One of Toronto’s hardest-working artists is returning to Ottawa, where he has grown his reputation the old-fashioned way – by playing shows and blowing away audiences. They have two dates this year at Bluesfest, but one was at the Casino which regular festival goers can’t easily attend. However, this is your chance. Do you like high-energy, roots-instilled rock and roll? If so, do yourself a favour and check this band out, you will not be disappointed.
Local artists performing:
Animal Confession – 3:30, City Stage
- Get riled up early for the headline performance on the City Stage by taking in this hard-rock trio. With 2018 having seen the release of their sophomore album Age of Today, they are ready to bring it all to Bluesfest before continuing touring in Ontario and Quebec.
Grace Lachance – 3:30, Barney Danson Theatre
- This Stittsville native won the 2015 edition of She’s The One. Her talent garnered her the opportunity to collaborate with Universal Music Canada, who released her debut single “Anymore”. Duck in to see this young pop/alternative performer in the cool and intimate confines of the Theatre.
Krystal Jyl and The Jacks – 4:30, Claridge Homes Stage
- With apologies to Ella Fitzgerald for the misquote, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that rockabilly jazz swing”. Check out this Ottawa combo for horns, drums, and bass, who will put a smile on your face ! <sound clip>
Stone Age Man – 5:00, Barney Danson Theatre
- The Wakefield-based nine-piece band specializes in a sultry mix of jazz, blues, soul, and rock. Beat the heat and duck into the Theatre to enjoy their catchy musical blend.
The Peptides – 9:00, Claridge Homes Stage
- One of the funnest bands around, The PepTides are a soul-funk-pop-rock collective that put on an entertaining show with their colourful performances and costumes. Make sure you stretch before seeing them because you surely will be moving in ways you didn’t think you could.
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