Tag: RBC Bluesfest Revue

Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

Discussing “Alternatives” with Royal Canoe

There is an increasing number of musicians and bands who are bucking the trend of being categorized under a single genre. They’re moving seamlessly between pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, synth-pop, dream-pop, electronica, folk, and you name it. Some have done it with varying degrees of success while others are still trying to find that sweet spot. For Winnipeg’s Royal […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest – An Interview with Blues Musician Peter D. Harper

Peter D. Harper is an Australian-American singer-songwriter who specializes in blues and roots music. Actually, Peter was born in England before moving to Australia as a young child and now he calls Detroit home. Together with his band Midwest Kind, Harper makes foot-stomping, hand-clapping music. Harper, by the way, doesn’t just sing, but he’s an accomplished didgeridoo and harmonica player. […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Hanging Out with Deltron 3030

In our continuing series of interviews and other events with artists at this summer Ottawa Bluesfest, we (which includes the gents at Tacklebox Productions and me) had an opportunity to sit down and hang out with Deltron 3030 before their set. What’s not shown in the video is that after the interview, Del hung out with the gang from BlakDenim […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

At this year RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, we had a chance to meet with all 32 Ottawa acts performing at the 10-day festival. Today, we present to you the first of four videos. In this video, you’ll find: Hip hop, producer, and entertainer extraordinaire Atherton Veteran blues-soul band Firebelly Singer-songwriter James Leclaire The alt-country rock of Jonathan Becker & The North […]

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In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

It’s been three days since the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest ended, and like many festival goers withdrawal is in full force. There’s a part of me that wishes the festival would be re-starting tonight, which is quite the opposite of what I was feeling on Sunday night when exhaustion had overcome me. This was my 11th Bluesfest, and every year I […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

It’s the last day, and, if you’re like us, depression might be setting in since it will be another 364 days before Bluesfest returns. But, let’s make the most of it and what a better way to start than to see some emerging, young artists perform. You can commence the day at the Black Sheep Stage to see elementary, junior […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

Two more days left, and there’s a 6-pack of local performers to check out. As usual, they are listed in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list of Ottawa artists here. 1:30 Sound of Lions have the privilege of opening the final Saturday of Bluesfest. Their trip-hop/pop sound is riveting, and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

Just two Ottawa-area performers on the slate for Bluesfest today. It’s an interesting pairing as one is a veteran singer-songwriter who has been recognized among the best in the region and Canada and the other is a young singer-songwriter who is well on her way to becoming a star. Both perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 10 – Firebelly, Ukrania, and Bella Cat

Only four days left of Bluesfest including today, so take every advantage you can to catch some great acts. Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today. They all perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. Firebelly isn’t just another blue-jazz-soul band – they’re an […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 8 & 9 – Pith & Parenchymas and Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 8 & 9 – Pith & Parenchymas and Average Times

After a day off, we’re back at it. Only two Ottawa-area bands performing over the next two days, so we’re combining the dates. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30 Experimental, psych-folk band Pith and the Parenchymas will haunt the Barney Danson Theatre. It’s the perfect venue to […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 6 – Old Whiskey Road, Boyhood, and Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 6 – Old Whiskey Road, Boyhood, and Tindervox

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today in chronological order. It’s a lighter schedule than yesterday. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. 2:00 Are you searching for some blues? Well, you’ve come to the right place with Old Whiskey Road. Their mix of laid-back and saloon-sytle […]

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RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

RBC Bluefest Revue, July 4 – Cold Capital, Silkken Laumann, and Angelique Francis

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today (July 4). Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. They all perform at 6:00, so get there early! You can also check out the full list of Ottawa-area bands and musicians here. Enjoy the classic rock ‘n roll tunes of Cold Capital, who will be on the Black Sheep […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

Six-plus weeks and 32 bands later, we have come to the conclusion of the RBC Bluefest Revue series, just in time for the start of the RBC Bluefest. Woohoo! If you are just catching up or want a lowdown of all the great Ottawa-area acts that will be playing over the course of the next 10 days, we have it […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ukrainia

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Ukrainia

Our final RBC Bluesfest Revue is Ukrainia. They’re an extremely unique band – one taking Eastern European folk and mixing it with western rock. The music can be moody at times but then euphoric like much music from the region. The Wakefield lads  will make you think you’re living 4500 miles away. Someone serve up the borscht and varenyky! Ukrania perform at […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Wicked Grin

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Wicked Grin

If you’re looking for blues at the RBC Bluesfest, then look no further than local act, Wicked Grin. Their sound is old-school blues, making you feel like you’re in the deep south and chilling out by the Bayou. But it would be wrong to say that Wicked Grin’s sound is rooted in the blues, as they also master the brooding, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

Remember the 90s? Tindervox sure does. When I hear this band (and especially Kara’s voice), I hear some Joydrop, and some early Sub Pop noise. It’s slowed down Grade A jangle pop with some grungy/punk thrown in for good measure. This is a band to see on any stage, so they’re one of my top picks for the festival this […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

Holy $#!%. That’s all I could say when I heard The Red Rails for the first time. Bluefest indeed, these are the bluesiest guys in town. Just listen to the first minute of this and you’ll know what I mean. There’s something going on here, and I really dig it. Somewhere between AC/DC and Wolfmother, The Red Rails swing the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC BLUESFEST REVUE: THE SPLIT Fans of Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and James Brown should check out The Split when they bring their authentic sounding old school soul music to RBC Bluesfest.  They released an EP, Can’t Get Enough,in March, and it’s fantastic. These guys have a great lineup of very talented musicians and a two-piece horn section! If you […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

With a nice throwback sound, blending catchy melodies and quality musicianship, Still Winter Hills are a band that would feel at home in any decade. Their songs have a good pace that keeps your foot tapping and your head nodding and their on stage camaraderie makes their live shows a joy to watch. They’re reminiscent of the kinds of bands […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

Silver Creek are a pretty phenomenal roots band from Ottawa. They’ve been playing for years, touring around Canada and playing to happy hometown audiences on a regular basis. Some bands seem to pick a style and try to mimic or present their take on the genre…Silver Creek have just naturally gravitated to this mix of blues, roots, folk, etc. It […]

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