Bluesfest Day Five: Fetty Wap, Jake Owen, RL Grime, and July Talk

After a one-day break, Bluesfest was back with its most diverse single-day lineup yet on July 11. Kicking things off on the Bluesville Stage was Harea Band. The up-and-coming band from Ottawa brought their unique fusion style to the stage, which they describe as “sexy soul and disco infused pop,” using instruments such as synthesizers, electric drums, and keytars. Lead singer Matt Harea made the show even more exciting with his strong, soulful vocals and by leading the rest of the band in choreographed funk dance moves. Opening the City Stage for the evening was a highly-anticipated performance by Fetty Wap and Monty. From the moment the concert began, the hip-hop superstars kept the mostly teenage crowd engaged, as they […]

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Bluesfest Day Four: JOHNNYSWIM, High Valley, and P!nk

Bluesfest continues rain or shine, and under Sunday’s torrential downpour, the fourth night of the festival came out stronger than the previous nights. Before the rain began to fall, a small group of fans gathered in front of the Claridge Homes stage to take in a sentimental performance by JOHNNYSWIM. The duo, who first met in Nashville and started writing songs together in 2005, have been married since 2009. The husband-wife dynamic of singer Amanda Sudano Ramirez and singer-guitarist Abner Ramirez created a unique, stripped-down, and soulful atmosphere. The couple did not need the support of any backup musicians, as they were able to deliver an energetic and exciting performance on their own. Almost immediately after JOHNNYSWIM’s set, the rain […]

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Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Directed by: Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman opened in theatres on June 2 to great success – and for good reason. Director Patty Jenkins delivers an exciting, entertaining, and engaging superhero origin film, something that is becoming increasingly difficult in the era of the superhero genre. Wonder Woman tells the story of Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the all-female Amazons. These Amazons live on an isolated paradise island. When pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes nearby, Diana learns of the “war to end all wars” and sets off on a journey to save the world. It’s the typical superhero origin to a tee. While the characters, time period, dialogue, setting, and context are new, the plot of the film […]

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Bluesfest Day Three: Tegan & Sara, Brandi Carlile, and 50 Cent

On a cool and breezy evening, Bluesfest’s third night was highlighted by a series of diverse and star-studded performances from some of the festival’s biggest acts. Taking to the Claridge Homes stage early in the evening was Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara, in their third appearance at the festival. Not only did the multi-Juno Award-winning duo show appreciation to the loyal crowd, but they went on stage with one main goal: to have fun. On a stage covered with giant colourful inflatable letters spelling “T & S,” the group played a mix of songs from their eight studio albums, highlighting both their newer pop releases as well as their older folk roots. Between songs, they found the time to joke […]

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Bluesfest Day Two: Matt Andersen, Old Whiskey Road, and Melissa Etheridge

After a day of heavy rain, thunder, and lightning in the nation’s capital, the clouds parted and the sun came out just in time for the second night of Bluesfest. Kicking off the evening’s festivities was Old Whiskey Road. The Ottawa-based folk group played numerous upbeat and uplifting songs that were very much enjoyed by the small, but joyful crowd. The band’s genuine sound was boosted by the accordion skills of keyboard player Ben Ellis, as well as vocalists Dave Morrow and Kristine St-Pierre, who maintained tight and pleasant-sounding harmonies in almost every song. Opening things up on the main City Stage was Melissa Etheridge. The multi-Grammy Award winning rocker from Kansas endured throughout the evening, demonstrating the strength and capabilities […]

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