Bluesfest Day 8: Future and Nelly

Saturday July 16th marked Day 8 of Bluesfest and included headliners like Future, Nelly and Duran Duran. With the city buzzing with rumours about surprise performances, it was perfect festival weather with cloudy skies and warm temperatures. Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, better known by his stage name Future, was set to perform at 5 p.m. The hip-hop artist’s strong connections with Canadian rapper Drake had many saying that Drake would be making an appearance. This past September, the two released a mixtape called What a Time Be Alive and announced they would be touring together later this summer. Though nothing was confirmed, fans were hopeful that the Toronto native would be sharing the City Stage with Future. The crowd was anxious […]

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Bluesfest Day 7: The Yips and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ottawa Bluesfest was fully packed on July 15 for the seventh day. Fans from across the city and beyond were gathered on the Lebreton Flats grounds to see the night’s headliner, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. What began as a rainy evening quickly turned into a cool and clear night that kept an incredibly large crowd transfixed to the City main stage for the legendary California rockers. The evening began with local Ottawa ouija-rock group The Yips taking on the Claridge Homes stage to warm up the crowd for an unforgettable night of music. The band played many songs off of their AIR LOOM LP such as “Repeater” and “Point Dume,” as well as a few new tracks from an […]

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Bluesfest Day 6: Pup and Awolnation

It was a mixed bag of genres at Ottawa Bluesfest on Thursday July 14th, with many fans looking forward to country superstar Sam Hunt, whilst others preferred something a bit heavier. Opening the day on the Monster Stage, Toronto punk rockers Pup put on a superbly energetic show with songs both old and new! Despite being one of the earliest acts of the day, Pup was able to draw in a significant and extremely loyal crowd that was ecstatic to hear each and every word and note that the band had to offer. Amongst the most devoted fans in the pit were many members of Ottawa’s own ska-punk outfit, Suits ‘n Toques, sporting Pup shirts and inerasable grins that only […]

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Bluesfest Day 5: Brad Paisley and The Decemberists

Picking Bluesfest back up after the beginning of the week, Wednesday kicked off like a stallion bucking its rider. Thunderstorms threatened the country night, but luckily the sun came out and cowboys and cowgirls came stomping their boots. Brad Paisley started as the major headliner for the City Stage late July 13, making those in the crowd swoon with his southern lyrics. Demi Lovato also made a surprise appearance for a song. There were even clips of squirrels water skiing and a caricature video in the style of south park. The crowed stomped their boots and sang along, can it get any more country than that? Other artists sharing the night with the headliners at Black Sheep Stage and Barney […]

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