Bluesfest 2017: The good, the bad, and the bluesy

The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest was back at Lebreton Flats from July 6 to 16 with a series of fantastic and memorable performances from world-class headliners and smaller-scale performers alike. Overall, the festival was a positive experience for most people. However, weather, security issues, and health problems cast a shadow over a few of the acts. BLUESFEST’S TOP 10 ACTS 10. High Valley: From the small Northern Alberta town of La Crete, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel brought their fresh style to the Claridge Homes Stage in what was perhaps the most outstanding country performance of the festival. 9. Death From Above 1979: For a two-person band, Death From Above 1979 showed they can produce a big and full sound. The […]

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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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