Bluesfest Day Six: Fevers, The Shins, and LCD Soundsystem

On a cold Wednesday evening, Bluesfest continued for a sixth night with an electric lineup. At the beginning of the evening, a group of keen local music supporters welcomed Fevers to the Claridge Homes Stage. Led by the melodic vocals of Sarah Bradley, the electro-indie-rock band from Ottawa is coming hot off the recent release of their new album, Apologia. For their third concert at Bluesfest, Fevers performed a fair mix of dark, pleasant-sounding, and upbeat songs, and created a pleasing and ambient tone throughout the crowd. Immediately after on the City Stage was a somewhat stylistically similar performance by Phantogram. The duo from Saragota Springs, N.Y. performed numerous loud and upbeat songs, fully delivering their heavy and intense sound. The filtered […]

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Bluesfest Day One: Toby Keith, Tribe Royal, and Sam Roberts Band

Ottawa’s largest annual music festival kicked its 24th edition on July 6 at LeBreton Flats with a diverse and interesting lineup. For everyone from country lovers to local indie enthusiasts, the first night of the 2017 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest had a lot to offer. Opening the festival on the Claridge Homes stage was Tribe Royal. The long-haired Ottawa-based indie rock group performed a variety of songs from their two studio albums, ranging from energetic and upbeat to calm and laid back. In particular, the country-inspired “Sippin’ On Whiskey” projected a delightful feeling over the joyful audience. The bass lines by Bram Al-Najjar and the drum fills by Mike Giamberardino, along with the guitar riffs and harmonized vocals by Chris Kerwin and […]

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Q&A with Suits ‘n Toques

On July 7, Ottawa ska-punk outfit Suits ‘n Toques made their festival debut at Bluesfest 2016. The seven-piece band opened up the festival with high energy and a positive attitude, with many audience members hyping up the growing crowd with their “skanking”, a popular dance move associated with ska music. Taking on the Blacksheep stage, just behind the Canadian War Museum, Suits ‘n Toques braved the scorching sun for the entirety of their 45 minute time slot. The band played many of their original tunes off of the Let Loose EP and their debut album Forno. As well, they played a few cover songs including Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl. After an energetic set and mingling with friends, family and […]

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