Q+A: Vancouver band Japandroids

Japandroids are a two-piece indie rock group from Vancouver currently on tour in support of their third record Near to the Wild Heart of Life. The band will be in Ottawa on Oct. 22, and The Charlatan chatted with drummer David Prowse about the record, playing at Bluesfest at the same time as KISS, and who would play them in a movie. The Charlatan (TC): Tell me about your experiences here in Ottawa, are you guys excited to come by? David Prowse (DP): It’s been a long time, I think we’ve only played Ottawa twice from what I recall. The very first time we played in Ottawa, we played at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and we were playing on one of […]

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Editorial: Bluesfest security needs great improvement

With crowds at this year’s Bluesfest being violent and borderline riotous, particularly at the Migos concert, it is clear that organizers should have better anticipated the crowds, in retrospect of similar incidents at Kanye West’s 2015 Bluesfest performance. The heat, the overwhelming crowds, and the presence of underage intoxication made the environment at Bluesfest unsafe and uncomfortable for music fans and festival volunteers alike. The organization of crowd control put many people in danger that just wanted to enjoy the music. With what seemed like little or no concern for the safety of the public, staff and volunteers, Bluesfest organizers seemed to be more concerned about the number of people in attendance rather than the number of attendees the festival […]

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Bluesfest Day 10: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rock the festival’s final night

On the final night of Bluesfest, many great artists took to the stage, but only one name stood out high above them all: Tom Petty. After solid performances by classic rocker Peter Wolf and Canadian country star Tim Hicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers brought their 40th anniversary tour to the City Stage in front of a massive crowd that extended nearly three-quarters of the way down the main lawn on Lebreton Flats. To say that Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have had a great career would be an understatement. Originally from Gainesville, Fla., the band has sold tens of millions of albums, headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2008, and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall […]

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Bluesfest Day Nine: Dead Obies, Busty and the Bass, and Muse

After a rather frustrating night of pouring rain, lightning delays, and performance cancellations, Mother Nature seemed to be in a good mood as the second last night of Bluesfest was welcomed with warm and sunny weather. Behind the Canadian War Museum, the Blacksheep Stage once again welcomed numerous exciting and unique performers. Early in the evening, Dead Obies took to the stage. The six-man group from Montreal’s South Shore brought their experimental “Franglais” hip-hop style, which is common among Quebec rappers, to the stage. While their crowd was smaller than some of the other rappers who previously performed at Bluesfest, they seemed to be engaged and having a good time, just like the guys on stage. Continuing a series of […]

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Bluesfest Day Eight: The Glorious Sons, Anderson .Paak, and a lightning storm

Following a miserable evening featuring mobs and numerous medical emergencies, the eighth night of Bluesfest was back with a much more promising and exciting line up until rain forced the later parts of the evening to be cancelled. Before the first concerts began and the major crowds had arrived, festivalgoers shared their stories about what they witnessed the night before. “Last night was definitely the worst experience at not even just Bluesfest, but any concert [or] festival I’ve ever been a part of,” said Matt Morgan, a fan who had arrived much earlier the night before to get a good spot for Migos. Despite what happened the night before, Morgan was back and feeling more optimistic. “I feel like the […]

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