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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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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Museums across Canada celebrate #MuseumWeek

From June 19-25, museums worldwide celebrated #MuseumWeek, an annual social media initiative by the Culture For Causes Network in partnership with UNESCO, with the goal of promoting distinct cultural sectors. For Canada, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary, museums from coast to coast have prepared an eventful week for both locals and tourists. Institutions across the nation said #MuseumWeek offers insight into areas of Canada that are often looked over. “When we get visitors from outside of Canada or Ottawa,” said Dan Smythe, the Canadian Museum of Nature’s senior media relations officer. “The museum can be an introduction to the Canada many never get to experience, whether it’s the Arctic or boreal forests.” During #WWII, Canadians were encouraged to donate […]

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