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 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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Album review: Death From Above 1979 ‘The Physical World’

Album review: The Physical World by Death From Above 1979 Released by Last Gang Records Standing in the shower, trying to come up with something long-winded and clever to say about Death from Above 1979’s sound inevitably ended with nothing. I would much rather trust a 75 per cent drunk, Pilsner-holding, Canadian twenty-something with this review than any other demographic, much in the same way I would direct you to a whiskey-drunk New Jerseyan to describe the positives of Bruce Springsteen. I trust both to tip their drink to you and say something along the lines of “You just have to listen.” Not to diminish what this band is worth in words, but as their music proves, sometimes simplicity goes […]

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