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 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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