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 Recap: Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Lumineers

It’s funny how the few weeks following the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest give us both time to breathe and to reflect on the hectic nine days that make up the city’s most anticipated local music festival. It is now when we can really see how this year’s festival stacks up to the ones in previous years. Despite the looming threat of thunderstorms across both weekends, the workers, volunteers, and festival goers persevered and made the 2016 edition of Bluesfest a success. Also, with a festival lineup that has something for in store for everyone, it’s hard to argue that this year was anything but diverse. Headlining acts such as Schoolboy Q, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Lumineers brought on a great […]

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Bluesfest Day 7: The Yips and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ottawa Bluesfest was fully packed on July 15 for the seventh day. Fans from across the city and beyond were gathered on the Lebreton Flats grounds to see the night’s headliner, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. What began as a rainy evening quickly turned into a cool and clear night that kept an incredibly large crowd transfixed to the City main stage for the legendary California rockers. The evening began with local Ottawa ouija-rock group The Yips taking on the Claridge Homes stage to warm up the crowd for an unforgettable night of music. The band played many songs off of their AIR LOOM LP such as “Repeater” and “Point Dume,” as well as a few new tracks from an […]

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LeBreton plans offer student housing, jobs

Two competing plans to redevelop an empty tract of downtown land known as LeBreton Flats include an arena, a light rail transit (LRT) line, and a library. Last week, developers Devcore Canderel DLS and RendezVous LeBreton Group pitched different designs to transform the formerly industrial land into an attractive destination for Ottawans and tourists. Both visions for LeBreton could mean a new neighbourhood, jobs, and entertainment and education venues for Ottawa’s large student population. Devcore’s proposal, titled “LeBreton Re-Imagined,” would feature a planetarium, several museums, a skate park, and a skydiving wind tunnel. Ritchard Brisbin, an architect for Devcore’s plan, said the proposal would offer several opportunities for student jobs. “All of those places need people to run them. They […]

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Letter: Shania concert should have been held at Bluesfest

The recent Shania Twain concert at Ottawa’s Wesley Clover Parks should have been delayed and merged with Ottawa’s successful outdoor festival, RBC’s Royal Bank Bluesfest. Guests faced many issues that could have been easily resolved had the event been held at a different venue. The event was held in late June at a horse ranch in rural Ottawa where guests were told to pay-to-park at various pickup locations across the city and take shuttle buses to the venue. The outdoor venue was necessary as organizers expected crowds too large to contain within the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC). The final count was 24,000 people according to the Ottawa Citizen. People came from across Ontario—I met people from Timmins, Thunder Bay, Lake […]

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