Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa Bluesfest has become a showcase of local, regional, national and international musicians. Don’t let the name fool you. The festival has come to embrace diverse musical genres including:
Blues, World Music, Alternative, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rap, Folk, Urban and others.
(Scroll down to see this year’s festival line-up)

Ottawa Bluesfest works on many levels. It appeals to audiences, the community, artists, performers, composers and songwriters. The people who come in contact with the festival come away musically enriched by what they have seen and heard during the eleven day festival taking place from July 4 – July 14, 2013 at Lebreton Flats (by the Canadian War Museum) and other satellite areas around town.

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest brings together music lovers of all styles in a eleven-day festival in Ottawa

Who knew that in 1994, Ottawa Bluesfest would become Canada’s fastest growing outdoor music festival? In that first year, an audience of five thousand people gathered in Majors Hill Park. Over the last 16 years, more than a million people have enjoyed Bluesfest and some of the biggest names in music.

Originally a one-stage, three-day event, Ottawa Bluesfest now takes place over a period of eleven days, with multiple stages and some of the best talent around. The festival site at LeBreton Flats Park (next to the Canadian War Museum) offers five stages: twin stages that showcase headlining acts as well as stages around the park.

Past performers have included Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Blue Rodeo, the White Stripes, Leo Kottke, Buddy Guy, Metric, Robert Cray, The Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, Colin James, Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Lyle Lovett, K-OS, Simple Plan, ZZ Top, Great Big Sea, Etta James, Manu Chao, Kanye West, Donna Summer, George Thorogood, Jeff Beck, MonkeyJunk, Black Keys, Sergent Garcia, Stone Temple Pilots, Joe Cocker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Dead Weather, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ludacris, Konono No.1, Alexisonfire, YAT-KA, Iron Maiden, B52s, Joan Jett, The Flaming Lips, Rush, Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Keith Urban, Weezer, John Butler Trio, Caravan Palace, Dana Fuchs, and Santana. The eclectic mix of music attracts fans from all over.

Ottawa Bluesfest became a registered charity in 2000. They offer an educational outreach program called “Blues in the Schools”. Like other festivals throughout the summer, Bluesfest successfully implements “green” initiatives like encouraging bike and transit alternatives to driving, compostable drink cups, and bio-diesel for powering generators.

Ottawa Bluesfest has become one of the most hugely popular musical events and is a landmark event of the summer. According to Billboard Magazine, it is one of the top-ten music festivals in the world. Last year, over 4,000 volunteers were on hand to help stage the festival and there were over 250 musical acts that were sure to please every kind of music lover out there.

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 Line-Up

A Conversation with Bob Masse
A Conversation with John Rowlands
A Tribe Called Red
Adrian Lux
Adventure Club
Alejandra Ribera (Band)
Alejandro Escovedo
Alex Clare
Alice In Chains
Amadou & Mariam
Amanda Rheaume
Animal Collective
Ann Vriend (Solo)
Atlas Genius
Autumns Cannon
B.B. King
Baauer & RL Grime B2B Tour
Balkan Beat Box
Be In The Band Showcase
Belle & Sebastian
Blue King Brown
Blues In The Schools Showcase
Bluesfest Revue
Brock Zeman
Cadence Weapon – DJ Set
Camera Obscura
Camp Radio
Capital Grass and The No Men
City Fidelia
Cold Specks
Dan Deacon
Danielle Duval (Band)
David Maxwell
Death Grips
Diamond Rings
Dixie Chicks
DJ Acro
Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize)
Dynamite Motel
Dzeko & Torres
Eddie Shaw
Eric Burdon
Family of the Year
Femi Kuti
Fitz and the Tantrums
Flogging Molly
Frank Turner
Garland Jeffreys
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Grand Funk Railroad
Great Big Sea
Half Moon Run
Hannah Georgas
Hearts and Mines
Her Harbour
Hunter Hayes
Imaginary Cities
Jack Pine and The Fire
James and Blackburn
Jimmy Eat World
Joe Robinson
John Carroll and The Epic Proportions
John Smith
Jon Cleary Trio
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Jordan McIntosh
Joshua Earth
Justin Townes Earle
JW Jones
Kelly Sloan
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Keys N Krates
Killer Mike
King King
Larry McCray
Laurent Bourque
Les Mosquitos
Lily Frost
Loon Choir
Los Lobos
Los Lonely Boys
Maria Hawkins
Marianas Trench
Matthew Good
Megan Jerome
Mehdi Cayenne Club
Mississippi Heat
Mitch Ryder
Mother Mother
Mykki Blanco
Neko Case
Nick Waterhouse
Old Man Luedecke
Passion Pit
Ra Ra Riot
Richard Perso
Riishi Von Rex
River City Junction
Roberta Bondar
Rocky Lawrence
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Saidah Baba Talibah
Sarah Jean and The Wild Vines
Serena Ryder
Shakey Graves
Sharon Van Etten
She & Him
She’s The One
Singers & Songwriters Circle hosted by The Brothers Chaffey
Steve Adamyk Band
Steve Hill (Solo)
Steve Strongman
Suzie Vinnick (Solo)
Tara Holloway
Tegan and Sara
Texas Horns
The Best of Be In The Band
The Black Keys
The Blues Broads
The Cat Empire
The Dardanelles
The Dunwells
The Fenton Brothers
The Funk Hunters
The Gaff
The Gallop
The Goodluck Assembly
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
The Hornettes
The Joy Formidable
The Knocks
The Musettes
The Record Company
The Relatives
The Specials
The Split
The Tragically Hip
The Waterboys
The Wicked Mercy
Three Little Birds
Three Times Lucky
TJ Wheeler
Tommy Trash
Trampled Under Foot
Veda Zen
W.C. Clark
Wu-Tang Clan
Yukon Blonde
Zac Brown Band
Zeds Dead

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