Even though the festival is supposed to be blue, musicians of every colour will descend upon Ottawa for their annual Bluesfest.
The festival will take place from July 7th-16th at Ottawa's Festival Plaza, that's right in front of City Hall for those of you planning to take the trip to the capital city. Set up on the lawn of the municipal building and beside the Provincial Court will be six different stages hosting a myriad of bands. In its 12th year, the music festival has had a history of drawing some big names like The Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, and the Black Eyed Peas.
This year is no exception. Bluesfest will draw many different genres, including the indie rock sounds of Broken Social Scene, the folksy styles of Ani DiFranco and hip-hop's reigning princess Rihanna.
The festival will have a strong Canadian presence with international stars like Nelly Furtado and Sam Roberts to favourites like Newfoundlanders Great Big Sea, Halifax country rockers Matt Mays, and folk rockers Blue Rodeo. The Canadian indie scene will also be well represented with bands like Broken Social Scene, Feist, Metric, Mobile, controller.controller, the Meligrove Band, the New Pornographers and Bell Orchestre. Other Canucks gracing the stage include newcomer Tomi Swick, R&B star Jully Black and Ottawa's own songstress Kathleen Edwards.
Some out-of-towners will also be celebrating in Ottawa including Live, Wilco, Etta James, Matt Costa, Story of the Year and Hawthorne Heights.
Tickets for single days and the entire week are still available on the Bluesfest website http://ottawabluesfest.ca.
Writer: Michelle Garcia