Unfortunate End to Bluesfest 2011

July 18, 2011 10:44 am
Storm looms over Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa Bluesfest ends on a chaotic note when the main MBNA stage collapses, sending thousands running for cover during a freak storm that put an end to the concerts.

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Bluesfest’s Final Weekend Brings the Heat

July 16, 2011 9:58 am
Nicole Atkin

The last Saturday at Ottawa Bluesfest was a jam-packed evening made memorable by bands of every type and spiking hot temperatures.

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Hard Rock Takes Over Bluesfest’s Last Thursday

July 15, 2011 11:20 am
Arkells

Mainstream punk and hard rock shows shook the Bluesfest stages last night, despite a late back-out due to illness from Theory of a Deadman.

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Wednesday’s Bluesfest is an Alternative-Rock Dream

July 14, 2011 1:31 pm
Metric

Multiple indie acts helped prep for alt-rock headliners My Morning Jacket, who put on a scorching show of a lifetime.

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Fogerty and Fuchs Bring the Hits

July 13, 2011 10:38 am
Dana Fuchs

John Fogerty and Dana Fuchs bring their respective down-South heat to the second week of Bluesfest, firing out hits one after the other.

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OLM Photo Gallery: Kirk Franklin Brings Gospel Sound to Bluesfest

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One example of the Ottawa Bluesfest’s dedication to its patrons is the World Gospel Jam. This stage gives patrons a taste of the roots of many successful and famous blues musicians, while showcasing prominent gospel artists. This year’s main act for the World Gospel Jam was top gospel artist and Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin.

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Ottawa Concert Venues and Presenters of Yester-year

July 12, 2011 9:00 am
Music and Arts Ottawa

In the midst of a vibrant and heady festival season, here is a look back at what made Ottawa a festive place in its earlier days. Short of intentional diving into the audience, or Glastonbury-like group rain shower experiences, the city was graced with rewarding concert presentations.

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First Week Ends With Old Time Rock ‘N Roll

July 11, 2011 10:22 am
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Vintage favourites Peter Frampton and Huey Lewis and The News drew huge and groovy crowds to the main stages of Bluesfest, closing out the first week of the music festival.

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The Black Keys Heat Up Cold and Wet Crowd

July 9, 2011 3:01 pm
Bluesfest

Despite the torrential rain pour and lengthy wait, Grammy-winning rockers The Black Keys performed a scorching show that was one for the memory books.

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Third Night at Bluesfest: Something for Everyone

July 8, 2011 11:31 am
GirlTalk

Movers and shakers of every age came out for the third night of Bluesfest – jamming together to the likes of Girl Talk, Stephen Marley and the Steve Miller Band.

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Ben Harper and The Roots Still Have It

July 7, 2011 11:40 am
Bluesfest

On the second night of Bluesfest, The Roots and Ben Harper took us back to the glory days – while Skrillex made his mark as the wild new kid on the block.

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Bluesfest Opening Night Rocks Hard

July 6, 2011 12:13 pm
Bluesfest Opening Night Crowd

Opening night of Ottawa Bluesfest kicks off with scorching legendary rock acts, contemporary indie favourites and the inevitable swarms of music-lovers. If last night was any indicator of the quality of this year’s festival line-up, then the national capital should be ready for an exhilarating two weeks.

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