• By: Keith Whittier

Bluesfest Beats

Photo courtesy of Steve G

The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is here! As the festival plays on, OLM will continue to highlight must-see performances by some of the acts that you may have not yet discovered–so Ottawa music lovers listen up! An exciting variety of bands and artists will rock the festival this year. Check out a few right now:

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“Chin up my baby girl/don’t let yourself get brought down by this big old bad world,” sings Renee Landry in her infectiously optimistic 2015 single “Chin Up.” Landry draws comparisons to legendary female vocalists Etta James and Janis Joplin for her big brassy sound. Landry has a powerful voice with a stage presence to match. She’s as comfortable covering “Uptown Funk,” as she is rocking out to Neil Young. Her live show should be dynamic and fun.
July 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Barney Danson Theatre

The Yips

The YipsWhat on earth is Ouija rock? Bluesfest atendees who catch The Yips bracing live show might just find out. A staple of the Ottawa garage punk rock scene since 2012, The Yips music is a blast. Scratchy guitars, and insistent drums surround Kerrie Carisse’s skillful passionate vocals. Their performance is sure to be exhilarating.
July 17 at 6 p.m.
Canadian Stage


Expand your understanding of what music can be by checking out this experimental Quebec collective. Fet.Nat’s performances feature absurdist theatrics and improvisation. They don’t fit into a specific genre but draw upon many musical traditions including punk and jazz with a combination of saxophone, electric guitar, drums and vocals. They’re atypical, surreal and fascinating—perfect for the adventurous music lover.
July 16 at 7 p.m.
Canadian Stage

Winchester Warm

Winchester_Warm[1]True to their band name, this group is indeed warm. Their melancholy songs are rich and nostalgia steeped, complimented by sweet pleasant harmonies. Their newest release Belle Attente is a mix of catchy poppy anthems and darker folk. Inspired by folk artists like M. Ward, this band will charm audiences, especially those interested in Canadian indie folk rock.
July 15 at 6 p.m.
Barney Danson Theatre

Paul Oakenfold

paul-pressThis English music producer and DJ has been on the scene since he started mixing music as a teenager in the early 80’s. He was at the forefront of England’s electronic House music movement and went on to remix huge acts – from U2 to Snoop Dog. Still a dance music DJ at the height of his powers, Oakenfeld is a must see for anyone who wants to dance the night away.
July 16 at 9:45 p.m.
Monster Stage


The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 line-up is full of talent! Don’t miss a single band on your ‘must-see’ list. Buy your tickets here!