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Thu, July 7, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Suits ‘n Toques

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Suits n toques are a 7-piece ska punk band from Ottawa, Ontario. Known for their energetic stage shows and ability to get everyone skanking like idiots, the band has been providing wild dance parties since 2011. SNT has had the pleasure of playing alongside a plethora of local Ottawa talent over the past years, as well as out of town acts like ska legends Reel Big Fish, The Planet Smashers, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and K man and the 45’s. Lets dance!

Thu, July 7, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Scattered Clouds

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Scattered Clouds is a dark, experimental, post-apocalyptic three-piece rock group, from Hull, QC, led by bassist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Philippe Charbonneau (Hilotrons, Evening Hymns, Jim Bryson). ‘The First Empire’ (E-Tron Records, 2015) is the group’s debut full-length release. Scattered Clouds also includes drummer Jamie Kronick (Ben Caplan) and keyboardist Mike Dubue (HILOTRONS).

 

 

Thu, July 7, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Lost to the River

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Lost to the River is an indie rock band rich in dynamics, harmonies, textures, catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Not even one year since its inception, the Ottawa outfit is already playing big festivals, esteemed music joints and scoring nods for notable awards. Their critically acclaimed debut received extensive airplay and earned them the 2015 Stingray Rising Star Award. With dates booked well into the new year and new material on the way, LTTR is showing no signs of slowing down.

Thu, July 7, 6:30 PM > 7:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

The Flava Factory

The Flava Factory is the only dance studio in Ottawa dedicated to teaching and promoting the urban dance styles of Popping, Breaking, House, Locking, Hip Hop, Vogue, Waacking, and Dancehall. Keep an eye out for them on-site at this year’s ‘fest July 7, 8, 9, 16 and 17.
http://www.flavafactory.ca/

Thu, July 7, 7:00 PM > 8:30 PM

City Stage

Joe Jackson

JOE JACKSON TELLS TALE OF FOUR CITIES ON ‘FAST FORWARD’

The ever-restless songwriter Joe Jackson travelled the world to record ‘Fast Forward’, his first collection of original songs in seven years. Originally conceived to be released as a series of EPs, the album was produced and arranged by Jackson and features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities, each with a different set of first-call supporting musicians. The results rank among the richest and most rewarding music of Joe Jackson’s storied career.

NEW YORK: Jackson has called New York home for many years. He recorded these tracks with Bill Frisell on guitar, Brian Blade on drums, his longtime bassist Graham Maby, and jazz violin star Regina Carter. These sessions feature a scorching take on a New York classic, Television’s “See No Evil.”

AMSTERDAM: Distinguished by the most diverse instrumentation of the four sessions, Jackson is joined on these songs by frequent collaborators Stefan Kruger and Stefan Schmid from the band Zuco 103.

BERLIN: Berlin is Jackson’s second home, and he recorded here with two expatriate American musicians: acoustic bass master Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan) and Tindersticks drummer Earl Harvin.

NEW ORLEANS: Jackson travelled to one of his favorite cities, New Orleans, to record with an all-local cast including three members of the funk band Galactic and a horn section led by saxophonist Donald Harrison.

Joe Jackson’s upcoming career-spanning shows will feature Jackson “as my own opening act,” playing a short solo/piano set before bringing out a full band, including the likes of Graham Maby on bass, guitarist Teddy Kumpel (Rickie Lee Jones, Feist), and drummer Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest).

Thu, July 7, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

Black Sheep Stage

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Thu, July 7, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

David Gogo

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

David Gogo’s groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues!Award, and multiple Maple!Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt. He’s played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B.King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan, among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen! Better yet, come and experience yet another chapter in David’s ongoing saga at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.

“Gogo distinguishes himself as not only a fiery guitarist but also as a world-class slide player . . . he is as soulful a singer as he is a guitarist.” ~ Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue Magazine

“Gogo is hands-down one of the very best Canadians at getting the big, groove-fueled blues sound, whether it’s the flat-out rockers or smooth mid-tempo sounds. His expert guitar playing always slices through, and there’s a joy and a party vibe to his sound.” ~ Bob Mersereau, Top-100 Canadian Single.

Thu, July 7, 7:30 PM > 8:30 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Boy & Bear

On January 19, 2016, a week out from kicking off their national ‘Limit Of Love’ album tour, Boy & Bear released the new video clip for their latest single — the title track of their acclaimed, number one debuting third studio album, ‘Limit of Love’. With an instant hook and those signature Dave Hosking vocals, the memorable single was recorded live-to-tape in the inspirational surroundings of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio with esteemed producer Ethan Johns at the helm (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs). Offering some insight into the song’s meaning, lead vocalist Dave Hosking says, “I’ve seen lots of friends lose themselves while searching for love. We all need to be loved and when people don’t get their fix, it can drive them to do strange things. We liked the idea of looking at love as a drug, something more sinister, something we quite powerfully depend on.”

After being nominated for a ‘J’ award — an annual recognition of the best Australian Music — for their last video “Walk The Wire”, Boy & Bear assigned the job for the ‘Limit Of Love’ video to the same team responsible for the previous win, Oh Yeah Wow Production (Goyte, The Paper Kites, Hermitude). Hosking explains, “This is our third time working with them and they never disappoint. This time it’s elegant, beautiful and hypnotic.”

Their ‘Limit Of Love’ tour kicked off on January 22 in Tasmania and finished up in Brisbane on February 13. Much to our delight, Boy & Bear will be coming to North America this summer to join a strong contingent of Australian acts performing at the RBC Bluesfest.

Thu, July 7, 7:30 PM > 8:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Tyler Kealey

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Tyler Kealey is a singer/songwriter with infectious energy, impressing audiences with piano flourishes and dynamic vocals.
Tyler has been a fan favorite in the local Ottawa scene for more than a decade, playing live show 3-4 nights a week. He has played festivals such as the RBC Bluesfest and the Cornwall Lift-off. Recently, he’s opened sold-out shows for the Barstool Prophets and for Charlie Major, in Ottawa. Tyler is currently working on a new album for a summer 2016 release.

Thu, July 7, 8:00 PM > 11:00 PM

Casino du Lac-Leamy

DJ Acro

Coming soon . . .

Thu, July 7, 8:15 PM > 9:15 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Son Little

Son Little’s eponymous new album is, in its purest form, American music. The artist formerly known as Aaron Livingston knows his nation and its sounds well. He was born to a preacher and a teacher in Los Angeles, where he learned how to listen and how to play before moving east to New York and New Jersey. He dropped in and out of schools and scenes in Manhattan, then Philadelphia, and he collaborated with acts like The Roots and RJD2. He first planted his flag as Son Little with last year’s highly praised EP ‘Things I Forgot’, a small collection of big songs that showcased his ability to hop across genres as well as he does state lines.

And so it only makes sense that the pastiche and reach of his music is, literally, all over the map. He can hear a map in his music. “I can trace where a lot of my music came from. I can hear Lake Charles, Louisiana in my voice, the way I say some of the words; I hear New York in my lyrics. Detroit — I can hear myself in there, too.”

The songs recorded on ‘Son Little’ draw from a deep well, finding flourishes to add to the core of his songs. There, at the end of “Doctor’s In” is a roving banjo; there, at the start of “Go Blue Blood Red” is a keyboard riff culled from a kid’s Blue Man Group keyboard; there, in “Carbon” is an electric Howlin’ Wolf stomp and start. For Son Little, studio- and stage-time is a joy — one that leads to a magic sound — a sound that is great to catch recorded or Live. Catch it Live at this year’s RBC Bluesfest, in Ottawa!

Thu, July 7, 8:30 PM > 9:30 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Schoolboy Q

Although SCHOOLBOY Q has only been rapping since 2007, his bluntly charismatic presence on wax should have already put him on your radar as one of rap’s emerging voices. If not, once his new project ‘Habits & Contradictions’ (#HnC) makes its way into your rotation, he’s sure to be a fixture.

Q spent the first three years of his life in Texas before his family eventually settled in Los Angeles. Like so many before him, Q’s L.A. experience provided a life-shaping balance of sports, school, drugs and gangs. “I got the bad, the good, and the real bad,” says Q who earned his name from being known for going to the best schools, but also being heavy in the streets. “I learned what to do, and how to get into trouble. A lot of the stuff I did, I regret. But it all made me who I am. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself until 2007,” he admits now. “That’s when I first really started rapping. Noting The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and 50 Cent as his biggest influences, the California lifestyle can easily be heard in his voice, slang and content. His ability to mesh the two allows a delivery that makes him standout on every track he hops on. “I just feel like I need to give people me, I can’t be out there faking it,” says Q about ‘Habits & Contradictions’. “I’m a happy energetic dude, but I want people to know me — my ups as well as my downs.” If the hits on #HnC are any indication, SCHOOLBOY Q will surely grow his share of supporters. Join that ever-growing group of supporters at this year’s RBC Bluesfest!

Thu, July 7, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Head and The Heart

It wasn’t that long ago that the members of Seattle’s The Head and the Heart were busking on street corners, strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet, and singing in harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of passersby. That unbridled energy informed their earliest original material, which was honed in local clubs before eventually being captured on the band’s eponymous 2011 debut album for hometown label Sub Pop.

Then, something unexpected happened. That music began to reach audiences all over the United States and the rest of the world, and The Head and the Heart went from playing open-mic nights to selling out headlining shows in prestigious venues. The album became one of Sub Pop’s best-selling debut releases in years. And, slowly but surely, ideas began to form for the band’s second album, ‘Let’s Be Still’, which is imbued with the experiences of traveling the world and cultivating a listenership with a deep connection to the music. Following the release of ‘Let’s Be Still’, The Head and the Heart returned to the road to further hone the musical chops that were formed in such a whirlwind fashion. Come and immerse yourself in those chops at this summer’s RBC Bluesfest.

Thu, July 7, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

Black Sheep Stage

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Thu, July 7, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

David Gogo

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

David Gogo’s groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues!Award, and multiple Maple!Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt. He’s played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B.King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan, among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen! Better yet, come and experience yet another chapter in David’s ongoing saga at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.

“Gogo distinguishes himself as not only a fiery guitarist but also as a world-class slide player . . . he is as soulful a singer as he is a guitarist.” ~ Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue Magazine

“Gogo is hands-down one of the very best Canadians at getting the big, groove-fueled blues sound, whether it’s the flat-out rockers or smooth mid-tempo sounds. His expert guitar playing always slices through, and there’s a joy and a party vibe to his sound.” ~ Bob Mersereau, Top-100 Canadian Single.

 

Thu, July 7, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Peter Bjorn and John

Swedish Rockers Peter Bjorn and John met some time ago in the small fishing village of Bysthållare in their native Sweden. Their bond: instant. Their style: Jazz. Peter is a semi-qualified pirate, with a ship, called ‘Spongebob’ moored in The Pirate Bay, in Sweden. Björn is a musical misfit in sheep’s clothing! John was famed in his local shopping mall for only using escalators to ascend to the next floor.

Nobody could have guessed what the future held for these three professional chat-show hosts. Not one person guessed that they would be the authors and performers of the third most successful song (featuring whistling) of all time. Yes, the beautiful ode to childbirth “Young Folks” came a mouth watering five points behind winner, “Wind of Change” by the
Scorpions. This success catapulted them into a spotlight. And caught like rabbits, they had nowhere to turn. The boys stuck to what they knew and churned out album after album of forgotten classics. Scouring the globe, playing to vast audiences. With various guest appearances from Kanye West, Perry Caravello and Bruce Willis, the live shows reached new, mesmerizing heights. Their last album titled ‘Gimme Some’ is their most vain attempt at pop magnificence — another shot at the cake; a kick to the backside of failure.

Career Highlights
• Peter Bjorn and John perform on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
• Peter Bjorn and John perform on Conan
• Peter Bjorn and John receives 8/10 by Spin for “Living Thing”
• Peter Bjorn and John featured on VH1
• Peter Bjorn and John on Pollstar cover

 

Thu, July 7, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

City Stage

Billy Idol

Rock stars come and go, but Idol is forever . . .

BILLY IDOL remains crucial to rock ‘n’ roll. His style, charm, charisma and bravado transcend trends and time. Where would rock music be without him? Would it look the same? Would it sound the same? Who hasn’t chanted along to ‘Rebel Yell’, ‘Mony Mony’ or ‘White Wedding’?

Part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, BILLY IDOL was inspired to front the popular British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s break-up in 1981. From there, he decided to try his luck in America. “I definitely took punk with me wherever I’ve gone,” IDOL says. “That was the whole idea really. I wanted to transform my music, but I didn’t want to ever lose sight of that punk-rock attitude. Whether we turned to hard rock or disco or whatever the hell else we did over the years, that helped give the music a spirit it would not have had if I hadn’t come out of the punk movement.”

The niche that BILLY IDOL has created over these past few decades is impressive. IDOL is respected as the original punk rocker who long ago found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime. His immortal “Rebel Yell” was also featured on 2008’s Guitar Hero® World Tour game. In 2009, Eagle Rock Entertainment released IDOL’s first in-concert DVD “In Super Overdrive Live” (filmed at the Congress Theatre in Chicago). IDOL’s influence is inescapable and still inspiring to this day.

Thu, July 7, 11:30 PM > 1:30 AM

Casino du Lac-Leamy

Skratch Bastid

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Paul Murphy — better known by his stage name Skratch Bastid — is a world renowned DJ and producer. He is a three-time winner of the coveted Scribble Jam DJ Battle and is currently a global ambassador and judge for Red Bull’s Thre3style DJ competition. Known for his comfort and versatility in different styles — hip hop, funk, disco, club, rock and just about anything that makes people dance — Skratch Bastid has showcased his skills in more than 30 countries. In 2008 he became the first ever Canadian DJ to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year, proving that he’s just as comfortable in the studio as he is on stage. In 2016 he was nominated for another Juno Award, this time for Instrumental Album of the Year for his Spin Cycle project with the Afiara String Quartet. With unrivalled technical skill, a sixth sense when it comes to play selection, and an infectious charisma on stage, many have said that Skratch Bastid is probably “your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ.”

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