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Sun, July 10, 12:00 PM > 1:00 PM

CF Rideau Centre

Jillian Kerr

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Jillian Kerr is a singer-songwriter born and raised on the outskirts of Ottawa. She recently completed a Bachelor of Music Honours degree at Carleton University. Throughout her studies she has been mentored by renowned folk artists such as Ian Tamblyn, Jill Zmud and James Keelaghan. Jillian is a MusikOttawa Singer- Songwriter winner of 2015 and has performed at Ottawa’s MEGAPHONO and at the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto. Jillian released her EP ‘Dreams’ last fall and will be releasing her second EP this summer.

Sun, July 10, 1:00 PM > 2:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Grand River Ramblers

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Grand River Ramblers are a galvanic group from the historic stomping grounds of Wellington County. Ontario. They dig in hard and play from the hell-bent heart. Purveyors of Bluegrass, Roots, and something else so wild you would have to witness to describe; yes . . . Bluegrass with drums. Don’t get your rigid muffin in an acoustic knot, traditional folk. These peculiar four have been breaking rules their entire lives and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Sunday, July 10 from 1 p.m to 2:15 p.m. @ Black Sheep Stage (onsite)

Youth Ottawa Showcase

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Kathlene Sauve: Kathlene’s musical approach shows an extraordinary amount of dedication, ambition, and a passionate tenacity. Kathlene has demonstrated her love of music through participation in many musical events, showing an abundance of appreciation by participating in many charities, theatre gigs and competitions.

Laura Kelly, The Willow: The Willow is a soft pop/country cover band that performs an eclectic variety of music at their live shows. Their influences include Patsy Cline, Amy Winehouse, and Adele. They brings a mature, enthusiastic sound that ranges far beyond their teenage years.

Tessa Duc Band: Kicking off her music career in Nashville at the age of 11, singer-songwriter-musician Tessa Duc has continued to write, record and perform at a many venues, including the RBC Bluesfest. With a country, singer-songwriter feel, Tessa keeps herself busy with TV and radio appearances, lots of recording for her upcoming album, and ongoing performances.

Sun, July 10, 3:00 PM > 4:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Ramblin’ Valley Band

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

What began as a folk trio based out of Toronto has slowly evolved over the last two years — first into a bluegrass quartet, and in its most recent iteration, a blues-funk 5-piece. The Ramblin’ Valley Band cooks up flavourful jams mixing blues, funk, jazz, country, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll into one sweet spread. Last year, the band played over 150 gigs at various bars, festivals, and concert halls in and around Ottawa and are looking forward to adding this summer’s RBC Bluesfest to the mix.

Sun, July 10, 3:00 PM > 4:00 PM

City Stage

Jordan McIntosh

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Jordan McIntosh’s goal with every song he releases and every gig he plays is to establish a genuine emotional connection with his audience. “My favourite songs are the ones I relate to the most, so I tend to sing about things I’ve experienced personally,” the Carleton Place, Ontario-based Country artist says.

McIntosh draws on a wide range of influences when telling his stories; artists including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, fellow Canadian Johnny Reid and Country pop icons Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. “My dad always had the country station on, and I grew up listening to Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks and Dwight Yoakam, but I take different things from a lot of different artists. I learn something from one, another thing from someone else and take any inspiration I can from them.”

Sun, July 10, 3:30 PM > 4:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Adult Children

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Adult Children is Maxim Cossette and John Aaron Cockburn.

John Aaron Cockburn (violin, accordion, vocals, electronics) has been the bandleader and songwriter of Montreal-based indie folk act Little Suns for the past 10 years and is the nephew of Canadian folk music icon Bruce Cockburn. Maxim Cossette (banjo, guitar, vocals) is the front-man of Ottawa based self-styled Djangobilly outfit the Cossette Combo. ADULT CHILDREN is a project that has no stylistic boundaries but is a reflection of Cockburn’s and Cossette’s respective and varied musical inspirations.

Sun, July 10, 3:30 PM > 4:30 PM

Black Sheep Stage

The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

This folk-rock duo is composed of James Walters (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Randelle Ashley (bass, keys, mandolin), both from the small town of Almonte, ON. Nicknamed “Jimmy Tri-Tone” by Randelle for the three colours found in his beard, James swept his soon-to-be-wife off her feet and started a band. The two have spent the last few years writing, hanging out in the bush, and spending time on the road.

Sun, July 10, 4:00 PM > 5:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Bahari

Coming out of the Southern California community of Manhattan Beach, the all-female modern trio Bahari — vocalist/bassist Natalia Panzarella, vocalist/keyboardist Ruby Carr, and vocalist/guitarist Sidney Sartini — embody a youthful reflection of the creative spirit of the coastal lifestyle. With collective influences that span singer-songwriter, folk and classic rock to contemporary pop, the members of Bahari have created a radiant, harmony-rich, brightly melodic sound. Their lyrics not only detail the girls’ lives and loves, they also offer listeners a sense of what it’s like to be a spirited, independent-minded 18-year-old woman in 2016.

Sun, July 10, 4:30 PM > 5:30 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Debauche

Debauche formed in 2008 on Royal Street in New Orleans, where Ukrainian-born Yegor Romantsov sang every Friday, drinking his home made honey-pepper vodka and singing his Russian hooligan songs, as he called it. “Little by little, these evenings turned into … debauche….

Sun, July 10, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Thrust

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Thrust is a one-of-a kind power trio and unlike anything you will find in Ottawa or the surrounding area. Always looking to stand out, the boys in Thrust are working to bring back the ’70s-influenced funk and soul sound, fused with the more modern electronica and hip-hop movement of today’s times and a heavy dose of improvisation. With their unique instrumentation, there are no limits to where the music will take you, but it will be sure to leave you wanting more.

Sun, July 10, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Carson Downey Band

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The Carson Downey Band’s driving blend of blues and rock has ignited a flurry of interest and has drawn a number of honours throughout the years, including the Fender East Coast Guitarist of the Year in 2000. In 2001, the band won a pair of ECMAs for Best Blues Group and Best New Artist. That same year, it earned Drummer of the Year and Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards and Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the African Nova Scotian Music Awards. A half-dozen Real Blues Awards followed, including Best Live Act (for good reason – come see why at this year’s ‘fest) and Best Debut CD. In addition, the band walked off with The Dutch Mason Award. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Carson Downey, bassist Marlowe Smith, and drummer Murray Downey, who is Carson’s brother. These guys take ownership of the stage, and you will want to thank them when they’re done.

Sun, July 10, 5:15 PM > 5:45 PM

City Stage

Belly

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

An affiliate of the Toronto based “XO” movement, Belly carved out his niche in the recording industry with the release of his critically acclaimed single Dab Life which charted #1 on Billboard’s “Top Emerging Artist” list within 24 hours of release. Belly’s solo introduction to the mainstream music market now comes through the cohesive body of work titled ‘Up For Days,’ a mixtape that boasts features from The Weeknd, Travis $cott, French Montana and Juelz Santana. Belly quotes ‘Up For Day’ as “A body of work that would represent all the places I’ve been in my life. All the things I’ve been able to experience and the places I’ve seen. ‘Up For Days’ is a reflection of my real life.”

Sun, July 10, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Archer

In 2015, Archer is a true rarity. His weathered blues are his stories—harvested from the raw distance that passes under his heels. Archer’s songs follow the seams of Australia’s valleys and mountain ranges—songs driven by a restless and pure geography; his craft honed under the open sky—from Murray River to the remote northern reaches of the Australian continent.

Sun, July 10, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

STEAMERS

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Hailing from both sides of the Ottawa river, Steamers are a six-piece band that live to play folk music that is loud and lighthearted. They call it “power folk:” one minute a fast blast, the next minute slow and low — in both English and French. This is presented on the band’s first full-length record, ‘Years’, an 8-tracker released May, 2015. Steamers have had a prolific fall and are currently handpicking their best work for their next release this summer.

Sun, July 10, 6:30 PM > 7:30 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Steve Hill

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

* 2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
* 2015 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER for ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR / GUITARIST OF THE YEAR / RECORDING/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR / ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and, with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. With roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs his original songs, blues classics and, quite often, raucous renditions of Jimi Hendrix tunes.

Sun, July 10, 6:30 PM > 7:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

TJ Wheeler

TJ Wheeler has been described as everything from a national treasure to a one-man Juke Joint. One thing is for certain, he’s a living library of Blues, Jazz and overall roots music who walks the walk that he talks and sings. Students from schools K -12, Universities, and all-ages audiences at Blues, Jazz and Folk music festivals around the world have been as enthralled and enlightened by TJ’s overall knowledge of the history behind the music as they are by his talented and passionate performances. Over his 40 year career he’s shared stages with such legends as BB King, the Neville Brothers, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahall, the Jazz Crusaders and Odetta.

Sun, July 10, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

City Stage

JD McPherson

You could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that “’Keep a Knockin’ by Little Richard is the best record ever made.” But McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. He’s knocking at the door of something that arguably hasn’t yet been accomplished—a spirited hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock & roll into the future. ‘Let the Good Times Roll’, McPherson’s second album, is a more personal affair than its Fats Domino-redolent title might suggest. On it, McPherson maintains a raw power while also capturing the more mysterious side of the records he loves.

Sun, July 10, 7:30 PM > 8:30 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Wild Child

Wild Child is an Austin-based seven-piece band fronted by Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins, who share lead vocal and songwriting responsibilities. Their third album ‘Fools’ (out via Dualtone Records) is an ambitious collection of lush pop that takes sad stories and transforms them into an ebullient love letter to the power of music. Made up of Kelsey on violin and vocals, Alexander on ukulele and vocals, Evan Magers on keyboards, Sadie Wolfe on cello, Chris D’Annunzio on bass, Drew Brunetti on drums, and Matt Bradshaw on trumpet, Wild Child has built a sprawling grassroots following on the strength of high-spirited live shows that feel like self-contained joy benders. Don’t miss your chance to join the following at this year’s RBC Bluesfest, and “dance like no one’s watching!

Sun, July 10, 8:00 PM > 9:15 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Thomas Rhett

Years before he kicked off his career with ‘It Goes Like This’, a debut album that spawned five Top-40 hits and three Numbers Ones, Thomas Rhett spent his childhood listening to the sounds of FM radio. “Growing up, there was no such thing as listening to one radio station,” he remembers. Instead, Thomas Rhett would flip from one station to another, cranking up a tangle of music — country, pop, R&B, rap, rock, and oldies. Decades later, he’s tipping his hat to those days with ‘Tangled Up’, an album that mixes the sound of his influences with equal doses of groove, melody and twang.

Sun, July 10, 8:00 PM > 9:00 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Ginkgoa

GINKGOA is a French/American Pop Electroswing band, founded in Paris in 2010. That’s when Nicolle Rochelle (American singer, author and dancer) — who was in France for a musical performance — stumbled upon the productions of Antoine Chatenet (French composer and producer) on soundcloud. Upon hearing Antoine’s songs, she instantly recognized herself within the sound and fell in love with his musical style. That very same evening, they met by pure chance in a Parisian jazz club, and GINKGOA was born.

Sun, July 10, 8:00 PM > 9:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

The Texas Horns

It’s always a pleasure to have The Texas Horns performing at the RBC Bluesfest. For most music lovers there’s nothing like the full sound of a great blues band with horns. But, for many touring acts it’s not always feasible to bring in a horn section. With the Texas Horns as perennial guest stars at the festival, many of the performers have the luxury of a set with the ‘House Horns’. This unit has the ability to adapt on the fly, often minutes before the performance. This is what leads us to offer Kaz and The Texas Horns a permanent ‘residency’ at the RBC Bluesfest.

Sun, July 10, 9:00 PM > 10:15 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Yukon Blonde

Yukon Blonde’s third album, ‘On Blonde’, is the product of an intense period of personal escapism. “These songs weren’t initially created with an album in mind,” explains front man Jeffrey Innes. “I started fooling around with drum machines and synthesizers and recording demos. There was no end-point. I didn’t know if there’d be another Yukon Blonde record.”

In the past, the group had pumped out two albums worth of energetic indie pop music with a handful of EPs in between. But constant touring and compromises to the collective vision for the band had left Yukon Blonde exhausted. Ultimately for Innes, and original members Graham Jones (drums), and Brandon Scott (guitar), a welcome break from day-to-day band life created the space needed for reflection on Yukon Blonde’s collective future. More importantly, it forged an atmosphere of creative freedom and limitless possibility in both the writing and recording processes. The group decision to bring James Younger (bass) into the band further cemented the cohesion. Bolstered by the success of his solo project High Ends, Innes orchestrated the production on a 24-track analogue board once used by Studio 54. Band members would switch between instruments, often throwing out full song demos in favour of writing on the fly.

Sun, July 10, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

City Stage

John Fogerty

John Fogerty is a true American treasure — one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters. His career began in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, soon earning massive success with Creedence Clearwater Revival. As leader of CCR, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound, with equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective. His remarkably prolific songbook is brimming with hit songs, such as: “Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Lodi”,”Fortunate Son”, “Down On The Corner”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “Run Through The Jungle”, “Midnight Special”, “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor”, “Who’ll Stop The Rain”, “Born On The Bayou”, “Suzie Q”, “Travelin’ Band”, and many others . . .

Sun, July 10, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

San Fermin

Brooklyn-based San Fermin — now an eight-piece touring enterprise — did not start that way. In December of 2012, the initially makeshift project performed a single concert, from sheet music, and signed a record deal. Their self-titled debut was subsequently released worldwide, in the fall of 2013, via Downtown Records. Following rave reviews, the band was thrust into the spotlight, performing sold-out shows and festivals across the world and opening for the likes of the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. “Suddenly, we were not in a vacuum. We were in the thick of it, which was thrilling but also terrifying,” bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone says.

Sun, July 10, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Madeon

Born in Nantes, France, Madeon was introduced to electronic music aged 11, when he came upon a documentary about Daft Punk. A year later, he began learning how to make music and soon entered an online remix competition for drum’n’bass band Pendulum. His re-positioning of their “The Island” as tough, sparkling house won whilst his remixes on the Yelle “Que Veux Tu” and Deadmau5 “Raise Your Weapon” singles further raised his profile.
July 10 2016

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Date: July 10, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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