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RBC Bluesfest

Sun, July 17, 12:00 PM > 1:00 PM

CF Rideau Centre

Mark Fossen

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Mark Fossen is an alt-folk singer-songwriter currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. Originally hailing from the small suburban town of Port Moody on Canada’s West Coast, Mark spent his early twenties as a travelling busker, honing his craft on the world’s streets. Recent years have seen him gradually moving his show from the street to the stage. No stranger to the road, Mark has performed for audiences all over the world in support of his two EPs, “Villains” (2011) and “The Dance” (2014). He is presently working on his debut full-length album, set for release in early 2017.

Sun, July 17, 1:00 PM > 2:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Bonnie Doon

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Bonnie Doon is an Ottawa-based post-punk foursome drawing inspiration from spooky beaches and pizza joints. Bonnie Doon melts faces with waves of controlled dissonance and unabashed wolf calls to the moon. Their sold-out EP on Bruised Tongue Records ‘An Affair to Imagine’ captures the west coast/punk/new wave/indie/surf of the formative days of Teenage Head, the Viletones and the B-52s. With rippin guitars and fine drumming Bonnie Doon heads into releasing their full-length come summer 2016.

Sunday, July 17 from 1 p.m to 2:15 p.m. @ Black Sheep Stage (onsite)

Youth Ottawa Showcase

Barbershop Therapy: Barbershop Therapy is a group of four students pursuing degrees in music at the University of Ottawa. With several years of quartet singing between them, they’ve managed to give new life to this classic and unique style of music. Their repertoire reaches back to the roots of barbershop music with old tunes from the ’20s, yet includes some of the well-known songs of today. Their sound is fun and resonant and bound to be like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Reckless Harmony: Reckless Harmony is made up of Erin Grasmeyer (16), Cameron Grasmeyer (14) and Adam Hynes(14). Their music style includes covers of soft rock and pop songs from all decades. They busk on Sparks street and have played at intimate events like the Turner Syndrome National conference and the Canterbury Community Centre Christmas breakfast.They love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they play.

Innisfallen: Innisfallen is a four-piece alternative rock band from Kanata, Ontario. As longtime friends and current high school students, Innisfallen have played together for several years for family, friends, and fans. Some of their biggest influences include The Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, Sonic Youth and The Cure. They are very excited for their first large-scale performance at Bluesfest 2016!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHYLZwdZ5q4

Sun, July 17, 2:00 PM > 2:30 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/

Sun, July 17, 2:15 PM > 2:30 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Bluesfest Community Choir

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The Bluesfest Community Choir will have you singing and dancing as they charm you through their second annual RBC Bluesfest performance. This choir meets monthly at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art to sing the blues (and some pop, too). Choir members are six to 65 and have have musically diverse backgrounds. The Bluesfest Community Choir is led and arranged by Natalie Fraser and accompanied by Nigel Harris on guitar and in musical production.

Sun, July 17, 2:45 PM > 3:15 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Blues In The Schools Showcase

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Sun, July 17, 3:00 PM > 4:00 PM

City Stage

The PepTides

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The PepTides is a Canadian pop band with funk, soul and electronic influences. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists are noted for their extravagant live performances, which feature choreography, thick harmonies and colourful visual imagery. They garnered national attention in 2013 with their album ‘Revenge of the Vinyl Café’, produced in collaboration with Stuart McLean and featured live on CBC Radio.

“They defy any genre or description. One must simply see them to believe them.” ~ M3TV

Sun, July 17, 3:00 PM > 4:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Slow Century

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Formed by a trio of Ottawa journalists in the summer of 2013, The Slow Century was originally intended as an alt-rock revue, unearthing obscure tunes from iconic artists to perform a sort of alternative musical history. But, storytellers by trade, the band’s co-founders (Aedan Helmer and Tony Spears) soon started weaving stories of their own in song and began to craft original tunes with a rootsy alt-rock aesthetic. The band fell in with a like-minded crowd in the Tractor Records family, rehearsing and recording in a studio space in a century farmhouse in the rural south of Ottawa.

Sun, July 17, 3:15 PM > 6:15 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Be in the Band Showcase

 

Sun, July 17, 3:30 PM > 4:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Wotts

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

While most hip hop acts are backed by digital beats, the raw and energetic beatboxing skills of MC Dimz make up the backbone of wotts and are complemented by multi-instrumentalist Ryan Farrell and lyricists Jayem and E. Formed in 2014, wotts has released two records to date; most recently their EP b in Nov 2015. The group’s music has received praise from several media outlets including CBC Radio, Apt 613, Ottawa Showbox and a nod in the Ottawa Citizen’s list of Top Music of 2015.

Sun, July 17, 4:00 PM > 5:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Bombino

Fans of Bombino, in particualar — and Tuareg music in general — will notice a few remarkable innovations on his recent album ‘Azel’. The first is the introduction of a new style Bombino is pioneering that he affectionally calls ‘Tuareggae’ – a sunny blend of Tuareg blues/rock with reggae one-drop and bounce. Another is the first-ever use of Western vocal harmonies in recorded Tuareg music, which give the songs new depth and color. Finally, the band behind him is tighter and more energetic than ever before. The result is Bombino’s best, most well-rounded, and groundbreaking album to date.

Sun, July 17, 4:15 PM > 4:45 PM

Monster Energy Stage

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 17, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM

City Stage

Amos The Transparent

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Amos the Transparent is a Canadian indie rock band from Ottawa, Ontario. The group began as a studio project in 2006. Since then, Amos the Transparent has release four albums and handful of EPs. The past two years have brought on new members, new inspiration and new sounds. Amos the Transparent released their latest album, ‘This Cold Escape’ in autumn of 2014, and they are currently working on their next record. Their performances are sure to leave you wanting more.

Sun, July 17, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

The Powergoats

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Since 2010, The Powergoats have released three CDs and played over one hundred and fifty shows at top Ontario and Quebec venues, as well as the 2010 and 2011 editions of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa. They’ve shared stages with Rise Against, The Joe Crown Trio, PAINT, Ty Hall, Hearts&Mines, Cold Capital, Arms of the Girl, The Superlative, Tribe Royal, Torn Beloved, and Hello Hello, among others. The Powergoats have enjoyed radio support from CBC Radio One, Live 88.5 FM, CHUO, CKCU, CHIP 101.7 FM and 101.9 DAWG FM.

Sun, July 17, 5:00 PM > 6:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Merganzer

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Merganzer is the new experimental pop project of Violinist Mika Posen (Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel, Forest City Lovers). She sings songs built from sampled strings, homemade beats, soaring sine waves, and plaintive vocal melodies.

Sun, July 17, 6:00 PM > 7:00 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

leMeow

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

leMeow is quickly carving out their place in Ottawa’s growing indie scene and capturing the attention of some of Canada’s most respected music critics. Radio broadcaster Alan Cross recently described the band’s new single ‘Evening Blues’ as “sultry coolness.”

After a busy year in 2015, the band is looking forward to releasing their first full-length album, in the summer of 2016. DJ Noah, LiVE 88.5 FM’s music director said, “If you like Amy Winehouse, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Adele, you’ll dig leMeow!”

Sun, July 17, 6:00 PM > 9:00 PM

The Big Chill Stage

DJ Magnificent

 

Sun, July 17, 6:30 PM > 7:30 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Barry and The Blasters

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Barry and The Blasters is a group of eight local musicians from the community of Old Ottawa South. They’ve have been playing sold-out shows in local clubs in the Ottawa area for more than 10 years. The members come from a variety of musical backgrounds and experience but are first and foremost inspired by a love for blues and R&B music. Their repertoire ranges from Delta Blues and Chicago shuffles, to soul and R&B. The band often supports community based charitable organisations with proceeds from their ticket sales.

Sun, July 17, 6:30 PM > 7:30 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Monday I Retire

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

“We, in Monday I Retire, are young-hearted, fresh-minded, ever-flexible, and always growing. We bring an energetic and engaging live show to each and every venue we visit, elegantly combining hard and heavy grooves with intimate heartfelt moments — bringing together beats to make you move, and lyrics to make you swoon.”

Sun, July 17, 6:30 PM > 7:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Rock U Showcase

Sun, July 17, 7:00 PM > 8:00 PM

City Stage

The Zolas

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

The Zolas are a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Anyone who caught on to the slow-burn success of 2012’s desolately hook-laden ‘Ancient Mars’ could sense that something in The Zolas was threatening to bubble over and, after a year of recording, their upcoming record shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have been joined by another longtime duo. Cody Hiles and DJ Abell, and this is the first album they’ve completely self-produced at Dobrzanski’s Monarch Studios in Vancouver.

The currently untitled, upcoming LP marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009’s ‘Tic Toc Tic’ and the atmospheric minimalism of ‘Ancient Mars’. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s. “It’s the realest, most fun album we’ve ever made, by far,” says Gray.

Sun, July 17, 8:00 PM > 9:00 PM

Monster Energy Stage

Brock Zeman

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Over the course of 11 albums, Ottawa-area singer songwriter Brock Zeman has built a reputation as a writer of great depth and passion through his thoughtful, often personal songs. Widely regarded as one of Canada’s most prolific songwriters and best-kept secrets, his 2015 release ‘Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back’ was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition and came in second in the The Unsigned Only Competition in 2015.

Sun, July 17, 8:00 PM > 9:00 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Scary Bear Soundtrack

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

An indie dream pop act blending layers of shoegaze with synth pop. Once based in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut as one of the northernmost indie bands in the world, the band is now based in Ottawa again, where it was originally founded. Their anti-VAW song “Fault Lines” made it to the national final Top 4 in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition for Canada’s Best New Artist. The politically-conscious band actively promotes the inclusion of women and people of colour in the Ottawa music scene.

Sun, July 17, 8:00 PM > 8:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

Be In The Band Instructors’ Presentation

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Every year, the RBC Bluesfest invites some very talented local artists to share their experience and expertise with students who sign up for our Be in the Band program. These artists/instructors/mentors — great musicians one and all — work closely with Be in the Band participants, throughout the Ottawa region. For a special performance this summer, these artists will form a “super band”, and we are delighted to highlight them during the RBC Bluesfest Be in the Band Instructors’ Presentation.

The band includes: Alain Morier (Bar Stool Prophets), Ric Denis, Pat Maar, Keith McCuaig, Todd Snelgrove, Natalie Fraser, and Sandy Hunter. Come see them shine like the stars they are!

Sun, July 17, 8:30 PM > 9:45 PM

Claridge Homes Stage

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry initially found music success with the group Roxy Music. Formed in 1970, Ferry fronted the band, which he co-founded, and went on to achieve 10 UK top-10 hit singles and 11 UK top-10 albums (of which four were UK Number 1s).

1973 saw Bryan Ferry launch the beginnings of his solo career alongside Roxy Music’s group projects. From this time, up until the present day, he has continued to go from strength to strength, achieving great success with his solo endeavours as well as with Roxy Music.

Described as “one of most innovative and distinctive singers and lyricists to emerge in popular music” Ferry’s sophisticated, elegant and glamorous on-stage persona has won him fans around the world. His vocal genius is apparent in his peerless ability to merge musical styles, “from french chanson, through to classical crooner to hard edged rock.”

Sun, July 17, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Black Sheep Stage

All-Star Blues Revue Hosted By MonkeyJunk with Special Guests – July 17

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

Featured guests: Paul Reddick, Lance Anderson, and The Texas Horns, among others . . .

Juno award-winners and Ottawa swamp-rock, roots and blues icons, MonkeyJunk will be hosting a not-to-be-missed Blues Revue during the final four days of the ‘fest.

Joining MonkeyJunk on the Black Sheep Stage on July 17 are:

PAUL REDDICK, one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today;

LANCE ANDERSON, a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’;

. . . and others, including THE TEXAS HORNS—a unit that has the ability to adapt on the fly, often minutes before the performance.

Sun, July 17, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Monster Energy Stage

James McMurtry

Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry began performing his own songs while a student at the University of Arizona. When a film script McMurtry’s father had written was being directed by John Mellencamp — who was also its star — McMurtry’s demo tape was passed along. Mellencamp was duly impressed and agreed to co-produce McMurtry’s critically lauded 1989 debut album, ‘Too Long in the Wasteland’. This marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination in the Long Form Music Video category for “Where’d You Hide the Body”. McMurtry also appeared on the soundtrack of Mellencamp’s film, ‘Falling from Grace’, working with Mellencamp, John Prine, Joe Ely, and Dwight Yoakam in a one-off supergroup called the Buzzin’ Cousins.

Sun, July 17, 9:30 PM > 10:45 PM

Barney Danson Theatre

Max Gomez

Singer and songwriter Max Gomez grew up in Taos, New Mexico, the son of a Portuguese-Spanish father and an Irish-Scottish mother. He fell early under the influence of country blues, and then moved on to classic modern singer/songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and John Prine, as well as folk-based rockers like Tom Petty and Neil Young, honing his songwriting skills and developing a style that melded all of his influences, but was still uniquely his.

Gomez released a debut album, the Jeff Trott-produced ‘Rule the World’, on New West Records early in 2013.

 

Sun, July 17, 9:45 PM > 11:00 PM

City Stage

City and Colour

“Canadian Live Music presented by SiriusXM Canada”

City and Colour, a.k.a. world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has traversed the globe on tour, collected scores of accolades and released numerous successful albums. Most recently, he released his acclaimed fifth studio record, ‘If I Should Go Before You’, which debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 in Canada (his third consecutive #1 album), and #5 in Australia. For the making of the record, Dallas turned to his trusted touring band: Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys. Of the album, Green comments, “Anybody who has seen us play will understand that this is the best representation of what we do live that we have ever recorded.”

July 17 2016

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Date: July 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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