Good2Go at Bluesfest 2010. Photo by Ming Wu.
Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 - July 3-13
Ottawa's biggest and best music festival will take place from July 3-13, 2014. This year's event takes place at Lebreton Flats & the War Museum, near downtown Ottawa. You'll find lots of news and links on this page, including a growing list of local blogs covering the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest.
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- Soul Kisser
Soul Kisser is one of Ottawa's up and coming experimental acts, bringing post rock/shoegazer music to Ottawa's masses, and hopefully beyond, with energy and original songwriting. The result is a medley of effects, rumbling bass/guitar licks, infectious keys and all manner of instrumentation. Soul Kisser songs will capture the imagination and sooth the soul. Featuring Jayson (Bassist/Guitarist/Vocalist) & Adriana (Keyboardist). Otto (Drummer) Roland Juno Di/Line 6 JM4 Looper.
- March 15-16, 2014: The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show
Get pumped for Spring! Buy gear. Plan your cycling or camping trip. Get splashed at the paddlesports pool! Get fit with Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod! Meet the star of Angry Planet! Kids get in FREE! They’ll flip out for the BMX Stunt show, zipline, and rockwalls! March 15-16 at the EY Centre. 2-for-1 tickets available online at www.adventureottawa.ca.
- March 23, 2014: The Passage to Easter: A Choral Journey
A unique concert highlighting Russian Orthodox liturgical music journeying from Great Lent to Easter. The stirring a capella program will be performed by the St. Xenia of Petersburg Choir with the Slava Chamber Choir of Sherbrooke. A complimentary reception with choristers to follow. Tickets: $20 online: easterconcertstxenia.eventbrite.ca
- Sunday, March 30, 2014: Coronation St. Gary & Owen: Men at Work Tour
Truly a rare treat for Coronation Street fans, a chance to see and hear from Gary & Owen the new generation of Corrie Stars who are behind some of the latest exciting stories. Join them for a hosted interview & Q&A. Tickets at Shenkman Theatre, 613.580.2700
May 10, 2014: BLOOM: Mother's Day Edition (call for artisans)
MAC FAIR proudly presents "BLOOM: Mother's Day Edition" on Saturday May 10 at Immaculata High School, 140 Main St. Looking for local artisans of QUALITY, DISTINCTIVE, HAND MADE (by you!) items. This is a juried event and we are looking for the cream of the crop! If you are looking for a large, well-organized, well-promoted event at a great location, with a loyal following of customers, check us out! Find everything you need to know, and get to the online application, at MACFAIRCrafts.com. You can also check us out on Facebook. Application deadline is February 1.
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The 2014 Bluesfest Line-Up
Will be announced soon! In the meantime, check out the OttawaStart Blog for the latest rumours and speculation.
- ottawabluesfest.ca (official
The official site of the 2013 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest includes a full calendar plus an interactive schedule marker to help you plan out your visit.
- OttawaStart Blog: Bluesfest
A collection of current & past articles about Bluesfest from our blog.
- CapitalTickets.ca (official online ticket seller)
- If you're blogging about Bluesfest, tell us about it so we can add you to this list!
- The Big Beat / Peter Simpson
- Corner Shop Studios
- Ottawa Blues This Week
- Ottawa Citizen Digital Lounge
- OttawaStart Blog: Bluesfest
- Ottawa Sun: Ottawa Scene
- Ottawa Tonite
- PhotogMusic.com (photos)
- Ottawa Bluesfest photos on Flickr
- Ottawa Bluesfest Fan Page (Facebook)
- NO Audio recording devices, video equipment, or professional photography equipment
- More rules & regs are on the Bluesfest FAQ.
- Parking is limited at the site so if you can, take a bus or taxi, walk, or cycle to Bluesfest.
- Cycling: Take one of Ottawa's scenic bike paths, then park in one of the secure bike parking areas operated by Bluesfest and Citizens for Safe Cycling.
- Bus: OC Transpo is adding service
to meet customers' needs and offers 11 routes (8, 16, 85, 86,
87, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and 107) that pick up and drop off at LeBreton
Flats. The O-Train is not operating this summer and is replaced by route 107.
Free parking is available at Park and Ride lots across the city,
with rapid transit service direct to LeBreton Flats.
Rapid transit routes 94, 95, 96, 97 and 98 will be supplemented from 11 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. to accommodate the crowds leaving at the end of the night. Additional trips are also scheduled at the beginning of the evening so festival goers can get to the venue as quickly as possible. Approximately 35 articulated buses will be added to the routes each evening, which can be increased as required.
- If you have to bring your car, the closest parking lots include: Place de Ville (Queen and Kent), Place du Portage (Rue Maisonneuve) and Terrace de la Chaudière (Rue Eddy) . Good Companions has a limited number of spaces for $10.
- More info from the Bluesfest official site...
The festival started in 1994 with over 5,000 people attending a Clarence Clemons concert at Majors Hill Park. Since then, the festival has grown to feature over a week's worth of concerts, entertaining over 200,000 fans each year.
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