Good2Go at Bluesfest 2010. Photo by Ming Wu.
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.


Tickets are available at the festival site from July 3-13, or at the following locations:

The 2014 Bluesfest Line-Up

RBC Bluesfest organizers announced the initial line-up for Bluesfest 2014 on March 26. The line-up is subject to change and more artists could be added in the coming weeks.

Headliners include:
Lady Gaga, The Killers, Blake Shelton, Queens of the Stone Age, Lady Antebellum, Journey, Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion), Zedd, The Band Perry, RL Grime, Tegan and Sara, AWOLNATION, Phantogram, Barenaked Ladies, Young the Giant, Gary Clark Jr., Third Eye Blind, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Complete list of confirmed acts to date include:

Shovels & Rope
Action Bronson
Adventure Club
AJ Ghent Band
Andrew Bird
Barenaked Ladies
Billy Gibson
Black Joe Lewis
Blake Shelton
Brett Dennen
Charli XcX
Childish Gambino
Collective Soul
Cypress Hill
Danny Brown
Darius Rucker
Darrell Nulisch
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
David Maxwell
David Nail
Deer Tick
Deltron 3030
Don Felder
Dr. Hook feat. Ray Sawyer
Drive By Truckers
Elvin Bishop
Gareth Emery
Gary Clark Jr.
Gogol Bordello
Harper and Midwest Kind
Honey Island Swamp Band
Jacques Greene
Jake Bugg
Jeff Tweedy
Jenny Lewis
JJ Grey & Mofro
Joe Louis Walker
John Mayall
John Németh & The Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins
Johnny Nicholas
July Talk
Lady Antebellum
Lady Gaga
Langhorne Slim
Little Freddie King
Long Shen Dao
Long Tall Deb
Lord Huron
Mac DeMarco
Matt Andersen
No BS! Brass Band
Noah Gundersen
Paper Kites
Paul Cebar
Pink Mountaintops
Pokey Lafarge
Procol Harum with the NAC Symphony Orchestra
Queens of the Stone Age
RL Grime
Royal Canoe
Ryan Hemsworth
Sam Hunt
Sam Roberts Band
Selwyn Birchwood
Shane Dwight
Snoop Dogg
St. Vincent
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Tegan and Sara
The Band Perry
The Claudettes
the Creator
The Iguanas
The Killers
The London Souls
The Mavericks
The Texas Horns
Third Eye Blind
Thornetta Davis
Tift Merritt
Tim Hicks
Tokyo Police Club
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Vintage Trouble
Violent Femmes
Young Rival
Young the Giant
Yung Lean


Local musicians include:

Amanda Rheaume
Amos the Transparent
Angelique Francis
Average Times
Bella Cat
Cold Capital
Farewell Davidson
James Leclaire
John Allaire and the Campistas
Jonathan Becker & The North Fields
Kalle Matson
Keturah Johnson Band
Mackenzie Rhythm Section
Old Stereo
Old Whiskey Road
Pith and the Parenchymas
Scattered Clouds
Silkken Laumann
Silver Creek
Sound of Lions
Still Winter Hills
The Split
Wicked Grin


Recommended Links

  • (official site)
    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.
  • (official online ticket seller)

Blogs and websites covering the festival (from 2013)

Photography rules

  • NO Audio recording devices,  video equipment, or professional photography equipment
  • More rules & regs are on the Bluesfest FAQ.


Parking & access

Map of the Bluesfest site

Map of the Bluesfest site

A brief history

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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