Guide to RBC’s Ottawa Bluesfest: July 19, 2015

Well, it has been fun. The final day of Ottawa Bluesfest has arrived; the past 11 days have brought record setting attendances, gorgeous weather, monumental performances, and news-making surprises. But just before the festival closes the 2015 chapter, there are still talented and exciting performances hitting the stages on Sunday so check in before you head out. Head to the Bluesfest website for tickets and more information.

The Superlative

3PM: Bell Stage  Formed in 2009, Ottawa indie rock band The Superlative touch onto varying genres of rock music with reggae, funk, blues, and pop punk finding their way into the quintet’s sound. Having released two full lengths over the years, their main aim is to please and entertain.

Temperance Movement 

4PM: Claridge Homes Stage  British rock group Temperance Movement have found their way to this side of the pond for Ottawa’s biggest music festival. Bringing their rowdy blues Brit-rock sound with them, their set on Sunday afternoon is going to be explosive.

The Bros. Landreth 

5PM: Bell Stage  Winnipeg brothers David and Joey Landreth grew up around bar shows and small venue gigs, following their father to shows and falling asleep under tables when the night grew late. Years later, the two siblings found two friends to join and they started a band. Channeling southern influences from records they listened to as children, the brothers began writing their own roots rock music.

Weird Al Yankovic 

530PM: Claridge Homes Stage  Four time Grammy award winner, platinum selling artist, and longtime comedy favourite, Weird Al finally had a #1 album with his 2014 release Mandatory Fun and is bringing his entertaining parodies and clever song writing to Ottawa for an interesting addition to the line up.

Renée Landry 

630PM: Barney Danson Theatre  Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, jazz/soul vocalist came to Ottawa to study music at Carleton University. Since then, she has dazzled the local Ottawa music scene with her stunning voice and genuine talent.

Randy Bachman 

7PM: Bell Stage  Formerly of The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Winnipeg-born guitar icon Randy Bachman has since become a household name and important figure in the Canadian music history. With an extensive solo career as well, his latest collection Heavy Blues was released earlier this year.


8PM: Monster Energy Stage  Ottawa favourites MonkeyJunk have been an active part of the local blues rock scene since 2008, and with a number of awards under the belts, including winning the Juno for Best Blues album in 2012. Their hard work and dedication has paid off over the years, and with a fan base as devoted as they are, their performances are always highly anticipated and enjoyed.

Johnny Reid 

915PM: Bell Stage  Scottish-Canadian country singer Johnny Reid has continued success throughout his career due to his unique vocal style and passionate songwriting. Currently based out of Nashville, Tennessee, the singer has released more than 7 studio albums since his 1997 debut and won numerous awards.


2PM: Blues in the School ShowcaseMonster Energy Stage  230PM: Be in the Band Showcase – Monster Energy Stage  3PM: Slow Century (Indie rock) – Canadian Stage  315PM: Bruce Katz Band (Blues) – Barney Danson Theatre  4PM: TJ Wheeler String Band (Blues) – Canadian Stage  445PM: The 24th Street Wailers (Rock n’ Roll/Blues) – Canadian Stage  5PM: Ella Berman (Singer-songwriter) – Barney Danson Theatre  545PM: Rock U Youth Presentation – Monster Energy Stage   6PM: Tribute to David Maxwell – Canadian Stage  630PM: Renée Landry (Soul/Jazz) – Barney Danson Theatre 730PM: Blues in the School Instructors Showcase – Monster Energy Stage   730PM: Shuggie Otis (Blues/R&B) – Canadian Stage  8PM: Bill Burr (Stand-up comedy) – Claridge Homes Stage 8PM: Ray Harris & the BSOBs (Folk/Blues) – Barney Danson Theatre  9PM: The Tea Party (Alternative rock) – Canadian Stage  930PM: Bone (Blues rock) – Barney Danson Theatre  930PM: Danson Jam Sessions – Monster Energy Stage 

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