Ottawa Bluesfest is to Canada as Summerfest is to the United States, an 11 day music event that is more an epic extravaganza than an actual music festival.
This year’s version of the Ottawa Bluesfest, set to take place from July 7-18 at Leberton Flats, provides a perfect example of this notion. Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, and the recently reunited Gories highlight what is an impressive indie portion of the bill. Also included are Weezer, The The Hold Steady, Passion Pit, Metric, Andrew Bird, Blonde Redhead, The B-52s, Swell Season, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Bear In Heaven.
On the non-indie side, Furthur, Rush, Carlos Santana, Iron Maiden, Drake, Jimmy Cliff, Joan Jett, Dream Theater, Crowded House, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, John Hiatt & the Combo, Martin Sexton, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Roger Hodgson, and The Levon Helm Band are all also set to perform.
You can find a full list of confirmed acts here. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, April 23rd via capitaltickets.ca.