Get ready for an extraordinary musical experience at the much-anticipated RBC Ottawa Blues Festival, where over 300,000 music enthusiasts are expected to revel in more than 200 captivating concerts. Taking place at the enchanting LeBreton Flats Park, the festival will span two weekends, from Thursday, July 6, to Sunday, July 9, and then from Wednesday, July 12, to Sunday, July 16.

The festival’s reputation precedes itself, as it has earned the esteemed honor of being ranked among the top 10 outdoor music festivals worldwide by none other than Billboard Magazine. Such recognition is a testament to its exceptional allure. As the name may not suggest, the Blues Fest transcends genres, presenting an eclectic mix of music ranging from Rap, Disco, Country and Western to Rock ‘n Roll. Past editions have witnessed electrifying performances from legendary artists like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Donna Summer, Skrillex, Tom Petty, The Dead, Los Lobos, BB King, and many others, etching an unforgettable musical tapestry into Ottawa’s vibrant cultural heritage.

Kicking off this year’s festivities on July 6 at 9 pm, the renowned Canadian artist Shania Twain, hailing from Timmins, Ontario, will grace the festival’s main stage. On the festival’s closing night, July 16, music lovers can delight in the mesmerizing sounds of the guitarist and singer from Radiohead, collectively known as The Smile.

Immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of Ottawa during this extraordinary time, as LeBreton Flats provides a stunning backdrop near the Canadian War Museum, just a stone’s throw away from downtown Ottawa. In addition to the breathtaking performances, visitors can indulge in a wide variety of delicious food and beverages from an array of vendors and partake in an assortment of on-site activities. This massive festival truly caters to every musical taste, making it an event you don’t want to miss!

Upcoming RBC Ottawa Blues Festival Events

July 6 – Shania Twain – Orville Peck – BBNO$ – Dax – Son Little – John Németh – Brea Lawrenson – J.C; – Melissa Lamm –  Mikhail Laxton – Mimi O’Bonsawin –  Lindsay Ell

July 7 – Weezer – Thundercat – Billy Talent –  PUP – Tank & The Bangas – Jupiter & Okwess – Southern Avenue – Digging Roots – Emily Jean Flack – Melo Griffith – The Jesse Greene Band

July 8 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – BADBADNOTGOOD – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings ft. Daniel Lanois and Suzie Vinnick –  Raul Midón –  Sugaray Rayford – The Texas Horns – Steven Taetz – Nesrallah Artuso Project – Matthew Chaffey -Gabrielle Shonk – Aspects

July 9 – Death Cab for Cutie – Tegan and Sara – Alan Doyle – Bran Van 3000 – Jack Barksdale; Youngtree & The Blooms; Guy Belanger – East Coast Experience – Emmanuelle Querry – Dawn Tyler Watson- Taming Sari 

July 12 – Foo Fighters – AJR – White Reaper – MONOWHALES – Black Joe Lewis – Lime Cordiale – My Son The Hurricane – River City Junction – Katie Tupper – Adrian Sutherland 

July 13 – Mumford and Sons – The War On Drugs – Declan McKenna – Sudan Archives – Cam Kahin – Lloyd Spiegel – Loviet – Amos The Transparent – Angelina Hunter Trio – Ash Ravens – Avery Raquel. 

July 14 – Charlotte Cardin – FLETCHER – Fleet Foxes – Allison Russell – Rich Aucoin – Sauce Boss – Sussex – Amanda Jordan – Pony Girl – Neha Sin – Michelle Tracy

July 15 – Pitbull – Ludacris – Julia Jacklin – HOROJO Trio – TJ Wheeler – Abby Stewart – Drew Nelson – GRAE – Joe McDonald – Billianne – Boston Levi

July 16 – The Smile – Koffee; Miss Emily – Eazy Finesse – Megan Jerome; and Steph La Rochelle – Alvvays – Paragon Cause – Avenoir – Blues in The Schools Showcase – Be In The Band Showcase

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