Despite Ottawa’s record-setting, hot-hot heat and hotter-hotter humidity, tens of thousands eagerly packed the LeBreton Flats festival grounds in Canada’s capital for this year’s installment of the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. Ah, while our minds do indeed rot with each passing year, we remember when this festival was a wee baby. But Bluesfest has eaten its Wheaties over the years and can boast one of the biggest musical gatherings on the globe, year in, year out. It has become an annual tradition for the city’s party people and music fiends (and for a couple of us bums at Tiny Mix Tapes, too).
The coverage that follows is lengthy, sure, but it is honestly just a glimpse of what we Lilliputians deemed noteworthy during the dozen days of this brobdingnagian festival.
• PART ONE: Days 1-4
Headliners: Iron Maiden, Further with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The B-52’s, Joan Jett
• PART TWO: Days 5-9
Headliners: The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire
• PART THREE: Days 10-13
Headliners: Crowded House, Great Big Sea, Keith Urban, Weezer
by David Nadelle and munroe