22 April 2009




The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest will celebrate in 2009 with a spectacular explosion of blues, gospel, roots, world and popular music. The festival will span 12 days, from July 8 to July 19 and feature multiple stages in a number of locations at LeBreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum. The Bluesfest site will again feature two main stages on the NCC grounds in front of the Canadian War Museum, with three other outdoor stages bordered by the Ottawa River and the War Museum. Additional performances will also be staged in the Barney Danson Theatre inside the War Museum.

With the close proximity of the Booth Street transit way , which is a hub for bus transportation, the many bike paths that lead to this area, and vacant neighbourhood parking lots (due to the festival’s evening and weekend schedule) getting to the event should be easy.


This year’s festival site in downtown Ottawa brings with it a few changes, including the addition of two new stage sponsors:

The Bank of America Stage will be located in the heart of the festival site at LeBreton Flats and feature internationally renowned headliners.

The Rogers Stage will be located on the south side of the Canadian War Museum, within view of the Bank of America Stage. Both stages will share a capacity of 30,000. Performances on this stage by will alternate with the acts being presented on the Bank of America Stage.

The Blacksheep Stage – Offering an eclectic combination of regional, national and international artists.

The Barney Danson Theatre is a state-of-the-art 231-seat facility that allows the Bluesfest programming team to feature some of the best acoustic acts available, in an air conditioned soft-seat setting.

Festival organizers are delighted to welcome two new stage sponsors

The Subway Stage will feature such an impressive array of performers that it could be considered a festival unto itself.

The Hard Rock Cafe Stage will offer a broad range of “Roots” music performed by world-renowned artists and some of the best Gospel acts on the planet!


(Please note, line-up subject to changes)

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest organizers announced that the festival will begin Wednesday, July 8, with gates opening at 5 pm, music starting at 6 pm, and Jeff Beck taking to the Bank of America Stage at 9:30 pm. Also included on opening night are: Amos the Transparent, Amanda Rheaume, Sergent Garcia, Tympanic, Blue King Brown, Van der Graff Generator, Jon Creeden, and Monkey Junk, with additional acts pending.

Also, Adam Franklin; Alan Parsons Live Project; All Nations Gospel Choir; Ana Miura; Anders Drerup; Andrew Vincent; Ani DiFranco; Arkells; Beast; Becky Abbott; Ben Harper and RELENTLESS7; Blue Rodeo; Bob Corritore; Brian Setzer Orchestra; Brock Zeman; Carlos Varela; Brothers Chaffey; Buckwheat Zydeco; Cake; Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm; Chris Smither; City of a Hundred Spires; Clem Snide; Coeur de pirate; Concession 23; Colin Linden; Cotton Jones; Craig Horton; C.R. Avery & the Sojourners; Crystal Castles; Daddy Mack Blues Band; Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women; Dave Mason; David Lindley; David Maxwell; Deep Dark Woods; Deer Tick; DeVotchKa; Die Mannequin; Diunna Greenleaf & Bob Margolin; Divine Brown; DNA; The Dodos; Downstone Rhythm; Doyle Bramhall; Drew Nelson; Drive-By Truckers; Eden Brent; Elage Mbaye; Eppiphane; Eric Lindell; Ernie Hawkins; Estelle; FEMI KUTI & The Positive Force; Flecton Big Sky; Freddie Roulette; Funktagon; Girl Talk; GOOD2GO; Gov’t Mule; Gunsmoke; Handsome Furs; Henry Butler; Papa Mali; The Rhythm Council; Hey Rosetta!; Hollerado; Holy F*ck; Homemade Jamz' Blues Band; Hoodlum; Hubert Sumlin; The Human Statues; Hundreds and Thousands; Iron and Wine; Israel & New Breed; Jackson Browne; James Cohen Caravan; Jeff Lang; Jeff Rogers; Jenn Grant; Jennifer Warnes; Jesse Cook; Jill Barber; Joe Cocker; Joe Louis Walker; Joe Pug; John Allaire; John Vanderslice; JW-Jones with Little Charlie Baty; k.d. lang; Kaz Kazanoff & The Texas Horns; Ken Workman & the Union; King Sunny Ade & His African Beats; Kingdom Shore; KISS; Kyrie Kristmanson; Land of Talk; Larry Garner; Larry McCray; Leif Vollebekk; LeE HARVeY OsMOND; Les Claypool; Library Voices; Lindsay Ferguson; LIVE; Loreena McKennitt; Los Lonely Boys; Loudlove; Louisiana Red; M83; Lucas Haneman; Ludacris; Marc Charron; Marie-Josée Houle; Matisyahu; Matt Andersen; Meredith Luce; Mick Taylor; Mishka; Moreland and Arbuckle; Mother Mother; Neko Case; New Mastersounds; NEWWORLDSON; Okkervil River; Ornette Coleman; Oumou Sangare; Our Lady Peace; Paolo Nutini; Papa San; Pappy Johns Band; Paul Reddick; Philip Sayce; Politique; Poorfolk; Peter Voith; Prescott; Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile; Rachael Yamagata; Reggie Young & Gospel Park; Reverend Billy Wirtz; Rick Fines; Rocco Deluca; Roomful of Blues; Ryan Shaw; Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women; Sam Roberts Band; Sedatives; Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings; Shemekia Copeland; Shiloh; Silver Creek; Sista Monica; Spencer Davis; Steve Earle; Stone Temple Pilots; Sky Diggers; Spam Allstars; Steve Mariner; Steve Poltz; Stone Temple Pilots; Styx; Sugar Blue; Sunparlour Players; Tara Holloway; That 1 Guy; The Allrights; The Balconies; The Church; The Duhks; The Heavy; The Larry McRay Band; The Low Anthem; The Moth; The National; The Rebel Year; The Road Hammers; The Roll Models; The Soul of John Black; The Stills; The Yardbirds; The Zombies; TJ Wheeler; Thunderheist; Toots & the Maytals; Treasa Levasseur; United Steel Workers of Montreal; Voices of Praise; Watters Brothers; Yahowa13; Xavier Rudd; Zac Harmon and many more will be performing at this year’s Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest.

The festival site at LeBreton Flats Park offers a variety of food and merchandise concessions and is fully licensed. Tickets go on sale at 10 am Saturday, April 25. See www.ottawabluesfest.ca for ticket information and performance schedule.

1 comment:

Mama said...

You mention the location of the Bank of America and Rogers stages. I was wondering if you could tell me where the other stages are located, particularly the Subway stage. Thank you.