Ming Wu’s Bluesfest Picks (Part One)

Liam Mooney - July 7, 2015

July in Ottawa means it is time for Bluesfest! With various acts performing, here is a list of acts I’m most excited about and you should check out! Below my picks is a full schedule of when and where each hightlighted band will be playing.

Day 1 (Fullflex Tour at the Bell Stage)

On day one, I want to see both Hundred Waters and Tycho. Make sure you’ve listened to Tycho’s 2014 album Awake, which is a great, laid back electronic-ambient record. The show is definitely going to be an insane summer vibe electronic-dance show — don’t miss out!

And for the sake of curiosity, I might check out Jack Ü which features Skrillex & Diplo.

Day 2

On day two, I will be catching local act Thrifty Kids performing at the Barney Danson Theatre.

Later on that day, my concert pick is Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. If you haven’t seen him perform live you will be so enthralled with his funk/soul music that you will be transported to the 1960s/70s.

Day 3

I feel like we all know about and are excited to see Kanye West, but there are some great acts playing before the big show. Performing at the Monster Energy Stage is Ottawa’s own The Souljazz Orchestra. Get your groove on to Afro beats, Latin styles and jazz music.

Also performing at the Claridge Stage is pop-punk rockers Mariana’s Trench. There will be screaming girls going wild!

Day 4

For Saturday, there is a lot of interesting acts that you need to see. Over at the Canadian Stage there will be Family of the Year and Alvvays. I really want to see Alvvays play from their latest album which caught a ton of critical acclaim.

Over at the Barney Danson Theatre Ottawa band Pony Girl will be playing from their new album Foreign Life.

Allie X, a Toronto synthpop musician, will be performing at the Bell Stage and at the Monster Energy Stage Porter Robinson will play (I’m really digging the track which features Amy Millan of Stars).

Day 5

On day 5 I will be catching Silverguns & Spleen and Arkells. Arkells have really become a Bluesfest staple now and I’m excited to see them playing from their new, catchy album High Noon.

Then, over at the Claridge Stage I’ll be there to see Heems, a Punjabi-American rapper and lastly, you can’t miss Blue Rodeo!


Day One:

Hundred Waters – Bell Stage @ 5:15pm.
Tycho – Bell Stage @ 6pm.
Jack Ü – Bell Stage @ 9:45pm.

Day Two:

Thrifty Kids – Barney Danson Theatre @ 6pm.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Canadian Stage @ 9:30pm.

Day Three:

The Souljazz Orchestra – Monster Energy Stage @ 8:30pm.
Mariana’s Trench – Claridge Stage @ 8pm.

Day Four:

Family of the Year – Canadian Stage @ 4:30pm.
Allie X – Bell Stage @ 7pm.
Pony Girl – Barney Danson Theatre @ 7:30pm.
Alvvays – Canadian Stage @ 8:30pm.
Porter Robinson – Monster Energy Stage @ 9:45pm.

Day Five:

Heems – Claridge Stage @ 6pm.
Arkells – Canadian Stage @ 8:30pm.
Blue Rodeo – Bell Stage @ 9:15pm.