Ottawa Bluesfest

The Ottawa Bluesfest is one of the best festivals in all of Canada. It is also the largest blues festival as well. We love going downtown Ottawa each year to enjoy some of the bands that they have lined up.

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest 2013 will be held from July 4 - 14, 2013 at Lebreton Flats.

This amazing event has been running since 1994 and has offered some amazing entertainment over the years. We have seen bands and musicians such as the Black Eyed Peas, Tragically Hip, Melissa Ethridge, George Thorogood, Blue Rodeo, Sting and many more. As you can see the music isn't always "blues" but it does bring in some of the greatest entertainers in the music industry.

The event this year will be held at LeBreton Flats (across from the Canadian War Museum) and will take place on a few different stages:

  • Main Stage
  • Claridge Stage
  • River Stage
  • Electro Stage
  • Black Sheep Stage
  • Barney Danson Theatre
  • Offsite at Casino du Lac Leamy

You can purchase different ticket packages:

  • Single Day Tickets
  • Full Festival Passports
  • Youth Passports
  • Weekend Passports
  • Gold Circle Pass

To make it easy for you, you can purchase your tickets at a few locations around the city or online:

  • Compact Music (Bank Street locations)
  • (613-599-3267)
  • Scotiabank Place Box office
  • Rideau Centre Kiosk

The list of artists for 2013 is HUGE and offers a great variety. Some include:

  • Alice in Chains
  • B.B. King
  • Bjork
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Everlast
  • Great Big Sea
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Los Lobos
  • Marianas Trench
  • Matthew Good
  • MonkeyJunk
  • RUSH
  • Tegan and Sara
  • The Black Keys
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Weezer
  • and many, many more.

If you want more information then you can check out the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest website at

Hope you will be able to make it to one of the shows (if not many of them). We'll be there too! Have a great time!

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