The sun has started shining a little longer each evening, bringing us closer to that time of year, when music fans start dreaming up their summer concert wish list.

This week we get the release of the majority line up for the 2017 Ottawa RBC Bluesfest.   We have been working on a post for the last week putting together who we at TBE  pencil in some of our summer hopefuls at this year’s RBC Bluesfest.

With all this social media talk about who is playing, We thought we could put together a little list of who we hope to see and are likely to see.

Let’s start with Metallica , with last week’s big Metallica announcement(s), we can all hope but yeah not likely.

Or how about a guy that has a few days open prior to his Toronto show, it would be incredible to get Tom Petty on his 40thAnniversary tour.  There has also been a lotta talk about Iron Maiden, they have played RBC Bluesfest in the past and bring a great crowd.

There also seems to be lots of talk about English rock band MUSE, with a month off prior to their Quebec City gig…so some big acts are around  and  snagging one or two of them would be amazing.

Some of the other acts around the area that would be fantastic at Bluesfest are: Foreigner, Sublime with Rome, and Buddy Guy (he’s around then but he is in MTL June 30th  – he’d be a great surprise at Jazz Fest).

Sublime with Rome – Photo: Sean Sisk

Canadian acts like The Strumbellas are big yes in my books, and July Talk as well, they haven’t been around in a year and they are phenomenal live. I am sure we will see one of Canada’s hardest working Canadian  musicians, Alan Doyle.  We also haven’t seen Sam Roberts in a bit.  Maybe get a little Country too, would love to see Tim Hicks hit the nations capital.

Maybe even Death From Above 1979 after they had to cancel last year.

I thought I would ask the other  Tour Bus Ent. Crew that I get to work with  who they are hoping for in July….

Renee Doiron (photographer)

One of the big names who is in the area in and around Bluesfest and is heating up the Bluesfest fan page rumor mill is Queen featuring frontman Adam Lambert. Anyone who watched Lambert rise to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on American Idol knows that he has an impressive set of pipes. He has been collaborating with Queen since 2011 and has been touring with them since 2014. This interesting partnership, which could bring in die-hard Queen fans as well as a younger Lambert demographic, could certainly be lucrative for the festival.

In terms of Canadian content, we would love to see Joel Plaskett return to the Bluesfest lineup. The charming singer-songwriter and native of Halifax is currently touring with his father, making a pit stop at the National Arts Centre in March and will be performing at the Atlin Arts & Music Festival in BC in July, but could jump in the van and head back to Ottawa to perform on the final days.

Bluesfest sometimes gets a bad rap for the lack of French Canadian content. What better way to counter that perception than to bring on a bilingual acadian trash rock chick Lisa Leblanc from New-Brunswick who sings in both French and English, sometimes both at the same time (in NB this is known as “chiac”), and gets the crowd up off their feet and dancing along to her gritty tunes. She is a sensation in both the Maritimes and Quebec and fills venues everytime she makes appearances in Ottawa. We think it’s time for a kitchen party acadian style Bluesfest.

Corey Kelly – Editor-In-Chief

Talking to Corey Kelly (editor-in-chief) who has his ear to ground on this music stuff he thinks that Tim Hicks could once again grace the Bluesfest stage.  And keeping in the country realm, just maybe Lady Antebellum and their tour will hit Bluesfest for a night.   When it comes to the rock side of things I think Canadian rock icons The Headstones would be a perfect fit for this years festival and maybe I Mother Earth.

Tim Hicks performs in Halifax on the Shake These Walls Tour – Photo James Bennett

Hugh Dillion performs during Sound of Music Kick Off Party – Photo: Scott Burns

I Mother Earth @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Photo: Scott Burns

I love that RBC Bluesfest fills many of their spots with some local talent and Ottawa has got no shortage there.  A little disclaimer but I have been a little out of touch with the local scene this year but some local talent like Amanda Rheaume is around  after a lengthy ride in the UK.  Kelly Prescott just announced she is playing Boots & Hearts, Kelly did play last year maybe a back to back’r for one of Ottawa’s shining lights.  Some other Ottawa Bands to watch for:  Tribe Royal, MonkeyJunk and North Easton.   And please share what local bands you wanna see at Bluesfest this year you never know who is reading.

Monkeyjunk performing at the National Arts Centre. Photo: Renée Doiron

Either way the crew at RBC Bluesfest always put together a great few days of music, they have their hands full this year seeing it’s Canada’s 150th and will they do anything special to celebrate.   It will be tough no matter what with the Canadian dollar making it tougher to lock in some of the big US artists.

There are a pile of artist on the road this year such as Phil Collins, Keith Urban, Metallica, Volbeat, Nine Inch Nails, Kip More, Luke Bryan along with blues faves husband and wife duo Tedeschi Trucks.

Keith Urban performs at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto. Photo: Scott Burns

Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights Tour 2016, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto. Photo: Scott Burns

Kip Moore performs In Oshawa on the Me & My Kind Tour – Photo: Corey Kelly

We can’t wait to get back to RBC Bluesfest this summer and cover one of Ontario’s best festivals

Already Announced:

Madeline Merlo, Death From Above 1979, Fetty Wap, Anna Lunoe and Lil Yachty.

Story by: Sean Sisk /@SiskPhoto


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