Ottawa Tourism

RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest

July 8-19, 2015

The Ottawa River acts as the majestic backdrop to one of North America’s most eclectic music festivals. Every July nearly 300,000 music lovers descend upon LeBreton Flats — a short walk west of Parliament Hill — on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum for RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. Five stages sit around the bank of the river and inside the museum, creating one of the most unique and beautiful settings to witness some of the world’s biggest and most innovative artists during Bluesfest’s two-week reign.

The 2015 Bluesfest line-up includes well-known artists such as Blue Rodeo, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, The Tragically Hip, Hedley, Iggy Azalea, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jason Aldean, to name a few.

Fast Facts

  • Bluesfest began in 1994 and quickly grew to become one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere. Some of the biggest names in music have performed at Bluesfest over the years, including Sting, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, The Black Eyed Peas, James Brown and countless others.
  • The festival features hundreds of acts on five different stages.
  • Close to 300,000 people attend over the festival’s 11-day schedule.
  • Food, drink, souvenir and music kiosks surround the festival site.
  • The festival has twice won the Gold Award for Waste Minimization from the Recycling Council of Ontario for its green initiatives.
  • The festival is a non-for-profit organization that relies on 3,500 volunteers to make it happen – and gives back to the community in many ways.