July 5-15, 2018
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 Bluesfest. Four 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 2018 Ottawa Jazzfest features big names like Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams, Beck, Rae Sremmurd, Sturgill Simpson and Rise Against. The lineup also includes Jethro Tull, Zeds Dead, Jessie Reyez, the War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, BROCKHAMPTON, Chromeo, Ghostface Killah, Naughty by Nature, M. Ward, Blue Rodeo, Common Deer, Eat a Peach (Allman Brothers Band Tribute), Hunter Siegel, Chuurch (presented by Deadbeats) and Lilly Hiatt.
Several of Ottawa’s great musical acts will also perform, including Catriona Sturton, Alanna Sterling & The Silvers, Amos The Transparent, Cody Coyote, Graven, Her Harbour, Okies, TAPAS, The Peptides, The Strumbellas, Monkey Junk, Bank Street Bonbons, and more.
On July 5, an opening ceremony will showcase Algonquin-Anishinabe Youth Hand Drummers from Kitigan Zibi and Barriere Lake.
- 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 the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, The Black Eyed Peas, James Brown and countless others.
- The festival features hundreds of acts on four different stages.
- Close to 300,000 people attend over the festival’s 10-day schedule.
- Food, drink, souvenir and music kiosks surround the festival site.
- The festival has won the Gold Award for Waste Minimization several times 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.