Ottawa Bluesfest might be Canada’s most misleading festival name. Either that, or headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Future, Duran Duran, ScHoolboy Q, and The Lumineers are all heavily influenced by B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf and we just didn’t notice. Clearly Ottawa Bluesfest has grown far beyond its moniker, offering a wide assortment of artists, both massive and underground, with no genre (or subgenre) off the table. Go with an open mind, and you might make a musical discovery or two.
Here are five acts you need to see at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016.
Ottawa Bluesfest is from July 7th-17th at Lebreton Flats in Ottawa, Ontario. Buy your tickets here.