Nelly Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Nelly Brings Country Grammar Back During Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

If you're in the 25 and up age group then a Nelly show is the perfect place to be if you want to feel 15 years younger again. It was a day of nostalgia at Ottawa Bluesfest for those who lived through the early 2000's rap era and even those who just... more

Future Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Future Creates Pandemonium at Ottawa Bluesfest; Doesn’t Bring Drake

Sardines. If asked to describe the massive crowd that packed in for Future on the 8th day of Ottawa Bluesfest, the word "sardines" comes to mind. Amidst rumours that Drake was going to show his face, the attendance seemed to multiply from 0 - 100,... more

Travis Scott and Belly Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
Belly Returns to Ottawa; Has the Antidote for Bluesfest

It was a spectacular return for Ottawa's own, Belly, on day four of Ottawa Bluesfest 2016. The prodigal son has been off making hit records with The Weeknd and being invited to appear on Jimmy Kimmel (to which he declined because Trump). Modestly,... more

Earl Sweatshirt Doesn’t Go Outside, Except for Ottawa Bluesfest

If you like Earl Sweatshirt and getting caught in the rain, day three at Ottawa Bluesfest was the perfect setting for you. Another young crowd, similar to ScHoolboy Q on day one, packed themselves in to see the LA-based rapper and former member of... more

The Lionyls
Dope Canadian Talent You Should Support at Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

There are many big-name acts that people look forward to every year at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. But what about the ones bred in our very own hometowns? They get tons of love and support already, but for those who didn't know-- now you know. Here... more

Schoolboy Q - Ottawa Bluesfest
ScHoolBoy Q Performs Ottawa Bluesfest in Midst of Album Release

A sticky, 35-degree opening day of Ottawa Bluesfest had security already pulling out hoses to cool down a slew of concert-goers. Despite the heat, the Claridge stage brought out a jam-packed crowd of young and rambuncious fans for Cali rapper... more

REVIEW: OVO Fest 2015 w/ Drake, Kanye, Pharrell + more

While the dust has settled in Toronto from the buzz of last weekend's events, we're finally here to relive some of the memorable OVO Fest 2015 moments. This is the 6th time OVO has commenced in the 6 (coincidentally enough) and it's no surprise... more

Bluesfest 2015: Fans Get Tragically Dropkick(ed) In the Rain

"In 20 years, we've never had a bad show because we play for the best god damn people in the world", said Ken Casey, as a sea of fans packed in to the Claridge stage despite the interesting weather. The Massachusetts-bred celtic punk band of... more

Bluesfest 2015: Run the Jewels and Flight Distance

July 15th was a rather 'laxed day at Bluesfest for us at Envy Magazine; Nevertheless, we did catch a few note-worthy performances. Following the biggest disappointment of the day when De La Soul was canceled due to a flight delay (kudos to G.... more

Bluesfest 2015: Skynyrd’s In The House

Photo Credit Chizzle Photography | IG: @chizzlephotodesign Despite our reputation of shooting the Wu-Tang's of the music scene, every now and then an act comes along that we just can't pass up covering for our readers. Even as hip hop heads,... more

Bluesfest 2015: CeeLo Green, red, and leopard print

Photo Credit Chizzle Photography | IG: @chizzlephotodesign In one of the most interesting performances we've seen thus far at Bluesfest, CeeLo Green took the Claridge Homes stage under skies threatening to thunder and rain on his parade.... more

Bluesfest 2015: Nasty Nas Not An ‘Opening Act’

Photo Credit Chizzle Photography | IG: @chizzlephotodesign Despite not being the headliner of night four at Bluesfest, Nas was certainly the highlight of the night for every hip hop fan in attendance. The show opened with the bass turned so... more

Bluesfest 2015: Ottawa Gives Kanye West a Chance

It was back in 2007 that Kanye first appeared on the Ottawa Bluesfest stage, one of their first ventures into featuring hip hop acts at the festival. Despite the controversy back then of putting Kanye on the stage, Bluesfest directors were still... more

Bluesfest 2015: ASAP Ferg Does Canada via Trap Train

This tour was so unmissable that the Bluesfest directors added an entire extra day just to accommodate it. "The Full Flex Express" tour rolled into Ottawa with a boat load of crazy artists-- wait-- we mean a train load. Inspired by the Grateful... more

NXNE 2015: Day Four ft. Rae Sremmurd and Jazz Cartier

Written by Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Check out: Day One ft. Tink, Dillan Ponders, and more & Day Two ft. Vince Staples, Heems, and Raz Fresco NXNE 2015, The Fader, and Axe Canada Present: Rae Sremmurd at Danforth Music Hall feat.... more

NXNE 2015: Day Two ft. Vince Staples, Heems, and Raz Fresco

Written by Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Check out: Day One ft. Tink, Dillan Ponders, and more NXNE 2015 Presents: Heems and Raz Fresco at The Drake Hotel Underground Heems Photos shot by Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Instagram |... more

NXNE 2015: Day One ft. Tink, Dillan Ponders, and more.

NXNE Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Tink at Adelaide Hall feat. Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest, Allie and Dillan Ponders. Dillan Ponders Photos shot by Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Instagram | Flickr ­ Dillan Ponders, a Toronto­based rapper,... more

FESTIVAL: House of Paint OG500 Poetry Slam

Author: Andrea Desjardins Have you ever seen a slam poet do their thing? Even better, have you ever seen twelve slam poets competing against each other in an audience judged battle (let’s keep in mind; all they’re using to battle with are their... more

Ottawa Folk Fest 2014: Day 3 ft. J. Cole and Lee Fields

Photo Credit: Chizzle Photography The show began with an homage to Tupac's "Hail Mary" in J. Cole's Friday Night Lights (2010) track, "Enchanted". The energy was high from the second the Fayetteville, NC, rapper hopped on the stage. With the... more

Ottawa Folk Fest 2014: Day 2 ft. Lorde

Photo Credit Chizzle Photography Standing in the media pit, waiting for an artist to begin, we tend to overhear many conversations from anxious fans. While waiting for the 17-year-old VMA winner, Lorde, we overheard young girls squealing over... more

Ottawa Folk Fest 2014: Day 1 ft. Blues Traveler & Foster the People

Day one of Ottawa's 20th annual Folk Festival was a different palette of music for us here at Envy Magazine; Luckily, hip-hop culture is all about expanding outside the box, so we made our way to the Ravenlaw stage to check out the blues-rock band,... more

Snoop Dogg Lights Up Bluesfest’s 2014 20th Anniversary

Written by Alex Brazeau This was one of the big shows we’d really been waiting for here at Envy. On a day that had been stacked full of hip hop performances, it was finally time to close out the day with one of the most legendary names in rap... more

Childish Gambino Cranks up the Energy at RBC Bluesfest 2014

Written by Alex Brazeau Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover (or, if you still aren’t sure who we’re talking about, Troy from NBC’s hit comedy Community), the co-headliner of Saturday night’s hip hop-heavy lineup, appeared on the Claridge... more

Action Bronson Gets Turnt Up at Bluesfest

Written by Alex Brazeau On a day with a stacked hip hop lineup, having to take the stage early and still remaining at the end of the night as the evening’s most memorable performance is no easy task. But if you were to ask 30-year-old Flushing,... more

An Emotional Time with Yung Lean at RBC Bluesfest 2014

Written by Alex Brazeau Have you heard of Yung Lean yet? If you have, that’s probably about all you could say… that you’ve heard of him—though it probably won’t stay that way for long. We first stumbled upon the seventeen-year-old... more

Gettin’ Weird with Tyler the Creator at RBC Bluesfest

Written by Alex Brazeau One of the most anticipated acts among this year’s Bluesfest hip hop heads had to be the leader of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (but to make things a little easier, let’s just shorten it—like most do—to Odd... more

RBC Bluesfest Gets Smoked Out with Cypress Hill

Written by Alex Brazeau In what seemed like a bit of a warm-up to the hip hop heavy day planned for later in the week, Cypress Hill was on deck as the second rap concert to play the Claridge Homes stage on day six of RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. In... more

Rocking with BlakDenim on Day 3 of RBC Bluesfest 2014

Written by Alex Brazeau There wasn’t a whole lot of hip hop happening on day two, but day three brought us a real gem. If you aren’t yet familiar with Ottawa’s very own BlakDenim, it’s time to get yourself acquainted. I got a chance to... more

Making Old New Again: Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 Day 1 ft. Danny Brown

Written by Alex Brazeau Truth be told, I didn’t know a whole lot about Danny Brown’s music until recently… but anyone who ends up on as many end-of-year lists as this guy did and gets reviewed at festivals as “one of the ten best sets at... more

RBC Bluesfest 2013: Killer Mike, El-P, Mariana’s Trench, & Solange (Photos)

Last Wednesday at RBC Bluesfest was like a marathon for us at Envy Magazine; Running from stage to stage in the blistering heat was worth it to see some of the awesome acts that day. Despite sound issues on the River Stage and having to combat... more

RBC Bluesfest 2013: Wu-Tang Clan (Photos)

After hours of torrential downpours and chants of "WU-TANG CLAN AIN'T NOTHIN TO (you know)", 7 out of the army of rappers that is the Wu-Tang Clan finally made it to the RBC Bluesfest stage for the first time. While a large majority of the crowd... more

RBC Bluesfest 2013: Zac Brown Band (PHOTOS)

"A cold beer on a friday night..." Bluesfest has become a sole way for many of us in Ottawa to see artists that we've loved forever and waited forever to see live; But it's the ones we discover while at the festival that make it even more... more

RBC Bluesfest 2013: Flogging Molly [PHOTOS]

With a "lively Canadian beer" in his hand and some crazy Irish anecdotes, Dave King and his band, Flogging Molly, gave their audience an unforgettable performance on the second night of RBC Bluesfest. The crowd was an interesting mixture of older... more

RBC BLUESFEST 2013: Jimmy Eat World [PHOTOS]

On opening night, all of us 20-somethings had the chance to relive our junior high years when bands like Yellowcard, Blink-182, and of course Jimmy Eat World were the new generations of rock. The guys gave us a punch of power-pop and a great... more

RBC BLUESFEST 2013: Highlights of what’s to come!

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO OTTAWA'S 2013 RBC BLUESFEST  Ottawa RBC Bluesfest is finally upon us for another year and we couldn't be more stoked! This will be Envy Magazine's 3rd year in a row covering one of Ottawa's most beloved music... more

OTTAWA FOLK FESTIVAL: Full Lineup Announced

Ottawa's annual folk festival has just announced their, again, incredible lineup-- adding to our excitement around this year's summer festivals! We're seeing names like rappers Kendrick Lamar and Shad, reggae legends The Wailers, rockers Neil... more

CARIVIBE: Beach Fesitval, Sat. June 15th

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NXNE: Ludacris to Perform at YDS, Sun. June 16th

NXNE and NOW Magazine present this Grammy award winning rapper and actor who’s going from the big screen to the big stage. LUDACRIS headlines Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday, June 16th. In the words of Luda: “You see them headlights?... more

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013: FULL LINEUP

From FUN. to B.B King, Bluesfest's array of different artists is no shock as they announced their lineup for 2013. We at Envy are excited to see all the hip hop acts including Wu-Tang Clan, Killer Mike, City Fidelia, A Tribe Called Red, and so... more

PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2012 Coverage

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PHOTOS: Ottawa Bluesfest 2012 Coverage

Envy Magazine had a blast covering Ottawa Bluesfest for the second year in a row. We all got to see some amazing performances and meet incredible people. We would like to thank RBC Bluesfest for giving us the opportunity to bring our readers some... more

PHOTOS Lollapalooza 2011 coverage

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PHOTOS: Ottawa Bluesfest 2011 Coverage

The Roots Photo Cred: Deejay So-Nice Girl Talk Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Erykah Badu Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Classified Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Lupe Fiasco Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Mac... more