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 are the 5 Canadian acts performing at the 2016 Ottawa Bluesfest that we think you should see.
The Flava Factory
There aren’t many dance studios in the city of Ottawa dedicated to teaching styles like The Flava Factory does. From Hip Hop to Dancehall, everything urban is what this studio focuses on. Established in 2011, they offer classes for all skill levels and age groups. Check them out on-site at Bluesfest on the 7th, 8th, 9th, 16th, and 17th.
Originally from Bulgaria and having lived briefly in Montreal before settling his feet in Ottawa, Yusso is a different kind of emcee. He takes his stylistic influences from artists such as Michael Jackson, Bone Thugs n Harmony, and Kendrick Lamar to create what he calls a ‘revolutionary sound’. Check out Yusso on the City Stage on Saturday the 9th at 5pm.
Starting out on Youtube with acoustic covers, Alessia Cara has quickly been on the rise as an R&B singer. Hailing from Brampton, ON, she made her debut in 2015 under the Def Jam record label with her single “Here” from her Know-it-all album. She is also more popularly known for her single “Wild Things” that charted #50 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Check her out on the City Stage on Wednesday the 13th at 7pm.
Cashtro Crosby and DJ Mes
From Pittsburg to Ottawa, Cashtro Crosby has put his stamp on the Ottawa hip hop scene. He has already shared the stage with big names like Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Wale, and many more. Alongside his partner in crime, DJ Mes, the two created a chemistry on stage and continue to put on for their city. Check them out on the Black Sheep Stage on Thursday the 14th at 8:15pm.
These guys have tons of energy and they really know how to get a crowd involved. A four-piece band from Ottawa, The Lionyls’ style is difficult to describe– in the best way possible. To narrow it down, they’re a bit of rock, soul, funk, and R&B all rolled into one. If you want to check out some raw talent, come see The Lionyls on the City Stage on Saturday the 16th at 7pm.