Ottawa Bluesfest Week Recap

July 15th, 2019

Editorial by Tom Mt Pleasant
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The Garçons duo had a very interesting stage kit set up with a plant and lawn chairs. Deelo took the mic and started the smooth soulful song. Fans were eating it up. He continued on to flex his vocal chops and you instantly kind of went “Wow”. Julian followed along on the keys and when Deelo stood up from his chair things just kept getting more exciting. This one was a surprise for me and even left us photographers talking about it after we left. Good job boys looking forward to more.

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Crook the Kid came to town all the way from the North West Territories.  This young man was a new comer to most people here but we were excited to check him out. Personally, I think we would have done better on the VideoTron stage. Early time slots on the big stage tend to not always bring a bigger crowd so the smaller stage would have hit home more. That being said Crook came to play. He rocked every inch of the stage and got the crowd pumping. Crook has a relatively smooth flow and some good lyrics, and he hits those punches every chance he gets. He brought out local EMC Cody Coyote. I am familiar with Cody and he always brings it when he hits the stage. 

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First up is Logic, the big introduction of hip-hop into the festival. One of the most notable points was the interaction with the fans. Logic made everyone turn to their neighbour and say hi because “We are all family here”. He made sure to rock out some of his most iconic tracks including Homicide ft Eminem. His stage set up was fairly simple except the batch of lights that would rotate to give each song a little something different. Might not have been the most packed show but it certainly had some dedicated fans there.

Kane Brown was on the big City Stage and Morgan was in the crowd to catch it all. Kane had a nice stage set up with catwalks so he could come out and vibe with the crowd. He made sure all the fans could sing along with him by putting all the lyrics on the big scene to make it a big karaoke night. One of the other big memorable notes was that he played a new stuff what wasn’t even released yet. Can’t go wrong being the first group of people to hear a new song. Kane mashed up several styles so even the people who weren’t his biggest fans got to have some fun. A touching moment at the end was playing a track to honour the soldiers and the crowd all lit up their phone lights and made the night sparkle.

Editorial by Tom Mt Pleasant
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