Ottawa Bluesfest Opening Weekend Recap

July 08th, 2019

Photos and editorial by Tom Mt Pleasant
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Photo by Tom Mt Pleasant
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We started out the day with the lovely NAO at the big City stage. Her band was all dressed in white with a simple stage kit. NAO came out in a bright orange outfit making sure to bring the vibrant colour and energy to the opening crowd and she did just that getting everyone dancing along with her. She brings a pleasant energy and smooth yet dynamic sound to her stage and captivates the audience right away. She even had balloons passed out to people which was fun.

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Up next is Zaki Ibrahim. She stationed at the new VideoTron stage (Formerly Black Sheepstage from last year). Her set is a more intimate moment where she can bring her soulfulness right to her fans. Along side her keyboard player they made sure to give the people a nice smooth melodic performance.

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Up next was the Eagle River Singers. A very special moment for myself with this one as I am Indigenous myself so it’s nice to see more representation. The Executive Director of BluesfestMark Monahan came out to introduce an elder from Kitigan zibi to the crowd to perform a traditional greeting before the Eagle River Singers performed their song. 

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Touching moment for sure. I made my way back over to the Bluesville stage once again to check out Dawn Tyler Watson. I was pretty excited about this stage as I’m sure you can tell with the number of stops made here. Hailing from Montreal she has carved out her place in the Blues world over her career. I have to admit I never really thought about seeing Blues live but I have been missing out! Dawn took the stage and the energy started right away. A loyal fanbase was on hand to cheer her along as she grooved along with her lead guitarist. The played that stage with energy and experience like only a true veteran in the industry could. Very exciting set for sure.

Photos and editorial by Tom Mt Pleasant
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