PHOTOS: Ottawa Bluesfest 2012 Coverage

July 20th, 2012


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 coverage of this year’s event. From Snoop Dogg to Flight Distance, this year’s lineup was a good one! We encourage everyone to gain a little Bluesfest experience at least once in your life– you won’t regret it. If you didn’t make it this year or would like to relive some of the best moments this year, check out our full coverage after the jump.

Snoop Dogg

For all of us at Envy Magazine, this was the most highly anticipated moment of Bluesfest 2012. The stage was set with artificial purple haze while the DJ smoked the real stuff with the crowd. While waiting almost an hour for him to hit the stage, the crowds got hot, the media got antsy, and the security got busy (resorting to hosing down awaiting, melting fans). However, all the anxious anticipation was forgotten as soon as Snoop hit the stage (and his blunt). His set was a mix of classics and a little bit of new stuff– all around everything we hoped for. Short and swisha sweet.

Photo Creds: Chizzle Photography & Wade Worsely

Lauryn Hill

In keeping with the anticipation theme of the day, Lauryn Hill’s DJ revved up an edgy crowd with a nearly 40 minute set. When fans seemed to have almost had enough of the waiting, she came onto the stage like a whirlwind diva and took our breath away. With grace and flare, she wow’d us all and, may we add, doesn’t she look gorgeous? Ms. Hill performed classics we all know and love like “Everything is Everything”, “Killing Me Softly”, “Ex Factor” and, of course, spit some verses for us like the boss lady she is.

Photo Creds: Chizzle Photography & Wade Worsely

A$ap Rocky

Two words: high energy. A$ap Rocky is like that kid in the back of the class who could never sit still. The NY rapper has recently been making huge waves in the hiphop scene and us hiphop heads in Ottawa LOVE him. After performing what show-goers say was “one of the best shows of the year” at Ritual Nightclub, we were thrilled when A$ap was set to come back for Bluesfest. He kept his audience hype and himself even hypER while cat daddy-ing, dougie-ing, and cooking all over the stage. His set consisted of tracks from his debut mixtape LiveLoveA$ap like “Wassup” and “Get Lit”. Not to mention, the ladies would agree he really is a pretty mothafu– what?

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography

Big Boi

One half of the legendary, mighty Outkast, Mr. Boi stop, you ain’t no DJ, Sir Lucious Left Foot– whatever you choose to call him– really needs no introduction. Big Boi ripped the Claridge stage for a smaller yet “high spirited” (if you know what we mean) audience as the sun set over Lebreton Flats. Alongside DJ Cut Master Swift in his “YOLO” shirt, his live drummer, and his hype man, BlackOwned C-Bone, Big Boi performed with no holds barred and in your face. While he placed a large focus on performing all the “new sh–t” like “Fo Yo Sorrows” he still performed classics like “Elevators”, and “Ms. Jackson”. The country boy from Georgia showed his fans exactly why he’s a vet in the hiphop game.

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography


We were suprised to find “Rack City” rapper on one of the smaller stages but were appreciative to have the opportunity to see Tyga in such an intimate setting. Regardless, an impressive crowd of younger (and some older) hipster fans packed themselves in like sardines to watch the YMCMB artist’s set. He performed tracks like “Still Got It”, “The Motto”, “Faded”, and of course “Rack City”. While shoulder-to-shoulder, fans still managed to get hype with Tyga and enjoy one of the funnest (if that is a real word) sets of the day.

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography

Down With Webster

The story of this band is quite simple: they formed in middle school for a talent show and have since went certified gold with their album “Time To Win, Vol. 1” and certified platinum on multiple different singles. They are a band like no other here in Canada, straight out of Toronto, with a unique style blended with rock and rap. On the River Stage, they rocked out with a predominantly younger crowd while fans had the time of their lives with Tyler, Diggy, Pat, Cam, Marty, and Bucky. They performed popular tracks like “Rich Girl”, “She’s Dope”, and “Woah is Me” loud enough for the entire Lebreton Flats to hear; Next time, we bring earplugs!

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography

Flight Distance

Let’s just get this out of the way now: we LOVE these guys! Envy Magazine have been avid supporters of this Ottawa-based group who have won the hearts and ears of many hiphop heads in this city. They deliver energetic, engaging performances and true lyricism– a killer combination. Both emcees of the group have a certain charisma that entices people to get lost in their shows. It was amazing to see homegrown acts such as Flight Distance and Sound of Lions perform during Bluesfest. Show love to your local artists!

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography

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