Ottawa Bluesfest Opening Weekend Recap

Photos and editorial by Tom Mt Pleasant Photo by Tom Mt We started out the day with the lovely NAO at the... more

Action Bronson Algonquin
Action Bronson Brings White Bronco Tour to Canada

Between a hit Vice TV series "Fuck That's delicious" and health scares, including an emergency surgery in Alaska, it's been a while since we've heard anything new from... more

Machine Gun Kelly Bluesfest 2018
Bluesfest Day Five: Machine Gun Kelly, City Fidelia, & Roland Prince

Machine Gun Kelly Machine Gun Kelly is the wild child of hip hop so it's no surprise when he goes full-throttle for his performances; Bringing everything from confetti... more

Ghostface Bluesfest 2018
Bluesfest 2018 Opening Weekend: Ghostface Killah, Shawn Mendes, & More

Opening weekend of Ottawa Bluesfest 2018 promised to be an unforgettable one, as always. With acts like Bryan Adams just for the pre-game to the weekend, there were some... more

Lil Eazy-E and DJ Yella of NWA Throw Down at Algonquin College Observatory

Photos by Ryan Stacey These photos may not be cropped or edited in any way and must only be for personal use with credit to ©Envy Magazine and ©Ryan... more

Nelly Makes His Return to Ottawa With ‘All Work, No Play’

It's been a couple of years since country grammar made an appearance in the capital. Bluesfest 2016 was the last time, to be exact. This time around, he was setting his... more

Post Malone
Post Malone Makes His First Appearance in Ottawa at CityFolk Festival

As the only hiphop act in the lineup this year, Folk Malone (lol) had a big void to fill for the rap fans heading to the first night of Ottawa's CityFolk Festival. A... more

Lil Yachty Ottawa
Lil Yachty Makes Debut at Bluesfest 2017; Falls Head Over Heels for Ottawa

It has been an interesting few days among Ottawa's music community after heated debates were sparked over Atlanta hip hop trio, Migos. As the first of two... more

Migos Ottawa
Migos Sparks Debates and Questions About Hip Hop’s Place at Ottawa Bluesfest

Usually rappers are late, it's just the nature of artists in general, so it wasn't a shocker that 30 minutes had passed and Migos were still not on stage. Much to... more

Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap and Monty Take Trap Music to Ottawa Bluesfest

Festival season is in full swing and Fetty Wap has been making his rounds; Performing at London's 'Wireless' Festival, then Michigan's 'Common Ground' festival, followed... more

50 Cent
50 Cent Brings Out Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda at Ottawa Bluesfest 2017

While you would think  that a 50 Cent concert would draw out all the 30-something year olds wanting to re-live their high school '21 Questions' days, night two of... more

Onyx Ottawa 2017
Onyx Shut Down Juno Weekend with Choclair in Ottawa

It was Juno weekend in Ottawa, which means a heavy roster of artists were set to perform in clubs across Ottawa for Junofest. Among them were the legendary Queens, NY,... more

Show Review: T.I. Performs Ottawa for the First Time Ever

It wouldn't be a Canadian tour if you didn't get stuck in the snow along the way; Which is exactly how T.I.'s Ottawa stop began when his tour bus broke down on his way... more

Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez Brings ‘I Told You’ Tour to Bronson Centre, Ottawa

For the second time in less than a year, Ottawa hosted the wild-child of the new Toronto-- Tory Lanez-- for another sold out show. Fresh off his debut solo album I Told... more

Bryson Tiller Hints Moving to Ottawa After Partying in the City

The stage was hazy, dimly lit with hues of purple and blue, as the crowed thickened and waited for the artist alternatively known as "Pen Griffey". Bryson Tiller made... more

James Bay Cityfolk 2016
James Bay Collides Into Cityfolk Festival With His Ottawa Debut

It was like a throwback to the 90's when calling guys "teen heartthrobs" was a thing; Which seems to be the phrase coming to mind when describing last night's headlining... more

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more

Royce Da 5’9 Brings ‘Layers’ to Ottawa Fans

It's been five years since Slaughterhouse and Shady Records' rapper, Royce Da 5'9, has released a solo album. After spending the last few years getting sober and gaining... more

Hopsin Performs Sold Out ‘Hop Solo’ Show in Ottawa

Whether it's giving out his phone number and answering calls from the Internet or having random Snapchat followers be his tour guides around Australia, Hopsin is an... more

Roy Wood$ Unleashed in the Streets of Ottawa

Riding the wave of his debut album, Exis, released only 9 months ago, Roy Wood$ has created a nice buzz for himself in a very short period of time. Another talent... more

Merkules Takes Shots and Gets Fish-Hooked in Ottawa

Back in March, British Columbia rapper, Merkules, embarked on an impressive 24 date tour across Canada with special guests Geoff English, Blaze On3, and Luca Melee, and... more

Ginuwine Danforth Music Hall
Ginuwine Gets Back To The Basics at Danforth Music Hall

The new wave of R&B music doesn't exactly measure up to how it used to be, so it's necessary to take it back to the basics every now and then. After a MUCH... more

A Ride With Ginuwine Password Promo Party

In just a few short weeks, Ginuwine will be coming through the 6 to perform at Danforth Music Hall for an unforgettable night of R&B's golden era. To hype the crowd... more

Tory Lanez Moon Walks on Ritual Nightclub’s Ceiling

It's safe to say that the savagery was strong on this one as Tory Lanez tore down (almost literally) Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa last night. The Toronto artist's "no... more

Jazz Cartier, Another Hot Canadian Commodity, Sells Out the Phoenix

Fresh off the brand new release of his 'Hotel Paranoia' mixtape, Jazz Cartier proves why Toronto's hip hop scene is the utmost lit right now. After having shared stages... more

Troy Ave Brings a White Christmas to Ottawa

As promised, after the original show back in December had been postponed, Troy Ave finally made his way to Ottawa for the first time thanks to Kapacity Entertainment and... more

ILoveMakonnen and DJ Mustard Do Frost 2016

After its multi-million dollar facelift, Lansdowne Park has been home to a slew of entertainment again in the last couple of years; From hosting CityFolk festival in... more

Obie Trice
Obie Trice Gets a Hennessy Hangover

It's been three long years since we've heard an album from Detroit's own, Obie Trice, the man who brought us hip-hop classics from "Got Some Teeth" to "Shit Hits the... more

Chance the Rapper Sound Academy
Chance the Rapper Makes Family Matter in Toronto

Photo Cred: Justin Browne Article Cred: Chizzle Chance the Rapper has been creeping his way into Canadian sound-waves recently, having played Bluesfest in Ottawa... more

Freddie Gibbs Does Babylon Nightclub

It's been less than a year since we've seen Freddie Gibbs in Ottawa but fans were still psyched to see him hit the stage in our city again so soon. Since his last... more

Tech N9ne Brings Special Effects to Ottawa

We can't keep this guy out of Ottawa and why would we want to? It's always an interesting and entertaining experience when Tech N9ne rolls through for a show.... more

Machine Gun Kelly Road Trips to the Capital

Almost a year since his appearance at Barrymore's Nightclub in Ottawa, Machine Gun Kelly returned to the city to perform at Algonquin College for his "Road Trippin"... more

Straight Outta Compton to Ottawa with DJ Yella

Written by Chizzle Photos by Andrew Lessard Fresh off the recent success of the NWA biopic, 'Straight Outta Compton', DJ Yella embarked on a short Canadian tour... more

Another Year Under the Bridge With House of Paint

Written by Chizzle Photos by Donny Kashh & Alexandre Brault Community is everything when it comes to the hip hop culture and no one in Ottawa has been doing it... more

PHOTOS: Mick Jenkins Live at Ritual Nightclub – Ottawa

Photo credit Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Instagram | Flickr Chi-town rapper, Mick Jenkins, finally touched down in the capital after a postponed show back in... more

Tory Lanez Celebrates His Birthday in the Capital

Article by Donny Kashh for Envy Magazine Photo credit Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Instagram | Flickr Set to end his three-city birthday celebration tour, Tory... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more

Oddisee live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa, May 2015

Photos shot by Drew Yorke for Envy Magazine Instagram | Flickr The young, talented, DC artist, brought his 'The Good Fight' tour to Ottawa for his first capital... more

Post Malone live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

White Iverson took over the capital just three days ago along with Ottawa's own VNCHY. Texas raised, residing in LA, Post Malone has managed to keep a low profile but... more

Non Phixion @ Ritual Nightclub, May 2015

New York's Non Phixion performing live at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa, ON. Opening performances from Aspects, Buck N' Nice, Flight Distance, and MIME. Show presented... more

Big Sean live at EY Centre, Ottawa

Photo credit: Chizzle Photography Show presented by Jump 106.9 and Bydek Group Inc It's been about four years that Big Sean has hit the stage in Ottawa since his... more

Ghostface Killah w/ GZA & Capadonna | Ritual, Ottawa

Photo Credit: Andrew Lessard Back for another performance on the Ritual Nightclub stage in Ottawa, Ghostface Killah w/ GZA and Capadonna bring WuTang back to the... more

Smif-n-Wessun ‘Da Shinin’ 20th Anniversary Tour @ Ritual, Ottawa

On a short Canadian run, Smif-n-Wessun stopped off in the capital, bringing their 20th anniversary of 'Da Shinin' to Ritual Nightclub.  Show Presented by Kapacity... more

King Louie + More Live at Ritual Nightclub

Presented by Kapacity Entertainment, this past Friday, rapper King Louie brought some Chi-Town to Ritual Nightclub along with some of our own from Ottawa. Following... more

REVIEW: Mobb Deep Live at Barrymore’s Nightclub, Ottawa

It's clear to see that true hip-hop heads still (and always will) revel in the classics, like Mobb Deep's 'The Infamous'. The 20th anniversary of Mobb Deep's album... more

Tech N9ne x Envy Magazine

Ottawa hip hop heads hadn’t had Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne grace them with his presence since 2012, and last Tuesday during a stop on his Strangeulation Canadian... 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... more

PHOTOS: Cam’ron live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Killa Cam performed for the first time in Ottawa this past Sunday at Ritual Nightclub; Presented by Kapacity Entertainment, Straight Goods, and Bydek Group. The... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more

PHOTOS: The Lox Live at Sound Academy, Toronto, May 6th 2014

Legends since the 90s, The Lox (Jadakiss, Styles P, & Sheek Louch) performed at Sound Academy, Toronto, for the first time together. Preceding performances by Peter... more

Brother Ali x Envy Magazine x WeFam Ent

Brother Ali sits down with D.C. of WeFam Ent for Envy Magazine to discuss the Canadian tour with Shad, his funniest tour moments, advice for up-and-comers, plus... more

PHOTOS: Noreaga Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Show Presented By Kapacity Entertainment Photos By Wade... more

(PHOTOS) Black Milk Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

October 14th marked Black Milk's Ottawa leg of his "No Poison No Paradise" tour at Ritual Nightclub. Black Milk came with special guests Nat Turner, Quelle and DJ... more

Drake performs in Ottawa for ‘Would You Like A Tour?’

Would you like a tour? Hell yeah, fuckin’ right!   While we missed PARTYNEXTDOOR, we made it just in time to watch GA rapper, Future, perform his set. While his... more

R.A The Rugged Man Live at Ritual Nightclub (Photo Coverage)

R.A The Rugged Man's show at Ritual Nightclub was buzzing all over our news feeds the next afternoon. Why? Well, it got a little crazy and then it turned into a... 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... 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... 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;... 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... 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... more

PHOTOS: Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger & Kurupt) Live at Ritual Nightclub

May 23rd, 2013 - It was their debut performance in Ottawa; Daz Dillinger and Kurupt tore down the Ritual Nightclub stage. The boys performed hits from Tupac's widely... more

PHOTOS: DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid | Live at Ritual Nightclub

May 17, 2013 - DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Skratch Bastid on four decks at Ritual Nightclub. Legendary night for all! Photos By Run 613 Presented By Kapacity... more

Photos: Raekwon Live at Sound Academy (Toronto) | March 20th, 2013

Presented by Union Events Photographer Jeffrey Chan Raekwon “The Chef” performs live at Sound Academy in Toronto on March 20th,... more

Swollen Members [Beautiful Death Machine Tour] @ Ritual Nightclub | PHOTO COVERAGE

On the Ottawa leg of their 'Beautiful Death Machine' tour, Swollen Members performed to a crazy all ages show this past Tuesday; they seem to love the Ritual Nightclub... more

Waka Flocka Flame live at Ritual Nightclub (Ottawa) | Envy Magazine Photo Coverage #WakaFlocka

Presented by Kapacity Entertainment, Waka Flocka Flame performed for the first time at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa, to a crazy, packed, and hyped crowd. Complete with a... more

Camp Lo Live @ Ritual Nightclub | Photo Coverage

Camp Lo Unsatisfied with the destinction of being the most underated hip-hop duo of their time, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede collectively known as Camp Lo are... more

Sweatshop Union Live @ Ritual Nightclub (Ottawa) | Photo Coverage

SWEATSHOP UNION | Vancouver, BC | Urbnet The collective, Sweatshop Union, created quite a buzz when it was announced... more

Riff Raff Live at Ritual Nightclub [Ottawa] | Photo Coverage | Envy Magazine

On January 13th, Houston rapper, Riff Raff, rocked the Ritual Nightclub stage in Ottawa. Special guests featuring Slightly Famous (Johnny Brahvo x Happy Killmore) and... more

Hopsin Live at Phoenix Concert Theatre (Toronto) | Envy Magazine

On January 10th, LA rapper, Hopsin, touched the Phoenix Concert Theatre stage.  Presented by Union Events Photos by Allison Janzen **If you would like any... more

Afrika Bambaataa Live in Ottawa [PHOTOS]

Afrika Bambaataa Live at Ritual Nightclub Dec. 23rd, 2012 Presented by Kapacity Entertainment x Stamina Photos by Chizzle Photography VIDEO FOOTAGE COMING... more

Macklemore Live at Sound Academy, Toronto

Photographer Jeffrey Chan Macklemore and Ryan Lewis live at Sound Academy in Tornto, ON. Shot by Toronto Based Artist & Photographer -... more

Blueprint (Rhymesayers) Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa | PHOTOS

Photographer: Chizzle Photography LIVE SHOW FOOTAGE COMING... more

Big Krit + Slim Thug Live at Ritual, Ottawa | PHOTOS

Photographer: Chizzle Photography LIVE SHOW FOOTAGE Click here... more

French Montana Live at Barrymore’s, Ottawa | PHOTOS

Photographer: Chizzle Photography LIVE SHOW FOOTAGE Coming... more

Tech N9ne + Madchild Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa | Envy Magazine

Photographer: Chizzle Photography MADCHILD FULL INTERVIEW EXLUSIVE W/ ENVY LIVE SHOW FOOTAGE Madchild: Aspects + Swisha T: Tech N9ne: Coming... more

Kendrick Lamar Live at Sound Academy | Photo Coverage

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PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2012 Coverage

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PHOTOS: Capital Invasion 4 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... more

PHOTOS: 2012 NxNE Toronto Coverage

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Photo Cred: Jeffrey Chan Action Bronson Photo Cred: Jeffrey Chan Killer Mike Photo Cred: Jeffrey Chan Cello Kid Photo... more

PHOTOS: America’s Next Top Model Coverage | Toronto

For the very first time, America's Next Top Model Live made an appearance in the city of Toronto Envy Magazine was there to capture it all! This event featured the... more

PHOTOS: Smokers Club Tour @ Kool Haus, Toronto

Photo Cred: Jeff Karpala Photo Cred: Jeff Karpala Photo Cred: Jeff... more

PHOTOS: Capital Invasion 2 Coverage

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Photo Cred: Chizzle... more

Kid Sister Live at Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa

Despite that it was a Monday night, Kid Sister came all the way from the state of Illinois to deliver Ottawa an unbelievably energetic performance. This Chi-town rapper... more

PHOTOS: Boot Camp Click Live at Ritual, Ottawa

Photo Cred: Chizzle Photography Check out Interview with... more

PHOTOS: Onyx Live at Ritual Nightclub

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PHOTOS: House of Paint 2011 Coverage

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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... more