The 2017 RBC Bluesfest kicks off in Ottawa July 6 with a lineup as outstanding as it is diverse. The 11-day festival, which Billboard Magazine has called one of the top ten music festivals in the world, happens on several stages at LeBreton Flats, which is also home to the Canadian War Museum.
While the festival features big names like Tom Petty, 50 Cent, Pink, Toby Keith, and others, there is always a big focus on exciting, lesser-known acts, especially those from the Ottawa area. Nearly every night there is an All-Star Blues Revue hosted by local favorites, Monkey Junk.
For the past few years the festival has averaged over 300,000 visitors, so using public transportation is encouraged. Festival passes and wristbands are good for a free ride to and from the festival on OC Transpo. There is also safe, supervised bicycle parking just across the street.
Our man with the camera in Ottawa, Dan Nawrocki, just picked up his photo pass today, so we'll have lots of great shots to share with you in the next few days.