Fetty Wap

Bluesfest, Ottawa

Fetty Wap is known for taking trap music and bringing it to the mainstream in an incredibly short amount of time. From the same city that Redman and Joe Budden call home, Paterson, NJ, was where Fetty Wap built his following from the ground up. Read Article

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T.I.

Liquor Store Party Bar, Ottawa

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 from Barrie, ON. You ain’t in Georgia no more, TIP. Read Article

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Tory Lanez Pt. II

Bronson Centre, Ottawa

It’s become known that if you’re on the floor during one of his shows, you’re going to be doing some work for your performance. It’s intriguing to see how much energy this guy has to do an entire acrobatics performance and an hour-long concert. Read Article

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James Bay

Ottawa Cityfolk Festival

James Bay made his debut to an Ottawa stage with an audience packed with mostly high-pitched screaming and swooning ladies– and their boyfriends. Read Article

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James Bay CityFolk 2016

Nelly

Ottawa Bluesfest

It was a day of nostalgia at Ottawa Bluesfest for those who lived through the early 2000’s rap era and even those who just heard about it.After a few Top 40 hits, Nelly came bursting onto the stage in a vintage RBC Bluesfest ’94 tshirt (by an Ottawa brand Kania Couture). Nice touch, country grammar. Read Article

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Nelly Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Future

Ottawa Bluesfest

Dressed in a shirt that read “American Psycho”, dreads flying in all directions, Future bounced solo over every inch of the stage and hyped the crowd as if there were 100 of him up there. Read Article

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Future Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Belly & Travis Scott

Ottawa Bluesfest

Belly came out swinging in a white silk robe with “Muhammad Ali” printed on the back. It was clear he was excited to be back in his hometown, telling the massive crowd that he’ll “never forget where the fuck I came from”. Read Article

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Belly Travis Scott Ottawa Bluesfest 2016

Earl Sweatshirt

Ottawa Bluesfest

Rolling out onto the stage with a towel on his head and in his hand, Earl denounced the “shitty” weather but kept the show pushing like a real one does. Known to not typically favour the outside or stage performances, he gave the fans a good, albeit a pretty mellow set focused on bars over antics. Read Full Review

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Earl Sweatshirt - Ottawa Bluesfest

ScHoolboy Q

Ottawa Bluesfest

ScHoolboy Q came bounding onto the stage in a bright orange dashiki shirt and, surprisingly, NOT a bucket hat. Flashing a mouth full of gold, he smiled and surveyed the crowd, making numerous remarks about how wild and “fucked up” they were. Read Article

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Schoolboy Q - Ottawa Bluesfest

Tory Lanez

Ritual Nightclub

The Toronto artist’s “no chill” factor started before he even hit the stage, as he stood side-stage, amping up to the repeating “all you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little” lyric from Drake’s Summer Sixteen track; An obvious diss toward Tory himself. Read Article

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Obie Trice

Ritual Nightclub

Obie hit the stage with way more energy than expected from a guy who performed four shows in a row already, battled our treacherous weather, and knocked out three interviews all before his set. The night was lit and the deeper it got, the lower the Henny bottle got as he graciously shared his spirits with his faithful […]

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Machine Gun Kelly

Algonquin College

Having a reputation for being a little untamed, the energy in this guys performance was nothing short of perfection.When you’re at a show where crowd surfing ensues in the first 30 seconds, you know it’s going to be a good one. We weren’t wrong. Read Article

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Ceelo Green

Ottawa Bluesfest

First to enter the stage was CeeLo’s throne which, at first, we thought was a little extravagant and then learned it was for practical reasons due to a fractured foot. In his leopard, silk robes and a gold medallion, CeeLo belted out a set-list mainly composed of song covers (with his own lyrics), a few originals. Read Article

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Iggy Azalea

Ottawa Bluesfest

While the widely popular opinion of the hip hop community was to have Nas headline (or at least play on) the main stage instead, Iggy did give a star performance that may have changed a few people’s minds. Read Article

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Nas

Ottawa Bluesfest

The show opened with the bass turned so loud that if you were near the front, you were probably blown back to the Bell stage. Chain swinging and energy high, Nas shut the stage down alongside long-time collaborator, DJ Green Lantern. Read Article

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Chance the Rapper

Ottawa Bluesfest

Backed up by a full jazz band, the artistry of rap music was definitely not lost upon this performance. Chance filled the stage with so much charisma that drew you in and made you stay. Chance put himself in a league all on his own and gave a performance worth talking about. Read Article

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Kanye West

Ottawa Bluesfest

There was a 2000-signature petition and much attempts to “boycott” the rapper from headlining the event which was greatly outweighed by the 25,000+ people who attended. Much to our surprise, there were no crazy antics, no long rants, and no frills. Read Full Review

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A$AP Ferg

Ottawa Bluesfest

In true trap fashion, the show began with high energy and stayed turnt till the end with even the most innocent of faces spitting the lewdest and loudest of lyrics. Fergenstein left no part of the stage untouched, jumping from amp to amp and even into the crowd with his fans. Read Article

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Big Sean

EY Centre

Back to perform in a massive venue for a nearly sold out crowd, Big Sean brought his brand new Dark Sky Paradise album to the capital. Performing hit after hit from 2011’s “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” to 2015’s “IDFWU”, Sean had the crowd turned up from the second he stepped out on stage. Read Full […]

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Joss Stone

Ottawa FolkFest

It was the middle of September and, in Canada, that means someone probably should have told Joss Stone not to come on stage barefoot in a sun dress. But despite it being close to zero degrees, she brought a warmth to my heart like it was the middle of July.

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J. Cole

Ottawa Folkfest

The energy was high from the second the Fayetteville, NC, rapper hopped on the stage. Backed by a live drummer, guitarist, pianist, and two singers, it was a true testament to Cole’s artistry. Read Article

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Lorde

Ottawa Folkfest

Lorde danced without conviction, her wild hair seeming to have a personality in its own. The performance progressed on with a few costume changes, each more beautiful than the last; She adorned white robes, a Princess Jasmin-like, crimson outfit and a crown. Read Article

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Drake

Canadian Tire Centre

Drake’s setup was a larger than life ode to the OVO brand with a circular stage ramp and a matching circular lighting rig above. Donned in a simple tank and jeans, Drake’s Air Jordan V Laney’s looked to be the flashiest thing the rapper was wearing, giving off a very convincing “still-humble Canadian boy” image. Read Full […]

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Miguel

Canadian Tire Centre

Miguel rose from the smoke in a black fringed jacket and adorned us with his sultry voice. He went into a speech inspired by his parents about painting our lives as we choose and passion in what we do, ending his set with his most recent hit “Beautiful”. Read Article

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Solange

Ottawa Bluesfest

We were treated with an more unplugged version of Solange’s set due to some technical difficulties, but we weren’t complaining. With her gorgeous long hair that a reached to the back of her knees and her cute summer outfit, Solange was a beautiful sight to see. Read Full Review

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Method Man

Ottawa Bluesfest

After hours of torrential downpours, 7 out of the army of rappers that is the Wu-Tang Clan finally made it to the RBC Bluesfest stage for the first time, including Method Man. The Wu-pride was still at an all-time high as a sea of W’s raised upon their entrance. Read Full Review

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Waka Flocka

Ritual Nightclub

Complete with a live drummer and all, this had to be one of the most interesting performances we’ve seen to-date; Full of energy and excitement. Read Full Review

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Jadakiss

Ritual Nightclub

It was a long wait for Jadakiss to touch down in Ottawa and it was WELL worth the wait for one of the most memorable shows of 2012. The rapper classics like “Why?”, “By Your Side”, and “U Make Me wanna” plus some new joints like his verse from “It’s Good” with Lil Wayne and Drake. […]

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Snoop Dogg

Ottawa Bluesfest

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. Read Full Article

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Lauryn Hill

Ottawa Bluesfest

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. Read Full Article

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A$AP Rocky

Ottawa Bluesfest

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. Read Full Article

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Yelawolf

Ritual Nightclub

Back for the first time since 2010 when he toured with Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf gave another killer appearance in Canada’s capital at Ritual Nightclub. Watch Performance

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