RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Comedy, Music
Location of Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
265 Catherine Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7S5 Canada
Phone: (01) 613-247-1188
Toll free: 1-866-258-3748
Fax: (01) 613-247-2220
Email: info@ottawabluesfest.ca

Festival Description

The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (formerly the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest) celebrate its 21st edition in 2013 with a spectacular explosion of blues, gospel, roots, world and popular music. The festival will program will take place at multiple stages in a number of locations.

Festival Dates July 4 - 14, 2013
Festival Links


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Björk
  • B.B. King
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Rush
  • Fun.
  • Zac Brown Band
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Skrillex’s Full Flex Express Tour
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Great Big Sea
  • Weezer
  • Zeds Dead
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Alex Clare
  • Animal Collective
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Passion Pit
  • Grace Potter & The Nocturals
  • Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Neko Case
  • Adventure Club
  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • Marianas Trench
  • Solange
  • Tommy Trash
  • Baauer
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Stars
  • Eric Burdon
  • Matthew Good
  • Flogging Molly
  • She & Him
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • The Cat Empire
  • Cactus
  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Los Lonely Boys
  • LP
  • Mohter Mother
  • Atlas Genius
  • Mississippi Heat
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Amadou & Mariam
  • Femi Kuti
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • The Specials
  • The Waterboys
  • Dog Blood
  • Dan Deacon
  • The Record Company
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Steve Hill and Steve Strongman
  • The Black Keys
  • The Relatives
  • Adrian Lux
  • Yukon Blonde
  • Imaginary Cities
  • Everlast
  • The Funk Hunters
  • and many more…
She’s the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition 2013:
  • RBC Bluesfest organizers have announced the finalists for their third annual ‘She’s the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by Ottawa’s boom 99.7. The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. With the help of boom 99.7, the festival welcomed submissions from more than 200 Canadian female musicians. The competition includes a solo and band category.
  • This year’s finalists in the Solo Category are Ann Vriend, Suzie Vinnick, and Ottawa’s own Tara Holloway. Finalists in the Band Category are Saidah Baba Talibah; Danielle Duval; and Alejandra Ribera. Sample their music by clicking here or going to the RBC Bluesfest website and visiting She’s the One, on the ‘PERFORMERS’ list. These six finalists will have a 20-minute slot to perform at the RBC Bluesfest in front of professional jury, on Saturday, July 6. One winner will be chosen from each category. Judging will be based upon various criteria, including performance, stage presence/showmanship, originality, musicality, audience reaction, and the ever-important ‘It’ factor.
  • Up for grabs are cash prizes:
    • Ø Band Category winner will receive $5,000;
    • Ø Solo Category winner will receive $2,000.
  • There’s also the bragging rights and exposure that go along with performing at one of North America’s pre-eminent music festivals. RBC Bluesfest staffer, Ana Miura helps coordinate the contest and marvels over the ever-growing popularity of the competition and the level talent that has come forward. “You can really see that this initiative is catching on,” says Miura. “We received close to double the number of submissions and the talent has been amazing!“
  • Festival fans will have a chance to see just how amazing when the winners are determined at this summer’s RBC Bluesfest.


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Podcast Interviews:
  • Cisco Systems Blues Festival Back Stage


Practical Info:

  • LeBreton Flats Park
    The Canadian War Museum and surrounding green space
    Downtown Ottawa, Ontario
Event passports:
  • Full Festival Passport (Transferable Ticket Series) 
Transferable passports are good for general admission access to all on-site shows for the duration of the festival. Transferable passports are not available at the Rideau Centre Kiosk. Some exclusions apply.
  • Full Festival Passport (Non-Transferable Wristband)
    Wristband passports are good for general admission access to all on-site shows for the duration of the festival with the exception of the Pass Plus events, and other exclusions apply. A limited number of non-transferable wristband passports will be available at a reduced price for 18 and under. Ticket holders will be required to show ID at the festival to receive their wristband.
  • Weekend Passport
    Weekend passports are good for general admission access to all on-site shows during one weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) of the festival. Some exclusions apply.
  • Gold Circle Pass - Limited Number
    A Gold Circle Pass is a transferable pass that provides you with access to the Gold Circle area located adjacent to the Main Stage. With a Gold Circle pass you will benefit from:
    • Private bar services
    • Patio tables and chairs
    • Private washroom facilities
  • Empire Grill Club Pass
    This transferable pass entitles you to full access at the Empire Grill Club areas at four of our stages.
  • Main Stage (Gold Circle)
    • MBNA Grassroots Stage
    • Blacksheep Stage
    • ADCN Stage (Club Tropical)
  • Inside the Empire Grill Club areas you will enjoy:
    • Private bar services
    • Patio tables and chairs
    • Private washroom facilities
Group discounts:
  • Groups of 15 or more receive a discount on the per-ticket cost for the festival. For more information email
  • Corporate suites
    Corporate suites come complete with 30 tickets to see world-class entertainment with the opportunity to purchase additional seats up to a maximum of 40.
  • Great sight line and elevated platform for optimal viewing
  • Private bar and catering available with your own attendant
  • Patio tables and chairs for your comfort
  • 2’ x 2’ company sign
  • Access to the City Hall washroom facilities
    For more information call Nathalie Laperrière at (01) 613-247-1188 Ext. 231, or email: nlaperriere@ottawabluesfest.ca
Buying tickets:
  • In person (Gold Circle Pass is available from two first and Empire Grill Club Pass only from the first location)
  • Bluesfest Office
    1810 St. Laurent Blvd.
  • Compact Music
    785 A Bank St. & 134 Bank Street
  • Rideau Centre Kiosk
    Located outside the Roots Store
  • Online:
  • By Phone (01) 613-755-1111


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