Bluesfest celebrates 25 years in the community with wide-ranging muusical lineup

The Killers will be among the acts at this summers RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.

The 25th anniversary of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest features its usual wide range of music and stars including The Killers, country star Eric Church, the previously announced ’90s boy band the Backstreet Boys, the Wu-Tang Clan, Buddy Guy and rising Canadian star Jesse Reyez.

The festival’s director is celebrating the music but he’s also paying tribute to the community that has made the festival a “home-grown success.”

“What we’re most proud of is the fact that we’ve become a home-grown success,” Mark Monahan said in a news release. “Much of that success is based on community ― Ottawa music fans, countless volunteers, local musicians, long-standing staff, contractors, suppliers and sponsors, who all come together year after year to stage this massive event.

“Clearly the music is front and centre,” adds Monahan, “but the festival’s popularity has a lot to do with bringing the community together for shared experiences. So keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about the many ways we’ll be adding to those experiences this year, while celebrating our 25th anniversary.”

This year’s festival runs from July 4 to July 14 at the usual space in front of the Canadian War Museum.

Here is the lineup so far:

Kygo; Alexisonfire; Logic; Jessie Reyez; Snoop Dogg; Kane Brown; The Glorious Sons; Wu-Tang Clan; CHVRCHES; First Aid Kit; The Offspring; Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit; America; Buddy Guy; Taking Back Sunday; Elle King; Rodrigo Y Gabriela; Mustard; Lennon Stella; T-Pain; PUP; Nao; Pussy Riot; Gone West Feat. Colbie Caillat; Shakey Graves; Murda Beatz; The Sheepdogs; DJ Pauly D; Charlotte Cardin; K’Naan; Matt Andersen & The Mellotones; Colter Wall; Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul; The Psychedelic Furs; James; Lou Doillon; Guided By Voices; Pokey LaFarge; Elisapie; Busty and The Bass; Leikeli47; The Trews; William Prince; Yungblud; The Dirty Nil; U.S. Girls; Connan Mockasin; Ashley MacIsaac; Southern Avenue; Sue Foley; Ziggy Alberts; Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar; The Devil Makes Three; Gashi; Francesco Yates; The Sorority; The Beths; Bad Child; KALLITECHNIS; Brandon “Taz” Niederauer; Cartel Madras; This Is The Kit; Sugaray Rayford; Steve Poltz; Dawn Tyler Watson; Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers; Justin Saladino; Anthony Geraci; Crook The Kid; AJ Ghent; The Proven Ones; David Vest; Little Walter Tribute; Abby Stewart; Abigail Lapell; After Funk; Area Resident; BlakDenim; Brea Lawrenson; Children of Indigo; Del Hartley; Durham County Poets; Ellie Gadzos; Future States; Gabrielle Goulet; GARÇONS; Gavin McLeod; HOROJO Trio; Ikirezi; Kelly Sloan; Kyle Ivan; Loon Choir; Marie-Clo; Melanie Brulée; Mia Kelly; Mike McKenna Jr.; Moonfruits; Moscow Apartment; No Mistakes in Space; Outside I’m a Giant; Rebecca Noelle; Renée Landry; River City Junction; Scary Bear Soundtrack; Silent Winters; The Kim Pollard Band; U.N. Jefferson; Vi and YUKA.

There will be a one day pre-sale March 7 from 10 a.m. to midnight for passes. All tickets go on sale on March starting at 10 a.m. For all the details please see

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.