Happy New Years everyone! I Wish you a safe, healthy, happy and fulfilling 2018.
Another great year of live music has come to a close with an amazing total of 110 acts thanks to Canada150 festival funding and events along with some great shows in local venues. Out of this total, 46 were Canadian acts and 19 of those came from the Ottawa area.
Beechwood East Feast – 1
Bluesfest – 27
Canada Day Barrhaven – 3
Canada Day Orleans – 1
CityFolk – 11
Dragon Boat Festival – 2
Grey Cup Festival – 2
Jazz Festival – 12
Kemptville Live – 10
Ottawa Pride – 2
Westfest – 8
Atomic Rooster – 3
Barrymore’s – 1
Brass Monkey – 5
Greenfields Gastro Pub – 2
Le Petit Chicago – 2
NAC – 8
Rainbow Bistro – 7
Shenkman Theatre – 2
Notable acts included:
Living Legends: Mavis Staples, Burton Cummings
Blues Favorites: Bill Durst, Angel Forrest, Gary Clark Jr., Thornetta Davis
Classic Rock: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Barstool Prophets, The Sheepdogs, Honeymoon Suite
Jazz Favorites: Souljazz Orchestra, Tia Brazda
Local Favorites: Monkeyjunk, Rebecca Noelle, The Peptides
Bands to watch out for: Lyle Odjick & Northern Steam, The Clint Everson Band
Best Overall Show: P!NK
Best Dance Party: Caravan Palace
Other notables: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Joss Stone, Brandi Carlisle, Melissa Etheridge, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
On a bittersweet note, it was sad to hear both Charles Bradley and Tom Petty passed away this year.
2018 is already starting off better than 2017 as I already have tickets to see a dozen shows over the first four months. While I’m hopeful, I suspect the local festivals will have a difficult time putting together a lineup that comes close to matching this year’s bonanza (although some hints from Kemptville are already showing some promise).