Festival Announcements

This post was supposed to be a review of what I hear was a great show by Philip Sayce and Steve Hill last Thursday, but it was not to be. I had not realized (and only found out after the fact) that there was a very limited number of tickets available at the door and as a result I missed the show entirely. I can only hope I don’t have to wait another 5 years for Philip Sayce to make a return visit to Ottawa.

On another note, two festival lineups were announced on Thursday – Westfest and Jazz Festival.  I have to be honest, I’ve become accustomed to some great artists headlining Jazz Festival over the past few years, but this year was a huge disappointment to me.  None of the artists I had been hoping for are in the lineup and the only headliner that interests me is Pink Martini.  Aside from that, the only other show that interests me is the Free Canada Day concert by The Heavyweights Brass Band.  At least the Sunday Westfest lineup has some interesting acts that I’m looking forward to see, including Thomas Clair with River City Junction, Steve Judd & The Underdogs, Terry Gillespie and Lynn Miles & Friends.  It looks like it’s going to be a lean year for festival concerts. I can only hope Bluesfest and Folk Festival have a more interesting mix.

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