RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is teaming up with Winterlude to celebrate Canadian diversity through music. The inaugural “Come See & Hear the World” festival will take place during the final weekend of Winterlude.
Crystal Shawanda – 7:30
Sometimes, even the most instinctive singers need a little time to find their true voice. Just ask Crystal Shawanda. The celebrated Canadian-born, Nashville-based songwriter and musician has built a decade-long career on her hugely emotive performances, scoring a major label deal, chart hits, critical acclaim, marquee tours and a fervent fan following along the way. She was even the subject of a reality show, “Crystal: Living the Dream” on the CMT television network. Yet it has taken Shawanda until studio album number five — the gritty, soul-drenched, and positively electrifying VooDoo Woman — to pinpoint her essence as a blues singer, even though her previous albums would mostly be filed under country and she has been performing since her teens.
Manx Marriner Mainline – 9 PM
Harry Manx will be joined by Steve Marriner (lead singer, harmonica, and guitar for MonkeyJunk). Harry and Steve have just recorded a new album together called “Hell Bound For Heaven” (Release date: April 5th, 2019 on Stony Plain/True North ).
HARRY MANX has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.