RBC Bluesfest Presents the Julian Taylor Band

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.

Come listen to Julian Taylor Band on February 16 at Craft Beer Market. Music starts at 10:00 pm until late.

RBC Bluesfest Presents Manx Marrnier Mainline with Crystal Shawanda

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”.

RBC Bluesfest Presents The Commotions

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.

Listen to Ottawa’s The Commotions perform two free sets at Craft Beer Market in Lansdowne on February 15. Catch their first show at 10:00 pm, and the second show at 11:00 pm.

RBC Bluesfest Presents ASUQUOMO & BlakDenim

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.

Listen to two Ottawa artists ASUQUOMO and BlakDenim perform at Industria Pizzeria. This event is free.

RBC Bluesfest Presents Gabrielle Shonk avec NEFE

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.

NEFE – 7:30 PM

Combined with the soulful power of Tracy Chapman, the uniqueness of Bruno Mars and a voice that can silence a room, Nefe is a burgeoning Canadian talent that is sure to take the industry by storm in the coming years. Born Sarah Jea Felker, Nefe is a singer/songwriter hailing from the small Southwestern Ontario city of Guelph. Adopting her name from Queen Nefertiti, Nefe stands to lead and empower woman and men to accept their real beauty, not succumbing to the pressures of perfection defined by today’s media culture.

Gabrielle Shonk – 9 PM

Raised in Quebec City, Gabrielle Shonk is the natural product of a creative household, with a blues-musician father and artist mother. Shonk has been singing since anyone can remember and started writing her own songs as a teenager. The craft took hold and she went on to study jazz and earning a degree in music.

Singing in both English and French, Shonk aims from the heart straight to the heart. She insists that music informs all aspects of her life and she is above all a music fan.