With excitement over early announcements and rumours floating around for months, RBC Bluesfest finally unveiled the official line up for the 2020 edition of the festival, set for July 9 through 19 at Lebreton Flats in Ottawa.
Joining the previously announced Rage Against the Machine, who will be stopping in the Nation’s Capital as part of their first tour after a nine-year hiatus, and the Saints and Sinners Tour, which will feature performances by Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party, is Ottawa’s own Alanis Morrisette, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill.
RBC Bluesfest will also feature exciting performances from legendary prog-rockers, King Crimson, country superstar, Travis Tritt, punk rockers, blink-182, and ‘90’s R&B legends, Boyz II Men. Canadian diverse talent will also be well represented, when Blue Rodeo, Billy Talent, July Talk, Daniel Caesar, and others take the stage. Remarkably, RBC Bluesfest audiences will also have the opportunity to check out both the 2018 and 2019 Polaris Prize winners, Jeremy Dutcher and Haviah Mighty. Putting the blues back into the festival, the Tony D Band Blues Revue hosts the July 10, 11 and 12 jam sessions inside the Canadian War Museum, while the Split Blues Revue will host July 16, 17 and 18 jam sessions.
Tickets for the 2020 RBC Bluesfest go on sale Friday, February 21 at ottawabluesfest.ca.
Sorted by date, the confirmed for 2020 RBC Bluesfest are as follows:
July 9 6LACK, Alanna Sterling, Charlie Cunningham, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ezra Furman, Jeremy Dutcher, Jontavious Willis, Leif Vollebekk, Protoje
July 10 Ali Gatie, Amanda Lowe, Daniel Caesar, Kimberly Sunstrum, Sly High, Southern Avenue, The Barr Brothers, The New Pornographers, Turkuaz w/ Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew: Remain In Light Turns 40
July 11 Angelique Francis Band, Barns Courtney, Braden Foulkes, Crown Lands, Dean Lewis, Gavin McLeod, July Talk, King Crimson, Renée Landry, The Texas Horns, Vanessa Collier
July 12 Alanis Morissette, Crystal Shawanda, Dashboard Confessional, Durand Jones & The Indications, Garbage, Joan Osborne, Lora Bidner, Mack & Ben, Matt Maeson, Red Young, Sophia Radisch, The Cinematic Orchestra
July 13 CLOSED
July 14 Jack Johnson, Jade Bird, Patrick Watson, Sharon Van Etten, The Commotions, The Dip, Vance Joy
July 15 Albert Castiglia, Billy Talent, Blink-182, Fémina, FRASE, Grandson, Haviah Mighty, Mike Zito,
Nahko and Medicine For The People, NOBRO, Tash Sultana
July 16 Cat Power, DJ Shadow, DUCKWRTH, Gentlemen of the Woods, Johnny Shay, Lia Kloud, Lil Tecca, Lloyd Spiegel, Marshmello, The Turbans
July 17 Brandy Clark, Cash Cash, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Mischa, Rage Against The Machine, The National
July 18 Arrested Development, Big Zee, Boyz II Men, Deltron 3030, JT Soul, Michelle Hopkins, Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin, Nelly, Saints and Sinners Tour (Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party), The Cooper Brothers Southern Rock All-Star Revue
July 19 Blue Rodeo, Étoile Noire, Jessica Mitchell, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam, Marco Benevento, Miss Emily, Ocean Alley, Travis Tritt, Wishbone Ash
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.