SOUND SEEKERS: Hot new albums from Laurent Bourque and Sound of Lions + a fundraiser for Lefty

Sound Seekers by Fateema Sayani is published weekly at OttawaMagazine.com. Read Fateema Sayani’s culture column in Ottawa Magazine and follow her on Twitter @fateemasayani

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Laurent Borque’s new album Pieces of Your Past references aspects of life in love that most take for granted. Album release show takes place on April 5 at The Black Sheep Inn.

There are moments on Laurent Bourque‘s new album Pieces of Your Past that are reminiscent of Andrew Bird or Danny Michel.

Much like those artists, the Ottawa songwriter conveys his ideas in songs with glimmering vocal idiosyncrasies. Those tics make any artist stand out over every other angsty guy with a guitar and Bourque is quickly becoming a master of subtle lyrical and musical charm. You hear it all over his new 10-song album, which follows his 2010 debut release What We Talk About.

Pieces of Your Past was recorded live to tape in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios with producer Dave Draves and musicians Jamie Kronick (drums) and Phil Charbonneau (bass). They did two or three takes of each song — and that was it.

“It was a great way to make an album,” Bourque says. “It allows for much more feeling to shine through, which is important for my music.”

The album, full of folk and pop tunes, is a narrative about “love that had to end despite knowing the pain it would cause.” All the little things that happen between the “fragments of memories” are documented in song — as in the pieces of one’s past, hence the title.

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“I try to reference specific aspects of life in love that most take for granted,” Bourque says. “Like what happens to your cat after a break up, who gets full custody? The answer in this scenario would be me.”

Stream the album before catching Laurent’s CD release party on Saturday, April 5 at The Black Sheep Inn.


NEW FROM SOUND OF LIONS

Take Me With You by Ottawa quintet Sound of Lions is full of hurt and a lack of sunshine. There’s a pained expression in vocalist Whitney Delion’s soulful croon on the new album. One word song titles such as “Bedrooms,” “Telephone,” and “Goodbye” underscore the album’s sense of despair. Tracks are delicately embellished with a rock touch by guitarist Will Assad, bass player Joel Soucy, and drummer Marco Campagna. Producer and emcee Christian Awad gives the kick-off track “You and Me” a cinematic hip-hop feel that continues throughout the album.

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Sound of Lions vocalist, and former Ottawa Magazine cover subject, Whitney Delion. (Photo: Rémi Thériault)

The 11-track stunner was long in the works. Ottawa Magazine checked in with the band two years ago as they were sketching out ideas for the album and trying to juggle their various styles and interests. Soucy used to play in punk bands, Assad knows his classical music, while Awad has a hip-hop background. Those various influences are reflected lightly: an unpredictable structure gives “When” a punky edge; an uptempo beat provides “Bats” that hummable, head-nodding quality; while “Gray” has an orchestral feel to it. The album’s constant presence is vocalist and onetime Ottawa Magazine cover star Whitney Delion. She gets top billing; her Adele-gone-indie voice plays high in the mix.

“Finding a way to transfer that loose, unguarded feeling to live shows or recordings is something I’m still working on,” she says, noting that she practices singing in the shower.

“I write songs about feelings and frustrations and things that have me all twisted up inside. If sadness is more apparent, I hope it means that my songwriting is stronger than before,” Delion says. “I think it’s important to be as honest as possible in songwriting. Everyone is so closed up these days. It’s refreshing to get a dose of honesty in a song.”

Sound of Lions CD release show takes place Saturday, April 5 at Zaphod’s with Flying Horses. $5.


HELLRAISIN’ AND FUNDRAISING

1_aprilcover.inddDid you see Greg Harris (aka Lefty McRighty) in the current edition of Ottawa Magazine? He’s featured in The Sex Issue and discusses intimate details about his marriage. (Now rush to the newsstands all!) In the interview, Harris and his spouse Holly are candid about the benefits and challenges of an open marriage. Harris, by nature, is honest and forthright — characteristics that are also causing him a bit of a headache of late.

A while ago Harris posted a blog that was critical of the Capital Hoedown country music festival, which has a similar name to his alt-country/punk/etc. music festival called the O-town Hoedown.

Capital Hoedown organizer Denis Benoit didn’t like what he read and filed a $250,000 lawsuit against Harris for alleged “irreparable harm” along with “emotional harm” and damages to his reputation, according to the statement of claim. Now, Harris is throwing a fundraiser to offset legal costs.

See five bands and eight burlesque performers on Thursday, April 3 at The Rainbow Bistro. There will be a raffle for prizes from Spaceman Music and Vertigo Records among other retailers. Find show details on their Facebook page and more info on this page made by fans of Harris, who is well known in the music community. Someone even made 125 mL jars of candied ginger-pear “Lefty’s Legal Jam” to help with the fundraising. You can pick one up at the show for $4.

 

 

WEEKENDER: Eight things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 3—6

By CINDY OLBERG

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Complexe des genres is a gripping ballet production at the National Arts Centre from April 3 to 5 (Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois)

In this edition of the Weekender: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Complexe des genres, Fibre Fling 3, and five more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Rock Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an award-winning Off-Broadway musical that deals with themes of identity, individuality, and rock n’ roll. Follow rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt on her quest for the “Origin of Love” in this fun and unforgettable musical presented by Vanity Project Productions. The show runs from April 3 to 5 at The Gladstone. From $25. The Gladstone is located at 910 Gladstone Ave.

Vulnerability and Desire
Montreal choreographer Virginie Brunelle explores the strengths and shortcomings of the human experience in her ballet Complexe des genres. With a cast of six men and women, the performance covers themes of desire and vulnerability that so often go hand in hand with the search for love.The performance contains mature themes and nudity. Complexe des genres is on from April 3 to 5 at the National Arts Centre. From $30. The NAC is located at 53 Elgin St.

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ARTFUL BLOGGER: Saskatchewan’s favourite artists come to Ottawa’s Cube Gallery

By PAUL GESSELL

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Poolhall by David Thauberger, part of 3/3 Timeless, Canadian, Classic. at Cube Gallery

The Saskatchewan invasion continues at Cube Gallery.

The province’s most famous living artist, Joe Fafard, has made a few memorable stops at Cube Gallery in the last couple of years and hordes of customers have shelled out big bucks for his animal sculptures.

Now David Thauberger, my favourite Saskatchewan painter, is among three artists from the province shipping art to Cube for an exhibition April 1 to May 4 called 3/3 Timeless, Canadian, Classic.

Thauberger, who is best known for his hyper-realist paintings of prairie architecture, will be joined by Saskatchewan wildlife artist Jack Cowin and a nature-loving Sask. ex-pat Russell Yuristy, who has lived in Ottawa for decades but is still very much a stubble-jumper. All three have works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Yuristy, Fafard, and Thauberger have all been pals since before most of you were born. Long a staple at Cube Gallery, Yuristy has played a big role in helping bring his friends’ work to Ottawa. Despite being the national capital, Ottawa commercial galleries rarely exhibit any artist from west of Ontario or east of Quebec.

Thauberger will unfortunately not be able to attend the Cube exhibition. He is busily preparing for a large retrospective at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon April 11 that will be followed by a national tour to Regina, Calgary, Windsor, and Charlottetown. Alas, Ottawa is not on the schedule. As well, Thauberger has an exhibition of new work opening April 13 at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon.

Busy as he is, Thauberger took time to answer a few questions.

Paul Gessell: Why did you want to be part of this exhibition at Cube Gallery?

David Thauberger: This is an opportunity to show some of my work in Ottawa, the first time in many years. As well (it is) a chance to exhibit with two artists from Saskatchewan whose work I know very well.

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Danceland by David Thauberger on display at Cube Gallery from April 1 to May 4

PG: You will be exhibiting with two other heavyweights from the Saskatchewan art world. You each have distinctive styles and subjects. But is there a linkage among you three other than geography?

DT: As far as linkage is concerned, it really is the fact that all three of us have personal Saskatchewan history. We have all been involved in printmaking, making limited edition prints, and Russell Yuristy and I go back more than 40 years (he taught the very first art class I ever attended —  this before I was even aware that I had an interest in art). So, he goes back as far as I do and we remain friends and colleagues even today.

PG: Your hyper-realist style makes me think of Christopher Pratt. I suspect he would have created paintings like yours had he lived in Saskatchewan rather than Newfoundland. What do you think?

DT: I am a fan of Christopher Pratt’s work. I don’t know if he would be painting the prairies if he lived here (Saskatchewan) or that I would be painting Newfoundland if I were there. Personal histories, experiences, education, etc., are all factors that help decide the kind of artwork one eventually ends up making, as well as simple geographic location. For myself, however, I will say that I spent a couple of months in PEI in the early ‘90s and have been inspired to make paintings from that visit over the years. So, clearly, something “clicked” for me with the landscape/geography and architecture on the island.

PG: Smalltown prairie architecture is the subject of many of your works. What attracts you to those buildings?

DT: Yes, I have continued to make paintings of the rural/small town architecture on the prairies. I like to think of it as the “built” landscape. Most simply put, this is the environment I grew up in and continue to live in. It is my lived experience. I feel I know it well enough to make genuine and informative works about the world I know. Fortunately for me, I have received considerable positive reaction to the paintings I have been making — enough to make me continue this line.

WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 27—30

By CINDY OLBERG

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A scene from Serra Pelada, one of the films that will be screening at the Latin Film Festival this weekend

In this issue of the Weekender: VERSeFest, Ottawa Theatre Challenge, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Dope poets
This year’s VERSeFest features quite the who’s who of local and international poets! There will be readings from Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Michel Pleau; Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochead; and 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, the duo who created the world’s first “psychedelic talk opera.” VERSeFest will be on until Sunday, March 30. Check their website for event times and locations. Tickets from $10.

Annual Rubber Chicken award
Catcall the competition, bribe the judges, and laugh until your sides hurt at this year’s Ottawa Theatre Challenge on Thursday, March 27. Theatre companies from all over Ottawa will be given 48 hours, three “items of inspiration,” and one chance to showcase their impromptu production as they vie for the coveted Rubber Chicken Award and the title of Best Theatre Company in Ottawa. Proceeds from this year’s event, which is hosted by A Company of Fools, will be donated to the Actor’s Fund of Canada. The Challenge takes place at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20. The National Arts Centre is located at 53 Elgin St.

Big in Japan
There will be lots to see, taste, and admire at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Friday, March 28. Inspired by the Museum’s 30-year partnership with Ikebana International Ottawa, this month’s Nature Nocturne party will feature demonstrations of Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese floral design, as well as a variety of Japanese music, and animation. If you get peckish on your way to the dance floor, stop by the Zen Lounge for some sushi. But don’t leave without trying one of the Japanese-inspired cocktails and taking a picture with one of the evening’s costumed characters — especially if you’re also in costume! The event is from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St.

Decade old!
On Saturday, March 29, Guerilla will be hosting a night of live music, collage making, and burlesque at the new Gallery 101 space in Little Italy to launch their special 10-year print edition. Saturday’s event will be the last stop on GuerillaCRAWL, Guerilla’s 10-part series of community-centric events held on 10 consecutive nights, celebrating their 10th anniversary. Saturday’s event goes from 8 p.m. to midnight, with food and drink available at their cash bar. Tickets $10 at the door. Gallery 101 is located at 51-B Young St.

Latin celebration (FREE)
The Latin American Film Festival is an annual event that highlights the best of contemporary Latin American cinema — and this year, they’re offering food! As part of the film festival, ¡Fiesta Latina! will showcase  Latin American food, wine, and culture, featuring specialties made by local and embassy chefs. There will also be performances of Latin American music and dance, and a visual arts display. The ¡Fiesta Latina! takes place at Library and Archives Canada on Saturday, March 29 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Latin American Film Festival will be hosting screenings of films from countries throughout South America from March 27 to April 13. Admission for the film festival starts at $12. The Library and Archives Canada building is at 395 Wellington St.

Warehouse party
Still dazed from their sold-out debut album release show, Silkken Laumann will be throwing a bumpin’ dance party at the City Centre warehouse facility this Saturday, March 29. Download their album Not Forever Enough online (it’s technically free, but it would be kind of you to pay what you can) and check out the other acts: DJ Matt Tamblyn (of Open Air Social Club fame) and Cabaal from Montreal to get a taste of what’s to come. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8. The event is licensed. Gabba Hey is located at 250 City Centre Ave. unit #202.

Where art thou?
Almost everyone has a soft spot for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet — a tale of love and love lost. This Saturday, March 29 — for one night only — ballet choreographer, Bengt Jörgen brings his internationally toured adaptation of the timeless classic to Centrepointe Theatre. The ballet starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $51. Centrepointe Theatre is located at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

SOUND SEEKERS: 2014 Ottawa Bluesfest lineup announced

Sound Seekers by Fateema Sayani is published weekly at OttawaMagazine.com. Read Fateema Sayani’s culture column in Ottawa Magazine and follow her on Twitter @fateemasayani

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Lady Gaga is one of this year’s headliners for the 20th anniversary of Ottawa Bluesfest

The first wave of acts for 2014 Ottawa Bluesfest has been released!

British rockers Procol Harum will perform with the NAC Orchestra on July 10 as part of the 20th anniversary edition of Ottawa Bluesfest at Lebreton Flats. It’s one of the more interesting shows included in this morning’s lineup announcement for the July 3 to 13 festival. Headliners include Lady Gaga, The Killers, Blake Shelton, Queens of the Stone Age, Jeff Tweedy, and Lady Antebellum.

Decades past are well-represented with appearances from 70s icons Foreigner and Journey, 80s hit makers Styx, Blondie, and The Violent Femmes, 90s throwbacks Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, The Barenaked Ladies, and Moist, as well as contemporary indie acts such as Gogol Bordello, Young Rival, Jenny Lewis, Bonobo, St. Vincent, Royal Canoe and Andrew Bird. Hip-hop mainstays Cypress Hill will play the festival July 9 and Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) returns for a show on July 12.

You can review the lineup at ottawabluesfest.ca. The complete lineup will be posted on that site in April. Ottawa Bluesfest head Mark Monahan said another headliner is yet to be named, meaning Rumour-Fest can still continue for a few weeks. Some Ottawa Bluesfest enthusiasts were taking to Twitter with hopes that the yet-named headliner might be Beck. Headliners at this year’s Osheaga festival in Montreal include Jack White, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Lorde. Outkast and Arctic Monkeys are also on the festival circuit this summer.

ARTFUL BLOGGER: Artist Diane Woodward serves Ukrainian Easter eggs at Urban Pear restaurant

By PAUL GESSELL

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Artist Diane Woodward showcases Ukrainian Easter eggs at Urban Pear restaurant in the Glebe

Ukraine is definitely in the news these days. And Easter is just a few weeks away. So, an exhibition of paintings of Ukrainian Easter eggs is most timely.

Such an exhibition can be seen at the Glebe restaurant Urban Pear. The artist is Diane Woodward, whose obsession with bright colours and bold patterns is legendary, not just in her art, but in her Technicolour clothing and unorthodox taste in home decorating.

Woodward used to be a regular fixture in the Ottawa art scene. Then she moved to Madoc, where her home – an art project itself — became a tourist site because of all the wild colours not usually seen outside a movie version of Alice in Wonderland.

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SOUND SEEKERS: Timekode dance party finds new home

Sound Seekers by Fateema Sayani is published weekly at OttawaMagazine.com. Read Fateema Sayani’s culture column in Ottawa Magazine and follow her on Twitter @fateemasayani

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DJ Zattar spins at Timekode, a monthly dance party, which recently found its new home for 2014 at Café Nostalgia

Timekode, the long-running monthly rec-room style dance party, moves to a new location starting this Friday. DJs Zattar, Memetic, and Eric Roberts will spin retro-soul, house and dance music at the recently renovated Café Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St.) on March 21.

That’s where Timekode originally launched nine years ago. The DJ trio later moved the party over to the Eri Café on Somerset Street West, which operated as an Eritrean restaurant. The cafe turned into a late-night dance club on the third Friday of each month when it became Timekode’s clubhouse. The party attracted a long lineup of revelers looking for a sweaty dance floor bash.

Earlier this year, the Timekode DJs got word that the café owners would not be renewing their lease, so Zattar and Memetic went looking for a new location. Timekode went on hiatus for two months until they could sort out the paperwork.

DJ Zattar (Alexandre Mattar) says Nostalgica, a café run by the University of Ottawa’s graduate students association, is comparable in size to the Eri Café with a large dance area and a good sound system. It has a large patio close to the dance floor for spillover crowds looking for fresh air. The open-concept space has a bar that runs the length of the room.

DJ Memetic (Kwende Kefentse) says Timekode has a cast of regulars that have been coming since the event started in 2005. “People come for the music and not for our personal reputations, but for the reputation of the event.”

The DJs are calling tomorrow’s event Timekode 3.0 and telling regulars to come “back to the future” on their Facebook page. Retro-futuristic sounds make up much of the playlist at Timekode; it’s the push and pull of old and new sounds that gives the evening its unexpected pace. You can hear a sampling of those sounds on this EP that DJs Zattar and Memetic released a while back in celebration of their eighth anniversary of Timekode.

Timekode: New location (Café Nostalgica), same date (third Friday of the month), same time (10 p.m.), same deal ($5 cover). timekode.com

More Weekend Music in Ottawa

Fevers and Pony Girl play a double bill at the Black Sheep Inn on March 21

Acadian electro-rap band Radio Radio play Ritual on March 21

It’s been 40 years since the release of the Cooper Brothers’ first single. They’ll celebrate with a show at the Centrepointe Theatre on March 21

 

WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 21—23

By CINDY OLBERG

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Three and a half tons of rice will be used on stage in Songs of the Wanderers at the National Arts Centre this weekend (Photo: YU Hui-hung)

In this issue of the Weekender: Dancing with Rage, Ikebana at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

East Coast Firebrand
One of Canada’s brightest comedic luminaries, Mary Walsh, is coming to the Great Canadian Theatre Company for the start of spring. In Dancing With Rage the East Coast firebrand travels across the country as Marg Delahunty, her alter ego, in a quest for truth, justice, and her Expo ’67 lovechild. Co-directed by Walsh and Andy Jones, the play is a bit political, a bit of a rant, but all-around hilarious! The show will be playing from March 18 to April 6. Single ticket prices will vary with demand. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is located at 1233 Wellington St. W.

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ARTFUL BLOGGER: Firestone Collection brings class to Ottawa City Hall

By PAUL GESSELL

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The Delivery by Kristin Bjornerud and Erik Jerezano part of the Dear Aberration … A Correspondence Through Drawing exhibit

Back in 2004, Bob Chiarelli offered to turn his office, and that of the city manager in City Hall, into an art gallery showcasing the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art: 1,600 paintings and drawings by major 20th century Canadian artists.

The city has owned the Firestone collection since 1992 but only exhibits a tiny percentage of the works at one time in a hard-to-find room at the Ottawa Art Gallery. The bulk of the works remain hidden in the gallery’s basement vault.

Chiarelli’s art venue was to have been called the Firestone Group of Seven Gallery. It would have been located in the Heritage Building, the century-old former Ottawa Teachers College on Elgin Street that is now part of Ottawa City Hall and houses the city’s chief executives.

The proposal by Chiarelli does not appear to have been all that serious. But now, a decade later, and a few mayors later, some paintings from the Firestone Collection by the Group of Seven and other prominent artists are finally hanging in City Hall. And they bring some class to the building.

What used to be called the City Hall Art Gallery is now temporarily housing a gallery called the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex. Half of the space is devoted to Firestone works and the other half to contemporary art exhibitions organized by the Ottawa Art Gallery’s sales and rental division.

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A.Y. Jackson’s Pickerel Weeds, Split Rock Island, Georgian Bay (Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, ©Carleton University Art Gallery)

The OAG Annex officially opens March 19 at a public event from 5 to 7 p.m. But the public can view the space already. Along with the art, there are architect’s drawings of the proposed highrise tower to be added to Arts Court. That addition includes a new home for the Ottawa Art Gallery — 40,000 square feet of space spread over five floors. Once that building opens in two years or so, the OAG Annex in City Hall is scheduled to disappear.

The Firestone portion of the Annex now contains nine paintings, including masterpieces by Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, and Arthur Lismer. Other gems are by the likes of Jack Shadbolt, Henri Masson, Marion Scott, and Gitta Caisserman. The exhibition is titled Good Company, reflecting the personal relationship the Firestones had with many artists.

The family used to have one room in their house devoted solely to Jackson and another to Casson. There are 250 Jacksons in the collection and at least one Casson for every year he painted from 1918 to 1977. The family believed collections should show as much as possible an artist’s evolution.

The other half of the Annex has an exhibition called Dear Aberration … A Correspondence Through Drawing. This is a collaboration between two artists, Kristin Bjornerud of Ottawa and Erik Jerezano of Toronto. The artists would send one another incomplete drawings. The recipient would then complete the drawing in whatever way he or she felt.

The idea has great potential. But this one didn’t quite work out. Jerezano summed up the collaboration nicely by saying, in a text panel, that the two have created art in which “the raw meets the elegant.”

Jerezano’s remark was meant to be positive. In fact, he has identified the problem. His “raw” work superimposed on Bjornerud’s “elegant” drawings is like graffiti on fine art. The result is jarring and confusing. That’s a pity. Bjornerud, who recently moved to England, is a major talent deserving of a solo exhibition. This show does not do her justice.

Dear Aberration is on until June 15, while The Firestone collection is on view until January 2015 — and they’re free! While you’re there, visit the new Karsh-Masson Gallery, also on the ground floor of City Hall. A new exhibition opens March 21 called Alisdair MacRae and Patrick Lacasse: Perfect Music.

SOUND SEEKERS: Before Ottawa Bluesfest comes Rumour-Fest

Sound Seekers by Fateema Sayani is published weekly at OttawaMagazine.com. Read Fateema Sayani’s culture column in Ottawa Magazine and follow her on Twitter @fateemasayani

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The Black Keys were one of the big headliners at last year’s Ottawa Bluesfest. Who will take centre stage in 2014?

Update: The first wave of Ottawa Bluesfest acts has been announced! Click here to see who’s coming. 

Scouring the concert listings of major festivals and cross-referencing them against a band’s touring schedule for gaps, along with some travel calculations via Google Maps, seems to be the rough formula for those speculating on who might play at the 20th edition of Ottawa Bluesfest, which runs from July 3 to 13 this year.

Speculation on blogs and fan forums started as early as January of this year, and ramped up this week when other major festivals released their schedules. Bluesfest organizers said on Twitter that they would announce their lineup next week.

Ahead of the announcement, we look at some of the rumour generators and fan wish lists that have people talking.

The lineup for Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts was released this week sending the Bluesfest fan forum on Facebook into overdrive. Many are hoping that headlining acts such as Lorde, Outkast, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, may make a stop in Ottawa. SXSW is in full swing this week too. The taste-making festival is a huge industry draw for bookers and talent managers looking for rising acts.

Westfest (June 13 to 15) announced its lineup this week as well. Ashley MacIssac will headline the neighbourhood bash along with A Tribe Called Red and George Leach. Typical industry standards around territory clauses mean that a major act playing one festival won’t likely appear at another festival, so you can scratch those names off your Bluesfest list.

There is a Dave Matthews Band super fan out there that tweets under the handle @DMB_Ottawa and eagerly waits for the annual Bluesfest lineup announcement with baited breath.

Aedan Helmer of the Ottawa Sun compiled a list of 20 bands that got their start in 1994, the same year as Bluesfest. It includes Weezer and Outkast, as well as some less memorable bands such as Hootie and the Blowfish and G. Love & Special Sauce. Thanks to Ottawa Start for that link. The events info site compiled this tip sheet of other Bluesfest rumours.

In keeping with Ottawa Bluesfest’s commitment to the local scene, we wonder if there will be any link with Kelp Records this year. The Ottawa music label got its start in 1994 as well. It represents artists New Country Rehab and Measha Brueggergosman among others.

Keeping all this mind, we ask you, dear reader, who do you think will come to this year’s edition of Bluesfest? Who is on your wish list? Comment here or tweet us at @OttawaMag with your picks.