RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 – Rumours Guide

PHOTO: John Lill

Summer is just around the corner (sort of) and you know what that means…


We were privileged to cover the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest for a FIFTH consecutive year in 2016 and cannot wait for what executive director, Mark Monahan, has in store for us this summer!

The RBC Ottawa Bluesfest will be held this year from July 6th-16th, in it’s usual location, LeBreton Flats. The official lineup is expected to be released most likely in February, similar to last year. Festivals across North America continue to release their lineups earlier every year in order to stay competitive, so do not be surprised if we see actually see a preliminary Bluesfest roster for 2017 by the end of January or early February.

Update: February 20, 2017

The official lineup is starting to trickle in from JUMP 106.9 and Bluesfest TAG.

Check out the lineup thus far HERE!

Update: February 13, 2017 – 12:02pm

Lineup to be released next week! More details soon.

Rumoured Lineup

Future Islands

PHOTO: Drowned in Sound

Historically executive director, Monahan, loves to bring back acts he’s booked before that have had tremendous success in Ottawa.

Artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, ScHoolboy Q, Future Islands and Porter Robinson all seem to be the common names popping up on festival lineups across North America this summer and all theoretically fit Monahan’s framework.

Travis Scott surprisingly showed up for a small performance during Belly’s early afternoon set last year at Bluesfest. He seems to be making the circuit rounds this summer promoting his latest album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight and is a strong contender to return to Ottawa.

Canadian indie pop group Tegan and Sara last played the Ottawa Bluesfest in 2014. This year they are already scheduled to play at Bonnaroo in June and also seem very poised to make the festival rounds in North America.

Tory Lanez crowd surfed a packed crowd at WayHome last summer and recently dropped The New Toronto 2. He is a feasible candidate to play at Bluesfest this year due to his strong Ottawa ties and recent rise in popularity.

The xx, an English indie electronic band with beats maker Jamie Smith (Jamie xx), are about to release their third studio album, I See You, on January 13th and are already locked into playing at Coachella and Bonnaroo.

Other alumni touring: Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Cage the Elephant, Milky Chance, James Vincent McMorrow, The Growlers and Canadian rock band The Strumbellas, who have gained popularity since the last time they played in Ottawa.

For more information about the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, visit their website here!