CAKE MIX is a blog about music and culture based out of Ottawa, Canada. The focus will be to promote local talent and inform more people about various events around town. We are in no way professional critics… think of us more like that friend who always wants to bring you out to the bar down the street to see a band you’ve never heard. Maybe you’re that person too. We love those people.
If you’ve ever been to a really great show and spent the night wishing there was something more you could do to support the artist(s), you’ll understand. Maybe we can’t set up the next gig or cover the cost of producing the next record… but we can tell everyone we know to go see the next show or buy the new album when it comes out. So that’s what we’ll do.
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Why you should go: Start the week off with The Rainbow Bistro’s Bluesfest. Oli Brown is a blues musician from the UK, and a recipient of the British Blues Award for Best Band (2011), Best Album (2011), Best Male Vocalist (2010) and Best Young Artist (2010).
Why you should go: Zeus is an indie rock band based in Toronto. Carolyn Wonderland is an award-winning blues musician with a great voice. Oliver Mtukudzi is a musician from Zimbabwe who blends together traditional South African styles. They’re all great at what they do, so see all three for a wide range of music.
Why you should go: The Brothers Chaffey are a local band with a sound sometimes described as alt-country, sometimes rock n roll, sometimes soul. Whatever it is, they’re talented local musicians and will put on a good show.
Why you should go: Brian Dunn is a singer/songwriter from Sudbury. His latest album is described as “a smoky, intoxicant fueled tribute to long drives and the wee hours” (CBC Music Bio). He has a folky sound, mixing rough guitars and light melodies.
Why you should go: Hey Rosetta! is an indie rock group from NFLD, and should put on an energetic show to begin the night. The Canadian Music Hall of Famers Blue Rodeo headline on Friday at the main stage and the American rock band Young the Giant headline at the River Stage.
11:00am-6:45pm, $20 advance, $25 at the door
Why you should go: It’s an indie rock reggae pop beach party! And it’s for a good cause (recipient charities this year include: Children at Risk, Canadian Diabetes Association, Children’s WIsh, Rideau Valley Conservation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Kidney Foundation of Canada). Plus, it ends early enough that you can hurry back to Bluesfest for Beirut, Skrillex and many more.
Why you should go: Last chance to enjoy this festival! This looks like a very entertaining lineup to end the week, with great indie/rock/pop/rap bands to enjoy.