Ottawa Bluesfest 2023, officially named Cisco Bluesfest, is the biggest of all music festivals in the Ottawa region and also the largest blues music festival in Canada. The festival draws fans from around the country and follows through with a wide variety of bands that appeal to all age groups. It has become one of the biggest blues festivals around the world and is also known internationally to blues music lovers as one of the best festivals to enjoy this particular style of music. With almost 5,000 local volunteers, the festival hosts more than 230 solo artists and bands, almost 100 sponsors, and welcomes crowds that fill the streets of Ottawa.
Bluesfest Music and History
The style of music featured at Cisco Bluesfest Ottawa Canada has traditionally focused mostly around blues music. Though it is called the Ottawa Bluesfest, other genres of music have defined the festival with bands and artists like Wintersleep, The White Stripes, Ben Harper, and Bob Dylan. There is jazz, rock, indie rock, world music, soul, funk, folk and more appealing to almost all musical tastes. Blues-style bands and artists playing over the years include Steve Earle, Sam Roberts Band, Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band, and The Matt Schofield Trio. Together, these musicians represent local, regional, national, and international music.
Cisco Bluesfest Ottawa Canada stems back to 1994 when Clarence Clemons performed on stage at Majors Hill Park to a crowd of 5,000 people. The 2023 festival is Canada’s answer to annual festivals worldwide, including Coachella, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Bonnaroo. From a solo stage hosting three full days of music to a festival offering a lively twelve days of music showcasing diverse talent from all over the world, Ottawa Bluesfest is the cream of Canada’s musical crop and one of the country's best events.
The now-permanent home of the festival is LeBreton Flats Park beside the Canadian War Museum. The sweeping grounds provide space for hundreds of thousands swarming around five large stages. There are also free concerts offered within historic Byward Market and about a dozen other revolving venues.
Tickets to Cisco Bluefest Ottawa Canada
With tickets to Ottawa Bluesfest 2023, visitors gain incredible access to hundreds of the world’s best musical artists. There are several types of passes to choose from, including day passes, weekend passes, and passes for the entire festival. There are also special VIP and Backstage passes to purchase. With these passes, guests will enjoy one of the top ten largest festivals in the world and dozens of bands across several stages. Tickets also gain festival goers access to a marketplace and plenty of special events.
Directions to Ottawa Bluesfest
Directions to Cisco Bluesfest Ottawa Canada are simple. One of the largest landmarks in Ottawa are the Parliament buildings in the downtown area and about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the festival grounds by way of Wellington Street West. Since parking isn't offered to festival patrons, public transport or walking is the best bet. Each of the main bus routes running east-west stop at the park regularly.
Lodging near Ottawa Bluesfest
Lodging near Ottawa Bluesfest can be found in nearby Kanata, downtown Ottawa, or Gatineau in Quebec, all within easy distance of LeBreton Flats. There are scores of bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels, and budget accommodations within walking distance of the festival grounds. Each year the festival partners with hotel sponsors within these areas to offer special rates for those holding festival passes and tickets so take advantage of the deals and book ahead. Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites in downtown Ottawa, and Holiday Inn Gatineau (a short walk over the river) are two mid-range hotels near the venue.