Ottawa Bluesfest

Casino Lac-Leamy Programming 2019

All Shows: 8:00 – 10:00 P.M. – Free Admission



Langston Francis – July 2, 2019 8:00 pm

The vibrancy of the Kensington Market neighbourhood is the creative backdrop behind new Toronto artist, Langston Francis. Pulling inspiration from all of the multifaceted music and cultures this community has to offer, Langston grew up in a world of hip hop, electronica and jazz, vintage boutiques and art spaces — all influences that have helped shape his creativity: “I feel expression shows itself in all aspects of art, and even music is a very visual experience.”

Langston’s artistic drive propelled him to learn multiple instruments (including guitar and piano) and while he’s a skilled performer, it’s in the studio where Langston feels most at home. He honed his distinct voice and prolific songwriting there, playing with pitches and chord progressions at whim, and creating his unique aural footprint.

Langston has infused this artistic style into his debut single “FCKD IT UP.” A hypnotic mix of ethereal synth, electronica and bass-heavy beats, it reflects Langston’s roots and the pulsing soundscape of the city he calls home. On “FCKD IT UP,” Langston gives some sonic nods to his neighborhood heroes: artists such as rapper SAFE, hip hop impresario Jimmy Prime and neo soul newcomer Ramriddlz. “Unlike many of the artists I listened to in Toronto, Ramriddlz was able to create tracks that still banged, but he did it over dreamy, pop-flavoured beats.” Beyond the borders of The Six, Francis also draws from rule-breakers such as Kanye West, pop singer Billie Eilish and R&B singer Corbin.

Taking inspiration from all aspects of the art world, Langston can often be found with a camera in hand creating and expressing his artistic vision through film. “What I do with the camera connects with what I do with my mic,” he says, “I want to capture all the cool stuff that people aren’t seeing or hearing and put it into a song or an image.”

On “FCKD IT UP,” the lyrics — which sound like an internal dialogue — tackle the doubts so many of us have about forming a committed relationship. As the title itself suggests, Langston — much like his musical heroes — is not a fan of playing it safe. “By not following any kind of plan,” says Langston, “I let my instincts help me say what I want to say without thinking about what’s out there or any category my music is supposed to be in.”

Bella Cat – July 3, 2019 8:00 pm

Bella Cat is a wildly entertaining singer songwriter born and raised in Chelsea Quebec. Fans & the media have compared her sound to Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt , Jessie Reyez… the list goes on and on. Setting the scene all the way back into the 1950’s with her raspy soulful voice her take on blues music will blow you away. Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer) dubbed Bella Cat “THE PRINCESS OF SOUL”.

Bella’s latest album was recorded in Chicago and recently released featuring Billy Branch 4 Time Grammy Nominee. James Robertson wrote all the music to this album and you may know him from Lindi Ortega’s Band or from playing with Colin Cripps ( Blue Rodeo ) in there project called C&C Surf Factory. Showcasing songs written from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul the two created a soul album titled “IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE”. Things aren’t always as they seem and for this young 27 year old that much is true. You won’t believe your eyes as the incredible performer leaves you shaking in your seats with tears, goosebumps and fulfillment. You will want to dance, scream and just stand in shock leaving you the audience so wowed you might even hear a pin drop. There is no competition when it comes to the original music Bella sings and writes, she is truly a one of a kind performer.

Bella is now one of the fastest growing independant artists in the Ottawa area. Bella has done 4 across Canada tours in 2017 & 2018 rounding at 200 shows each year. After her appearance on Canada’s TV SHOW LA VOIX her ticket sales have gone through the roof. Magazines, Newspapers, radio stations and live music venues have not stopped contacting her because it’s her voice, body and soul that drives her to the stage. Bella will only surround herself with the best musicians in the Ontario & Quebec area and you can expect an incredible full band at this show ! After the death of her producer in Chicago Bella has taken on the roles of producing her own music leaning towards the hiphop industry but at this show she will be going back to her roots for a night full of blues classics. You can hear her music on local radio stations like CBC , CHUO , CKCU or download it off of ITUNES , SPOTIFY & APPLE but why not come see it in person because it’s the live performance you don’t want to miss !

Sweet Crude – July 4, 2019 8:00 pm

Over the past few years, Sweet Crude has managed to take the music and language of Louisiana and produce a completely fresh music that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. The six-piece band consistently delivers exciting shows featuring enough drums for a small marching band, exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French in a single verse. Boasting surnames like Marceaux and Chachere, Sweet Crude seeks to reconnect with their lineage in a way that draws on their own modern influences, while nodding to the
music and language of their ancestors.

The members of Sweet Crude all hail from South Louisiana, a region which still holds onto its unique culture and way of life stronger than anywhere else in the United States. That said, many of those elements are fading with time as American culture gradually becomes more homogenized. This trend can be seen most directly in the gradual fade of the Louisiana French language. The members of Sweet Crude grew up with grandparents and great grandparents that spoke the region’s native dialect as their first language, yet with each successive generation, that language gets lost to time. Instead of singing the language in its usual music genres, zydeco and cajun, Sweet Crude draws on their own influences coming mainly from New Orleans music, pop, and indie rock to produce a sound that is accessible to today’s generation. They are taking the language out the museum, weaving it in with English, and giving it fresh legs and relevancy for years to come. Sweet Crude released their debut LP Créatures in April of 2017 on Rhyme and Reason Records and followed the release with performances at major US festivals such as Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and High Sierra. In addition to headlining their own US tour in April and May of 2017, they hit the road with their dear friends, Tank and the Bangas, on a sold-out nationwide club tour that lasted through the summer and fall. The band also won the Big Easy Award for “Best Rock Band” in New Orleans in 2017. The other two nominees were The Revivalists and Mutemath. In 2018, Sweet Crude is scheduled to record their major label debut album (to be announced in Spring 2018), tour Europe, and return to the US festival circuit.