The Subway Stage Must-See Acts at Ottawa Bluesfest 2011

by: Jay McConnery

The Subway stage stands out as much for it's star-power as for its diversity in programming, which is borderline dizzying. From Skrillex's schizophrenic, yet entrancing electronic stylings to the first lady of 50's Rock'n'Roll Wanda Jackson, the stage is sure to offer something for everyone this year. Here are some of the acts you should definitley wander over an check out, if only for a few minutes to check out the lovely Ottawa River sunset.. 

The Sheepdogs

Thursday - July 7, 2011 - 7:45 pm



Saskatoon's, the Sheepdogs- Regardless of their sheepdogy appearance, these guys rock in a 70s Southern Rock, California/Prarie style, that can't help but draw in listeners longing for a time when all rock songs were destined to be classics. They are opening for Stephen Marley, so you'd be wise to pre-roll. 

Mother Mother

Saturday - July 16, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Mother Mother "Hayloft" from Last Gang Records on Vimeo.

Vancouver's Mother Mother- known for their killer boy-girl melodies and interplay, original lyrics, tight arrangements and all around catchy rock'n'roll awesomeness- don't miss this show! 


Sunday - July 17, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Contemporary New Orleans funk ambassadors guaranteed to get a crowd moving! Stanton Moore is one heck of a drummer, and they are touring with Cory Glover (Living Colour) on vocals- so it should be a great way to close out the stage.

Library Voices

Sunday - July 10, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Okay, the evening of Sunday July 10th is out of control this year. The word conflict doesn't even begin to cover it, more like, 'jesus, how can they do this to us on a Sunday!', but I guess it should make for some interesting running around.  Not surprisingly, these bands have very little in common but make up a really exciting evening of music- Library Voices are a Regina Pop Collective with some of the biggest buzz across the country, and rightfully so, their songs are infectious and lovely.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Sunday - July 10, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Hypnotic Brass is 9-piece family band from NYC with an upbeat style that is ridiculously high energy and in yo face. They have recently collaborated with both Gorillaz and Tony Allen- and that is cool.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

Sunday - July 10, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Finally, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk will be some buttery New Orleans funk to close out the weekend, from the masters of the trade. With the Funky Meters playing earlier in the day, it should be a who's who of New Orleans Funk!  

Neon Indian

Saturday - July 9, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Okay, one more combo platter. For fans of well produced electronic music, with a simultaneous warm and retro feel- check out Neon Indian.


Saturday - July 9, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Psychedelic moods will be heightened and delighted by Simon Posford's Shpongle thereafter.. you are guaranteed to recognize the electro tribal sounds of afterpartes from years past, or perhaps not!