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Over 6,000 Canadians, many wearing orange outfits and draped in Canadian flags, lined the streets outside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto to mark the late opposition leader’s passing, while millions watched the procession for Layton from home.
As one of the top-ten music festivals in North America, Bluesfest is an example of what should be when it comes to drinks and beats in an outdoor venue. From environmental policy to porta-potty ratio, it’s a festival worth committing to.
As goes with a many a festival under the stars and sun from coast to coast, some of the brightest acts on this Sunday came in the form, not of international powerhouse or even hometown hero, but acts of the nearly unknown variety.
Rarely do the authorities in the nation’s capital allow the music to play on later than the 11:00 p.m. by-law, but on this night The Black Keys managed to bend the rules and rock until nearly 11:30! A true feat in Ottawa.
On day two of Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, the talk surrounded many men – Ben Harper, Jose Conde, Keys and Krates and The Roots(!), to name a few – while the festival played out, but only one after it was all said and done: Skrillex.
Whether looking for a local blues act to follow or an international powerhouse of a metal band to rock out with, Bluesfest 2011 packed a little something for everyone on this, the festival’s 18th opening day.
As can be seen in this short photo essay, the cops and crowd went from high-fiving each other to squaring off much like the Bruins and Canucks had earlier that night. Unlike the game, no winner emerged and no Cup was won.