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RBC Bluesfest Day 7 & Osheaga 2013

12 Jul

This year’s Bluesfest has had some amazing shows. Two of which are also playing this year at Osheaga (August 2nd – 4th in Montreal, Quebec).

The first was Diamond Rings, whom I have seen twice before. The thing about the show at Bluesfest was the incredible stage presence the singer had! I was so into it I didn’t even think to go to another show and see an artist I hadn’t seen before. Try to check them out in Montreal August 2nd at Osheaga! That 90s dance vibe is really addictive.

The second show was A Tribe Called Red.

They do a beautiful fusion of First Nations music as well as heavy electro beats. Coupled with some amazing background visuals, I highly recommend checking them out at Osheaga.. I never thought that they’d be the perfect outdoor festival act but in Montreal it would make even more sense!

Finally, the thing about going to Osheaga (I know, I’m already thinking about other festivals before Bluesfest is over) is the incredible food scene. I’m looking forward to checking out Chuck Hughes‘ food truck – been there before, will be there this year! Mmm!

What more can I say.. Azealia Banks has been my new love this past year and Beach House + Hot Chip never disappoint.

Now, to Bluesfest!

Events // Ottawa Ribfest & Oysterfest & Jam Demos

22 Jun

Back from my European travels, I happily come back to some major Ottawa foodie events.

First off – Ribfest (photos below). Sparks Street. June 20th – June 24th, 10am to 11pm

Happening every end-of-June on Sparks Street is RIBFEST. Vegetarians, beware, this is not a happy sight. Men hauling carcases out of cardboard cases, prying at them, smoking them, slathering them with corn syrup and some other mystical ingredients. The result? Your choice of chicken ($9), pulled pork ($7) and ribs ($9-$13). There are 11 competitors this year all of whom dish out their best. My boyfriend puts it best, “Just stand in the shortest line and you probably won’t be disappointed”.

Ribfest is happening until June 24th – opening daily at 11am and closing at 10pm. This draws a lot of people so try and avoid the government lunch & after work crowd as well as the dinner crowd.

Ottawa Farmer’s Market – Strawberry Jam Demo with Michael Dolce, June 24th, 11am

Buddy of mine, Michale Sunderland, with his epicness in jam making, will be demoing how to make strawberry jam along with samples. If you boycott tasteless Californian strawberries like me, it might be worth checking this out so you too can have delicious strawberry flavours all year round. Preserve the season!

Previously located at Landsdown, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now located at Brewer Park on Bronson Ave across from Carleton.

Oysterfest – The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply 504a Kent St. Noon to 11pm

While in Scotland last week I desperately tried to find oysters. More on that later, but I finally found them – and they were amazing. I’ve had oysters from Whalesbone before but since the Scottish oysters are fresh in my mind, it might be worth checking out Whalesbone’s Oysterfest and see how they pan out. More importantly though, I’ve heard that these get quite out of hand – in a good way. With live bands, oyster shucking competitions, beer tents, etc Oysterfest is attended by a who’s who of the Ottawa restaurant scene. Tickets are available at both their Restaurant and Supply house locations.

Happy summer solstice! Ottawa has come alive!