NileGuide Expert tip:
There is no parking at the site, so taking the bus is the easiest way to get there. You can bring your own food and picnic in LeBreton Flats Park or buy food from some of the many vendors. A blanket is a great to ensure comfortable seating in the grass.
Every early July, LeBreton Flats Park on the Ottawa River is transformed into the high-energy Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest featuring 12 days of emerging and diverse musical genres including the Blues, World Music, Alternative, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rap, Folk and Urban. The park, adjacent to the Canadian War Museum, has several performance spaces including two major stages to accommodate high-powered acts, as well as intimate side stages with eclectic themes. What began in 1994 with a modest one-stage festival opened by Clarence Clemmons has grown to an event with approximately 250 performers and more than 300,000 attendees. The 2010 lineup is proof that this annual event offers something for everyone: from indie punkers Alexisonfire to Tuvan throat singers YAT-KA, along with Iron Maiden, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, as well as the B52s, Joan Jett, The Flaming Lips, Rush, Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Great Big Sea, Keith Urban and Weezer.