Summer is one of the things that I miss the most about my hometown, Ottawa. The glorious heat, jumping in the lake at my grandparents cottage, and the music festival that has become an institution in the city, Bluesfest!
The festival used to be all about the Blues, as the name might suggest, but recent festivals have becoming increasingly diverse. At Bluesfest I discovered Xavier Rudd, danced in the torrential rain with Michael Franti, and had my mind (and eardrums) blow by the Flaming Lips, to name but a few. I ask you, where else can you see BB King, Bjork, Alice in Chains, Weezer and Wu Tang Clan all on the same lineup? Nowhere, that’s where! It’s ten days that bring the whole city out, young and old, all ready to listen to some good music and chill under the sun and stars. It doesn’t get much better than that! Come July 4th I’ll be wishing I was somewhere else, and that place will be Ottawa.