Sunday, June 10, 2007

Westfest

On Saturday night we went to Westfest on the spur of the moment. I had read about it but forgot that it was this weekend. Karin and Josh called us up and invited us to come. It was a great time with tons of people there (mostly because there was no game 6). They closed off most of Westboro, one of the chicest (sp?) areas of town and all the awesome (but expensive) restaurants can spill onto the street to mix with all the vendors of other expensive merchandise. Anyway, they also put on a decent concert which turned out to be headlined by Ottawa's folk/alt/country singer song writer Kathleen Edwards with her buddy Jim Bryson. She put on a great show for a crowd of about 10000 (thats what it said in the paper). Great voice and smooth sound. I think one of her guitars was like Lawrens new acoustic (gotta check that out though). She was supported by some other capable Ottawa area artists such as Ana Muira, Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene), Lily Frost and Lindsay Ferguson (they were the ones I had heard of). One of the coolest things about this group of artists was they all seemed to relate to Ottawa music scene so well. They all were/are regulars at the Black Sheep in Wakefield so they all mentioned that on their sets. Overall it was very encouraging to see the Ottawa music scene so pumped up and clearly doing quite well. This all bodes very well for the Ottawa Bluesfest..... anyone wanna come?
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