New this year is the offer of a Bluesfest passport for out-of-town visitors. As tourism increases for Canada’s 150 in the capital city, many of them will look to stay and engaged with more offerings in the city, including the traditional Bluesfest.

The 2017 edition of the RBC Bluesfest runs from July 6 to 16 over the two weekends. The festival site at LeBreton Flats Park offers a wide variety of food and merchandise concessions and is fully licensed.  Check the website for more to come in the weeks ahead.

“To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’ve put together one of our best lineups ever . . . and one of Ottawa’s favourite sons (Dan Aykroyd) seems to agree,” says the festival’s executive and artistic director Mark Monahan.  “We expect thousands of visitors to join in and celebrate some great music in the nation’s capital, this summer. New for 2017, in expectation of an increase in the number of out-of-town visitors, we are offering weekend-one (July 6-9) or weekend-two (July 13-16) passports.”

The full line up of artists can be found at and the full day-by-day schedule (note Pink plays July 9) can be seen at


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René Samulewitsch
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René Samulewitsch @VIPRene is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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