It rained on Canada's 149th birthday. In some areas, a torrential downpour put a wet blanket on fireworks, face-paint and backyard-BBQs during last weekend's Canada Day festivities, so the nations capital is quite distinctly calling for a re-do.

Ottawa megafest, RBC Bluesfest will take over the Lebreton Flats in Canada's capital from July 7-17 with a line-up as diverse as the country prides itself on being. This year's hectic schedule sees headlining staples like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Druan, The Lumineers, and (the potato himself,) Noel Gallagher`s High Flying Birds on the bill. But we have our own list of acts we're looking forward to seeing:

Alessia Cara

Canada's sweetheart has had a hell of a year. The 19-year-old R&B songstress is still soaring after releasing her Four Pink Walls EP last summer, followed by her debut album Know-It-All last fall. She's currently touring the world with Coldplay on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour but is stopping off in her nation's capital to purge on her hits dans le stage on July 13 at 7:00 PM.


With recent collaborations with Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and Juicy J under his Gucci belt, Canadian rapper Belly has been all over the radio and blogosphere since he signed with Roc Nation last fall. But for those that have been paying attention to Canada's rap scene pre-Drake, there's a good chance you've been familiar with the Palestinian Canadian Juno Award-winning artist for nearly a decade, as Ottawa's XO-signee dropped his (certified gold) debut album The Revolution in 2007. The title of his freshman LP seems fitting as new life has been injected into his career as of late, which means there's no better time to see Belly live and no better place than his home-base, to experience the revolution. He hits the stage July 10 at 5:15 PM.


This is a Desiigner free-zone. There will be no talk of copycats here. Only the Future Hive is welcome to the festival grounds on Saturday July 16 at 5:00 PM for Hendrix's anticipated set which comes shortly after the release of DJ Esco's Future-doused album Project E.T. Esco Terrestrial and a Rolling Stone cover. It's easy to assume he'll unleash some of that new music live, along with some of the past year's greatest bangers like 'Fuck Up Some Commas,' 'March Madness' and 'Jumpman.'

Holy Fuck

Congrats to the Toronto-based electronica band, who released their new album Congrats earlier this year. We called the project, "a record that never gets fully lost within the darkness; the band demonstrating a perspicacity to chain one another up when in the past they would have ran feral" in our review. Watch them go wild when they storm the stage on Saturday July 16 at 8:00 PM.


'Hot in Herre,' 'Ride Wit Me,' and 'Shake Ya Tailfeather.' Think of the hits. For half a decade, from 2000-2005, Nelly dominated the charts with three great rap albums that also doubled as great pop albums. And the music has aged well. Nelly has paved the way for artists like Kid Ink, Young Thug and yes, Drake with his sing-song bars that transcended the mainstream and it's about to get real nostalgic when the OG hits the stage on July 16 at 8:00 PM.


The year's most fun rock record comes from four Toronto fans who call themselves PUP. Their recent album, The Dream Is Over has been praised by critics and made this year's Polaris Prize longlist. The ten-track punk rock statement may just sound even better live when the four-piece perform on Thursday July 14 at 6PM.

ScHoolboy Q

TDE's charismatic troll-artist ScHoolboy Q is set to release his sophomore album Blank Face on Friday. Just one day prior, the rapper will take the stage at Bluesfest to deliver cuts from the 17-track album and old favourites like 'Man Of The Year' and 'Collard Greens.' Catch him on stage in a bucket hat on Thursday at 8:30 PM.

Find more information about RBC Bluesfest here.