Carleton Students and Alum Playing Bluesfest 2017

By Emily Bolton

The Bluesfest music festival will bring plenty of big names and great music to LeBreton Flats in July, and with it some local talent. The impressive lineup features 10 current Carleton students and two alumni, with sounds ranging from blues to garage rock.

The Tackies, an alternative/indie rock band, will hit the stage on July 8. Three Carleton students, Hans Vivian-Wenzel, Galen Cussion and Jamie Orser, along with group member Mathieu Malette, have released two EPs and played gigs around Ottawa. They opened for Lights at Carleton’s 2015 Frosh concert.

Singer-songwriter and recent Carleton grad, Malak, will bring a fusion of orchestral and electronic pop to Lebreton Flats on July 9.  She recently released a five-song EP entitled Circus, and is already back in the studio recording her first full-length album.

Taking the stage on July 11 is Harea Band, a six-piece pop/soul group that has previously appeared at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and Ottawa CityFolk Festival. Carleton students Alex Harea, Cynthia Tauro, Liam Meagher, Harrison Singer, Andrew Ferderber and Mike Giamberardino, have released two EPs that made them an instant local favourite with their groovy, danceable and infectious sonic flare.

Student Angelique Francis, a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and composer, will bring her unique sound to Bluesfest on July 12. Her blues, soul, jazz and folk-inspired works have led to success on the Canadian music scene, where she’s known as one of the country’s top female blues artist.

Finally, Carleton alumnus (B. Music in Piano Performance and Sonic Design), Adam Saikaley, is a pianist, composer and producer. Adam is playing Bluesfest as a member of Telecomo, a three-piece garage rock outfit with longtime friends and collaborators Pat Johnson and Gary Franks. The band plays on July 6.

For more information on the Ottawa Bluesfest music festival and lineup, please visit the Bluesfest website.