Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is known for his more melodic take on rap and it’s easy to see why. With a band to back him up, including trumpet, Chance had the whole crowd singing and rapping along, He clearly has a huge following here in Ottawa. Not only was he able to sound incredibly poetic while playing tunes from both his mixtapes (#10Days, and Acid Rap), he was able to keep the audience alive and excited early on in the night. The highlight of his set was definitely when he broke out in a rendition of the theme from the children’s tv show, Arthur.

Mariana's Trench

Mariana’s Trench

Mariana’s Trench was up next on the stage opposite Chance the Rapper, and in typical Josh Ramsay fashion, the lead singer came out shirtless and ready to belt it. Touching on more of their radio hits, like “Fallout,” and “Stutter,” the band kept the energy high with Ramsay moving his way closer and almost into the audience. Mariana’s Trench also took this opportunity to play a few songs from the album they will be releasing in October.

Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman

The man with a million stories, Hawksley Workman, stepped on to the stage to act as frontman after recently playing drums with his band, Mounties, a few weeks earlier at the Ottawa Dragonboat Festival. Playing with his bandmates for over 15 years, Workman had a huge catalogue to choose from and pulled off every song flawlessly. Between playing many of his hits like “Jealous of Your Cigarette,” and “Smoke Baby,” he filled the pauses with classic Workman banter, much to the crowds enjoyment.

Photos courtesy of Scott Penner, Danyca MacDonald & Ottawa Bluesfest.