As another year at Bluesfest comes to a close, it’s easy to see why so many people come out to the festival again and again. It’s certainly not a one trick pony, like the title would imply; a plethora of genres and bands from all over the world has given Bluesfest the reputation it deserves.

The last day of the festival began early Sunday afternoon with local femme punks, Bonnie Doon, rocking the Claridge Home stage as well as a performance from dance studio, The Flava Factory, and the Youth Ottawa Showcase, highlighting local bands made up of musicians under the age of 22.

From there the day saw a number of blues and folk acts, finishing off with the highly anticipated City and Colour. Dallas Green always performs in a minimal manner, and Sunday night was no different. Fortunately for us, this simple set didn’t take away from the beauty in his lyrics, playing a number of tracks from his latest album If I Should Go Before You. In a nod to former collaborator and inspiration, Gord Downie, Green played their duet, “Sleeping Sickness” with the help of the audience during Downie’s verses, and came back out for an encore, playing The Tragically Hip’s classic tune, “Bobcaygeon.” Lastly to top off the evening, Green began the fan favourite, “The Girl,” accompanied only by his guitar until the midway point where his band came back out on stage and finished the ode to his wife with an up tempo finale.

Photo by Danyca MacDonald