Tomorrow: Fetty Wap plays Bluesfest; Thursday: Migos, Daniel Caesar, Maurice Moore & more
Ottawa, ON – Make sure you visit the Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 website to secure your access to tomorrow tonight’s highly anticipated performance by Fetty Wap (with support from Monty). Before that you’ll have a chance to check out DJ Acro, who is no stranger to the annual festival. He’s on at 6:30 p.m., warming up the Black Sheep Stage for Rezz and RL Grime. More information about both Fetty Wap and Acro can be found below.
Then on Thursday, get ready for the Ottawa debut of the 3-man unit Migos, which one festival organizer suggested could be the busiest day of the 10-day stretch. Along with the ATL hit-makers you’ll be able to see Ottawa’s own Maurice Moore, who is a member of Kehlani’s TSNMI Mob collective, Toronto budding star Daniel Caesar, and US rapper Lil Yachty.
More information available below and the Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 website.
July 11, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Black Sheep Stage
No stranger to the RBC Bluesfest, ACRO makes his return to the Black Sheep Stage this year with his signature style of turntablism. This ‘open format’ DJ is well known for scratching and mixing a wide range of musical genres and making it work! ACRO can play in any environment and has DJ’d in several mainstay venues across the region, including new residencies this year at COMMON, The Whalesbone on Elgin, and KinKi Lounge. In 2015, he competed in the RedBull Thre3style World DJ Championships, earning a place among the top 6 at the Canadian national final in Winnipeg. In addition to festivals, clubs, and competing, ACRO has opened for several artists including A$AP NAST, Mac Miller, The Underachievers, XZIBIT, Keys n Krates, Skratch Bastid, Big K.R.I.T, Smoke DZA and a slew of others. He has provided DJ support on tour for Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah, GZA, and Cappadonna, as well as Onyx and several others.
Expect nothing less than an energetic and entertaining set from DJ ACRO as he warms the stage for REZZ and RL GRIME.
Fetty Wap (featuring Monty)
July 11, 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. | City Stage
2015 will be remembered as the year that Fetty Wap took over hip-hop. Right out of the gate, the rapper and singer did things that usually happen over the course of an entire career. He broke records. He topped charts. He went multi-platinum. He got everybody talking. He did it all without the backing of a major label, becoming the biggest-selling indie artist of the year.
He kicked off his career with an untouchable streak of smashes. Over the course of 2015, his breakout hit “Trap Queen” went triple-platinum as his next two singles, “My Way” and “679” reached gold and platinum status, respectively. His fourth single “Again” cemented his spot in history as the “first artist ever to simultaneously chart his inaugural four entries in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Rap Songs Chart.” Add to that his accomplishments of becoming the “first artist since Eminem to land three songs in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100” and the “first artist to take three spots on the Shazam Global 200 Chart.” Plus, he took home the “Artist to Watch” award at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards—his first VMA.
“I just want fans to enjoy [my music],” he says. “Personally, I’m most excited to be able to provide for my children. They won’t have to experience the same struggles I did as a kid, God willing. They’re my biggest inspiration, and I do this for them.”
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Claridge Homes Stage
As a quadruple threat singer, songwriter, producer & engineer, Maurice Moore is an emerging industry force. A member of Kehlani’s TSNMI Mob collective, the Ottawa-native’s music can be heard on airwaves across North America, Australia and Europe, while his verses and hooks are sung by some of your favourite artists. The Black Canadian award nominee has worked for the likes of Kehlani, Trey Songz, Omarion, Immature, and 7x Grammy Winning producers The Underdogs. In June of 2015, Moore’s viral single ‘LOL’ was also tapped as a sample for Chris Brown’s hit single ‘Liquor.’ He was also announced as one of “8 R&B Artists To Add To Your 2016 Playlist” by Karen Civil and predicted by MUCH alongside The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce for “11 Predictions For This Year’s Coveted Song Of The Summer” and has received major interest from many major labels, while also being coined as “Canada’s Next R&B Star” by CBC Television. With the DMG brand meticulously guiding this emerging crooner’s career into international spotlight, Maurice Moore is without a doubt poised for global stardom.
Want to learn more? MUCH highlights “5 Reasons Why You Need To Check Out Maurice Moore.”
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Black Sheep Stage
Canadian indie-soul singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar uses his exceptionally raw talent to unfold a familiar yet extraordinary coming-of-age narrative. Where boy meets manhood, Caesar’s work comes to terms with the things that we so often repress. From Oshawa, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, Caesar stands as an emblem of what becomes of the gospel-raised youth who mature and must eventually form their own testimony. As he breaks away from his parents’ faith and the path they lead, he begins to find his own way. With just two short EPs since his debut in 2014, Daniel Caesar is quickly becoming one of the premier R&B artists in the country.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | City Stage
The Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos came together over their shared love of acts like the Hot Boys and OutKast. Members Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff got together in 2009 under the name Polo Club, with the name Migos becoming official in 2010. In 2012, they released the mixtape ‘No Label’, which featured the cut “Bando,” a regional hit that caught the attention of Kevin Lee, aka Coach K, the manager who launched the careers of Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. The year 2013 was a whirlwind as the group dropped its ‘Young Rich N*ggas’ mixtape, which featured the instant hit “Versace.” That same year, Coach K got them on the Hot 107.9
Birthday Bash, a popular Atlanta festival where Migos came across their newest fan, Drake. The rapper added a verse to the “Versace” remix and put the cut on his 2013 album, ‘Nothing Was the Same’ . . . and nothing has been the same since.
Featuring the hit single “Fight Night,” 2014’s ‘No Label II’ was the group’s next high-profile release, as it was a mixtape distributed by major-label Atlantic. In 2015, the label released the debut album ‘Yung Rich Nation’. Later that year, Migos issued the mixtape ‘Back to the Bando’, which included their hit song “Look at My Dab.” The track kicked off the dabbing trend, a viral dance phenomenon that became so popular by 2016 that, in addition to athletes and musicians, even politicians were dabbing. By the end of the year, their collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad & Boujee,” began its ascent to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, hitting number one at the beginning of 2017, just in time for the release of their sophomore set, ‘C U L T U R E’. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Claridge Homes Stage
Atlanta rapper, Lil Yachty hit the scene with his 2015 singles, “Minnesota” and “1 Night”. The single “1 Night” reached number 49 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
His Q3 release, ‘Summer Songs 2’ debuted at #3 on the iTunes Top Album Charts, was featured in XXL Magazine’s 2016 Summer Class issue, and received a glowing article in Billboard’s printed edition, giving Lil Yachty the moniker “rap’s next big thing.” Lil Yachty has also been featured in The New York Times and was seen on the cover of Pollstar.
Coming off his sold out, ‘The Boat Show Tour’ during the summer of 2016―his first headline run in Northern America―Lil Yachty joined Rae Sremmurd’s, Sremmlife II Tour. With an aggregated social media following of more than 1.7 million and a four major music festivals already confirmed for next year―including the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada―Lil Yachty is poised for 2017 to be his most impactful period to date.