Ottawa festival RBC Bluesfest 2020 is officially cancelled

The festival would have taken place from July 9 to 19

Ottawa’s 2020 RBC Bluesfest has officially been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

“Having been at the helm of RBC Bluesfest since 1994, I can say that although we have weathered many storms, including a tornado in 2005, a stage collapse in 2011, and a family of stubborn killdeers in 2018, COVID-19 is one that we cannot overcome in 2020,” executive director Mark Monahan explains in a statement.

Watch Monahan’s full statement below.
 

 
The event, which would have taken place from July 9th to 19th, was set to see performances from Rage Against the Machine, Alanis Morissette, and Daniel Caesar.

Ticketholders will be entitled to a refund, with further information expected to arrive on May 1st, or they can transfer their stubs to 2021. Some of this year’s acts have already been confirmed for next year’s festival, including Billy Talent, Blink-182, Boyz II Men, Dashboard Confessional, July Talk, The National, Sharon Van Etten, and more.