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Hadassa Igirubuntu • JUL 19, 2024

 

Le voisinage rassemblé autour de la maison de la victime ainsi que des policiers sur le lieu de crime. (Hadassa Igirubuntu/ CHUO)

Un jeune homme du nom de Husain Dahis est retrouvé mort, mardi soir, le 16 juillet 2024 à Orléans après s’être fait tirer dessus à plusieurs reprises.

 

Mardi dernier, dans le bloc 600 du croissant de Trigoria, à proximité du boulevard Coburn Brian dans l’Est de la ville d’Ottawa, de multiples coups successifs ont été entendus dans le voisinage. L’homme tué était un adulte âgé de 26 ans. Il est retrouvé sans vie dans sa voiture devant sa maison avec une blessure à la tête causée par des balles tirées à plusieurs reprises.

 

Les voisins et leurs témoignages

Les voisins racontent qu’ils ont entendu la voix d’un homme crier dehors sans toutefois appeler de l’aide, selon le témoignage d’une voisine qui habite tout juste à côté. S’ensuivit puis plusieurs coups de feu, terminant avec un bruit de moteur de voiture qui roulait à grande vitesse, quittant ainsi le lieu de crime abandonnant le corps inerte sur place.

Peu de gens se doutaient qu’il s’agissait là d’un meutre, puisque la banlieue d’Orléans a pour réputation d’être un milieu calme. Selon les informations disponibles, les victimes se limitent à Husain Dahis, l’auteur du meurtre ayant quitté les lieux directement après avoir commis l’acte criminel. Ce n’est qu’une fois que les voisins ont sorti et constatées le sort du jeune homme qu’ils se sont empressés d’appeler le 911, aux alentours de 20h30.

Plusieurs voitures de polices à proximité de la scène de crime, le milieu est sécurisé et les citoyens peuvent circuler librement (Hadassa Igirubuntu/ CHUO)

C’est autour de 9 heures du matin, le lendemain du meutre, que la scène de crime fut nettoyé, ne laissant que quelques rubans jaunes délinéant le périmètre de sécurité suite à l’incident causant la mort du jeune homme. Cet incident marque le quinzième cas d’homicide dans la ville d’Ottawa cette année.

Aucune arrestation n’a eu lieu à présent selon la police, qui précise qu’il n’y à pas de danger évident pour le public, croyant que l’attaque était ciblée. L’enquête est toujours en cours.

 

Pour toute information pertinente en rapport avec cette situation, veuillez contacter l’Unité des homicides de la Police d’Ottawa au 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.

Un homme de 26 ans abattu par balle à Orléans

Hadassa Igirubuntu • JUL 19, 2024

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Lauren Roulston • Jul 17, 2024

Artwork for the Bank Block Tenants, courtesy of Colin White (www.ColinWhite.ca)

 

Despite being asked to do so by their building’s owners, the Bank Block Tenants aren’t leaving. They’re organizing against recent eviction notices issued for redevelopment plans and intensification, commonly referred to as demovictions.

(Photo courtesy of Julie Ivanoff)

The Bank St. buildings between Nepean St. and Lisgar St. has been home to many of these tenants through the years, providing relatively low-costs in rent. For many, the eviction orders threaten their access to housing especially as Ottawa’s housing crisis goes on.

Julie Ivanoff is one of the tenants organizing against the demoviction orders. They’ve been spreading awareness through the Bank Block Tenants website and engaging with the community. CHUO was able to reach Ivanoff for an interview over Zoom to discuss the Bank Block Tenants’ organizing efforts, here’s that conversation:





 

LAUREN ROULSTON: For a brief intro, 211-231 Bank Street Holdings is the owner of the downtown Ottawa block that we’re going to be talking about today. It’s a strip on Bank St. between Nepean St. and Lisgar St. Smart Living Properties (SLP) is the company’s development manager, and they’ve redevelopment plans that include a nine-storey tower that the city has yet to approve of, as far as I’m concerned.

Before they begin with any demolitions a mass eviction is central to the project which is leaving so many tenants vulnerable to displacement and homelessness. So, as one of the Bank Block Tenants, can you tell me about how this has affected you?

 

JULIE IVANOFF: Well it’s been hard on everyone because this has been ongoing for over a year. So as we’ve been organizing and resisting this demoviction and also having to research and understand our rights as tenants and which processes are involved, whether they come from the city or the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) and also what power the actual landlord has.

That’s been exhausting and challenging for us to navigate because it’s difficult to get that information and it’s difficult to get clear help and understanding. I mean, the best help that we’ve had is from other tenants who’ve gone through this process, when we’ve been lucky enough to connect with them and other people who’ve also organized.

But it’s been stressful for everyone. Especially since the property managers have been – how to describe it – they’ve been bullying us. And they’ve been going above and beyond what I think is ethical or even just considerable ways to treat people, especially when we’re talking about vulnerable people and taking full advantage of them.

So it’s been really tough to just go home after organizing. Or every time that you’re home thinking, ‘well, do I need to pack up and leave?’ every time you hear the door knock. ‘Who’s at my door? What are they going to say to me, what are they going to tell me I can or cannot do,’ and I don’t know how long I can be here, and that’s stress.

And also even talking to our neighbours, that stress is really hard to manage.

 

(Photo courtesy of Julie Ivanoff)

 

LR: Wow, I want to pick up on the property manager’s response and the bullying that you said of in a second, but as far as the unity within the tenants coming together to figure out a plan forward, I kind of want to touch on that first. There’s a lot of tenants who have refused to leave after the landlord has issued this eviction notice, and I kind of want to check in, how many tenants are actually still there right now?

 

JI: There’s around 20 tenants.

 

LR: Yourself included?

 

JI: Yep, absolutely. And that’s between both buildings. So there’s two residential buildings on this block and the rest of them are commercial. Those unfortunately have already been evicted, excepting one commercial unit.

 

LR: So like you said, big stress factors. What were the Bank St. Block Tenants like, demographically speaking?

 

JI: Oh, it’s diverse. Completely across the board. I mean, we’ve got all age groups from students to seniors. Oh gosh, all races, genders, varying disabilities and accessabilities.

It’s – yeah, I don’t think there’s anything we have in common besides being people trying to keep our homes.

 

Artwork for the Bank Block Tenants, (courtesy of Colin White/www.ColinWhite.ca)

 

LR: Of course, and that’s like the goal at the end of the day – I guess if I could kind of like, get you to explain the goal of this organizing and this resistance right now.

 

JI: Well the goal is to keep our homes. It doesn’t make any sense that in this supposed housing crisis that mass eviction is critical to contributing or adding more homes, like it just doesn’t make any sense, they have to make sure that people can’t live here anymore in order to meet that demand, yet homelessness is part of that plan? I just think that it’s outrageous.

So we’re just trying to keep our homes. Especially, you know, since some of us have lived here for several decades.

 

LR: Yeah, yeah, since like the 80s or 90s is what I read. I remember reading on the Bank Block Tenants website that if the new development plans were to open up their doors and keep the current tenants it would only take up about 5% of the units.

What does that signal to you that the property owners haven’t moved forward with that plan of action?

 

JI: Well, it just demonstrates that there’s no interest in actually providing housing. This is temporary accommodation they’re looking to build. This isn’t home, this isn’t community building for the city, it’s not trying to maintain the people who’ve already contributed to this community or keep them here.

It’s not looking out for basic rights, it’s all about profit and that’s so disheartening. It’s so disheartening that there aren’t any regulations that are protecting the rights of existing tenants or allowing people to rent and have houses.

Even the word, just to speak about ‘permission’ to keep our homes, it’s just outrageous that we even need to consider this. Like, home ownership and having an income or lifestyle that can maintain that is the only way that you get a place to live is so disappointing for the capital of Canada.

 

Artwork for the Bank Block Tenants, (courtesy of Colin White/www.ColinWhite.ca)

 

LR: As required of a lot of renovictions and demovictions, the owners have had to give out relocation money, which from what I’ve read tenants are saying this is not enough. Can you walk me through why this is falling short, especially in today’s housing market?

 

JI: Well, it’s about what actually helps us versus following the rules that are already in place. So Smart Living has talked about giving us up to one year’s rent. That’s what it says on the contract that they gave us. They’ve offered us three months.

Now if you’re paying $500, for three months that doesn’t give you rent for one month in a one-bedroom at the current circumstances, which is just insane.

If we go and look at the properties they have available for rent, it doesn’t help us rent from them. So they’re not contributing to affordable or accessible housing and that goes against everything they claim to be standing for, or that the city says they’re supporting.

 

LR: And I guess, to pull it back on that point to the communications that you guys have had with the development managers, can you tell me about what that has been like?

 

JI: Well, we’re on our second property manager. It’s been so difficult to talk to them. They refuse to talk to us as a group, they refuse to communicate to us in any way besides knocking on doors and dropping off threats using N13s or L2s.

If it isn’t a threat for eviction, they’re just not communicating with us. Our current property manager, Andrew Amin, he’s actively said ‘no, I’m not talking to you.’ He runs away from us, he refuses to speak to me in our buildings and it’s brutal. It’s just tough that they come in barking orders and then leave.

 

LR: How does that feel for your like, day-to-day? This is your home and you’re having to put up with those circumstances, how does that feel for you and the rest of the tenants?

 

JI: Well, it’s stressful, nobody likes it. But at the same time it’s just kind of ridiculous. It’s not professional, so it doesn’t give me any reason to respect the company or believe in anything they say. There’s no way that I can actually support any of the regulations in place and respect those either because if they’re going to be playing dirty I’m like, ‘am I back in kindergarten?’ Like, what are we going to do here?

It’s kind of silly and it’s been pretty amazing to see the help of a lot of our friends, community members who have been supporters who’ve become our friends who are here to say, ‘hey, this is nonsense, nobody should have to deal with this, and we want to give you a hand because not everybody is not able to protect themselves or stand up to it.

 

(Photo courtesy of Julie Ivanoff, pictured second from the right)

 

LR: And like you said, $500 times three months rent doesn’t begin to cover it. I was reading that in January a report on the average one-bedroom apartment in Ottawa is around $2,000. So that’s leaving a lot of people at risk of not having a home, which is terrifying given that the city is facing a housing and homelessness crisis.

Demovictions, renovictions – a big part of that. So in this case of intensification, what do these current attitudes that you’re getting from the development management, Smart Living Properties, what do these attitudes tell you about how they feel about tenants rights?

 

JI: It’s not about people, it’s only about profit. That’s very clear in every way, like you said their initial proposal 297 units now it’s gone down to 263 yet 263 units and there’s about 20 of us, none of those 263 are accessible. What sense does that make?

I mean, yes housing is really important, yes we absolutely need housing in this city but what types of sacrifices need to be made for that, and why aren’t they financial? Instead it’s going to be people? What are the ethics behind that?

I just – I don’t understand how the city is helping with that – if you want to talk about provincial politics like, how are they actually protecting people or helping people in any way?

 


LR: I guess, is it plausible to hope that the city council disapproves any plans going forward with this development?

 

JI: That would be really nice, admittedly I have no way of knowing what to think about that. I mean, I know that we have support from our councillor, but that’s only one person out of how many, so we’ll have to wait and see.

 

LR: So what’s the general attitude right now within the 20 of you that are still there? I know you mentioned the stress, of course, but what has the planning and unification looked like?

 

JI: It’s really great to get to know our neighbours and I just love seeing them in my everyday encounter, and it’s nice to have something to like, a baseline that we can connect on even though it’s not the nicest.

But it’s nice to have these friends and say, you know, ‘hey, how’s it going? How are you doing?’ and also seeing people saying, ‘yeah we’re in this, we’re holding on and we’re all together,’ and that support and solidarity that is now, in my opinion unquestionable, that is so special and it helps me find the confidence because all of the work that we’ve been doing to organize but also, all of the help that we’ve had from the community is really empowering and it’s nice to see that, you know, despite our stress all that help really does give us a positive outlook and really is energizing.

 

LR: That’s amazing, that show of unity in really tough circumstances. I think you said it’s been like a year of going through this together, so it’s great to do that, like I said together. What was that initial moment like when you guys first found out about the redevelopment plans?

 

JI: Oh that was unbelievable because I think I found out an hour or two before the actual presentation to the city. The only reason I found out is because there was an email sent out from one of my neighbours about a posting saying, ‘hey, did you know there’s this public consultation happening.’

And again, if I didn’t happen to check my email, if I was unavailable, I would have missed it. And then to see that this whole proposal has already been evaluated, also hearing that there’s absolutely no consideration for what exists here before. I mean we’re in a heritage area. Places like Wallack’s are staples, I mean they’re staples to me and the artists that work here.

There’s nothing that involves art studios or arts in addition to the people who still live here. There’s nothing involving how this is going to contribute to community, I mean especially when it comes to things like finding out that the majority of units are going to be furnished bachelor apartments.

How is this actually contributing to any type of diversity that I think is familiar and pivotal to Centretown? I like being here because I know there’s a place for everyone. But no, there’s only a place for people who don’t have furniture, don’t have identities, don’t have unique things about them, and don’t have partners, dogs, cats, family members or friends to visit? Nope.

This is – it feels like a jail cell, and I thought ‘ok, this is what happens in a housing crisis.’

 

LR: The housing crisis is – to pull it back to the current state in Ottawa – to get on to a subsidized housing list that might take over five years, there’s about 12,000 on the list right now.

So without that regard for the current tenants – I guess another instance that I saw was that out of the over 2,400 pages for the development planning that the SLP submitted, the current tenants weren’t mentioned once. So is that something that the management developers have been able to address with you, or has it just been brick-wall ignoring?

 

JI: Oh, absolutely ignoring. There’s no communication between what their proposed development changes are and us, except for ‘get out and do this quickly and we will make your lives really stressful if you refuse.’

 

LR: So you guys have really had to put in the work to figure this out yourself to unite and say, ‘no we’re not going to give up our homes,’ right?

 

JI: Exactly, and I guess one of the more radical things that we’ve been doing is actually talking to our neighbours about this, and it’s a double-edged sword. It’s nice to know that you’re not alone but it’s so disheartening to hear about how many people who’ve already been through this process and didn’t know what their rights are and didn’t have a choice and lost their homes and so now they’re in new ones or they’re in threats of renoviction or they’re in the same process as us.

That’s unbelievable that there are so many within a couple blocks of Bank Block.

 

LR: And for anyone who might be listening who could be in a similar circumstance, could you walk us through what some of those rights are that you do have as tenants that you can hold close?

 

JI: Okay, well it really depends on what they’re being served with, but one of the things that I learned that I had no idea, is that the Landlord and Tenant Board is the only organization that can remove you from your home.

So if there’s threats saying that the landlord says ‘no, you have to be out by a month,’ that’s a lie. You have to go through a hearing process. They need to prove that there’s reason to evict you. I mean, of course historically, the Landlord and Tenant Board has sided with the landlord.

I don’t know if that’s in the process of changing, I’d like to hope that it is. But until you go through that process, nobody can kick you out. That’s just a flat out lie.

Once you get your N13, that’s saying, ‘hey we need you to leave.’ So for us that’s, ‘we need you to leave because we’re going to be demolishing that building.’ That’s a four-month process and you have to wait for that to be complete before they can go to the Landlord and Tenant Board, Landlord and Tenant Board will give you an L2, that means you’re going to be going through a hearing.

But when that happens, I have no idea. Sometimes I’ve heard that the wait time is seven to nine months. I’ve heard nine months to a year, I’ve heard well over a year, I’ve heard multiple things depending on what time of the day I’ve been calling.

But everybody has to go through that process before they can evict you.

 

LR: Was this something that you were aware of before going through this yourself?

 

JI: Absolutely not. I have never been evicted, I have been renting for most of my 20 years in Ottawa and this has never come up so I had no idea what to do.

 

LR: Okay, and so if anyone wants to support the Bank Block Tenants and these efforts and your ongoing organizing, how could the community get involved?

 

JI: There’s multiple ways. They could go to our website, bankblocktenants.ca. There, there’s a link to the city portal so they can have a look at the proposal that’s going up on the block and it’s still open for comments since it hasn’t been approved.

So if you want to read through the documents or not, but you’re in support of tenants having rights or accessible housing or opposing eviction for more housing, you can write that in and tell that to the city and let them know.

We took out a request for information back in February, and there were around 100 comments then, so there are a lot of people who are outspoken about this, because it’s not just about Bank Block, this is just one example of the many new developments and I think that anybody who’s renting is at threat.

So if you go to our website, or you can also email [email protected] and you’ll get in touch with myself and my neighbours.

 

LR: And then, are there any advancements coming up that people should keep their eye out for?

 

JI: We actually meet outside at Bank and Lisgar at 3 p.m. on Saturdays, so you can come and talk to us, talk to the people who volunteer with us, and if there’s anybody who’s going through the same process or wants to support us or help, or have questions or just talk and share, come and meet us there.

We’ve been out there for a couple of months now and we’re going to keep doing that just to bring awareness in case there are other people who are going through this just so that way they can be educated, because I think that again, this threatens everybody or anybody who’s renting who isn’t paying exorbitant amounts of rent.

 

LR: Those were all the questions that I had for you today actually, but is there anything else that you would like to add?

 

JI: I guess the only thing I want to say is if you’re shy or nervous about confronting these large landlords or the city about these things, I understand that that can be scary but voices count and they do move things. So as difficult and as challenging as that can be, I’ve learned through this process that it does help, it does matter, and if we can organize that’s when we have the greatest power and there are a lot more of us than there are landlords and we’re also voters so we matter, so not to be shy.

And if you need some encouragement, again, come out on Saturdays and I’ll help pump you up and we’ve got a whole team of people who can show you how this has actually helped and coming together and fighting this does make a difference.

 

LR: Well that feels like a great point to end on, thank you for making the time to speak with me today.

 

JI: Thank you so much.

Bank Block Tenants resisting mass eviction amid housing crisis: QA

Jul 17, 2024 • Lauren Roulston

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Vuk Cvetanovic • JUL 17, 2024

On Tuesday the 11th of June, a host of talented athletes, artists, and activists marked the landmark occasion of the annual Empower the Youth event, in collaboration with OPIRG, CHUO, and the Anti-Racist Students Association (ARSA).

CHUO’s Parujee (Mickey) Akarasewi with event organizer Karine Coen-Sanchez (Abhinav Sreshtra\ CHUO)

Founded by Karine Coen-Sanchez to promote institutional balance and address institutional racism, the “Empower the Youth” initiative is committed to celebrating and highlighting exceptional athletes and social rights activists among the secondary schools of Ottawa, while also providing an insight into the struggles and triumphs of Ottawa-based talents.

Held at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium, the show began with a dazzling performance by afro-beat dance troupe Africa Must Dance, who amazed the spectators with a variety of routines, all backed by the DJ talents of DJ Mass and CHUO.
Following their performance was the varied repertoire of Philadelphia-born but Ottawa based rapper Bobby Brugal, who energized the crowd with a diverse repertoire of songs old and new.

Bobby Brugal performing on stage. (Vuk Cvetanovic \ CHUO)

Backed by an encore performance of Africa Must Dance, the dynamism of the scene led many to break into dance, waving their hands and stomping the ground.

Closing his performance with a rendition of a yet-unreleased song, the stage was set for the awards, but not without some words of encouragement.
A trio of speeches by eminent members of the black community in Ottawa shone a light on a variety of topics, ranging from art to sport to spiritual journeys to community issues, but all focused on the inspiration and transformational nature of lived experience, as well as the devotion the speakers feel towards their passions.

Tolorunlogo Akinrinola describing his path towards his passion. (Vuk Cvetanovic \ CHUO)


Firstly, Tolorunlogo Akinrinola, a photographer and social activist, presented his journey from student to artist to community figure. A devoted athlete in high school, he picked up photography in college, and became the witness of a simple pastime becoming a veritable passion. His art, then, became a way of ‘’telling people more about myself, and adding a new voice to my community that I did not see’’. A variety of his artworks were displayed across the room, acting as a figurative journey reflecting the artist’s life.

Capturing snapshots describing spiritual journeys, internal and external struggles, and the black community as a whole, Akinirinola was able to discover far more than a simple hobby, all motivated by a simple question; What can I do for my community?


“Bringing that [artistic] side of myself into the community… to find new and innovative ways to tell new stories… allowed me to make my voice known.”

– Tolorunlogo Akininirola

The microphone was then given over to Coach K, who shared his own journey from sport to music, and back to sport in his work as a skills development coach.
Cultivating a passion for basketball, he changed course, working in the audio scene in New York, signing artists and working with various music labels, but decided to follow a calling back to sports, a passion that was further rekindled by the birth of a child. Speaking of the difficult journey towards equal rights in sports as a microcosm of the greater fight for equality, he talked of “making sports and human rights make sense”, as well as the opportunities living one’s passion presents.
Above all else, the coach was quick to underline that it is critical to ‘’do what you love’’, both in the space of a career and in life. Living his passion, he takes players to the next level, and proudly told the audience about the professional-level players he had cultivated.

Coach K on stage speaking about his passions. (Abhinav Sreshtra\ CHUO)

Mercedes Cole speaking at Empower the Youth (Abhinav Sreshtra\ CHUO)


A highlight of the event was a short speech by Pan-American and Olympian athlete, as well as University of Ottawa student, Mercedes Cole. Beginning by describing her path towards those successes, she emphasized the foundation they were built on was crafted in struggle. In her words, she frequently felt “ like I was on the outside”, in the middle of a milieu where the rich, light-skinned, and rugby as a family sport was the norm, a difficult challenge for many aspiring athletes.
In spite of successes such as joining Canada’s national team, motivation was increasingly difficult to find, and during the period of COVID-19 continuing felt like, as cited, ‘’one of the scariest things I ever did.’’

Even so, the determination to keep going was bolstered by her mentor, Ariel Dubisette-Borrice, a former rugby player, who reminded her to keep moving forward, a decision that paid dividends. Knowing how many people have supported and pushed her forward towards her current successes, she now desires to pave the way to triumph not just for her, but for any aspiring athlete who fits outside the norm.

Finally, the awards ceremony called the selected students to the stage, with the candidates coming from secondary schools both English and French. Excelling in both their athletic field and in the battleground of social engagement, they proved themselves to go above and beyond in their pursuits, and were thus duly rewarded.

The athletes displaying their awards (Vuk Cvetanovic \ CHUO)


The memorable afternoon was appreciated by many of the young athletes, with thankful comments applauding the organization of the event, as well as for “showing that people appreciate me and the difference that I’ve made”, a well-deserved sentiment. By celebrating both athletic achievements and social initiative, these young students are primed to cultivate an ever-more engaged, active, and conscientious community. Citing Mercedes Cole, the students have “ come together to celebrate and talk about sport and the future”, creating a network of like-minded social movers with ambitions equal to their athletic skills. To highlight social injustices and athletic inequalities, the work done by these students of black identity is cardinal, and their recognition is a crucial step in the ever-evolving struggle towards equity in all walks of life.

Sports are a human right – Empower the Youth celebrates outstanding athletes

Jul 9, 2024 • Vuk Cvetanovic

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Ana Sofia de la Parra • Jul 8, 2024

 

(Ana Sofia de la Parra/CHUO)

BluesFest kicked off its highly anticipated 30th edition with an explosion of music and energy in Ottawa. On Jul. 4, 2024, the festival began at LeBreton Flats, setting the stage for a summer of diverse musical experiences in Canada’s capital.

The festival’s second day continued the momentum with a lineup that showcased various artists across various stages, offering something for every musical taste.

Headlining the RBC Stage, Canadian rock icons Nickelback returned to BluesFest, drawing a massive crowd of a reported 30,000 people. Known for their 2000s hits and powerful stage presence, the rock band delivered a nostalgic set including fan-favourites like “Photograph,” “This Afternoon,” and “Rockstar.”

Nickelback’s frontman Chad Kroeger on the RBC Stage’s big screen (Ana Sofia de la Parra/CHUO)

Nickelback’s performance didn’t just bring back memories of their early days performing at Ottawa’s ByWard Market, but it also reaffirmed their status as one of Canada’s most beloved bands.

Over at the River Stage, Noah Cyrus played a mesmerizing set and captivated the audience with her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Despite performing simultaneously with Nickelback, Cyrus captivated her young audience with emotionally charged songs like “Make Me Cry,” and “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus.”

However, due to sharing the same time slot as the band her crowd was significantly smaller. Still, her performance created a contrasting yet entreating atmosphere, showcasing her talent and connecting deeply with listeners.

Adding to the day’s lineup Warren Zeiders made a big impression with his soulful tunes, including “Pretty Little Poison,” and “Weeping Willow,” which earned him numerous cheers from attendees who discovered his music for the first time.

Friday at BluesFest was not just about the music – it was a celebration of community and culture. Despite the threat of rain, the weather held off, providing ideal conditions for the fans to immerse themsleves in these cohorts and have a grand time at the festival.

Saturday saw performances from Ottawa rapper and CHUO’s own programming director, City Fidelia. He opened for Killer Mike and 50 Cent with signature freestyles and hits like “Soulmate.”

City Fidelia opens the RBC Stage at Bluesfest, Sat. Jul. 6 2024 (Parujee Akarasewi/CHUO)

Fidelia engaged the crowd with chants and backgrounds on some of his songs, dedicated to family and friends. He ignited the stage with hometown pride and infectious energy, setting the tone for the night.

Mt. Joy’s performance was a pleasant surprise, exceeding expectations and drawing in a packed audience that stretched from the stage barricades to the War Museum entrance.

Meanwhile, at the Barney Danson Theatre, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers’ unique accordion-led performance was a delightful addition to the festival’s eclectic lineup, leaving festival-goers surprised and intrigued.

Fan-favourtie Killer Mike’s powerful presence and socially conscious lyrics resonated deeply with the crowd, addressing topics ranging from teen parenthood to reproductive rights. Killer Mike delivered a stellar performance and used his platform to advocate for important social issues, elevating the evening’s significance.

Despite a passing rainstorm, around 20,000 fans eagerly awaited 50 Cent’s headline act. True to form, the legendary rapper delivered a show-stopping performance, complete with dazzling lighting effects, smoke, and pyrotechnics.

The American rapper’s BluesFest performance also coincided with his birthday.

Backed by a dynamic team of dancers, 50 Cent electrified the crowd with his iconic hits like “In Da Club,” “Candy Shop,” and “P.I.M.P.,” showcasing his trademark style in a striking blue tracksuit and eye-catching chain.

The Bluesfest energy was palpable and the atmosphere was electric as fans came together to enjoy the live music.

As BluesFest continues in Ottawa, music fans can look forward to more memorable performances and unique experiences from the festival’s commitment to showcasing emerging artists as well as famous ones. Keep the energy high and allow BluesFest to deliver unforgettable moments as well as affirming its spot as a highlight of summertime in the capital.

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