The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest starts today and we have some surprises for you.
1) Daily News
First surprise is the daily news page. This is the place to start your day, every day. Several of us will be reporting and posting from the grounds. This will include concert reviews, interviews with fans, musician and behind the scenes staff. We’ll also be posting videos and pictures and invite you to do the same. Check the news page for instructions.
I’ll be one of the reporters and so will Bill Love, my business partner in crime and our VP of Engineering (and co-founder). We are joined by Todd Snelgrove, a great local musician.
2) Bluesfest Jukebox for LeBreton Flats performers
Last week, we launched Bluesfest Jukebox for the 90+ Bluesfest ByWard acts. We are already getting rave reviews and today, we launched Bluesfest Jukebox for the 220+ LeBreton Flats performers. I’ve been listening to the beta application and I’ve really been enjoying it. I encourage you to leave it on while you work and you’ll discover new acts you’ll not want to miss.
3) New Facebook Bluesfest Viewtube application
The new facebook “bluesfest viewtube” app is even more viral and fun than the first version. You can post performers to your profile and your friends will thank you. You can also quickly scan all the acts and see which of your friends are going to particular shows. You can even post your entire calendar (go to My Calendar to do that)
The traffic we’ve been getting the various viewtube applications has been phenomenal both in terms of total numbers but also in terms of engagement numers (time on site, performances added to calendars and so on). I sincerely hope you enjoy all the tools we’ve built for you especially hope you’ll enjoy all the great acts.
4) Bluesfest ByWard
Ok, this isn’t exactly a surprise, though Thornley was added recently. The Bluesfest ByWard starts Thursday night with awesome acts like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic playing the main stage and a big personal fave for me, Matt Mays playing at Capital Music Hall (On the Hood was the first song I ever played in front of crowd)