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Ottawa Bluesfest (Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest) is an annual outdoor music festival that takes place each July in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While ostensibly focused on blues, the festival has increasingly showcased mainstream pop and rock acts in recent years. The Ottawa Bluesfest has become the largest blues festival in Canada, and the second largest in North America.
The festival was first held in 1994 at Majors Hill Park with the performance of Clarence Clemons, attracting 5,000 spectators. In 1997, the festival was moved to Confederation Park to provide more space. In 1998, over 80,000 people attended the festival. In 1999, the festival was moved to LeBreton Flats and was attracting over 220,000 people by 2001.