If you live in the Ottawa area, then you’ve surely heard of Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. In my opinion it’s hands down the most entertaining 12 days in the city. And this year is shaping up to be one of the most impressive line-ups in Bluesfest’s 16 year history.

If you haven’t heard of Bluesfest, or if you think you wouldn’t like any of the 260+ acts that appear, you can preview the talent in advance using various social media tools.

You can now keep up-to-date on the news and concert updates by following Bluesfest on Twitter, Facebook, and the Bluesfest ViewTube.

All these new tools will make it easier for music fans to check out new bands before heading down to LeBreton Flats in July, said Bluesfest artistic director Mark Monahan. “We hope that people will use it to discover new music.”

Check out the Bluesfest ViewTube to watch hours of concert videos of artists who will be appearing at this year’s Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, July 8 to July 19.