LET THE MUSIC PLAY Summer means music in Canada’s capital
- While Canada Day (July 1) is the biggest one-day party in Ottawa—complete with concerts, great food and spectacular fireworks—it's also the last day of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 20-July 1) and it features free concerts for all.
- The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (July 4-14) continues the fun, but with an eclectic mix of music—yes, there's B.B. King, but there's also Björk, Dixie Chicks, Rush and Weezer to enjoy. Bluesfest shares its dates (and maybe even some of its audience) with Music and Beyond, an exploration of classical music... and more, including Sam Roberts, Andrew Tunis, Julie Nesrallah and a concert on a pirate ship sailing along the Rideau Canal.
- The world-renowned Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (July 25-Aug. 8) presents many of its concerts in churches. Catch the Gryphon Trio with Measha Brueggergosman and Martin Beaver, Marc-André Hamelin, and the New Zealand String Quartet.
- The Arboretum Arts Festival(Aug. 16-17) is only in its second year, but it's getting lots of buzz for its marriage of great indie music (Jim Bryson, local Ottawa band Roberta Bondar, Owen Pallett) and delicious food with a focus on local.
- Capital Pride (Aug. 16-25) is not just about the music but about all things celebrating our vibrant LGBT communities, culminating in a giant parade past Parliament Hill and through downtown Ottawa.
- The Ottawa Folk Festival (Sept. 4-8) has announced an amazing lineup, including Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Vampire Weekend, Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, and the Sheepdogs.
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