Summertime and the music is breezy! Open-air music festivals pack an acoustic punch
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 3-13) continues the fun as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Don’t let the name fool you—from Blake Shelton to Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), the Barenaked Ladies, The Killers, Journey, Lady Antebellum, Moist and lots more, audiences have an eclectic mix of music to enjoy. Bluesfest also overlaps its dates (and maybe even some of its audience) with Music and Beyond (July 5-17) an exploration of classical music including an opening gala with Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist and composer Branford Marsalis.
The world-renowned Ottawa Chamberfest (July 24-August 7) also celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014, with many of its concerts in churches. This year, you’ll hear opera legend Sondra Radvanovsky as well as a group of all-star soloists including Amanda Forsythe, Krisztina Szabó, Reginald L. Mobley, and Colin Balzer who perform Handel’s first oratorio.
The Arboretum Festival (August 18-23), now in its third year, marries great indie music including Ottawa’s progressive arts scene (Fiftymen, Hilotrons and Her Harbour) with delicious food (with a focus on local).
Capital Pride (August 18-24) is not just about the music but about all things celebrating Ottawa's vibrant LGBT communities, including a parade through the Village down Bank Street on Sunday, August 24.
Yet another 20th anniversary shout-out goes to the Ottawa Folk Festival (September 10-14). This year’s lineup includes Lorde, Serena Ryder, Blue Rodeo, Craig Cardiff and more.
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