There are countless ways to enjoy the winter season in Canada’s capital, including a new indoor music festival taking place February 15 to 16, 2019! The new event is presented by the acclaimed organizers of the RBC Bluesfest summer music festival, in collaboration with Canada’s winter celebration, Winterlude. They’ve curated 15 free and ticketed acts ranging from favourite local artists to musicians with world-wide roots – all of which reflect Canada’s diverse fabric. Don’t miss the Come See and Hear the World festival during the last weekend of Winterlude in Ottawa!
Acclaimed artists from near and far will showcase their unique sounds at ticketed as well as free events.
Ticketed events include:
- Tanya Tagaq (Cambridge Bay, NU): The award-winning Inuk throat singer will read from her bestselling book “Split Tooth”; the first 300 attendees receive a copy.
- William Prince (Toronto, ON): Folk and country artist raised on the Peguis First Nation, MB
- Dwayne Gretzky (Toronto, ON): Music collective celebrating classic and modern hits
- Sudan Archives (Los Angeles, CA, USA): Sudanese-American electro-pop
- Antibalas (Brooklyn, NY, USA): Afrobeat and funk musical collective
- NEFE (Toronto, ON): Soul and regae artist originally from Guelph, ON
- Gabrielle Shonk (Quebec, QC): Bilingual singer-songwriter
- Crystal Shawanda (Nashville, TN, USA): Blues singer raised on the Wikwemikong reserve, ON
- Manx Marriner Mainline: Collaboration between bluesmen Harry Manx (Toronto, ON) and MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner (Ottawa, ON)
The free events also represent Canada’s musical range, including a few favourite local acts that represent Ottawa’s vibrant music scene:
- The Commotions (Ottawa, ON): Soul and pop
- Julian Taylor Band (Toronto, ON): Multi-genre group
- ASUQUOMO, formerly Morris Ogbowu (Ottawa, ON): Nigerian Canadian
- BlakDenim (Ottawa, ON): Neo-soul hiphop
- John and Dom Dias (Toronto, ON): Punk-infused hiphop
- Fateh (Toronto, ON): Sikh-influenced hiphop rap
Four indoor venues
No matter the weather, you can enjoy these sweet sounds from the warm interior of four venues in Ottawa’s city centre. Ticketed shows will be held at two churches known for their atmosphere and acoustics: Southminster United Church, and the Fourth Avenue Baptist Church. Free shows will take place at two venues at Lansdowne in the Glebe neighbourhood: Craft Beer Market and Industria Pizzeria and Bar.
Admission for ticketed events can be purchased in advance on the event website, and prices vary based on the type of show (single or double bill) and artists featured. A full festival pass offers the best value and access to all the performances. The free events are first come first serve.
Visit the Come See and Hear the World website for details on the performances and to get your tickets. A perfect addition to a Winterlude visit Ottawa!