Ottawa will be staging a host of vibrant music festivals this summer with some of the biggest names from the world of pop, folk and classical music in attendance.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Noel Gallagher will be amongst several high-profile artists to play to locals and to visitors wanting to make the most of the city’s live music scene.
The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival returns for its 36th edition at Confederation Park and the National Arts Centre from June 22 to July 3 (Visit ottawajazzfestival.com) with the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest taking place July 7-17, which has expanded to become the largest music festival in the region attracting more than 300,000 people last year. This year’s line-up features such wide-ranging talent as Nelly, The Monkees, Duran Duran, Noel Gallagher and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Visit ottawabluesfest.ca
For those interested in classical music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival takes place July 21 to August 3. The event, which is the largest of its kind in the world, includes more than 100 concerts by renowned artists at venues across downtown Ottawa. The festival kicks off with a performance by the soprano Marie-Josée Lord at the Dominion Chalmers United Church. In her intimate new production, Femmes, the Haitian-born Canadian uses music to explore the ‘women who inhabit her, who drive and inspire her’. Another highlight will be a cross-cultural concert from the Gryphon Trio, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Visit ottawachamberfest.com
Dozens of other eclectic music festivals and events are set to take place in the city throughout the summer and also sees indie-folk quartet Mumford & Sons perform to nearly 20,000 fans at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre on June 12, following Pearl Jam who played at the same venue on May 8.
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