Festival and Event Industry


New home for Bluesfest School of Music and Art

[Link: Kitchissippi Times] The former Westboro United Church may no longer be filled with parishioners singing hymns, but the 100 year-old building will ring with music once again. This spring it will house the Bluesfest School of Music and Art.


Lowertown Brewery will become the official beer supplier of the race weekend

[Link: OBJ] The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has signed up a new sponsor. The deal will see the 10-kilometre run named for the brewery. Lowertown's beer will also be sold at the race weekend’s concert series.


City wants input from feds on celebrating Canada’s 150th

[Link: CBCnews] Our job is to take the events we have and Canadianize them or supersize them to make them bigger and better in that particular year.


Chianello: Let’s have a proper party for 2017 — even if we have to pay for it

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] To hear Mayor Jim Watson tell it, 2017 is going to be one fantastic year in the capital. More events, bigger festivals, an additional 1.75 million visitors, a Canada Day celebration that spans an entire week.


Jim Watson has big plans for 2017

[Link: CBCnews Video] Mayor wants Ottawa to be hub for Canada's 150th birthday.


Mayor Watson wants business buy in for 2017 celebrations

[Link: OBJ.ca] It is a once in a generation economic opportunity for businesses and communities,” Mr. Watson said, according to his prepared remarks. “Simply put, these celebrations can bring in tens of thousands of new visitors and hundreds of ... read more »


City needs help to throw 150th Anniv. bash, Watson tells businesses

[Link: Ottawa Sun] Watson said the city should “super size” existing events — such as Winterlude and the Sparks St. New Year’s Eve party — in the months before Canada Day in 2017.  


City festivals: $2.3 billion GDP, 50,000 jobs, $1 billion in taxes

[Link: Festivals and Events Ontario] Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) released updated research-based information about its Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Partnership Program March 20 confirming the importance of festivals and events to ... read more »


The Ottawa Kennel Club All Breed Conformation & Obedience Dog Shows

The Ottawa Kennel Club is Canada's oldest, authenticated Club in Canada and was founded by Perley George Keyes and his partner Alfred Geddes in an agreement dated August 4, 1887. Documentation to this effect is kept on file with the Club's ... read more »


Calabogie Blues & Ribfest

[Announcement] August 15, 16 & 17 at Calabogie Peaks Resort Cost: Ranges from $15 to $100, depending on camping, full weekend, one day pass etc... Description: Calabogie Blues & Ribfest will feature Eastern Ontario's BEST blues ... read more »