Festivals in the News


From Bach to tango and back, Chamberfest’s 20th anniversary edition to feature 120 concerts

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Roman Borys is a patient hunter. The artistic director of Ottawa’s Chamberfest, one of the world’s largest festivals of its kind, sometimes waits for years before he lands his prizes — great artists in high ... read more »


The Outsider: Danish writer stays on the fringes in his novels

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Once upon a time there was a 25-year-old Dane named Jonas who lived in comfortable Copenhagen. Despite the fact that he lived in a comfortable country in comfortable surroundings, Jonas was not happy and he made bad ... read more »


New works lead the way in GCTC’s 2014-15 season

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Classic Canadian plays are decisively not on the bill for the 40th season of The Great Canadian Theatre Company. The enticingly varied 2014-2015 lineup was announced Tuesday by artistic director Eric Coates. “There’s ... read more »


Canadian Tulip Festival returns to where the flowers bloom

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The Canadian Tulip Festival returns next month to Queen Juliana Park with a full slate of programming that will include a floral fireworks show, a midway and food concessions. After a two-year absence, the festival is ... read more »


Nuit Blanche reveals theme for artists 2014

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The theme for Ottawa-Gatineau’s third Nuit Blanche will go straight to the heart of the one-night festival of art on the streets. The official theme for artists in Nuit Blanche 2014 will be “Bypass,” an allusion to ... read more »


You can Be in the Band at Bluesfest

[Link: Metro News] Devon Lefebvre-Heath has already been in the band. The 16-year-old led his band Orion onto the Black Sheep Stage at Ottawa Bluesfest last year and crooned in front of a crowd he never thought he would be singing to. He ... read more »


Hanging in there: Ottawa Children’s fest offers a plethora of possibilities for young audiences

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] From giant puppet dinosaurs from Australia to tiny puppet people from Canada, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival is bringing the world to the lawn in front of the Canadian War Museum May 9 to 14. After a year ... read more »


Portraits of Bluesfest: Goodbye, and thanks to all

For the past five years I’ve organized a fundraiser called Portraits of Bluesfest, which raised money for Blues in the Schools, the non-profit program that takes musicians into public schools to introduce kids to making music. I’ve decided to ... read more »


Cuban Film at Latin American Film Festival in Canada

[Link: Radio Cadena Agramonte] The Cuban feature film Habanastation, by director Ian Padron, participates in the 18th edition of the Latin American Film Festival of Ottawa, organized by the Latin American embassies to that city and by the ... read more »


The School of Bluesfest Festival to offer instruction in music and the arts in renovated church

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Ottawa’s Bluesfest is going back to school — literally. The Bluesfest School of Music and Art will open at the end of April, offering classes in visual arts, guitar and harmonica, filmmaking and animation, even ... read more »