Festivals in the News


Chamberfest review: Brentano Quartet kicks off the festival in fine fashion

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Chamberfest Day 1 Brentano String Quartet Dominion-Chalmers United Church Thursday at 7 p.m. So we’re off and running. The 2oth anniversary Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival began Thursday evening with a ... read more »


Jim Watson’s new Puppet

[Link: CTV News] Jim Watson finally has a new puppet. Award winning puppeteer Noreen Young presented the Mayor with a brand new caricature at Ottawa City Hall today. Young is the artistic director of the International Puppets Up! Festival in ... read more »


For the love of music: Volunteers help make the Chamberfest go

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] When Dr. Eileen Overend (PhD literature) moved to Canada from Britain in September 1972 with her husband Dr. Ralph Overend (PhD in science), she was looking for opportunity. Canada beckoned and eventually Ottawa seemed a ... read more »


Buy a unique bar stool, support House of PainT Festival

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The House of PainT festival has an intriguing fundraiser on Thursday, July 24 at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St., in the Arts Court building). At the event, named Recognize, six local artists will create something new on 14 ... read more »


Ottawa Fest Announces Shorts Selections

[Link: Animation Magazine] The Ottawa International Animation Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of short films that will compete for the Grand Prize at this year’s festival running Sept. 17-21. From a total of 2,033 ... read more »


How to be Chamberfest cool

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] What is chamber music? Go ahead, look it up. You’ll find it just below chamber maid and above chamber pot. Depending on your dictionary the definition will read something like: “Music played by a small number of ... read more »


Stepping Into Medieval Times

[Link: Ottawa Life] It’s only 30 minutes from downtown–but the Osgoode Medieval Festival makes you feel as though you are far from home. Inside the Kingdom of Osgoode, there are sword fights, knights clad in shining armour, horses, dancing ... read more »


Concert Review: Ottawa Bluesfest comes into its own with sets from Slash, Childish Gambino and others

[Link: National Post] The Ottawa Bluesfest may have just left its teen years, but judging by the ten day festival’s closing weekend, it’s more vital than ever before. The festival, which boasts one of the most diverse lineups imaginable in ... read more »


How coming together gave two eastern Canadian music festivals a chance to book the world’s biggest acts

[Link: National Post] Earlier this month Lady Gaga, arguably one of the biggest solo touring acts in the world, played a series of shows in Eastern Canada. Under normal circumstances, two of these shows — Ottawa and Quebec City — would be ... read more »


LIO’s Exclusive Interview with the Ottawa Lebanese Festival Chair

[Link: Lebanese in Ottawa] Opening in one day, the Ottawa Lebanese Festival is a staple to Ottawa’s annual cultural summer festival compendium and one event that nobody should miss. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. George Hanna, the ... read more »