Festivals in the News


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 »


Childish Gambino makes you forget who Donald Glover is & more coverage

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The first song of his set at Bluesfest on Saturday hadn’t even started and already Donald Glover’s shirt was half off. Judging from the amount of energy he spent, that was entirely necessary to keep cool. The ... read more »


New summer comedy festival coming to Sparks Street

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Time for funny business, now that Ottawa’s kids and politicians are off for the summer? Cracking Up the Capital thinks so. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, has announced a new summer comedy ... read more »


Bluesfest Review: A double helping of Deborahs & more coverage

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Blondie, Long Tall Deb RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Reviewed Thursday night Two of the most dynamic performers at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on Thursday happened to be blond singers named Deborah. On the Claridge Stage, rock ... read more »


Bluesfest review: Foreigner and Styx light the fire of nostalgia (with video) & more coverage

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Bell stage, Reviewed Tuesday Bluesfest morphed into Nostalgiafest Tuesday night as three vintage acts — Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder (former lead guitarist ... read more »