Festivals in the News


Grassroots Festival organizers looking forward to big third year

[Link: Ottawa Community News] The producer of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival says he is expecting a "quantum leap" forward this year for the three-day concert and workshop event. Now in its third year, the volunteer-run folk music, dance and ... read more »


Let the Bluesfest speculation begin: Gary Clark Jr. tops the list

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Speculating about Bluesfest is Ottawa music fans’ official winter pastime. Long before festival organizer Mark Monahan’s annual lineup announcement, they chase rumours about who might grace the festival’s stages, ... read more »


Bluesfest School of Music and Art starting classes in April

[Link: CFRA News] The former Westboro United Church will house Bluesfest's new School of Music and Art and classes are set to begin this April with registration opening in the next few weeks. It's an extension, in many ways, of programs ... read more »


Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival mini-reviews (of the Renée Yoxon, Grace Kelly and Sicilian Jazz Project shows)

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] The young, Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised singer is progressing nicely. She meshed well with two veteran Montreal accompanists, pianist Jeff Johnston and bassist Fraser Hollins, and impressed me with the spin she put on some ... read more »


Review: Jazz concert with Jensen Sisters and Ben Monder offers thrills from start to end

Sometimes one of the big treats of jazz is the mix-and-match thrill of it. Take the music that filled the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage Friday night, for example. Holding listeners rapt was a quintet co-led by the acclaimed ... read more »


Third Wall Marches Forward with New Season

[Link: OttawaStart] Third Wall Theatre forms new partnerships to present its 2014 Spring Season! The Ottawa International Writers Festival, 100 Watt Productions and The Acting Company are teaming up with Third Wall Theatre to make its 2014 ... read more »


Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest to heat up cold capital

[Link: Metro] Hot southern jazz music is making its way to the cold capital this Valentine’s Day weekend. The Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival is back for its third edition, with the Blind Boys of Alabama headlining.


To dye for: Designer Elena Hinke the crown jewel of Ottawa Fashion Week

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] To dye for: Designer Elena Hinke the crown jewel of Ottawa Fashion Week It was shorter, smaller and had fewer designers than in the past, but Ottawa Fashion Week proved the old saw that it's not the size of the package, but ... read more »


Five meaty questions for Christine Jensen in advance of her Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival show

[Link: Ottawa Citizen] Once more Montreal composer and saxophonist Christine Jensen is the blog’s woman of the hour. Not only was she nominated (again) for a Juno Award this week. She will also be playing a week from today in the NAC’s Fourth ... read more »


Ottawa Fashion Week kicks off

[Link: CBC] Ottawa Fashion Week kicks off The 11th annual fashion week reveals what's hot to wear for men and women this year. Related stories: [Link: Ottawa Start] Ottawa Fashion Week F/W 2014 - Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW) is proud to ... read more »