Our music writers pick the festival events they can’t wait to see this summer
By Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
■ Hidden Cameras, June 8, Domicile Stage
The theatrical chamberpop ensemble headed by singer-songwriter Joel Gibb kicks off their summer in Canada with a headlining show at Westfest. Self-described as “gay folk church music,” the band is expected to preview the new material they’ve been working on, in addition to the melodic underground anthems that have made them a cult favourite. No matter what they perform, it will be a spectacle.
Ottawa International Jazz Festival
■ Ziggy Marley, June 26, Confederation Park
For non-jazz fans, the highlight of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival is sure to happen when Steve Martin and Ziggy Marley share the main stage at Confederation Park.
The unlikely pairing features comedian Martin with his bluegrass ensemble, the Steep Canyon Rangers, as the evening’s headliner, with an opening set by reggae luminary Ziggy Marley, who’s celebrating his latest album, Wild and Free
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