Mar 25, 2021 | Announcements and updates Festival News
Ottawa Tourism and RBC Bluesfest today launched the Room Service Concert Series: An Ottawa Hotel Exclusive at 20 participating Ottawa hotels over eight nights between April 9 and 30, offering locals a safe and exclusive concert and comedy experience.
No tickets are required—anyone staying in a participating hotel on one of the following nights in April will have access to the scheduled concert for that particular night through the TV in their room, with no logins or special codes required. This content is EXCLUSIVELY available through a participating hotel’s television screen; you can’t watch it from home or any other location.
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each night and last approximately three hours. Each evening’s entertainment will be hosted and moderated by Lola Plaku: In 2018, Billboard magazine named Lola Plaku one of the music industry’s rising stars to watch. Lola is the CEO of New York-based Lola Media Group which specializes in artist marketing, brand development and management. She founded the Girl Connected Mentorship Program Toronto chapter in 2019 and has been featured in Forbes.com, Variety.com, and on Vice Canada.
The lineup includes:
- Friday, April 9: Alan Doyle; Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy; Fortunate Ones
- Saturday, April 10: Myles Goodwyn; Tim Hicks, Lindsay Ell
- Friday, April 16: Lennon Stella; Sofia Franklyn; Larkin Poe
- Saturday, April 17: Gerry Dee; Jeremy Hotz; Kyle Brownrigg (comedy)
- Thursday, April 22: A Virtual Conversation with Pete Davidson and Alex Moffat from SNL; Orville Peck
- Friday, April 23: Third Eye Blind; Moon vs Sun; Nefe
- Saturday, April 24: Walk Off The Earth; Fousheé; Lido Pimienta
- Friday, April 30: Colin James; Booker T. Jones; Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Guests can tailor the experience to their budget and needs, by ordering room service or takeout, or safely exploring other nearby attractions. Ottawa Tourism provides useful suggestions: restaurants to try, outdoor activities to take part in, museums and other attractions to visit, and includes a handy Frequently Asked Questions section
Ottawa Tourism urges guests to follow the directives of Ottawa Public Health and similar agencies to keep everyone safe. This means wearing a mask in common areas of the hotel; remaining at least two metres away from other guests; and ensuring that the only people in your hotel room are people who are part of your regular household.
“Ottawa Tourism is proud to support this innovation—the first of its kind that we’ve seen—to safely increase business to our local hotels and provide a much-needed boost to Ottawa’s tourism industry,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We hope people take advantage of this special opportunity and make a full weekend—or two, or three—out of it. All the elements of a fantastic staycation are in play: great music and comedy shows, comfortable and secure accommodations, and a much-needed change of scenery.”
“We’ve pulled out all the stops to provide memorable weekend experiences,” says Mark Monahan, executive director of RBC Bluesfest. “While we wait to enjoy in-person events again, we’ve found a way to scratch that itch for a shared entertainment experience by bringing together a variety of great artists for hotel patrons to enjoy.”
This promotion aims to increase visitation to Ottawa-area hotels in a safe way, stimulating the local visitor economy, which continues to be hard hit by the pandemic. In 2019, Ottawa saw visitor spending of $2.2 billion; whereas now, Ottawa Tourism estimates a loss of more than $1.4 billion of that spend in 2020, and a further loss of $1 billion in 2021.