Ottawa Chamberfest brings back its beloved summer festival

Celebrating Canadian artistry and the art of the small ensemble

String quartets. Piano trios. Brassfire big band. Opera. Guerrilla-folk party-punk. Piazzolla’s 100th birthday bash. Dance. Romani-inspired song. Music of the Royal French court. Seaside folk and bluegrass. Afro-Cuban roots and jazz. Beechwood walkabouts…

From Isabel Bayrakdarian, to the New Orford String Quartet, Echo Chamber Toronto, Gryphon Trio, collectif9, Arion Baroque Orchestra, soprano Jonelle Sills, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, pianist Stewart Goodyear, and more, Canada’s greatest chamber artists are at the forefront at Ottawa Chamberfest’s summer festival celebrating the art of the small ensemble.

Ottawa’s internationally acclaimed chamber music festival takes place July 22 – August 4.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Ottawa Chamberfest to cancel its 2020 summer festival, the first time since its inception in 1994. The organization regrouped and launched its Concert Series in September 2020, with the introduction of a successful hybrid model of in-person and livestream performances. The hybrid model continues this summer. Chamberfest has also expanded its outdoor concert offerings, keeping the comfort of all patrons in mind.

Carissa Klopoushak, Chamberfest’s Artistic Director, is thrilled to share details about the Bytek Signature Series and Marina Kun Series today, alongside the launch of the 2021 Festival Livestream Pass. All concerts within these series are broadcast live from Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre with world-class audiovisual production. Additional livestream and in-person festival events will be revealed in June, including late-night Chamberfringe, Bring the Kids!, outdoor concerts downtown and at Beechwood, Chamber Chats: Festival Edition, and more.

“I’m really excited about the programming we’ve put together for this summer. Canada is fortunate to have so many great artists!” said Klopoushak. “We’re proud to present such a diverse roster of musicians and programs. We know that part of Chamberfest’s commitment to ‘changing lives through music’ means ensuring that our stage is more inclusive, and one that amplifies underrepresented voices. It also means showcasing great Canadian musicians who are truly embracing the concept of ‘artistic citizenship’ as we strive to build a vibrant, thriving community. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you very soon!”

Visit to find out more about our summer festival’s programs, artists, and available ticketing options.