Ottawa Festivals and Events Recognized Amongst the Best in the Province

Seven of Ottawa’s most prominent festivals have been recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario at a ceremony held during their annual conference in Burlington.

Canadian Tulip Festival, TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Canada Day, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest and Winterlude received awards of distinction; while Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Rideau Canal Festival were named to the list of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals.

“The residents of our city take great pride in hosting and participating in these wonderful events which make an enormous contribution to the vibrancy and spirit of Ottawa,” declares Delores MacAdam, Manager of Licensing Programs and Special Events for the City of Ottawa.

Ottawa Rideau Canal Festival was honoured as the Best New Festival or Event. Held in August 2008, the festival was produced to celebrate the historic waterway, which was recently named a UNESCO world heritage site.

“It was a great event and their timing was perfect,” says Barbara Stacey, Executive Director at Ottawa Festivals, “Michelle Gauthier and his staff really delivered a first class event that, while celebrating our heritage, also incorporated innovative new ideas such as using technology to help visitors offset carbons used to travel to the festival. The recognition was well deserved.”

“We really have an embarrassment of riches here,” says Julian Armour, President of Ottawa Festivals and Executive Director of Canadian Tulip Festival, “We have so many world-class and internationally recognized events that take place in Ottawa. These events contribute to the Ottawa brand as being a thriving, fun capital city that is rooted deep in cultural and artistic activities.

“There has been a lot of talk of the economic climate we are in,” continues Armour, “Festivals in Ottawa offer tremendous value and continue to attract tourists to our city and give local residents exciting activities throughout the summer.”

The economic impact is great as well. The 2003 Ottawa Festival Visitor Impact Study found that total economic activity in Ottawa attributable to just 21 of the region’s more than 45 festivals was almost $94-million. The resulting spending supports over 1,100 full-year jobs.