On Demand Virtual Festivals


Ottawa’s festival’s continue into colder weather with virtual and modified festival plans to help you #GetFestive. Below is a compiled list of everything coming up and the virtual festival content that is still available online.

On Demand Virtual Festival Experiences

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival marketplace is open until June 30th. There are a variety of items such as jewelry, art, candles and more to purchase from local Indigenous small businesses. Gift cards to the marketplace are also available.

Latin Sparks Presents the Original Rhythm
Latin Sparks pays homage to the magic of Afro roots in Latin dance! The Original Rhythm is a series of interactive online dance classes and artist-led discussions on the Afro-origins of different Latin dance genres. All the videos are available on Latin Sparks’ Instagram.

Marvest @ CityFolk 
Marvest by CityFolk presented a series of online performances throughout October and November by local Ottawa musicians. All the performances are available on CityFolk’s Youtube channel.

ChamberFest ChamberChats at Home Chez Vous 
The Chamberfest ChamberChats at Home, Chez Vous episodes are available to rewatch at your leisure. The 45 minute interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. The ChamberChats are available here.

Ottawa International Writer’s Festival
The Writers Festival has multiple types of virtual events each week: A podcast on Fridays, author interviews on Sundays and live events (in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada) Monday evenings. There are also videos available of previous work from the International Writer’s Festival.

Coffee Gals Podcasts  
In order to stay engaged with their participants and Ottawa’s coffee loving community, Ottawa Coffee Fest has started a coffee podcast! The Coffee Gals speak with different people within the industry so you can get to know more about your favourite local roasters and coffee shops.

House of PainT 
House of PainT is not having a traditional festival this year, instead they are organizing virtual events and multiple of types of public engagements. House of PainT created an interactive graffiti map to showcase all the street art in Ottawa and a colouring book featuring local artists to be purchased.

Canadian Tulip Festival
The Canadian Tulip Festival ran from May 8 – 18 virtually but the video walkthroughs of the tulip fields, virtual
boutique to purchase items from the vendors that would’ve been set up, and behind the scenes videos with history and more information about the Tulip Festival and the history of the liberation of the Netherlands in WWII are all still available. 

Ottawa Jazz Festival – Tenacity
The physical Ottawa Jazz Festival is cancelled but the virtual festival, Tenacity will take its place from June 19 – 28. You can enjoy 10 days of Jazz music from 85 artists and live chats live streamed from Facebook and Youtube.

Music and Beyond
Music and Beyond put together a series of 100 videos, 50 in English and 50 in French. The videos had three different themes in the main series: Music and Nature, filmed throughout the Canadian Museum of Nature, Music and Law hosted by The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, and Music and Circus featuring Montreal’s Cirque Fantastic. All videos are available on Music and Beyond’s Youtube channel.

HOPE with Us
The HOPE Volleyball Festival had a Facebook Live concert on Saturday July 11 and the music is still available! The concert was done to raise money for Harmony House Women’s Shelter, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, Caring and Sharing Exchange, Serenity Renewal for Families, and Youville Centre – Ottawa. Enjoy musical performances from The Copper Altar, Kimberly Sunstrum, Hearts&Mines, Amos The Transparent, and the Twin Flames.

Northern Lights Virtual Show
The sound and light show has been transformed into a virtual format this summer. Enjoy a visual presentation of Canadian History from the comfort of home with or without described video.

Ottawa Children’s Festival
The Ottawa Children’s Festival may not be back until 2021, but they have online content for kids of all ages to enjoy. Check out OCF’s spotify playlist, recipes, online scavenger hunt and more in the fun and games section of the OCF’s website.

Virtual Capital Fair 
The Capital Fair will return August 13 to 22nd 2021 and has a series of online content available such as contests, A virtual kids big tent, activities, and videos and a preview of next year’s festival.

Capital Pride: Wherever We Are
Fierté Capital Pride has created a virtual Pride for 2020 entitled, Wherever We Are. The panels, arts showcases, and more are still available on the Capital Pride Youtube page.

Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival
The Q + A’s from the virtual Asinabka Festival have been archived on their Facebook page. The online film festival celebrates First Nation, Metis, and Inuit stories from multiple perspectives that were shared through feature feature films, shorts, and documentaries.

Cranium Festival 
The CRANIUM festival has reinvented how a music festival and conference can be delivered to audiences and participants with a multi-venue, live streamed event. The theme is “The City Is A Stage”. Performances and coverage of day one of the festival are available on Youtube.

Children’s Storytelling Festival 
A selection of videos from the Ottawa Storytellers Children’s Storytelling Festival are available in French and English from various storytellers for children of all ages.

Metcalfe Fair
The Metcalfe Fair virtual showcases are available on the Metcalfe Fair Youtube channel. Enjoy viewing a variety of competitions like fiddling, step dancing, home craft and more.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival produced a series of virtual concerts from musicians like Rory Taillon, M.T Walker, DJ Shub and more, as well as the painting of a mural by artist, Nick Glynn. All the videos are available here.

Versefest 2020 showcased over 60 poets in English and French. Highlights include readings, slams, interviews, talks, and more. The festival may be over, but some of the performances are available to watch on demand here.