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Ottawa: City of Summer Festivals

Ottawa: City of Summer Festivals

The Doobie Brothers will be at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, which takes place from June 20-July 1

This summer, there's a veritable cornucopia of cultural carnivals coming to the capital! Ottawa Life has your guide to the best of the fests!

 

Italian FestivalItalian Week

When & where: June 6-16, Little Italy

What: Italian culture, food, music and sports are celebrated at various events centered around St. Anthony's Church on Booth Street and on Preston Street.

Information: www.italianweekottawa.org

 

Magnetic North TheatreMagnetic North Theatre Festival

When & where: June 7-15, NAC; Arts Court Theatre; Academic Hall

What: A smorgasbord of Canadian theatre including Hawksley Workman's one-man show The God That Comes, Lorne Cardinal and Margo Kane in Michel Tremblay's play For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again and a video cabaret production of The War of 1812.

Information: www.magneticnorthfestival.ca

 

franco ontarienFestival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale

When & where: June 13-15, Major's Hill Park

What: The 40th anniversary of the festival features diverse acts such as Swing, La Bottine Souriante, Coeur de Pirate, Billy Love Band, Erta and Damien Robitaille.

Information: www.ffo.ca

 

 canada danceCanada Dance Festival

When & where: June 13-16; venues include National Gallery, Rideau Curling Club, Range Road, corner of Sussex and Rideau, NAC loading dock, Hog's Back, ArtsCourt

What: Celebrates dance in non-traditional venues: flagship event is Sylvain Émard's Le Grand Continental, a free contemporary dance featuring 120 local amateur performers.

Information: canadadance.ca

 

ottawa jazzTD Ottawa Jazz Festival

When & where: June 20-July 1, Confederation Park

What: Headliners include Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Mavis Staples, Dr. John and The Nite Trippers, Nikki Yanofsky, David Byrne, The Doobie Brothers, Wayne Shorter Quartet and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

 

Dr. John
Dr. John

Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

Information: www.ottawajazzfestival.com

 

 dragon boatTim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

When & where: June 20-23, Mooney's Bay Park

What: North America's largest dragon boat event has more than 200 teams competing. Free admission to multiple stages with entertainment, extreme sports demonstrations, artisans, and music by Sam Roberts Band, Born Ruffians, Great Lake Swimmers, Devin Cuddy and The Balconies.

Information: www.dragonboat.net

 

ottawa fringeOttawa Fringe Festival

When & where: June 20-30, Arts Court Theatre and Library, Academic Hall, Studio Leonard Beaulne

What: The indie theatre festival stages 54 productions and 300 performances, including Under The Mango Tree, Never Fall In Love With A Writer and Cathedral City, at 14 downtown venues.

Information: ottawafringe.com

 

ssaafSummer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

When & where: June 21-23, Vincent Massey Park

What: The Main Stage features Murray Porter, Andy Mason Band, Holly McNarland, Lucie Idlout, Joanne Shenandoah plus Aboriginal CanadaWe've Got Talent! and cultural showcases and interactive programming for the whole family.

Information: www.nadottawa.ca

 

escapade musicEscapade Music Festival

When & where: June 29, 30, July 1, RA Centre

What: Tiesto, Above and Beyond, Benny Benassi and Steve Angello headline this electronic dance music festival with DJs Steve Lawler and Rusko.

Information: www.escapademf.com

 

bluesfestRBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

When & where: July 4-14, LeBreton Flats

What: The granddaddy of music festivals, the lineup includes Rush, Fun, Dixie Chicks, Marianas Trench, Los Lonely Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, Tegan and Sara, Great Big Sea, The Tragically Hip, The Black Keys and B.B. King.

 

The Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks

Information: ottawabluesfest.ca

 

music and beyondMusic and Beyond

When & where: July 4-15, venues include NAC, Dominion-Chalmers United Church, uOttawa Tabaret Hall

What: Features more than 80 concerts of classical music as well as visual art, drama, film, poetry, dance, architecture, science, yoga, tai chi, food and wine.

Information: musicandbeyond.ca

 

HOPEH.O.P.E. Volleyball Summerfest

When & where: July 13, Mooney's Bay Park

What: An outdoor volleyball tournament for charity that usually draws more than 25,000 players and spectators. Musical acts include Matt Mays, Arkells and The Reason.

Information: hopehelps.com

 

LebaneseOttawa Lebanese Festival

When & Where: July 17-21, St. Elias Church, Ridgewood Avenue

What: A celebration of the food, music and culture of Lebanon.

Information: www.thelebanesefestival.com

 

 

Ottawa ChamberOttawa International Chamber Music Festival

When & where: July 25-Aug. 8, Dominion-Chalmers United Church

What: The program includes Measha Brueggergosman and Martin Beaver, Marc-André Hamelin, Leipzig String Quartet, Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quintet, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Tiberius Quartet with James Parker, Sarah Slean and String Quartet.

Information: www.ottawachamberfest.com

 

Ottawa Lumière Festival

When & where: July 29-Aug. 17, Stanley Park (New Edinburgh)

What: A family-oriented multidisciplinary arts and cultural event that culminates with an Evening of Light celebration on Aug. 17.

Information: www.lumiereottawa.com

 

arboretum artsArboretum Arts Festival

When & where: Aug. 16-17, Arts Court, SAW Gallery Courtyard, St. Alban's Church

What: The second annual celebration of music, food and culture has a lineup that includes Sarah Neufeld, violinist for Arcade Fire, Polaris Music prize-winning musician Owen Pallett and Ottawa singer Jim Bryson. Plus artisans, activities for kids, and The Chef Sessions, featuring some of Ottawa top chefs serving up small plates in one-hour sets.

Information: arboretumfestival.com

 

greek festOttawa Greekfest

When & where: Aug. 15-25, Hellenic Centre, Prince of Wales Drive

What: Highlights of this annual ethnic festival are Greek food, dance and music, including The Zorba Show, church tours and souvenir kiosks.

Information: www.ottawagreekfest.com

 

ottawa folkOttawa Folk Festival

When & where: Sept. 5-8, Hog's Back Park

What: Adventures in Folkland withNeil Young & Crazy Horse, Vampire Weekend, Robyn Hitchcock, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Patti Smith & Her Band, The Sheepdogs, Shred Kelly, The Wailers, World Party, and many more folk artists.

 

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris

 

Information: www.ottawafolk.com

 

Who was it that said Ottawa was the town that fun forgot? Hogwash!

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