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Music abounds this summer

 

dscn2866Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest -- one of the side stages between the Canadian War Museum and the Ottawa River, with Parliament Hill in the distance.Last night, the incredibly popular Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest began its 13-day run (it ends on July 18). What a show — from Iron Maiden last night to Arcade Fire, Santana, Rush, Weezer, Keith Urban, the B-52s, Gipsy Kings, Moody Blues, Crowded House, Joan Jett and more, there’s a lot more to the fest than just the blues!

New this year is a comedy component, featuring Lewis Black, Mark Forward and many others.

As well, the popular Bluesfest in the ByWard Market is back this year with FREE concerts in Ottawa’s most eclectic neighbourhood. In conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada‘s blockbuster summer exhibit, Pop Life: Art in a Material World, you’ll be able to catch performers between July 8 and 13 on York Street on the Pop Life stage.

But Bluesfest is not the only game in town.

Lovers of classical music can indulge in the brand new Music and Beyond festival by noted impresario Julian Armour. Music and Beyond runs July 5-14 and in its first year, it has an impressive lineup: soprano Kathleen Battle; pianists Peter Serkin, Menahem Pressler and Janina Fialkowska; the Emerson String Quartet; the Hilliard Ensemble, Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music; the Canadian Brass; Les Violons du Roy; and literally hundreds of the best musicians from across Canada and around the world.

So there’s absolutely no excuse not to get out and enjoy the music this summer in Ottawa!

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