Jazz and fringe art coming to Ottawa this June
- Travel News
- Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:48
Canada's capital city comes to life in the spring, as countless festivals and a massive influx of travellers grace Ottawa for the warmer months of the year. The city is home to the Canadian Tulip Festival, which is set to begin in early May and will give Ottawa a colourful makeover. Music and hundreds of thousands of beautiful tulips will be found across the city to set the stage for the rest of an exciting spring.
Some of the biggest music and arts festivals in all of Canada will also take place in Ottawa this summer, as the Jazz Festival, Bluesfest and Fringe Festival are set to take place in late June and early July. Visitors should consider timing their stay to experience some of the most legendary names in music in the gorgeous capital city and stay for Canada Day on July 1.
Smooth sounds in Ottawa
The 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival will run from June 20 through July 1 and take place at several parks and venues throughout the downtown area. This year's festival marks the 33 anniversary of the event, and the lineup has continued to get better every time. Visitors to Ottawa who are coming from afar should consider taking advantage of the special jazz packages available to those who are travelling more than 100 kilometres to arrive at the event.
Some of the biggest acts to be announced for this year's festival include David Byrne and St. Vincent, as well as Ladysmith Black Mumbazo and the legendary Mavis Staples. Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin are all on the bill, while Dr. John will grace concert goers with some of the most unique singing ever to be heard in rock n' roll.
It's important to remember that big names in jazz, blues, soul and rock are not the only reason to purchase tickets to the event, as the TD Jazz Youth Summit and other unique events will be open to visitors. The final day of the festival will be free to the public.
On the fringe
The 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival will also take place at the end of June, and gives visitors an opportunity to see some of the most unique and obscure performance art around today. There will be 54 performances which will vary greatly from theatrical acts to musical renditions. Tickets are on sale at the Arts Court Theatre box office.