Plans in flux for 2021 music festivals in Ottawa, Canada

Posted on: April 5, 2021

“Hopes were high that 2021 would find us back in a crowd grooving along to an outdoor concert under the stars or experiencing the Zen of classical music in a church,” writes Lynn Saxberg in Thursday’s (4/1) Ottawa Citizen (Canada). “But the slower-than-hoped-for vaccine rollout, combined with a swelling third wave of COVID-19 variants, is jeopardizing those idyllic scenarios.… ‘We’re planning for all eventualities at once,’ said Carissa Klopoushak, the National Arts Centre Orchestra violinist who has been appointed artistic director of Ottawa Chamberfest after about seven months as interim director. ‘We’ve got plans A through F lined up and we’ll figure out which one to engage as we get closer.’ … So far, the classical music festival is planning for its usual two-week time frame—the last week of July and first week of August—with a focus on Canadian artists and ‘hybrid’ concerts centered on Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre…. Flexibility is a key consideration for festival organizers. Although the Escapade … electronic-music festival is still showing a mid-June run on its website, exactly when it will happen has not been nailed down.” Also included are plans by the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival and RBC Bluesfest.