Music fans in the Glebe will be treated to a special free concert this weekend as the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) gets set to turn the volume up loud for City Sounds, a three weekend-long music festival that features some of Ottawa’s finest musicians.
The live music series, which kicks off Friday night in Chinatown, will see a total of 24 free live shows throughout the city with bands like the Riot Police, Tara Shannon and Crystalena bringing a mix of rock, folk, pop, jazz and funk to music fans across Ottawa.
City Sounds makes its trip to the Glebe this Saturday at the Casino Lac Leamy Plaza with a lineup you won’t want to miss. At 6 p.m. it’s musical goddess Danielle Allard who brings her angelic voice and compelling songwriting to the stage for a special set you won’t soon forget. Allard opens up things slow before Jumpin’ Joel Flash turns it up to 11. Equal parts music and theatre, Jumpin’ Joel Flash promises to get your boots moving for the rest of the night. Expect to dance, laugh and groove out those rusty dance jitters.
““It is great to see our Economic Partners Task Force members finding ways to collaborate on recovery efforts,” says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “That is why I am excited to support City Sounds, which brings together the Business Improvement Areas and Associations and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to work collaboratively to animate public spaces and create economic spinoff benefits for both musicians and small businesses. The more we work together and support each other, the faster we will overcome the impacts the pandemic has had on our city.”
OMIC Executive Director Jamie Kwong says that City Sounds is about more than just music, but also another way to provide support to small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. She hopes the festival will encourage music fans to get out to eat, shop and celebrate locally.
“We are excited to bring these performances across the city to draw in attendees and to encourage them to shop the neighbourhood after the performances in support of our local small businesses,” she says. “It is only through mutually supporting each other’s sectors that our city, as a whole, can thrive.”
City Sounds was developed in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Mayor’s Economic Partners Task Force. The Task Force was launched by Mayor Watson in March 2020 and brings together senior leaders from key business organizations to share challenges, insights and opportunities to support Ottawa’s economic response, recovery and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. City Sounds brings together the music industry and local Business Improvement Areas and Associations to work collaboratively in order to animate public spaces and create economic spinoff for the benefit of small businesses. City Sounds also supports paid performance opportunities for Ottawa musicians eager to play for live audiences and encourages the rebound of the live entertainment sector.
City Sounds runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. Click here to see the full festival schedule.