Bluesfest – a boost to the Capital!

Putting on a festival is not an easy task…… it takes massive planning and an army of volunteers and some very savvy strategizing and marketing.

Ottawa’s Jazz Festival and Bluesfest are an incredible example of how to expertly put on an amazing show.  Our Jazz Festival just ended with another amazing year.  Bluesfest is about to open it’s gates (July 8th) and each year we are stunned with how smoothly this incredibly large and diverse festival goes.  Mark Monahan and his ever faithful team works all year long to come up with an amazing line-up… not easy to get the likes of Van Morrison or Kanye West.  They have the logistics down to a science, the food and beverages, a special lock up area for cyclists which helps alleviate traffic and being right near the transitway makes it so easy to leave your car at home.  Years ago, Bluesfest was at our front door – outside City Hall, but they outgrew that quickly and it had to find a bigger home.  We were so sad to have it leave, but hey, the bigger the better for all of Ottawa.

Festivals create a vibrancy for our city for those of us here and for those that visit.  This hotel has always supported the festivals and the arts in our city.  Because we are locally owned and operated, we like to support our community.  Doing so enriches the culture here and creates excitement…. which we need.   Good luck to Mark and his team and thank you!!