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Chamberfest Ottawa offers more tickets as Ontario continues to reopen

By Matthew Guida on July 21, 2021

As the number of fully vaccinated people in Ontario continues to grow, so does the opportunity for people to attend in-person concerts for Ottawa’s 2021 Chamberfest. Thanks to Step Three of Ontario’s economic reopening plan, Chamberfest is allowing music fans to purchase tickets for in-person events (in accordance with COVID-19 regulations) starting from July 22 to August 4.

While many of these shows are available virtually, fans looking to enjoy an in-person experience still have time to register for one of the many performances featured in this year’s Chamberfest:

Bytek Signature Series

The collaborative and creative programs featured in this series combine elements of vocals, strings, bands and so much more. They include performances by the Arion Baroque Orchestra (July 23), Isabel Bayrakdarian & Friends (July 28), Cellobration! with Cameron Crozman, Rachel Mercer, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Lemelin (July 31), as well as Montréal’s premier chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal (August 2).

Marina Kun Series

For those of you looking for a one of a kind chamber performance experience, this series—made possible by the generosity of Marina Kun of Kun Shoulder Rests—features shows performed by collectif9 (July 22), the New Orford String Quartet (July 24), pianists Wonny Song and David Jalbert (July 27), Canada’s Gryphon Trio (July 28-29), the Toronto-based Lemon Bucket Orkestra (July 30), as well as Echo Chamber Toronto—a fusion of chamber music and dance—(August 3).

Beechwood Series

In this lineup, fans of music and nature will have the opportunity to immerse themselves within the historic atmosphere of Ottawa’s Beechwood Cemetery. Available events include in-person performances by the Canadian Guitar Quartet (July 25), the Four Seasons Harp Quartet (August 1)—both of which will feature an encore performance—and the Rosebud String Quartet (August 4).

This series also features walkabout events Humanity and Nature (August 1), which offers you the chance to explore the historical grounds of Beechwood cemetery, and Being Lost with Tom Allen and Friends (August 2).

Bring the Kids

If you’re looking for family friendly events for the kids, Chamberfest offers free registration to events such as SHHH!! Ensemble (July 22), Music’s Untold Stories (July 25) and The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (July 29).

Chamberfringe Series

Chamberfringe is proud to present a lineup that crosses genres from various art forms, all from the comfort of the great outdoors or via livestream. Shows include performances by artists such as the JUNO award-winning group The Fretless with Montreal’s Béatrix Méthé (July 22), guitarist Duane Andrews & Friends with music from his album Conception Bay (July 24), the Montreal Horn Stars (July 29), Infusion Baroque: Who Killed Leclair? (July 30), La Nef (July 31) and their ensemble of shanties, and Ladom Ensemble (August 1).

New Music Now

New Music Now: Fresh Ink (August 2) is a pre-recorded digital concert with an outdoor in-person performance located in the parking lot of the Steinway Piano Gallery. The concert features works from artists such as Duane Andrews, Andrew Downing, as well as Cris Derksen.

Community Engagement and Education

If you’re a fan of Chamberfest, be sure to catch the limited seating for the Rising Stars showcase (July 24), where you’ll have the chance to see some of the regions top rising stars. Hence the name.

Chamberfest even offers an event for those who are sensory sensitive—such as youths and adults who are autistic or neurodivergent—with the Sensory Friendly Concert: Musical Imaginations (July 31). And the best part—registration for this event is absolutely free!

Additional in-person events include an outdoor lineup with performances such as Stories and Sagas featuring pianist Carson Becke (July 23), the award winning, Canadian Afro-Cuban jazz group OKAN (July 24), as well as performances by pianist John Kofi Dapaah (July 26).

Seating is limited so get these tickets while you can before they are all gone!

When attending events, be sure to follow COVID-19 regulations and maintain your distance. Also make sure to bring weather protection if needed for outdoor events. For more details of both in-person and virtual events, ticket prices and a complete schedule, visit chamberfest.com.