Ottawa Event Announcement: Come See and Hear the World

The Team Behind Bluesfest announces new festival in conjunction with Winterlude

Ottawa, ON, January 23, 2019 – RBC Bluesfest organizers today announced they will launch the inaugural ‘Come See & Hear the World’ festival during this year’s Winterlude event. The festival will take place on February 15 and 16 and will focus on celebrating Canadian diversity through music. Featured artists include William Prince, Gabrielle Shonk, Tanya Tagaq, Antibalas, Sudan Archives, Harry Manx & Steve Marriner, Fateh, and more. *See below for more, including billings, locations, times and pricing.

‘Come See & Hear the World’ will take place at four venues―Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave, Ottawa (tickets required) and Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, 816 Bank St, Ottawa (tickets required); CRAFT Beer Market at Lansdowne Park (FREE) and Industria Pizzeria + Bar at Lansdowne Park (FREE).

Mark Monahan, the festival’s executive and artistic director, said staging the ‘Come See & Hear the World’ festival “gives us an opportunity to showcase Canadian and international artists who are performing and creating important music that celebrates their cultural identity,” adding that: “We are extremely happy to be partnering with Winterlude for this event, which we hope will become an important annual musical celebration.”

“Our government is delighted to partner with the Bluesfest team, whose brilliant initiative perfectly reflects Winterlude’s new vision to celebrate our inclusive society, which is strong in its diversity and proud of its cultures. Come See & Hear the World is an invitation that unites us and celebrates our country’s rich multicultural mosaic. If music is food for the soul, this new festival is sure to fill your appetite for culture!”

– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism


« Notre gouvernement est ravi de s’associer avec l’équipe du Bluesfest, dont le brillant projet s’inscrit parfaitement dans la nouvelle philosophie du Bal de Neige, c’est-à-dire célébrer notre société inclusive, forte de sa diversité et fière de ses cultures. “Venez voir et écouter le monde” nous invite à nous unir et à célébrer la riche mosaïque culturelle du Canada. Si la musique nourrit l’âme, ce nouveau festival ne manquera pas de combler votre appétit pour la culture! »

– L’honorable Pablo Rodriguez, ministre du Patrimoine canadien et du Multiculturalisme

Friday – Feb. 15

Ø 6:30 p.m. – $30.00 (includes a copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for the first 300 people to arrive at the venue) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq – Southminster United Church

Ø 8 p.m. – $30.00 William Prince – Southminster United Church

Ø 9:30 p.m. – $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky – Southminster United Church

Ø 7:30 p.m. – $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE – Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

Ø 10 p.m. – The Commotions (2 sets) – CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

Ø 10 p.m. – BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO – Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

Ø 8 p.m. – $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives – Southminster United Church

Ø 7:30 p.m. – $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda – Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

Ø 10 p.m. – Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) – CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

Ø 10 p.m. – Fateh – Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

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