A Capital Region tradition since 1965?with roots that trace back even further?the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra prides itself on not only entertaining, but also enriching the community. The ensemble presents programs of gems from a massive repertoire of 19th and 20th century works, and invites audiences to join them before every concert for more insight into the music and the latest gossip about Baroque composers. Additionally, the musicians connect with local music-lovers by hosting frequent open rehearsals, backstage tours, and mentorship programs for young performers.
The storied performers of Journey delight fans with powerful guitar, catchy hooks, and virtuosic singing. Lead singer Arnel Pineda's octave-smashing range combines with guitarist Neal Schon's monumental chords and the musical teamwork of Ross Valory's bass, Jonathan Cain's keyboard, and Deen Castronovo's drums, creating tuneful tapestries that inspire ears like a stirring soliloquy from a bald eagle. Touring in support of its new album, Eclipse, the band is able to draw upon an aural arsenal that includes hits such as "Don’t Stop Believin'," "Any Way You Want It," and "Faithfully." The power balladeers of Night Ranger supplement the sonic revelry with their own swelling melodies and dueling guitars.
The intimate venue known today as City Theatre opened its doors in 1993 as the Second City Detroit. Renamed in 2004, the space still hews to the comedy troupe’s mission with a packed schedule of thigh-slapping theatrical performances. The stage is located inside the Hockeytown Café, where the entertainment is supplemented by a menu of beer, buffalo wings, and deep-fried pucks.
For their first Canadian tour in more than 20 years, Roxette explodes on the stage like a shaken soda, saturating their fans with decades of pop classics. Playful, zesty, and brimming with infectious hooks, the gregarious Swedish duo first made an international stir with haymakers such as “The Look,” “Joyride,” and “It Must Have Been Love,” featured in the film Pretty Woman. With 70 million records sold throughout its career and a fanbase that could take down ABBA's army, the band keeps moving in support of its latest album Travelling. Assembled from songs spawned in soundchecks, concerts, and hotel rooms, Travelling captures Roxette’s live spirit with tracks such as "Easy Way Out." Joining Roxette’s quest to transform dance floors into trampolines, Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rockers Glass Tiger spout out hits such as “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” other pop classics from their album Thin Red Line.
The Canadian Guitar Festival celebrates digits’ artful dexterity with performances, workshops, and competitions that pay tribute to the musical battleaxe. Strapped with a single-day pass, step into a workshop where champion string masters Don Ross, Stephen Bennett, and Gareth Pearson gently touch on the techniques that won them fingerstyle plucking competitions and spaghetti-separating battles. Sunday's schedule boasts performances at the covered pavilion by Canadian and international strum swamis such as Australia's folksy Hunter Van Larkins, Prince Edward Island's punky Brooke Miller, and Italy's eclectic Guitar Republic.
This June, the Queen's Conservatory of Music conducts a concert to celebrate its fifth anniversary as an all-ages centre for encouraging musical passion and discovery. Former and current conservatory instructors form ensembles of strings, piano, flute, and voice.