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Catch a local show at Bluesfest and enjoy cultural music

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If you’re looking for blues at Bluesfest, you’ll have to skip the main stage. On Friday, enjoy the air-conditioned privacy of the Barney Danson Theater (inside the Canadian War Museum), where Ottawa guitarist and vocalist Jesse Green performs with his new band at 8 p.m. In Memphis offers a fresh perspective on blues music. Other blues acts performing on various stages during the festival’s opening weekend include harmonica player John NHMethTonight, Texas singer-songwriter Sugaray Rayford, perennial favorites Texas Horns, Montreal powerhouse Don Tyler Watson and Teen Monk Jack Barksdale. For schedules, visit ottawabluesfest.ca.

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Middle Eastern songs

Moroccan soprano Nidal Ibourek, who was raised in Morocco and is based in Montreal, returns Saturday night to the National Center for the Arts to perform the music of singers from the Middle East. Ibourke rose to fame in the Arab world after appearing on The Voice in Lebanon and presenting at NAC last summer. His concert is on Saturday at the Babs Asper Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $36 are available at nac-cna.ca.

Brazilian music

Ottawa singer-songwriter Rachel Beausoleil, MD, and former Ottawa Brazilian guitarist Evandro Gracelli released not one but two albums on Saturday night. Their latest album is Sol da Capital, which is a collection of original music. The second album, Brazz, features versions of Brazilian classics — but since it was produced during the pandemic, it wasn’t properly released. Beausoleil and Grazelli are accompanied by four other musicians, including two percussionists. The concert is at 7:30 pm at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins (333, King Edward Street). Tickets are $30 plus fees eventbrite.ca.

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Brazilian guitarist Evandro Gracelli and Ottawa singer Rachel Beausoleil. bulletin

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In less than a decade, Italian pianist and composer Olivia Belli has won over 650,000 listeners on Spotify thanks to her tender pastoral compositions. He’s also on a two-year rarity from Sony Music Masterworks called XXIM, which services artists whose work resonates with fans of neoclassical, post-rock, electronic, and ambient sounds. Belli performs on Fridays at 7:30pm at Woodroffe United Church (207 Woodroffe Ave), presented by the Music and Beyond Festival. Tickets starting at $20 are available at musicandbeyond.ca.


The Australian Orava Quartet has put together a program that will introduce listeners to many new music, including popular songs arranged for string quartet and works by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and Austrian-Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. As part of the Music and Beyond festival, the young and popular group will play twice next week: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church and Monday at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church (140 Laurier Ave. West). The group prepared different programs for each concert. Concert tickets start at $20 musicandbeyond.ca.

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Food and wine

When Namrata Prashanth was a 20-year-old hospitality student in Bangalore, India, she was first exposed to French wine. She eventually becomes a francophone, learning French and working in a bakery. Eventually, after about ten years, I moved to Bordeaux to study wine and never looked back. Today, his various wine-related businesses include making blended red wines under the Solicantus label and more. Prashanth will be in Ottawa on Tuesday 11th July to share his unique story, where Chef/Owner Joe Thotungal will prepare a four-course meal to accompany Prashanth’s choices. The cost for the 6pm event is $120 per person, including tax and tip. For reservations, call 513-594-4545.


Two of the best saxophonists who left Ottawa for Toronto will be performing with their hometown musicians this weekend. Alto saxophonist Samuel Cosino, who is pursuing his PhD at the University of Toronto, performs Friday night with the beautiful, moody quartet Internet Celebrities. On Saturday night, Kanata-born Humber College student Stefan Bello and saxophonist Stefan Bellou will lead the charge when quintet pianist Peter Ohm (also a reporter for this paper) plays two sets of original music. Both nights, at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Scotch Lounge (750 Gladstone Ave.). Coverage $15.

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Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist, Carleton University professor, and Juno Award winner Jesse Stewart is performing a solo show this week at the Gladstone Theatre. Entitled Chance Encounters, the show, which runs now and runs through Saturday, reflects through original music and storytelling on the profound impact strangers can have on each other. appears at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $41, with discounts for seniors and students, at thegladstone.ca.

lsaxberg@postmedia.com and phum@postmedia.com

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