City Sounds is bringing 24 LIVE outdoor music performances to various locations in Ottawa to encourage residents to shop local neighborhoods!

The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is pleased to announce the launch of: city ​​sounds – a series of 24 FREE music performances at multiple locations in Ottawa! Starting Friday, August 20, 2021 and over three consecutive weekends, OMIC, in partnership with numerous Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and local business associations, will bring some of Ottawa’s best musical artists to public spaces across the city, from Orléans to Kanata! Each performance is family-friendly and FREE to attend!

As the city reopens its economy, it is vital for economic recovery to safely animate public spaces and draw more traffic to local businesses. city ​​sounds was developed in conjunction with the City of Ottawa and the Mayor’s Economic Partners Task Force. Launched in March 2020 by Mayor Watson, the Task Force brings together senior leaders from key business organizations to share challenges, insights and opportunities in support of Ottawa’s economic response, recovery and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. city ​​sounds brings together the music industry and local Business Improvement Areas and Associations to work together to animate public spaces and create economic spin-off for the benefit of small businesses. city ​​sounds also supports paid gigs for Ottawa musicians eager to perform in front of a live audience and fuels the revival of the live entertainment industry.

“It’s great to see our members of the Economic Partners Task Force finding ways to collaborate on recovery efforts. That’s why I like to support city ​​sounds, bringing together the Business Improvement Areas and Associations and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to work together to animate public spaces and create economic spin-off benefits for musicians and small businesses alike. The more we work together and support each other, the faster we will overcome the impact of the pandemic on our city.” — Mayor Jim Watson.

city ​​sounds aims to encourage Ottawans to explore the city, attend a free music performance, and then explore all the treasures of that local neighborhood. city ​​sounds kicks off on Friday, August 20 at 6:00 PM in Ottawa’s Chinatown “home of exotic culture, flavors and warm hospitality. Treat yourself to endless authentic food gems and feel the pulse of the community!” — Yukang Li, executive director of the Chinatown Business Improvement Area.

“We cannot express how exciting it is to play live again. city ​​sounds is such a great initiative that not only gets the musicians back to work, but also puts the thought in people’s minds that there is a thriving arts scene in Ottawa. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our sounds with the city,” said local musicians Unsociably High who will perform at the iconic Chinatown Gateway at 6pm on Friday, August 20, 2021 in Chinatown.

“OMIC is so grateful to the City of Ottawa for its continued investment in our local music industry to showcase local talent in the city. These are all future potential JUNO nominees! We’re excited to take these gigs across town to attract visitors and encourage them to shop nearby after the gigs to support our local small businesses. Our city as a whole can only thrive by supporting each other’s sectors.” — Jamie Kwong, Executive Director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.

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