Long Road Back concert postponed in wake of city's move to red zone

Organizers say event planned for March 27 at Lansdowne Park will be rescheduled to a later date
Aberdeen Pavilion
The Long Road Back concert was scheduled to be held at Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza next to the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park. Adobe stock photo

The long road back to live music in the capital just got a little longer after the organizers of an outdoor concert planned for Lansdowne Park later this month announced the show has been postponed due to Ottawa’s pending move to more restrictive COVID-19 protocols.

A group spearheaded by Bluesfest boss Mark Monahan had hoped to host the performance by Ottawa-based Motown tribute band The Commotions on March 27 at Lansdowne’s Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza.

Dubbed the Long Road Back, the show would require all spectators to be screened for COVID-19 in advance at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations. 

But with Ottawa moving into the red zone in the province’s colour-coded pandemic scheme as of Friday, organizers now say the concert will be postponed “until such time as it is deemed safe to proceed.”

All 100 tickets for the show sold out within an hour on Tuesday. All purchasers will automatically receive a refund.

“The initial announcement of The Long Road Back event has sparked a conversation about how festivals and events can proceed in 2021,” organizers said Thursday in a news release, adding the quick sellout shows local residents are “starved” for the return of live music. 

Organizers said they remain “hopeful that festivals and events can proceed this summer or fall.”