The return of the country's largest outdoor music festival infuses life back into the downtown core.
Bluesfest is receiving $9.8 million to help it expand its facilities and increase its capacity for high-profile shows, the federal government announced Thursday.
Shows slated to be broadcast in selected local hotels were postponed after the Ontario government imposed tougher restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Agency's new Bookmark Ottawa campaign aimed at inspiring would-be tourists to make the city part of their future travel plans.
Ottawa Tourism boss Michael Crockatt said $1 billion in new spending earmarked for pandemic-battered sector across Canada suggests the feds understand the economic importance of the industry.
While this year's festival won't be happening, Bluesfest boss Mark Monahan said Rage Against the Machine has already been confirmed as a headliner for 2022.
Room Service Concert Series will feature acts such as Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle, comedian Gerry Dee and American rock band Third Eye Blind.
All 100 available tickets for the show originally scheduled for March 27 sold out in less than an hour.
First-of-its-kind event during pandemic will require all spectators to be screened for COVID-19 in advance.
Nearly a dozen other Ottawa organizations also slated to get financial aid as part of $24-million package to help Ontario's cultural sector survive the COVID-19 crisis.