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Ottawa Chamberfest comes to Wellington West

Since 1994, Ottawa Chamberfest has presented from among the most distinguished names in solo and ensemble performance. Today, Chamberfest is a culturally significant institution and the largest international festival of its kind.

This celebration of classical music will be making two stops in Wellington West this year, with free outdoor events in our public parks that are sure to be a hit.

The Joe Trio

Sunday July 28th, Parkdale Park – Noon to 1pm

Come out to Parkdale Park for a picnic lunch and some live classical with the hilarious and dazzling Joe Trio courtesy of Ottawa ChamberFest.

Grab some takeout from your favourite Wellington West restaurant or lunch spot, maybe some fresh fruits from the market and settle into a nice spot in the park, while The Joe Trio provide a classical music soundtrack, starting at noon.

Who are The Joe Trio? They’re the “court jesters of the classical,” said the late, great Stuart McLean. Come meet an anything-but-ordinary piano trio who combine tremendous musical skill with pure, warm comedic instinct. Witty and charming, these musicians promise a new experience of “Papa Haydn,” “Uncle Shostakovich,” and some arrangements of their own in between.

1000 Strings

Saturday August 3rd, Hintonburg Park – 11am to 12pm

Feel the power of 1000 string instruments all playing together, live in Hintonburg Park!

You won’t want to miss the fun as Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes, Carol Gimbel’s Music in the Barns, the Gryphon Trio‘s Roman Borys and Annalee Patipatanakoon, and a host of local string-player celebrities lead a mass string ensemble in a unique, participatory concert experience.


Written by award-winning Canadian composer John Oswald, Spectre was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet in 1990. The work combines live quartet with multi-layered overdub, creating the illusion of a 1000-piece string orchestra. With #1000Strings, the community joins forces to make that illusion a reality.