As COVID-19 restrictions lift across the country, concertgoers can get excited as many Canadian festivals are back this summer. Many organizations of summer music festivals are getting ready for the return of in-person performances. Both Ottawa’s BluesFest and the Halifax Jazz Festival are returning to the regular live events after two years of hosting virtual ones.
Mark Monohan, the executive and artistic director of the RBC Ottawa BluesFest said “It’s about … the physical experience of going to an event and sharing it with other people – your family, your friends [and] people you meet,” The artistic director of Halifax Jazz Festival, Andrew Jackson expressed similar feelings toward the change.
Jackson explained “I think there’s [an] almost intangible feeling you get by being in a live environment, … Having that physical response to the music hitting [you] … It’s going to take a long time to rebuild those audiences and get people back,”
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