If you need an added incentive to go to Ontario this year maybe a range of festival and events from literature to tulips and jazz and blues to art could help persuade you.
The Shaw Festival gets things underway and this one promises to be bigger and better as it celebrates 50 years of showcasing the works of George Bernard Shaw. Running from April until November the festival is one of its kind in the world.
Also running until November is the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which hardly unsurprisingly pays tribute to William Shakespeare who lived in Stratford but the one in England. In the past Christopher Plummer, Alec Guinness, Julie Harris and William Shatner have all taken to the stage during the festival.
If music’s your thing there’s the International Jazz Festival, which runs from June 22nd to July 3rd, featuring the Max Weinberg Big Band, Gil Scott-Heron and the Street Drum Corps.
Just two days later the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Canada’s largest blues festival takes to the stage until July 17th, featuring Grammy Award-winning Peter Frampton and Huey Lewis and the News.