Who We Are

Music and Beyond is a classical music and arts festival that began in July 2010. Each year, the festival offers a variety of programming to highlight exciting connections between classical music and many other art forms. A major aspect of the Music and Beyond mission is to build new audiences for music and the arts, with a special emphasis on providing opportunities for young people in the community.

What We Do

In its first nine years, Music and Beyond has presented a total of over 675 concerts and events, as well as over 1,300 “mini-concerts”. During this time, the festival has presented some of the greatest musicians, artists, performers and writers, locally from Ottawa, as well as across Canada and around the world!

From the very beginning, Music and Beyond has gone “beyond” in many different ways. Each year, the festival seeks to find creative ways to combine music with a broad range of art forms and cultural activities. Some of the most notable Music and Beyond collaborations include: the National Gallery Soirée, Music and Nature at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and Music of the Cold War at the Diefenbunker Museum. We have also presented an event called “Inspired by Music” to showcased the work of 10-12 living visual artists, linking their paintings with music. On July 12th, 2019, we will be presenting a spectacular event with the Museum of History, where the museum exhibits will be filled with a variety of musical artists.

Who We Help

A major part of Music and Beyond’s mandate is reaching out to young people to introduce them to music and the arts, as well as involving Ottawa’s finest young musicians in transformational performance opportunities. Over the last nine years, young people from local choirs, orchestras, and jazz bands have had the opportunity to perform publicly with world-renowned musicians.

Events for young people are plentiful each year, with the highlight being our free annual Ottawa Family Music Expo, where families can enjoy a range of interactive musical activities.

A new element to our youth initiative was launched in June of 2015 – Music and Beyond Reaches Out. This program offers hands-on opportunities and performances for young people in the fall and spring in Ottawa’s elementary and secondary schools.

Viennese Winter Ball

In addition to our annual summer festival, Music and Beyond also presents one of the most elegant cultural galas in all of Canada – the Viennese Winter Ball. In 2015, the organizing committee of the Viennese Winter Ball approached Music and Beyond to take on this iconic annual event. Each February, the Ball raises funds for a range of activities that link young people to music. The Ball showcases Austrian music, dance, food and visual art – a perfect Music and Beyond event!

Awards

Music and Beyond has been recognized with many awards and nominations to celebrate its cultural significance in Ottawa. On May 3rd, 2018, Music and Beyond was awarded the 2018 Ottawa Tourism Award for Event of the Year. On April 28th, 2016 the festival was presented with the 2015 Ottawa Tourism Award – Partnership of the Year for our National Gallery Soirée evening held on July 8th, 2015. We were also nominated for Festival of the Year in 2015. In 2010, we were awarded New Company of the Year!