Bluesfest Updates

Residents and visitors travelling in the area can expect increased traffic and pedestrian activity throughout the festivities. Attendees have been strongly encouraged to utilize public transit to reduce vehicular traffic, and fare is included in the price of the event for ticket holders starting three hours before and up to two hours after the event. 

Anticipated Event Impacts

Residents and visitors travelling in the area can expect increased traffic and pedestrian activity throughout the festivities. Attendees have been strongly encouraged to utilize public transit to reduce vehicular traffic, and fare is included in the price of the event for ticket holders starting three hours before and up to two hours after the event. 

Street closures and parking restrictions

The following streets will be closed nightly between 5 pm and midnight throughout the festival,
except on Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11:

• Booth Street between Wellington Street/Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Albert Street
• Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway eastbound between Parkdale Avenue and Booth Street
• Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway westbound between Portage Bridge and Slidell Street

Local street parking restrictions are in effect throughout the festival, please refer to on-street
signage. Major restrictions include:

• North and south side parking lanes on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, between Booth Street and Vimy Place, are closed until 6 pm on Saturday, July 22
• North and south side parking lanes on Wellington Street, between Booth Street and Lett Street, are closed until midnight on Wednesday, July 19

Transit detours

On Thursday, July 6 to Sunday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 12 to Sunday, July 16, some OC Transpo bus routes will be detoured between 5 pm and 12:30 am due to the Booth Street closure.

Enhanced Support During Bluesfest

• Additional garbage receptacles and porta potties to be deployed adjacent to the event site and within the community
• Comfort stations positioned adjacent to the community
• Public education (traffic PSA, “good neighbor” signage and messaging to ticket holders)
• Dedicated police coverage within and adjacent to the site
• By-law officers to enforce parking restrictions, noise, and other nuisance related by-laws

Making the Right Call

The following table outlines the services available to you on a 24-hour basis, 7 days a week.

Emergency is an immediate threat to someone's health, safety or property: 9-1-1
• Life-threatening emergency or medical situation
• Crime in progress
• Fire
• Serious accident

Police non-emergency: 613-236-1222

If you require Police assistance, but are not in an emergency situation, for example:
• Theft
• Vandalism that is not in progress

24/7 access to city services: 3-1-1

Noise complaints, waste disposal issues, street clean-up, parking violations, graffiti management

Bluesfest Information Line: 613-247-1188

General enquiries, comments and concerns for the event organizers

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