The (nebulous) idea of a musical walking tour came to me in the early summer of 2011 – in the shower, where I do my best thinking. Ottawa has a storied musical past. I wanted to share it with visitors to our festival.
I assigned research and development to my assistants at the time, Carl and Dom. I told them to start our tour at the statue of Oscar Peterson, alongside the National Arts Centre, and work from there.
They discovered five other locales, two known to me and three a very pleasant surprise. Sadly, the demands of the 2011 festival became so great that we shelved the project for another year.
In 2012, I asked my new communications assistant, Tracy, to resume the work. With notes from Carl and Dom in hand, Tracy enlisted the services of videographer Jacques Ménard, and the two set out to create a series of videos now known as the Harvey Glatt Walking Tour, after one of Ottawa’s most famous concert promoters and Chamberfest benefactor, Harvey Glatt.