While the chill of February leaves little to be desired for most folks, the people of Ottawa make the most of it. With Winterlude festivities across the city, and the Rideau Canal filled with skaters, winter becomes something to celebrate in the Nation’s Capital.
One new celebration set to expand alongside the Winterlude festivities is the Ottawa Ice Dragonboat Festival.
Following the success and tradition of bringing amazing, free concerts featuring great Canadian talent to the participants of the popular summer festival, the Ottawa Ice Dragonboat Festival will warm racers with performances by Bedouin Soundclash and Dear Rouge on February 8 and 9 at the Dows Lake Pavilion.
The mainstage will also feature performances by great local talent such as former Balconies lead singer, Jacquie Neville, and recent transplant to the area, Jeremy Fisher; while Silent Winters, Trails, Welcome The Ghost, Old Man Grant and Mosely will headline the Vista View Stage.
The event is free. Don’t forget your skates!
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.