The weather outside might have been absolutely perfect for those participating in the 2020 Beavertails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival on the frozen surface of Dow’s Lake; but for those looking to warm up from the frigid February temperatures, the festival invited some of Ottawa’s best talent, alongside some welcome guests from Toronto.
Getting the crowd warmed up on Friday, February 7, was Old Man Grant, giving visitors to Ottawa a taste of their particular brand of “Bytown Swamp Stomp;” which was greatly appreciated after the first day on the ice. Following Old Man Grant was the ever exciting and surprising, Dwayne Gretzky, who made sure nobody remained seated as they redefined what it means to be a cover band.
Following a full day of competition on Saturday, February 8, that included the exciting conclusion of the 2nd IIDBF World Ice Dragon Boat Championships in which Canada won gold, the crowd warmly welcomed Ottawa favourites, Boyhood (in her first performance since giving birth last year), Silent Winters and headliner, Kira Isabella, who performed selections from her 2019 album, Sides.
With the conclusion of the 2020 Beavertails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival, we now look ahead to 2020 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled for June 25 to 28.
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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.