My summers are filled with live music and a big part of that are festivals. One of the first festivals of the season in Ottawa is Westfest, which is a great festival in the community of Westboro that has much more than music to offer but I mainly go for the music. Not only does WestFest get interesting acts each year, but they somehow keep it free as well.

This year, I only made it to the Saturday night shows. I caught local talent Craig Cardiff, who was great and appeared to have quite a few fans in the crowd who were more than willing to sing along and they obviously already knew the lyrics too.

The headline act was the amazing Sarah Harmer. I’ve been a fan since the first Weeping Tile album. She is an incredibly talented songwriter and great singer, too. I have not seen her live since her 2011 performance at the Bronson Centre. I’m not surprised, but she did not seem rusty at all. She sounded just as fantastic as I remembered her and she gave us a very full set.

It was a great time. Thanks Craig, Sarah, and WestFest!

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Craig Cardiff at Westfest

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Sarah Harmer at Westfest

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