Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival is a much anticipated annual event that raises funds for charities in the Ottawa area. Besides the thrill of competing in the races themselves, free concerts open to the public are also held at Mooney’s Bay Park.The event, held June 23rd to 26th, blessed with blue skies and sunshine saw talent from across Canada take to the stage and make for some very enjoyable evenings.
On the third night of festival, the hillside amphitheatre saw Ottawa’s own Pony Girl take the lead, followed by the Nap Eyes of Halifax, wo showcased songs from their latest release Thought Rock Fish Scale. Bathed in blue light, Alvvays rounded out the evening with lead Molly Rankin singing a slew of instantly recognizable hits from their debut self titled album released in 2014. Though not currently on an extensive tour, there are a few dates in the US over the summer months.
For the final night the impressive nine-piece Ottawa ensemble, Loon Choir, aimed to entertain. Young Empires followed generating both dancing and singing from the crowd. The night and festival closed with A Tribe Called Red. This group never fails to make you move and their beats were further brought even more to life when an unforgettable energetic dancer joined them on stage. Make sure you see them if you can; tour dates in both Canada and the US extend into September.
Pictures from the first two evenings which were headlined by JULY TALK and Mother Mother were recapped in a previous post. Give a look !
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