The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival returned to Monney’s Bay June 21 to 24 for its 25th Anniversary with its annual great lineup of free concerts.
Photographer Aidan Thatcher took in the sights and sounds of the first three days which featured Wintersleep, Broken Social Scene, Sam Robert, Hollerado and many more. Check out photos of each performance below.
Day one featuring Sam Roberts Band Sam Roberts Band, Crown Lands, Amos the Transparent and M.T. Walker
Day two featuring Broken Social Scene, Dizzy, Ellevator and Gianna Lauren
Day three featuring Wintersleep, Hollerado, Fast Romantics, Rebelle and Old Man Grant
The headliners that will grace the stage at Mooney’s Bay include Sam Roberts Band (21st), Broken Social Scene (22nd), Wintersleep and Hollerado (23rd), and Matt Mays (24th). If all those Juno award winners and Polaris Prize nominees aren’t enough to get you excited for these free concerts, note that they will also be joined by Crown Lands, Amos The Transparent, M. T. Walker, Dizzy, Ellevator, Gianna Lauren, Fast Romantics, Rebelle, Old Man Grant, Birds of Bellwoods, Midnight Vesta, Rory Taillon and Craig Cardiff.
So mark your calendar, stock up on sunscreen and get ready to head down to Mooney’s Bay in late June to cheer on some racers and take in some most excellent performances.
Fast Romantics are a band that do one thing really well — making great music. That skill set of theirs has been turning heads since the band’s genesis in 2008. They’ve worked with legendary Canadian producer and engineer Howard Redekopp (The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, Metric, Mother Mother… the list goes on) on two out of their three albums. They’ve been accepted by our southern neighbours, and even had the chance to play at a temporarily reconstructed CBGB in New York City before the bastards shut it down for good. As their raw sound and substantive lyrical content of their new album Afterlife Blues demonstrate, Fast Romantics are in the business of creating music that people connect with. After having just wrapped up a six-week North American tour, the band plays at Black Sheep Inn on Thursday, Dec. 19, along with Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs. So with all this romance going down, it’d be a shame for anyone to miss out. Check out our interview with drummer Alan Reain below.
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