The 11th edition of Ottawa’s greatest street party, Westfest, is chalked full of great talent once again this year. The free festival, yes free, is full of very good bands including Juno nominees and winners.
The festivals is being held the weekend of June 13 to 15 on Richmond road (centered at the Loblaws Superstore at 290 Richmond Rd).Friday night is a blues night, featuring Juno-nominated George Leach, a First Nations guitar man from Saskatoon. Saturday is a Canada centric night, featuring is Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac as the headliner. Also Saturday is the aboriginal artist Shawnee and Ottawa’s pop noir sensations The Peptides. The last day is dedicated to local acts, and the crowd is in for a treat. Ottawa greats such as Pony Girl, FEVERS and Good2Go will play before Ottawa’s own international superstars, A Tribe Called Red close out the festival with their only Ottawa appearance of the summer. You can see the complete schedule here.
It is not just about the music, during the day don’t forget to walk around and check out all there is to see. The 14 block street party includes, dance acts, roaming street performers, buskers, a fun and exciting kidzone, as well as local vendors and charities all day long on Saturday and Sunday.