Juno nominees George Leach and A Tribe Called Red are among the musical acts at this year's Westfest, the free street festival held in mid-June.
The 11th edition of the festival runs June 13 to 15 in Westboro, with organizers planning for 40,000 attendees over the weekend.
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said he credits founder Elaina Martin with the festival’s growth from around 5,000 people coming in its first year in 2004.
“Because of Elaina's passion, her commitment, her love of music and Canada and this community, we have one of the greatest free festivals that you will find not just in Ottawa, but anywhere in Canada,” he said.
The musical lineup starts with Aboriginal Album of the Year Juno nominee George Leach on Friday night, alongside the Smoke Wagon Blues Band, the Maria Hawkins band and River City Junction.
Saturday June 14 is headlined by Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac, hitting the stage after Brock Zeman, Shawnee and The Peptides.
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red, nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Electronic Album of the Year Junos, close out the festival June 15 with Matthew James Weiler, Pony Girl, Fevers, Last Supper and Good2Go.
Martin said the music may be a big focus of the evenings, but that’s not all the festival is about.
“(There’s) amazing craft food trucks, merchants selling their wares, activities all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” she said.
Richmond Road will be closed between McRae and Berkeley Avenues for the festival, but the main stage will be set up behind Richmond Road’s Real Canadian Superstore.
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