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Fortissimo: fun, free and fantastic!


I admit it — I really look forward to Fortissimo each year. This is a free event held each August by the Ceremonial Guard, the same group that performs the Changing the Guard ceremony each morning at 10am between late June and late August in Ottawa.

Fortissimo features masssed military bands, pipes and drums, soloists, tributes, humour, marching, dancers, a head-to-head race between two groups of soldiers, and more. All with the dramatic backdrop of Canada’s Parliament Buildings.

This video was taken on Thursday, August 12 — the first night of this year’s event, which runs each night at 7:30pm until Sunday, August 15. Did I mention it was free? There’s something for everyone — the video just shows a few highlights. The tribute to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, hosted in Vancouver and Whistler, for example, was amazing.

Swing on by and check it out — bring a folding chair, or a blanket, to sit on, then stay on at the end for Mosaika, the free Sound and Light Show that projects images onto the Parliament Buildings. That starts at 9:30pm and it runs until September 12.