Have a ball at Ottawa's Westfest celebration
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 21 May 2012 21:44
Travellers on a budget who want to get the most out of their tours of Ottawa can take part in the free street party happening this June. The ninth annual Westfest is a three-day celebration on June 8-10 that will feature some talented performers, artists and musicians that visitors can see on the streets of Westboro Village.
This neighbourhood, situated a few kilometres west of the iconic Parliament Hill, has been a shopping and sightseeing hotspot for years that many travellers choose to explore. According to the district's official website, there are many projects and campaigns in store for Westboro to enhance its overall appeal and create a lively, aesthetically pleasing area.
One of the biggest draws to this neighbourhood, however, is definitely the Westfest event. Since its inception nearly a decade ago, thousands have flocked to the area for this massive block party celebration, according to the WestFest website. It began under the name "Westboro Day" back in 2003, and has since become a free festival that entices guests to shop in local stores, hear live music and check out the offerings of local businesses.
Events will take place in a 16-block area with stages set up along the streets and at local businesses. Some of the performances this year include The Cooper Brothers, Steven Page (of Barenaked Ladies fame) and Hidden Cameras. Other things to see and do include swaying to the African drum beats of Lainie Towell and Dr, Lee, laughing along with Crash the clown and sampling some great street food from Stone Soup Food Works or Friday's Organics supplied at the concerts.
One new feature at this year's Westfest will be a spoken word event that features the varied and eclectic talents of Daniel Richer, Ruth Stewart-Verger and Alan Shain at the Juniper Kitchen & Wine Bar in the village. The theme this year will be overcoming struggles.
"Because this is the first time that storytelling has been done at Westfest, I wanted to give people an idea of the kinds of range that exists in storytelling," said curator Ruthanne Edward in a press release.
Travellers who love local events and mingling with residents during their holidays to new locales will have a blast at Ottawa's Westfest this summer. This occasion is only a part of all the amazing activities happening in the city throughout the summer.