An Ottawa institution celebrating its 14th year, Westfest has come to represent all the best pieces of (what some have once called) a “boring” city.Diversity. Inclusivity. Creativity. Passion. Hidden under a facade of federal government departments and seemingly straight-edged culture is a city pulsing to its very own beat.
This year’s festival will continue in its tradition of offering tens of thousands of Ottawans and city visitors the chance to eat, play, drink, and dance with some of the best and most diverse artists, entertainers, and vendors the city has to offer... FOR FREE!
Here at PageCloud, we couldn’t be more excited to be in on the action as a major sponsor. In fact, the entire Westfest website was created and designed using PageCloud by the very talented Mauro Scatozza.
"The second reason," he continues, "It that we are a media company. We are lovers of everything arts and music related. Sponsoring the festival was a perfect fit."
Speaking to Ottawa Life Magazine earlier this year, Westfest Founder and Producer, Elaina Martin, brought it all back to the reason she launched Westfest in the first place.
“Year after year, we’ve been committed to offering a festival like no other in the city, where local residents, artists, musicians, organizers, and audiences can gather together to celebrate music and art in a welcoming, safe, and inclusive space.”
So what can you expect at this year’s festival? Take a peek.
Westfest offers the most diverse performance lineup of any festival in the city, and this year is no different.
From the foot stomping stylings of local Blues favourite River City Junction, to the electronic beats of A Tribe Called Red founding member Deejay NDN, and unique musical storytelling by Jacqui Du Toit and Tribal Threat, Westfest crosses entire swaths of the musical spectrum with its 2017 lineup.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
A kid-friendly festival through-and-through, Westfest never neglects the wee ones in its program planning. Start your Sunday morning on the right foot with a Westfest Family Yoga Session in the park hosted by Yogatown!
Or bring the kids over to the Napkyn Family Fun Area where they can top up on fun with bouncy houses, obstacle courses, games, educational art programming, workshops, crafts and more.
Parents… Need a chill pill? Then this year’s Westfest is about to get even better. Thanks to Dovercourt Recreation Centre staff, you will now be able to DROP YOUR KIDS OFF in this secure programming area before heading off to explore the festival. It really doesn’t get better than this.
BITES, WARES & MORE
Between the Westfest Food Court, the Westfest Market, and the Indigenous Pavilion, you can stuff your face, learn a little bit about Canada’s Indigenous cultures, and shop to your heart’s content, all to a backdrop of sweet tunes.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST - PARTY IT UP!
A festival isn’t a festival without a good shindig or two. The 2017 Westfest Party Zone—aka the oh-so-important licensed area—will be stocked with beer, wine, cocktails and kombucha from some amazing local producers (think Clocktower, Creekside Estate, Top Shelf Distillers, and Buchipop).
Bring your wallets, your thirst, and your dancing shoes, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.
If you’re looking to continue the party once the music is done, head over to the Elmdale Oyster House on Friday night for the second annual “Ain’t No Party Like a Westfest Party” presented by The Queer Mafia.
So mark it off in your calendars! June 2nd all the way through June 4th, you NEED to get your butts down to Laroche Park. Get all your festival deets here.