FESTIVAL IN THE NEWS 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

   
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AMY STURGEON PHOTOGRAPHY: OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Posted: June 29, 2015

This weekend was the annual ‘Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival’ at Mooney’s Bay. If you live in Ottawa, you’ve likely been to this event, known someone who has participated in this tournament, or at the very least you’ve heard of it’s grandeur. Celebrated as the largest dragon boat festival in North America, this tournament attracts over 75,000 visitors, including 5,000 paddlers and over 500 volunteers. Admission is completely free, and the outdoor event boasts a series of concerts and exhibitions that attract both festival lovers and paddlers alike.
     
   
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METRO NEWS: OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL BREATHES FIRE INTO FIVE LOCAL CHARITIES
Posted: June 28, 2015

A few raindrops Sunday morning along the Rideau didn’t seem to put much of a damper on the final day of the 22nd annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival at Mooney’s Bay. “It’s been an amazing weekend,” said Shelley Freake, the festival’s director of fundraising and teams. “We’ve surpassed our goal of $300,000, and there’s still money coming in.” With 170 teams, and almost 4,500 participants, Ottawa’s dragon boat festival has become the largest of its kind in North America.
     
   
Ottawa Sun
Posted: June 28, 2015

What a weekend! From free concerts to live races, Mooney's Bay was a hotbed for action all weekend. Thousands of paddlers took part in the festival raising money for local charities.
     
   
Ottawa Citizen
Posted: June 28, 2015

In the summer time, Ottawa has a multitude of festivals. Big, small, loud, quiet — you’re sure to find one that floats your boat. In some cases, literally. The 22nd annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival saw a great turnout Saturday, buoyed by good weather and some close, entertaining races. Team spirit was rampant throughout the expansive Mooney’s Bay Park, to the point where simply watching teams prepare for races and listening to their excited shouts was almost as entertaining as the boating. “The atmosphere is always pretty relaxed every year, but it brings together a lot of people,” said Peter Manzo, a dragon boat racer. “It’s the largest fundraising dragon boating festival in North America. I love the draw it brings from Montreal, Toronto, and everything. It’s a big community event.”
     
   
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METRO NEWS: WHAT TO DO IN OTTAWA THIS WEEKEND JUNE 26-28
Posted: June 25, 2015

This year Canada Day is on a Wednesday, so prepare for tourist-congested streets starting this weekend and a whole lot of red and white in the lead-up to the big day. Until then, there’s lots of other things taking place in the city Saturday and Sunday–including great music, sports and food. Environment Canada is calling for a 40 per cent possibility of rain on Saturday and a 70 per cent chance on Sunday, so dress accordingly for outdoor events. 1. Dragon Boat Festival (all weekend) The country’s largest Dragon Boat Festival starts Thursday night and continues all weekend, raising money for Ottawa charities in Mooney’s Bay Park. In recent years, major musical headliners have become just as exciting as the colourful boat races. This year, 13 different bands are playing, including Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta! and Tokyo Police Club.
     
   
Ottawa Citizen
Posted: June 05, 2015

Here’s a guide to three great festivals in the Ottawa area this summer. They’re free, too.
     
   
Ottawa Sun
Posted: May 26, 2015

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival expects 75,000 fun-lovers pack Mooney's Bay from June 25-28. With that growth comes the need for volunteers; and the event is actually still looking for more competitors as well. The weekend event, the largest dragon boat festival in North America, also has an amazing free concert series, including Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta!, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Hollerado, Tokyo Police Club, Rural Alberta Advantage and The Mounties. Along with the music, there's a children's area and plenty of artisans and exhibitors.
     
   
Ottawa Citizen
Posted: May 25, 2015

Expect the city to come alive with the sounds of beating drums, splashing water, ecstatic paddlers, 75,000 excited attendees, and music — including Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta!, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Tokyo Police Club. With 200 teams and 5,000 paddlers, North America’s largest dragon boating festival is scheduled for June 25-28 at Mooney’s Bay Park in Ottawa.
     
   
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OTTAWA WEST NEWS: DRAGON BOAT TEAM PAIRS WITH BREWERY FOR CHARITY BEER
Posted: May 12, 2015

Chinatown's Showboat, Covered Bridge Brewing to release Showboat Paddle SMaSh. You can work up a powerful thirst while paddling, but that’s not the reason one dragon boat team is crafting specialized suds. Chinatown’s Showboat, a Centretown dragon boat team, has partnered with Stittsville’s Covered Bridge Brewing Company to create a specialty beer to benefit the Ottawa Dragon Boat Association and local organizations. The craft beer – Showboat Paddle SMaSH – will launch on May 14 at Covered Bridge Brewing’s 119 Iber Rd. facility. Chinatown’s Showboats have been competing in Ottawa’s Dragon Boat Festival for more than a decade, and each year take on one or more fundraising challenges. Since 2003, the team has raised over $110,000 for the foundation.
     
   
Ottawa Citizen
Posted: May 1, 2015

As the Dragon Boat Festival grows, so does its need for volunteers. The annual festival has issued a call for more helping hands as the largest-ever edition draws near. Organizers are looking to recruit at least 200 more volunteers before the events kick off June 25-28. It comes at a time of continued expansion for the Dragon Boat Festival. Creative director Antony Cooper said this week that the 2015 edition will be 15 per cent larger than last year’s festival, in line with its growth rate over the past 15 years. The concert element in particular has grown exponentially over the past five years, he said. This year’s festival will feature 13 popular artists across four days, including the headlining acts Yukon Blonde, Hey Rosetta, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Tokyo Police Club. “There’s a corresponding need in terms of having more (volunteers) out,” said Cooper.
     
   
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Posted: February 06, 2015

The Rideau Canoe Club is now ready to build the new Mooney’s Bay CanoeKayak and Dragon Boat Racecourse thanks to a $76,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). MPP for Ottawa-Centre, Mr. Yasir Naqvi will join OTF representative in congratulating the Rideau Canoe Club at the Rideau Canoe Club’s fundraiser on evening of Friday, February 6.
     
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