Guest post by Harvest Noir co-founder Greg Searle.
As the organizers of Harvest Noir, the rogue picnicking pop-up event and dance party that first emerged in 2011, we are announcing our retirement from the Ottawa festival scene. Harvest Noir is going out with a big bang on Saturday October 3 (with an October 4th rain date), though… headlined by two-time Canadian DMX champion DJ Shub battling DJ Acro on the dancefloor.
A small army of acrobats and sideshow acts will be on hand, including a parkour demonstration, aerial cirque performance, stilt-walkers, face-painters, tribal dancers, acrobatics, hoopers, ventriloquists, magicians, and fire dancers. Live graffiti mural artists, too! Two-time Juno-nominee DJ Socalled will be bringing out the hip hop, klezmer, accordion, and piano as the Official Carnival music provider. Celtic fiddlers Beat and Bows, backed by BBWC Wildcard winning beatboxer Julia Dales, are debuting as picnic accompaniment. DJ Socalled will be bringing out the hip hop, klezmer, accordion, and piano as the Official Carnival music provider. The Stan Clark Orchestra will be playing swing, ragtime, and jive while Ottawa Swing Dynamite‘s dancers provide swing dance demonstrations and lessons. Also look out for a karaoke lounge by China Doll, tribal fusion dance/chillout tent by Mascarié, opera performance by Joseph Song Chi, and more!
This 5th anniversary edition of the pop-up event is in three parts – starting with a farmer’s market and carnival game funfair, followed by a farm-to-table chic picnic, and capped off by the infamous Dance Noir after-party.
Here’s a sneak peak at costumes worn by Harvest Noir guests at their recent September 13th photoshoot:
To enter the ticket contest, tweet using the #harvestnoir hash tag and tell us why you’re hoping to go to Harvest Noir. We’ll select the top entries for two free tickets each to Harvest Noir, taking place Saturday, October 3rd, at a secret location to be announced.