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The Sheepdogs. Photos by Landon Entwistle (@landonspics)

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival offers a concert series stacked full of Canadian talent

By Landon Entwistle on June 22, 2017

The 2017 edition of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival concert series comes together June 22 to  24 with a stacked lineup of Canadian talent from all over this great nation. Plenty of Juno Award winners and nominees spread across the three days of free concerts will be sure to attract young and old fans alike.

Thursday June 22

Thursday night starts off with the Keswick, Ontario indie rockers The Elwins. Its hard to believe this band has been around for a decade, but the energy keeps on flowing from their veins.

Said The Whale will hit the stage next, coming off a successful first half of 2017 promoting their latest album entitled As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide. Said The Whale played Ottawa at the Bronson Centre theatre back in April, to a packed house of endearing fans.


Said The Whale are back in Ottawa for a show Thursday night at Mooney’s Bay for the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.

Four times Juno Award winners The Sheepdogs will close out the first night, for a concert that will be sure to impress. If you’ve never had a chance to see The Sheepdogs live, this is the perfect opportunity to do so, as all concerts throughout the festival are free to the public!


Friday June 23

Kalle Mattson, a singer songwriter from the Nation’s Capital, opens up Friday night. His music offers something for everyone, providing a taste of folk attributes combined with catchy hooks.

The Zolas will be next onstage, fresh off their Ottawa show back in March to a sold-out show at Zaphods. Based out of Vancouver, The Zolas start with a hint of the West Coast indie sound, encased in soaring synths and harmonies that will be sure to have the whole crowd dancing.


Vancouver based The Zolas bring their west coast vibe to the capital.

Fellow Vancouverites Dear Rouge will headline the Friday night festivities, providing electronic laden pop rock to the ears of the audience. The chemistry and energy from a Dear Rouge set is one not to be missed, be sure to catch this show!


Saturday June 24

Local band Twin Flames open Saturday’s show, recent winners of the 2017 Folk Music Album of the Year at the Indigenous Music Awards and the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year.

Kasador take to the stage next, an up and coming band that will be sure to please. Intricate guitar work and strong musicianship have propelled the band into the indie rock scene.


Fans of intricate guitar work and strong musicianship will enjoy Kasador.

Toronto based The Darcys are yet another Juno nominated artist in this year’s spectacular lineup. The art rock duo’s entrancing sound is one that is truly unique to experience.

Closing out the Dragonboat festival is Half Moon Run, a band that if you have not seen live yet is another must. Performing multiple times in the Nation’s Capital this past year, Half Moon Run and Ottawa cannot get enough of each other.