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Arboretum Festival reveals 2017 lineup and a new location

By Greggory Clark on May 10, 2017




On top of an impressive concert lineup, the 2017 festival combines farm-to-table meals, all-night cinema, bonfires, DJ parties and a swimming pond.

“We’re moving. On déménage.” That was the title of an Arboretum Festival teaser video posted to Facebook in February. With the lineup announcement this week came news of a new location at Rideau Pines Farm.

By car, the rural spot is about 25 minutes outside of Ottawa. But why drive when you can ride Arboretum’s pizza bus? (A perk for passholders.) It’s a change of pace for the independent festival in its sixth year. #6intheSticks.

Cadence Weapon, DIANA, Un Blonde, Cedric Noel and TOPS are among the artists who will perform on a hand-built stage in the forest at Rideau Pines Farm, where there’s even the option to pick your own fruit and vegetables all weekend long.

The festival’s local picks include Boyhood, Claude Munson, Feels, Future States, Gianna Lauren and Isaac Vallentin. More artists are expected to be announced.

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The 6th annual Arboretum Festival takes place over August 18–20 at Rideau Pines Farm in North Gower (5714 Fourth Line Rd, K0A 2T0). A limited number of weekend passes cost $75 at Passes include free “pizza bus” transportation, or a parking pass. On-site accommodations will only be available to artists and volunteers.