When Rolf Klausener of the Ottawa band The Acorn looked at the festivals in Ottawa’s crowded summer lineup, he noticed that there was one important element missing. “We realized that there was a lack of camping inclusive festivals in the city” said Klausener, explaining why he and his co-founder Marlene Power set about to create a music festival in Ottawa that welcomed campers. Think of the Hillside Festival in Guelph or the Wolf Island Music Festival, where staying on site and sharing that experience is part of the package.
“The dream location would be one that reflects the social and natural history of the region” said Klausener, adding “something that is heavily forested, has a body of water, accessible swimming, where people would really connect with their environment.”
In a city known for it’s green spaces and relationship with the natural environment, this sounds like a winner.