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Bank Street gets its glow on at Glowfair

By Terry Steeves on June 13, 2015

Glowfair, now in its second year, proves to step it up a notch with even more emphasis on music, arts, light, and plenty of activities, including 16 musical acts, and 9 themed street blocks. On June 19th and 20th, nine-themed blocks from Slater to James streets will be closed off for 2 magical days and nights of fun for people of all ages.

Glowfair Glowfair was the brainchild of Christine Leadman, Executive Director of Bank Street’s Business Improvement Area (BIA). She acted on a vision to turn the downtown core of Bank Street into an odyssey of light and sound by way of a festival attraction. Her effort proved successful, with original attendance predictions in Glowfair’s inaugural year exceeding expectations by over 500%. This year, the BIA’s management team, headed by festival producer, Kevin Martin, have taken the reins to put together an even more impressive lineup of events.

The stretch down Bank Street will house 9 different themes. The Kids’ Zone offers activities for children, or you can take a stroll through a fairytale land of phosphorescent-lit flora and fauna in the Enchanted Forest. Experience an exotic world of sights, sounds, and culinary delights in the Moroccan Bazaar, or relax in the illuminated atmosphere of the Glowzone, for refreshments, video art, and main stage action.

This year’s musical acts offer a variety of local, national, and international artists on the Main Stage, including Friday night’s headliner, Toronto’s energetic livetronica group, theNEWDEAL, and Saturday night’s blockbuster, multi-Juno artist, Keisza. On the DJ stage, a variety of local and out-of-town DJ artists will pump out the tunes well into the night, when the Bluetooth headsets come out for the Silent Disco after 11pm.

Shuttle services from Kingston and Montreal will also be in place to bring interested festival-goers from far and wide to this event, stimulating additional business and tourism. The goal is for this hub of Bank Street to be the “Fun Central” place in Ottawa. For more details on activities, artists, and event times, please visit