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The Canadian War Museum’s SwingFest

February 16 @ 6:30 pm11:30 pm

15 – 20

Celebrate Love and the Swing Era at the Canadian War Museum’s SwingFest on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 from 6:30pm to 11:30pm!

Hosted annually by the Canadian War Museum, this year we feature a Valentine’s theme, and for the first time, we are an official Winterlude event. With live music from Peter Liu and the Pollcats, and talented swing dance teachers and dance performers from Side Street Swing and across Ottawa, this evening will be an immersive experience to everything swing, authentic to the 1920’s to the 1940’s, when attending dances with live bands was one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Love, connection, and the magic of swing all helped people to cope through the troubled times of WWII. With fascinating background photos from the period projected on stage, and the backdrop of the spacious Lebreton Gallery, this event will provide a time-traveling experience to the wartime Swing Era. This year we will feature expanded food and beverage options, enhanced photo booth station, an improved wood dance floor, a vintage style corner, and a live video feed on the big screen for lessons, performances, and demos. The War Museum Swingfest is held in the spirit of diversity and inclusion, welcoming people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Peter Liu & the Pollcats are one of the most popular vintage swing bands in Ottawa, and they are thrilled to perform their dynamic and energetic interpretations of the music of the Golden Age of Jazz for dancers and listeners. The evening’s program begins with an intro Lindy Hop lesson, and beginners can learn all the basic steps to dance all night. Over the evening, there will be social dancing with live band, dance performances, another fun lesson, and demos of swing dance styles from this period. Attendees are encouraged to come in vintage swing era attire to add an extra dimension of fun. Doors open at 6:30pm and the intro lesson begins at 7:00pm.

Admission is $20 ($15 students, seniors, veterans, & museum members), which includes dance lessons. Advance tickets are available online at:


Peter Liu and the Pollcats

  • Peter Liu – vocals
  • Scott Poll – clarinet
  • Peter Turner – trombone
  • Yves Laroche – piano
  • Magnus Paulson – guitar
  • Alex Mastronardi – bass
  • Steve Gallant – drums

For more information, contact Peter at:

Email:                         Phone: (613) 422-1649

Website:                     Canadian War Museum:


February 16
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
$15 – $20
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Peter Liu – Jazz Vocalist
(613) 422-1649


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Ottawa, K100M8
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