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Dragon Boat: Half Moon Run, Alan Doyle, Jess Moskaluke, and USS headline free concerts at Mooney’s Bay Park—06.20.19 to 06.23.19

By Stephane Dubord on June 18, 2019

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Festival season is upon us!

With the Ottawa Fringe Festival in full swing, next to launch is the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival this coming weekend, kicking off a month-long string of concerts, which includes the Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 21 to July 1), Escapade (June 22-23), Canada Day, Bluesfest (July 4–14) and HOPE Volleyball (July 13). Apt613 will have wall-to-wall coverage all season long, so keep watching this space for previews, gig photos, and interviews with some of the artists gracing the stages around the city.

This year’s Dragon Boat Festival (still North America’s largest) promises to have a bit of everything, with a mixture of local and national talent spread over the four days. As always, all Dragon Boat fest concerts are free to attend and are all-ages shows.

Each year, Dragon Boat manages to land renowned Canadian headliners, and this year is no exception. Half Moon Run will be debuting a number of new songs, as they will be launching a cross-country tour with Thursday’s show. Friday will turn Mooney’s Bay into an all-out kitchen party with St John’s’s Alan Doyle. Country fans can look forward to spending Saturday night with Saskatchewan songstress Jess Moskaluke. Sunday will feature genre-defying alt-rockers U.S.S. out of Toronto, who will be bringing their mesmerizingly exuberant live show to close out the festival.

Watch this space as daily previews pop up over the course of the festival (many with interviews with the headliners).

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

  • 6:30 PM – VILE BODIES
  • 8:00 PM – JACQUIE NEVILLE
  • 9:30 PM – HALF MOON RUN

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

  • 6:30 PM – BASIC WHITE
  • 8:00 PM – JANE’S PARTY
  • 9:30 PM – ALAN DOYLE

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

  • 6:30 PM – THE DILL
  • 8:00 PM – SACHA
  • 9:30 PM – JESS MOSKALUKE

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

  • 5:30 PM – TRAILS
  • 7:00 PM – DUBÉ
  • 8:30 PM – USS

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Mooney’s Bay Park from June 20–23, 2019. Admission is free.


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