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Several blocks of Richmond Road will be car-free for Westboro FUSE Street Festival. Photo: Terry Steeves/Apt613

Richmond Road opens up for the Westboro FUSE Street Festival—08.17.19 & 08.18.19

By Greggory Clark on August 16, 2019

Photo: Terry Steeves/Apt613

In the event of gorgeous weather—or a beautiful summer storm—there should be tons of people taking in the sights, sounds, and the street; Richmond Road will be lit up by street vendors, patio extensions, and folks checking out the fourth annual Westboro FUSE Street Festival this weekend.

Westboro Village BIA is closing several blocks of the street to pedestrian traffic only, allowing for a giant street party over two days on August 17 and 18, 2019. See live music and entertainment on the main stage (Richmond & Churchill), catch a Capital Pop-Up Cinema classic under the stars (Richmond & Edgewood), get into the TD Roller Skate Disco (Richmond & Roosevelt), or catch craft workshops and dance demos on the RBC Community Stage (Richmond & Tweedsmuir). There are swing dance lessons at the Community Stage on Sunday evening (West Coast Swing at 4:30pm, Hustle at 5:15pm).

Photo: Terry Steeves/Apt613

“Success would be that thousands of people come from near and far to Westboro Village and have an amazing, fun-filled weekend. It’s the perfect stay-cation,” says Michelle Groulx, Executive Director of the Westboro Village BIA.

Mikhail Laxton, a semi-finalist on The Voice in Australia, performs Saturday afternoon. Street performers will be busking at multiple locations down the road. The busker program includes fire breathing, magic, comedy, acrobatics, stunts, and a “high-flying glow show.” Japanese percussion virtuoso Duckman will make a rare Ottawa appearance—actually the YouTube star’s first that we know of.

That’s just the half of it. More highlights include BATL axe throwing, MEC’s “Learn to Camp” workshop, family fun zones with a rock climbing wall and bouncy castles, a gymnastics area, and the Ottawa Senators mini sticks hockey rink. Ottawa Fire Services will have a shiny truck out for kids to see up close, Bushtukah are hosting fun relay races, and African drumming workshops each afternoon… You just need to get down there and walk a couple blocks to find more.

“We want everyone to know that this event is for all ages and families and to expect something fun for everyone,” adds Groulx. “People will experience music and live entertainment, a first-ever FUSE Makers Market, lots of activities, great food and shops. Frankly, it’s a lot going on in two days in a less than one kilometre block party.” Most importantly, FUSE Street Festival is free.

Main Stage Schedule

Saturday, August 17

  • Five+None (12pm)
  • Mikhail Laxton (2:30pm)
  • Good Advice (4:30pm)
  • Dueling Pianos (7pm)
  • Odds (9:30pm)

Sunday, August 18

  • Pei & The Joynt (11:30pm)
  • Joshua Earth & The Rotators (1pm)
  • The MacLovins (3:30pm)
  • The Rock Steadies (6pm)
  • Road Apples – Tribute to The Hip (8:30pm)

RBC Community Stage Schedule

Hosted by Bluesfest School of Music and Art

Saturday, August 17

  • Campfire Ukulele Family Workshop (12:30pm)
  • Japanese Wooden Sword Workshop (2:15pm)
  • BSOMA Student DJ Performance (4pm)
  • Rock U and Student Showcase (5pm)

Sunday, August 18

  • Painting Demo and Family Workshop (11:45am)
  • Hip Hop Dance Demo (1:15pm)
  • Japanese Wooden Sword Workshop (3pm)
  • Westie Underground Dance Lesson – West Coast Swing (4:30pm)
  • Westie Underground Dance Lesson – Hustle (5:15pm)

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