Sights & Sounds – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: June 23, 2016

Although the races don’t start until Friday, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was off with a bang with a handful of exciting and highly anticipated free concerts. Bringing in artists from Ottawa and beyond, Dusty Organ was there to capture all the action. Between the performances from local bands The Lionyls, and chart-topping favourites July Talk, Thursday night at Mooney’s Bay was one for the books.

Photo by Kamara Morozuk
Photo by Kamara Morozuk

Browse through the Concert Gallery below from Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more pictures from the weekend. As well, you can follow Dusty Organ on Instagram for exclusive content from around the festival. For the low-down on the future performances, read our Festival Guide here.

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Kennedy Cult

Peterborough-based new wave/indie rock band Kennedy Cult opened the festivities at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, bringing their soulful brand of old-school alternative to the Beach Stage.

The Lionyls

Ottawa soul-rock band The Lionyls found their footing back in 2014 after winning the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot, and since then have been bringing their party-friendly sound everywhere they go. Their performances are nothing short of electrifying, bringing back the raw, unfiltered power of the ’60s/’70s soul era mixed with the contemporary edge of alternative rock.

The Balconies

As soon as Toronto-based/Ottawa-born alternative rock group The Balconies opened their set at the Beach Stage, the crowd began to rush to the front, to not miss out on all the action. Their energetic performances are just the cherry on top to their dynamic alternative rock sound.

Modern Space

Toronto indie pop rock five-piece Modern Space have been cruising into the ears of mainstream listeners with their infectious and catchy songs. The success of their latest album Before Sunrise is just part of the reason the young group are picking up traction.

The Muscadettes

The Ambridge sisters brought their California-meets-Montreal surf-pop sound to the main stage at Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. Known as The Muscadettes, the twin sisters find a way to fill the space with their groovy, lo-fi sound.

July Talk

July Talk have headed to the top of the charts with their signature alternative rock sound. Lead by singers Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis, the Toronto band brought their stunning live performance to a packed Mooney’s Bay crowd. Unpredictable as always, July Talk stole the show and left fans breathless with their power and finesse.

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