Sights & Sounds: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival – June 26, 2016

Another successful and exciting year of Ottawa Dragon Boat festival has come to an end. Four days of racing, concerts, and fun in the sun goes by quickly, and the last evening at Mooney’s Bay was no different, with the closing ceremonies turning the beach into a huge party, and the free concerts at the other end of grounds were just as exciting.

Photo by K.NE
Photo by K.NE

Between the theatrical performance from Ottawa band Loon Choir, the electrifying performance from synth-pop band Young Empires, and the party-starting show from hometown favourites A Tribe Called Red, the final day of Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was certainly one to celebrate.

Re-live all the action from the previous days – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – and scroll down for coverage from the fourth and final day below from photographer K.NE.

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Loon Choir

With nine musicians piled on stage, Ottawa alternative folk outfit Loon Choir opened the final day of Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival with a stunning performance. Between their larger-than-life orchestral pop sound, and the band’s dynamic on-stage presence (including lead singer Derek Atkinson singing while also reading from a book), Loon Choir were nothing short of dazzling and entertaining.

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Young Empires

If you couldn’t feel the bass pounding from the stage then perhaps you weren’t close enough. Electro-pop group Young Empires brought their electrifying, dance-inducing music to Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival for an evening of ground-shaking fun. The band’s engaging and welcoming demeanour ensured everyone was having a fantastic time, and made it near impossible not to jump around to their irresistible live performance.

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A Tribe Called Red

With Monday nowhere in sight, DJ trio Tribe Called Red brought the festival to a close with their electrifying mix of aboriginal and electronic dance music. As a dance party formed below the stage, A Tribe Called Red brought along a dancer of their own, hyping up the crowd with her showcase of hip-hop moves, as well as traditional aboriginal later on in the show.

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