The Ottawa Citizen
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Canadian folk-rock legends Spirit of the West, Juno-winning singer-songwriter David Usher and Ottawa’s indie folk outfit The Acorn will play free concerts as part of this year’s expanded Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. The 19th edition of the festival starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday at Mooney’s Bay Park.
Billed as North America’s largest dragon-boat festival, the event has grown around the dragon-boat races. This year, more than 5,000 paddlers on 200 teams are expected to participate, with about 75,000 spectators taking in the on-shore activities.
Thanks to an increase in grant funding, things will be even more lively this year, with more music and family entertainment throughout the site. “We are thrilled to present an increased variety of quality performers this summer,” said John Brooman, executive director of the dragon-boat festival. New features include an opening ceremony, a parade of champions and a new stage in the beer garden.
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