Ottawa Celebrates Launch of the Festival Season

The Comedy Network’s Jon Dore to host event attended by industry organizers, volunteers and City of Ottawa dignitaries to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Ottawa’s festival industry

Hailed as one of Canada’s top “rising stars of the future,” host and comedian Jon Dore will make a return to his hometown of Ottawa, Canada to host the Ottawa Festivals Launch of the Festival Season at Ottawa City Hall on April 29, 2009.

“Jon is a local guy who has done well for himself,” says Barb Stacey, Executive Director at Ottawa Festivals, “One reason we have invited him to host our event is because, as an industry, we enjoy celebrating the success of our own performers and artists. The other being that he is an extremely talented and entertaining performer.”

After successfully sharpening his teeth for three years hosting a local daytime variety show and appearing at live venues, Dore was thrust into the national spotlight while appearing as a correspondent on Canadian Idol. He is now in the second season of The Jon Dore Television Show which appears on The Comedy Network.

Ottawa’s festivals, special events and fairs will be the focus of this event that will feature buskers, magicians, musicians and a spoken word performer in a fun, carnival-like atmosphere. “We represent fun, vibrant people who are passionate about their events and their community,” says Stacey, “The launch was designed to reflect this.”

Enveloped by performances by the entertainers, Mayor Larry O’Brien, Julian Armour, President of Ottawa Festivals and Barb Stacey will address the more than 400 expected guests. In attendance will be representatives of Ottawa’s festival and tourism industries, dignitaries and 150 finalists of the Ottawa Festivals Launch of the Festival Season Contest.

At the climax of the event, one qualified contestant will be picked through a live draw to win a prize pack that includes passes to most Ottawa Festivals Member events. “People are excited about this contest,” says Afonso da Silva, Director of Marketing at Ottawa Festivals, “We’ve received more entrants than anticipated and we are on our way to setting a record. We have a number of other great prizes to win through draws and our ever popular balloon drop,” continues da Silva, “Local businesses have really stepped up in support of the event.”

Ottawa Festivals is a not-for-profit organization that represents 48 not-for-profit festivals, special events and fairs in the Ottawa area. In addition to a visibility and public awareness campaign, Ottawa Festivals develops and administers a number of programs on behalf of the industry.