Happy Monday, everyone!! I hope you’re all set for the upcoming long weekend, which sadly marks the end of summer holidays. For those of you with kids, I’m sure you’ve received back-to-school plans from your school board already, and have made the necessary schedule adjustments for whatever the new school format with throw at you.
This week is also the start of September, which I’m happy to announce is Music Festival Month in Ottawa. Normally, our festivals are stretched across the whole year, but there are several packed into September now that the relaxing of some of the COVID rules allows for it. Let’s have a look!
First up in September is AfroFest, which happens this coming Saturday and Sunday at Mooney’s Bay. There’s an outstanding lineup of great artists, providing two straight days of music, with shows from noon until 9pm both days. Check out the AfroFest website to see the lineup and plan your weekend. They are also still looking for volunteers, so if you’re looking for a great experience, check out their site and sign up!
Escapade Music Festival
This weekend, you will also find Escapade Music Festival, running September 4th and 5th at the Ottawa Baseball Stadium (RCGT Park). Tickets are totally sold out, but you could potentially find some second hand?? All of the details for this festival are available on their website. Headliners throughout the weekend include The Chainsmokers, Illenium, and Steve Aoki, among many others. I personally love Steve Aoki…..his Cake Face song is classic….check out the YouTube video (and prepare yourself if you’re going! – I am not sure if this happens each time, but I’d rather be prepared). Bring a fork!!
YOUTUBE CAKE FACE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7G5Ms76K-Q
Ottawa Fall Festivals
This is the new name for this year’s combined Bluesfest and Cityfolk music festivals. Together, they span two weekends (Thursday – Saturday) in September; Cityfolk runs for three nights: September 16-18, and Bluesfest runs from September 23-25. There are plenty of changes to both of these festivals from previous years to accommodate social distancing and to limit crowd size, but they both still offer great outdoor music fun for ticket holders. Both festivals take place at Lansdowne Park. The daily lineup is as follows:
September 16: Charlotte Day Wilson, DVSN, Roy Woods, TÖME
September 17: Our Lady Peace, Moist, Command Sisters
September 18: Dean Brody, The Reklaws, Sacha
September 23: Half Moon Run, Tokyo Police Club, Aysanabee, Lauryn MacFarlane
September 24: Jann Arden, Barenaked Ladies, Ryland James
September 25: Tom Cochrane, April Wine, Monkeyjunk
Tickets are available through the festival websites, and links to all the information can be found in my events calendar.
This festival, resembling the Hintonburg “Porchfest,” runs September 23rd from 5pm to 9pm. Throw on your running shoes, grab your bike or scooter (and maybe a camp chair!) and head south to Osgoode, where you can take in the music of talented local musicians, set up on their front steps for your entertainment! You can find an interactive online map in the discussion page on the Facebook event.
While you’re in Osgoode, why not check out “La Cantina,” and get some delicious Mexican food to enjoy while taking in the shows?
This is my random story and features section. These topics don’t necessarily have anything to do with Ottawa. It could include stories about current news issues, sports, funny videos, and/or perhaps just random things that I’ve discovered over the previous week. I hope you enjoy!
I haven’t featured this section in a bit; in my last few newsletters, I have gone back to my roots, mostly just featuring Ottawa event news. However, I still plan to include some fun things from time to time that I learn throughout my week.
This week, I’m happy to share that thanks to Tim Ferriss’ 5-Bullet Friday Blog, I’ve finally learned the answer to the question posed by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis in 2013! Contrary to their hypothesis, “The Fox” does not actually say “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding,” “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow,” or even “Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!”. In fact, it makes much more normal animal noises (resembling barking for the most part), just not very often….
VIDEO OF the FOX – Fox Calls – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM
“In this video, you will learn a few different fox calls and sounds, and what they mean. Foxes can make up to more than 40 calls and sounds; contact calls, and interaction calls. Foxes are normally quiet animals, and their calls are mostly heard during the mating season when foxes are calling out to each other and fighting over territory. Fox cubs are very quiet, and only make sounds when they are playing, fighting, or nursing. Most of the time, fox calls are mistaken for the call of another animal.” – YOUTUBE VIDEO DESCRIPTION
If you’re interested in revisiting the (now over 1 BILLION times viewed) video, “What does the Fox Say,” you can see it here: