Join the festivities happening in Orleans, Ontario, this summer
- Canada Travel Tips
- Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:56
Just outside the downtown area of Canada's capital is the scenic suburb of Orleans, where a popular and exciting event will be happening this June. The annual family friendly Orleans Festival draws in visitors and locals to indulge in the summertime atmosphere while participating in activities, live music, and contests that celebrate the community.
Like last year, the festivities will span over two days, paying homage to the unique offerings this region of Ottawa has to give through the efforts of volunteers and performance artists who participate. New in 2012 will be some great events geared toward the high school crowd, including funny food sculptures and t-shirt design contests for them to be a part of the festival, reports the Orleans Star.
"We're trying to get the community more involved in the festival," said March Poirier, chair of the committee in charge of the Orleans Festival, as quoted by the Star. "The whole point of the festival is to make people more aware of what's available to them in terms of art."
Although Ottawa has its own array of festivals, Orleans brings a unique style to the table when it comes to throwing an outdoor summer event. The chefs, musicians and artists will primarily be from the neighbourhood and have much to show the guests who attend about their own customs and creativity.
Most of the shows and demonstrations will take place in and around the Shenkman Arts Centre and are free of charge for all ages. So far, there is an impressive list of guests slated to attend, including members of BAM percussion and the Tara Luz Danse troupe seen at the Shenkman dance studio. On the main stage, travellers can see Yves Lambert share some of his talents on the accordion and through his soulful vocals, and experience the quirky stylization of pop music performed by Born Ruffians.
When it comes to culinary delights, guests can witness the Iron Chef competition where contestants use ingredients from the local farmers' market or even indulge in a free breakfast provided by Beau's Bistro at the arts centre on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
While taking tours of Ottawa on a summertime holiday, travellers should not miss a trip to the vibrant suburb of Orleans for this fun-filled occasion.