Ottawa Dragon Boat

The Sheepdogs perform at the Canadian Tire Centre - photo by Dave DiUbaldo

Annually marking the first weekend of summer, the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival brings together North America’s premier dragon boating regatta and an epic lineup of free concerts! This year is no different as the 2017 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has put together a top notch lineup.

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July Talk perform at the 2016 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival photo by Sean Sisk
July Talk perform at the 2016 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival photo by Sean Sisk

I’ll be completely honest that most years when our friends at Ottawa Dragon Boat announce their headliners, or their opening acts for that matter, I have little to no idea who they are. Aside from a few acts carried over from last summer’s RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (Mother Mother, The Beaches and Alvvays) the same stood true this year.

Mother Mother photo by Sean Sisk for Sound Check Entertainment
Mother Mother photo by Sean Sisk for Sound Check Entertainment
Tim Horton's Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Logo
Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Logo

It’s that time of year again, some of Ottawa’s biggest summer events are announcing their 2016 lineups. First out of the gate is the 23rd Annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival who, this morning, announced their incredible lineup of entertainment on the Hillside Amphitheatre stage.

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Chad Brownlee – Photo by Trish Cassling for Sound Check Entertainment

To say that 2015 has started with a bang is a major understatement.  It took the independent Sound Check over a year to hit 100,000 readers and we hit 200,000 in just the first month and a half of 2015.

Our top stories of Q1 2015 included breaking the news of Luke Bryan in Ottawa and the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest line-up as well as our coast to coast coverage of Dallas Smith’s Tippin’ Point Tour and Chad Brownlee’s When the Lights Go Down tour not to mention our unprecedented concert coverage from New Country 94’s welcome to Ottawa party with Dallas Smith to Florida Georgia Line and ZZ Top in Kingston. All of this and only in the first 3 months of 2015.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead from April to June 2015

As we head into the fall festival season I wanted to take a moment to put a wrap on what was the summer of 2013. The summer of 2013 will forever be known to me as the summer that helped define the Sound Check blog.

Thanks to all of my loyal readers and followers on social media the blog has taken a life of its own. This past summer I proudly attended and reported from events across Ontario as well as the Calgary Stampede.

There are a lot of factors and people that have played a part in this banner summer and I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge them. First and foremost I need to give a shoutout to my friends at GallantMEDIA.  They have been at my beckon call for graphics and marketing materials for as long as I can remember and everytime I make a request they get the job done in record time.  Together we are working on something special which I hope will be the future of the Sound Check blog so be sure to stay tuned.