Ottawa's Arboretum Festival Returns to Albert Island

Ottawa's Arboretum Festival Returns to Albert Island

The Arboretum Festival returns to Ottawa’s Alberta Island for its fourth year with an exciting line up of musical acts, art installations, talks, parties, food and more, beginning Wednesday, August 17th and wrapping up on Sunday, August 21st. This intimate and immersive festival features local and international artists from multiple genres for an exciting and ambitious programme.

The newly expanded five-day music lineup includes headliners: Junglepussy, Metz, Beliefs, Dilly Dally, Evening Hymns, Lido Pimienta, Mykki Blanco, Nap Eyes, Operators, Sloan, Tim Hecker, Jef E. Barbara’s Black Space, and Fet.Nat.

Some of the shows actually take place on the main land inside St. Alban’s Church on King Edward Avenue, and other venues, while the weekend’s headlining shows are on the Festival main stage on Albert Island, which is located in the Ottawa River near the Canadian War Museum. Part of the Festival’s mission is to transform historic sites to host outdoor concerts and revelatory weekend parties in purpose-built environments.

Local chefs, vendors and breweries featured in 2016 include: barbecue by Chef Steve Mitton of Murray Street, Bridgehead, Beau's Beer and Cocktails by Union Local 613 on Saturday; and barbecue by Chef Steven Harris of Two six {ate}, Big Papi’s Wood Fire Pizza, Moo Shu Ice Cream, Bridgehead, Beau's Beer, and Cocktails by Union Local 613 on Sunday.

This family friendly event is reasonably priced with weekday passes set at $15; weekend passes at $25; and kids under the age of 10 free. Tickets can be purchased at the following retailers:

TICKETS

Top of the World Skateshop - 158 Rideau Street

Compact Music – 206 Bank Street (downtown location)

Vertigo Records - 193 Rideau Street

Ticketweb.ca

WED.AUG.17

Bar Robo

Hand Drawn Dracula Party

  • 22:00 – Beliefs (TO)
  • 21:15 – Vallens (TO)
  • 20:00 – The Heavy Medicine Band (OTT)

The Record Centre

  • 18:00 / Live Interviews TBA

St. Alban's Church

Ottawa International Writers Festival presents

  • 17:30 / Adventures in Sexism

Folk Music Ontario presents

  • 19:30 / Her Harbour
  • 20:30 / Safia Nolin
  • 21:30 / Evening Hymns

House of Common

YOU'VE CHANGED RECORDS BBQ

  • 22:00 / Nap Eyes (HFX/MTL)
  • 21:00 / Partner (HFX)
  • 20:00 / Shotgun Jimmie (Brandon MB)
  • 19:00 / Creep Wave (OTT)

THU.AUG.18

House of Common

BABELY SHADES BLOCK PARTY

  • 22:15 / Lido Pimienta (TO)
  • 21:15 / Above Top Secret (TO)
  • 20:15 / Scott Hardware (TO)
  • 19:15 / Tenderness (TO)
  • 18:30 / Mo (OTT)
  • with DJ Audrey Lourde (OTT)

Arlington Five

  • 17:00 / Ian Roy (book launch)
  • live music by Steven Lambke (of CONSTANTINES)

Bablyon Nightclub

Buzz Records Showcase

  • 23:30 – Dilly Dally (TO)
  • 22:30 – Fake Palms (TO)
  • 21:30 – Twist (TO)
  • 20:30 – Bonnie Doon (OTT)

St. Alban's Church

  • 21:30 / Tim Hecker
  • 20:30 / Trails
  • 19:30 / Jeremy Gara

Bar Robo

  • 23:00 / Official After Party w/ DJs TBA

FRI.AUG.19

Babylon Nightclub

  • 23:00 / 90's or Bust / HipHop + R&B Dance Party

Oz

  • 23:00 / TBA

Concert Village

Main Stage

  • 22:00 / METZ
    • 20:30 / Sloan (performing One Chord to Another) 19:30 / Hooded Fang

Debaser Stage

  • 21:30 / Fet.Nat
  • 20:00 / Teenanger
  • 19:00 / Moss Lime
  • 18:00 / BB Cream

Bar Robo

  • Witching Hour / Official After Party
  • 23:00 / DJs Lamb Rabbit + Patric

SAT.AUG.20

Bar Robo

  • 23:00 / DJ Memetic (TimeKode)

Concert Village

Buchipop presents OPEN AIR BRUNCH CLUB

  • 12:00 / DJ Sarita + Adam Saikaley
  • 14:00 / Brockville Lions Steel Drum Band

Main Stage

  • 22:00 / Operators (MTL)
  • 20:45 / Mykki Blanco (NYC)
  • 19:45 / Junglepussy (NYC)
  • 18:45 / Doomsquad (TO)
  • 17:00 / Kina Nimiwag + Anishinabe Drum Group

Debaser Stage

  • 20:15 / Jef E. Barbara's Black Space (MTL)
  • 19:15 / Frigs (TO)
  • 18:00 / H. De Heutz (Hull QC)

Spaceman and Dave’s Drum Shop Parking Lot

BACKLOT BBQ

  • 14:00 / Time for a nap
  • 13:30 / Fairfield Circuitry demo by Olivier Fairfield
  • 12:45 / Istanbul-Mehmet cymbal clinic (artist TBA)
  • 12:00 / Jesse Stewart (percussion performance/clinic/Q&A)
  • 11:00 / BBQ + hair of the dog dranks

SUN.AUG.21

Daimon

Épluchette annuelle de -HULL- come down party

  • Dixtorchons (Mtl)
  • Mathieu Pelgag (Mtl)
  • Noise set by Émilie Mouchous et Simon Labelle
  • RAAS + DJ Glory Hull / Mr Caffrey / Dj Daisy