Friday, July 04, 2008

Canada Day in Ottawa

Once again we had a stellar Canada Day. We took in a bunch of concerts, hung out with friends, experienced Canadian patriotism and saw the fireworks.
We started the day at JazzFest in Confederation Park (where the ice sculptures are for Winterlude). Basia Bulat was playing and I really wanted to hear that and buy the cd. I accomplished both and even got a picture with her.Here is a clip of her concert. The snowbirds did a fly-by during the set.

We wandered up to the Hill and saw Blue Rodeo do a couple token songs (I'm not really a fan).And then watched the deafening 21 gun salute.We randomly met some more friends. Its amazing how with that many people downtown you still manage to meet people you know. Eric the intern scored us free lunch from his good friends at the chicken farmers lobby group. We hung around at Majors Hill park for a bit and then headed to a friends place for dinner. There is no point trying to get into a restaurant in the Market on Canada Day. Eric fell asleep because Canada Day is hard on an intern - too much free stuff.After a few beers we headed back to Majors Hill Park and watched a french band get everybody dancing. They also demonstrated how accordions can be cool. Amanda Rheaume did an acoustic set to open for none other than Hawksley Workman. As expected he was pretty crazy. He actually reminds me of the Joker from Batman with all his howls and crazy sounds. My favourite song was Anger as Beauty. Here is a picture of Centre Block during the concert.And the fireworks.

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