THE 2013 ARBORETUM FESTIVAL: Music, Food and Art All Rolled In One

Last year, Ottawa welcomed the ARBORETUM FESTIVAL to its lineup of wonderful festivals for the summer season. But what exactly makes it stand out from the rest? Well, not only does it showcase Canadian musicians but it also has the best that Ottawa’s foodie scene has to offer.

Inspired by progressive arts festivals around the world, Arboretum Arts is Ottawa’s newest boutique music and arts festival now entering its 2nd year with carefully curated, intimate, community-driven festival highlighting the best in local music, food and arts.

Headliners of the fest include Owen Pallett, who has previously performed at large-scale festivals such as Osheaga in Montréal, and folk artist Jim Bryson. In between sets, enjoy food from vendors like OZ Café, Cafe My House and Auntie Loo’s Treats for vegan baked goods or pressed for sweet potato chips. Last but certainly not least, the selection of high-quality beer and wine including from the Kichesippi Beer Company will be there to sip during the shows.

Venue of this year’s ARBORETUM FESTIVAL: Ottawa’s ARTS COURT

New this year to Arboretum are their Chef Sessions. Treating the city’s best chefs like the rockstars that they are, they will take the stage to serve their meal for an hour then pass of to the next. This year’s Arboretum Festival will showcase Murray Street & town, Union Local 613, two six {ate}, Black Cat Bistro, Supply & Demand, and Wellington Gastro Pub. Courses include Nashville Hot Quail, Maple Pork Belly and Tomato Tartelette/ Smoked Duck.

Not to mention the series of notable workshops lined up (and equally notable Media Art Line-up like Twenty York Street’s friend VJ Ina Zara Ansar, also of Ottawa Velo Vogue) such as COFFEE KUNG-FU: The Art of the Pour with Randy Hogg by Bridgehead Coffee, LIKE A BOSS: Navigating Music Industry Entrepreneurship with Scott Honsberger (Music Ontario),TAMING THE CEEB: Getting on our nation’s broadcaster with Amanda Putz (CBC Bandwidth) and more. The Festival also includes children programming like Pins and Needles, Lumiere Festival Lantern Making and OAG Kid’s Art Tent, which is guess what? Free Admission!

For the time being, the festival is being held at Waller Park behind the Arts Courts on August 16th-17th but their final goal is to make it camping inclusive for the best connection to nature.


August 16-17, 2013 / Arts Court’s Waller Park / SAW Gallery Courtyard / St. Alban’s Church
  • Advance Full Weekend Pass $40 +HST ($50 at the door)
  • Friday Pass$20 +HST ($25 at the door)
  • Saturday Pass$30 +HST ($35 at the door)



Twenty York Street’s Janelle G will be volunteering for the after-party at the Manx Pub. Ottawa’s Music + Art + Gastronomy at its best. Let’s hope FASHION will be included next year!

Will you join us?




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