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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival adds Born Ruffians to free concert line-up

(News Release)
OTTAWA, MAY 9, 2013 Organizers of the 20th annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival announced today the Born Ruffians, fresh off the release of their buzz worthy new album Birthmarks, will headline the free festivities on Saturday, June 22.

Featured on the cover of Exclaim! Magazine’s current issue the Ontario based four piece comprised of Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Steven Hamelin (drums) will be making their first appearance at the festival. “We are thrilled to be able to present fans with an opportunity to enjoy a free concert from such an exciting Canadian band,” says Festival CEO John Brooman.

Another act that will be visiting the festival this summer will be Vancouver’s The Matinée. Compared by music journalist and author Richard Wagamese to The Civil Wars, Fleet Foxes, Tom Petty and Neil Young, it isn’t hard to imagine why The Matinée recently landed on MSN Entertainments list of “15 Canadian Acts You Should Know” alongside the likes of Tegan and Sara, The Sheepdogs, and Feist.

Also performing at the Festival are the sweet harmonies and nostalgic melodies of Toronto roots and folk rockers The Treasures, who recently charmed audiences at Canadian Music Week.

As previously announced The Sam Roberts Band will headline the Festival which runs June 20 -23 in Ottawa’s beautiful Mooney’s Bay Park. Other artist performing include Great Lake Swimmers, The Balconies, Autumns Cannon, Kalle Mattson, Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs, Devin Cuddy and The Joynt.

A few final acts will be announced in the very near future to complete what will be the most exciting free concert line-up in the now 20 year history of the largest dragon boat festival in North America.

For a full list of free entertainment, visit www.dragonboat.net

About the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a not-for-profit event founded in 1993. The organization held it’s first inaugural festival in 1994 as a small half-day event that is now a multi-day celebration of the arts, sports, culture and heritage. The festival is North America's largest dragon boating event with over 200 teams in corporate, community and competitive categories. The festival offers free admission to multiple stages with world class entertainment, amusement attractions, extreme sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach side bar, children’s area and non-stop racing. The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is made possible by the continued support of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Celebrate Ontario and the City of Ottawa Partnership Program.

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