The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival & Competition Pow Wow starts on Thursday at Vincent Massey Park, in Ottawa, and continues through Sunday. This year, the festival celebrates UN International Year of Indigenous Languages.
The heart of the Festival is the International Competition Pow Wow on June 22nd and 23rd. This competition attracts the best singers and dancers from across Turtle Island (aka North America) to compete for $75,000 in prizes. The Grand Entry associated with the competition Pow Wow is an audience favourite. All dancers enter the circle together at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday at 12:00 noon.
Summer Solstice is also thrilled with the artistic lineup this year including vocal sensation, 16-year- old Emma Stevens, who released a stunning cover of The Beatles “Blackbird” in Mi’kmaq on You Tube that instantly went viral and received a huge shout-out from Sir Paul McCartney himself. The lineup will also include throatboxing Pioneer, Nelson Tagoona; Maori guests performing a Haka (WHATATIPU KOTAMI); Eagle and Hawk, Canada’s Roots Rock and Indigenous Fusion Band, The Launch winner Logan Staats and World Champion Hoop Dancer Dallas Arcand.
This year, the Summer Solstive Indigenous Festival introduces the inaugural INDIGICHEF Culinary Competition with chefs from all over Canada participating. Back by popular demand, all day Saturday and Sunday, chefs in the Culinary Arts Pavilion will have bite-sized portions available for sale (3 bites for $10).
The Family Fun Zone returns with games, Indigenous Storytelling, Zipline, Zorb balls & Criss Cross Racing Track, a petting zoo, dozens of community partner activities cultural pavilions and craft workshops that all provide for a fun-filled visit! Free for the whole family! For full festival details, click on this link: https://www.ottawasummersolstice.ca/
Image source: OFFICIAL IMAGE 2017 CAMPAIGN – PHOTO CREDIT: ANDRE R. GAGNE