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Glowfair Ottawa 2015


Last weekend, Glowfair made its return to the nation’s capital for a second year. The two-day street festival transformed Bank Street into a neon wonderland. One block resembled a giant pinball machine, with skateboarders of all ages and genders showing off their best kick flips. Crowds gathered to watch while roaring cheers for each trick landed. The entertainment did not stop there as the Circus was in town, featuring live acrobats twirling with rings of fire, causing my heart to burst into flames with excitement. Then it was on to the Enchanted Forest with winding paths, illuminating trees and a Princess sauntering in white. Another highlight of the evening was the Glow Yoga that took place on Somerset. Dozens flooded the street in search of the perfect spot to find their center—Namaste to all who attended. It was a colorful affair over at Art Chaos where local artists were featured creating paintings, decorating skateboards, and even administering Henna tattoos. Activities abound, there was endless fun to be had.

There were top acts such as The Peptides, TOPS, Blonde Redhead, and headliners The New Deal and Kiesza. With Glowfair being her first show as a headliner and this being her first visit to Ottawa, June 20th was a special night for Kiesza. She delivered a glimmering performance of her hit single “Hideaway,” which to date has garnered over 200 million views on Youtube, and her upcoming single “The Sound of A Woman.” Meanwhile, The New Deal left the crowd wanting more of their mesmerizing drum beats and contagious electronica. Other notable performances included Jean Baptiste, Lowell, Torro Torro, The Strain and DJ Vilify.

GlowFair was enveloped in an aura of happiness and joy, combining all the necessary elements to make it a wonderful event. The free admission, simply put, was the icing on an already delicious cake. I can’t wait to see what’s in store next year!

Photo credit: Annette Ejiofor

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