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Saturday Afternoon Pan‍‍‍el Discussion

The 83rd Call to Action of the Truth and reconciliation Commission signals collaborative art making as a priority

After 15 years of Westfest collaboration and creation, this panel is being assembled to reflect on how artists, cultural producers, organizers and institutions can foster meaningful exchanges.

Ehren Thomas, aka ATCR’s Bear Witness, Elsa Mirzaei of the Babely Shades, Lake Urmia and Carleton University’s Education coordinator Fiona Wright‍‍‍ will join Artist, Activist and Educator Cara Tierney to reflect on what c‍‍‍ross community collaboration looks like and means. Moderated by Cara Tierney.

Saturday June 9, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Upstairs at Tom Brown Arena

Free / fully accessible

‍‍‍Westfes‍‍‍t Dance After-Party

Continue the dance party after headliner Bear Witness' performance on the Thom Fountain Team Main stage with amazing Canadian DJs: DJ del Pilar, Seiiizmikk, and DJ Craig Dominic! Fully accessible and licensed: Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Top Shelf Distillers, and Creekside Estate Winery‍‍‍ will b‍‍‍e serving up the best the local beverage scene has to offer.

Friday, June 8, 10:00 pm - 1:30 am

Upstairs at Tom Brown Arena

$5 Cover / fully accessible

‍‍‍W‍‍‍estfest Live Music After-Party

The party continues after Saturday's Thom Fountain Team Main stage headliners The Pursuit of Happiness with a Live Music After-Party upstairs at Tom Brown Arena! Featuring Blues rock performers River City Junction with Thomas Starwalker Clair‍‍‍‍‍‍, and a solo performance by drummer Mauro Scatozza‍‍‍‍‍‍. Fully accessible and licensed: Beau's Brewing Co., Top Shelf Distillers, and Creekside Estate Winery will be serving up the best the local beverage scene has to offer.

Saturday, June 9, 10:00 pm - 1:30 am

Upstairs at Tom Brown Arena

$5 Cover / fully accessible

‍‍‍Indigen‍‍‍ous Pavilion

Join us for a Celebration of Indigenous Cultures at our Westfest Indigenous Pavilion onsite at Tom Brown Arena and Park! Experience Indigenous cultures from across Canada like never before - visit our 30-foot tipi, browse both traditional and contemporary indigenous art and wares from our Indigenous vendors, experience Indigenous food for sale, all while taking in the plethora of incredible free programming Westfest has to offer, including amazing Indigenous dancers and performers on the ‍‍‍Thom‍‍‍ Fountain Team Main Stage!

Friday, June 8, 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Saturday, June 9 + Sunday, June 10, 2pm - 10pm

Westfest yoga in the park with Yogatown

Calling all Yogis! Join ‍‍‍Yogatown ‍‍‍instructor Josh Towell, for yoga on the lawn. This all-levels yoga class will mix breath awareness with a strong yet subtly gentle flow that will leave you feeling calm, centred, and revitalized. Join Josh and treat your mind, body, and soul to a loving and compassionate practice.

Sunday, June 10, 11:00 am - noon

‍‍‍Wes‍‍‍tfest Bar Area (19+)

Westfest has a designated licensed area sponsored by Beau’s Brewery. Also available: Ontario wine from ‍‍‍Creek‍‍‍side Estate Winery, and cocktails from Ottawa’s Top Shelf Distillers.

Friday, June 8, 5:00 - 10:00 pm

Saturday, June 9 + Sunday, June 10, 2‍‍‍‍‍‍pm - 10pm

‍‍‍Westf‍‍‍est Food Court

Some of Ottawa’s most popular food trucks will be on site all weekend long to make sure you don’t go hungry.

‍‍‍Frid‍‍‍ay, June 8, 5 - 10 pm

Saturday, June 9 + Sunday, June 10, 2‍‍‍‍‍‍pm - 10 pm

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Napkyn Family Fun Area

Bring the kids to the FREE NAPKYN FAMILY FUN AREA at Westfest! With bouncy castles, giant obstacle course, climbing walls, slides, games, face painting, balloon making and so much more! Plus, experience the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization family programming on the TD Youth and Community Stage!

‍‍‍Sat‍‍‍urday‍‍‍, June 9 + Sunday, June 10, 10am - 5pm

See all the exciting things happening in the Napkyn Family Fun Area programming here.

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